This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Brian Williams) Statistics on planes diverted and security incidents since the British terror plot was uncovered cited.
(Chicago: Kevin Tibbles) The new anxiety over air travel reviewed; details given about today’s incidents, including planes diverted in Bangor, Maine, Houston & Oklahoma. [US Airways Passenger Eric OCKERT†- describes a struggle between air marshals and an unruly passenger.] [Airline analyst Terry TRIPPLER†- says we have to draw the line between safety and economics.] [PASSENGER – comments on airport security.] [Transportation Security Administration Kip HAWLEY†- says the key is to identify who is the threat.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) A 10-year-old boy’s claim to have a bomb on a flight taking off from Chicago noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The investigation into whether military families got the right information about how their loved ones died featured; details given about the review of deaths, including Lt. Ken Ballard, who was killed by fire from his own tank in Iraq, and Pat Tillman, who was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. [Ballard’s mother Karen MEREDITH- says we deserve to know the truth.] [Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Col. Pat GAWKINS- says we must be absolutely accurate.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) The investigation into whether Israel violated secret agreements by dropping American-made cluster bombs in civilian areas in Lebanon noted.
(Saddiqine, Lebanon: Jim Maceda) The threat from unexploded ordnance in Lebanon featured; scenes shown of bomb disposal teams. [Mines Advisory Group Frank MASCHE- says we’re under pressure to clear them.] [Munitions expert Frederic GRAS- notes cluster bombs are being found all over.] [Israeli military analyst Dan SHIFTON- claims Hizballah uses civilians as instruments to prevent being hit.] [Human Rights Watch Nadim HOURY- cites Geneva Convention rules.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) The medical condition of former President Gerald Ford after an angioplasty reported.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report Introduced
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The foreign policy difference between former President George Bush and his son, President Bush, examined; scenes shown of the two vacationing in Maine; footage shown of each declaring his policy on Iraq. [Family friend Alan SIMPSON, “Bushworld” author Maureen DOWD- comment on their differences.] [August 9, White House press secretary Tony SNOW- states the US withdrawal from Iraq in 1991 led to September 11.] [Family friend Ron KAUFMAN- states the elder Bush made a decision not to criticize the next president.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) The status of Tropical Storm Ernesto noted; map shown.
(Studio: Brian Williams) National Hurricane Center director Max Mayfield’s announcement that he will retire after this hurricane season, and a rare tornado warning in New York City reported.
(Studio: Brian Williams) A record methamphetamine bust in Georgia noted.
(El Paso, Texas: Pete Williams) The surge in the smuggling of meth from Mexico since the crackdown on production in the US examined; scenes shown of the meth found near Atlanta and the DEA’s El Paso Intelligence Center. [DEA John EMERSON- comments on difficulty in fighting meth addiction.] [DEA James MAVROMATIS- notes the increase in meth coming through the Southwest border.] [DEA Zoran YANKOVICH- comments on meth being brought in using horses and backpacks.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Viewer e-mails to NBC News shared.
(Studio: Brian Williams) New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s response to questions about the slow pace of recovery from Hurricane Katrina noted. [From “60 Minutes,” NAGIN - says “you guys in New York City can’t get a hole in the ground fixed, and it’s 5 years later.”]
(New Orleans: Ron Mott) New Orleans resident Becky Zaheri’s effort to clean up debris left by Hurricane Katrina featured; scenes shown of Katrina Krewe volunteers. [ZAHERI – says we had to do something.] [New Orleans sanitation director Veronica WHITE- says the city would be in limbo without Becky.]