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Briefing and Opinion
February 11, 2005

National Security Survey
FBI Director Robert Mueller speaks about suspected terrorist as he and Attorney General John Ashcroft, not shown, met with reporters at FBI headquarters in Washington, May 26, 2004 to discuss terror threats. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

FBI Director Robert Mueller speaks about suspected terrorist as he and Attorney General John Ashcroft, not shown, met with reporters at FBI headquarters in Washington, May 26, 2004 to discuss terror threats. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

When does concern about discrimination turn into political correctness and make it harder to fight terrorism? The question was raised again this week. A new report from the 9-11 Commission revealed there were many intelligence warnings about hijackings and suicide operations prior to 9-11, but the airlines and the government failed to take action. Also this week, the Senate moved closer to approving Michael Chertoff as the new head of Homeland Security. One of the issues he'll face is whether safety was and is compromised in order to avoid "racial profiling."
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Securing the Skies

Correspondent Celeste Ford visits Boston's Logan Airport to see how 9-11 has caused law enforcement officials to change the ways they assess security threats.

Security and Liberty

Counterterrorism experts from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs offer 10 recommendations on "How to Fight Terror While Preserving Liberty."
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Pros and Cons of Profiling

Heather Mac Donald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins the panel. At issue: the degree of discretion law enforcement might need to detect terrorists and sacrifices citizens may have to make in the name of security.