Feds Focus on Aviation, but Terror Threats More Likely on Subways

Monday, April 05, 2010

The Department of Homeland Security recently announced changes in its approach to passenger screenings at airports, in an effort to increase security after the failed bomb plot on Christmas Day. However, statistically, it is more likely that a terrorist would target a subway system or public buses than an airplane. And a week after two coordinated bombings on the Moscow subway, many cities are concerned about securing their surface-level public transportation systems. 

To talk about the threat facing ground transit systems, we speak to Brian Michael Jenkins, the director of the Mineta Transportation Institute's Transportation Security Center. We also talk with Paul Browne, the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information for the New York City Police Department.

Brian Michael Jenkins says the chances of being the victim of a terrorist attack are still slim and Americans should not be fearful about using their public transit systems.

Guests:

Paul Browne and Brian Michael Jenkins

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Noel King

Comments [1]

Ed H. from Larchmont, NY

We should be concerned about terrorist attacks. Every time the U.S. has taken a step in the pro-choice, pro-abortion direction, the U.S. has suffered a terrorist attack. The health care bill was another step in this direction, which by funding will increase the number of abortions by two hundred thousand per year. so we can expect an attack of some kind. 9/11 occurred a few months after the 40 millionth legal abortion in the U.S. The week Roe v. Wade was announced the U.S. surrendered in the Viet Nam war, it's only surrender. There were no successful attacks during the pro-life presidency of George Bush.

Apr. 05 2010 06:15 AM

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