First Take: Terrorism Security Lapses; Greek Riots; Surveillance Tech

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 12:09 PM

An image of terror suspect Faisal Shahzad is seen on a tv screen as officials old a briefing regarding the investigation into the Times Square attempted bombing, in Washington, D.C. (Getty Images)

Updated 5:30pm EST

Arwa Gunja here, on the night shift.

Tomorrow we will continue our coverage on Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomb suspect. Shahzad was born in Pakistan and became a US citizen last year.  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn) is proposing a law that could strip Americans of their citizenship if they are involved with foreign terrorist organizations. We’ll speak with a professor of citizenship law to ask what the current law states about revocation and to assess the constitutionality of Lieberman’s proposal. This segment was motivated, in part, by an impassioned listener who sent sent an email to co-host Celeste Headlee this morning. He expressed his personal frustrations with Shahzad’s actions. The listener was recently naturalized himself and worries that the Times Square plot will only make the path to citizenship harder for those who are loyal to this country.  If you have recently became an American citizen or are waiting to take your Oath of Allegiance, what does citizenship mean to you? Do you worry the process will become more difficult now and those applying will be under more scrutiny now? Leave us your comments here on our website or call our comment line at 1-877-8-MYTAKE.

Jim the digital editor here, with an update on where we are with tomorrow's show.

Today we got a flood of details about the suspect in the Times Square bombing attempt and we unpacked many of them this morning. We heard that 24 hours into the investigation, Faisal Shahzad got as far as boarding a plane before authorities arrested him. We expect to find out more this afternoon, including new information about his past. One detail that struck us today was deep in a New York Times report: The person who bought Shahzad's condo after it was foreclosed said he was interviewed about the transaction by the national Joint Terrorism Task Force. Most reports indicate Shahzad wasn't on the authorities' radar. Tomorrow, we'll talk about what we find out, as well as the security lapses that allowed the suspect to get so far.

We're also following the riots that broke out in Greece over the government's measures to drastically cut spending. Greek officials reported this morning that three people were killed in a fire related to the protests. We'll find out what happened and look at the ripples the riots may have on the global economy.

The other big story this week is the oil still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of 210,000 gallons a day. Today engineers succeeded in shutting off one of the leaks (there are two others) — the first time this has happened since the explosion happened 15 days ago. We'll look at the operation to stanch the flood.

Also tomorrow, we'll continue our discussion on surveillance cameras. We started the conversation online yesterday and we're getting a range of views on whether people are more comfortable with public cameras pointing at them.

Finally, there's the story of sports teams protesting the Arizona immigration law. In basketball, Phoenix Suns players are changing their jerseys in protest, while in baseball, there's talk of moving next year's All-Star game. Tomorrow, we'll look at the history of civil rights protests on the field.


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