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Combating terror in the skies




Transportation Security Administration Security Officer Nyamsi Tchapleu looks at images created by a 'backscatter' scanner during a demonstration at the Transportation Security Administration's Systems Integration Facility at Ronald Reagan National Airport December 30, 2009 in Arlington, Virginia. Backscatter technology uses low level x-rays to create a two-sided image. The scan can detect hidden metallic and nonmetallic objects such as weapons and explosives without physical contact.
Transportation Security Administration Security Officer Nyamsi Tchapleu looks at images created by a 'backscatter' scanner during a demonstration at the Transportation Security Administration's Systems Integration Facility at Ronald Reagan National Airport December 30, 2009 in Arlington, Virginia. Backscatter technology uses low level x-rays to create a two-sided image. The scan can detect hidden metallic and nonmetallic objects such as weapons and explosives without physical contact.
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A Nigerian man boarded a flight to the U.S. with bombs strapped into his pants on Christmas Day, raising old fears and older questions about how far the government should go to secure the skies. Can we protect personal safety and civil liberties? How much freedom are we willing to sacrifice in order to make commercial air travel safe? Larry Mantle and a panel of experts address the constitutional and security issues at stake in securing commercial air travel in this AirTalk on the road broadcast from the Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Little Tokyo.

Guests:

Stewart Baker was the first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security and served as the General Counsel of the National Security Agency. He is the author of “The Limits of Trust: Cryptography, Governments and Electronic Commerce.” Baker is widely known as an expert on the intersection of privacy rights and national security. He clerked for both Judge Shirley Hufstedler and US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding dean and distinguished professor of law at the University of California, Irvine. He has taught at Duke Law School and the USC School of Law. His expertise includes constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties. He is the author of six books, including both a treatise and a casebook on constitutional law.

Erroll Southers was President Obama’s nominee for Assistant Secretary of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). He served as the governor’s Deputy Director of Homeland Security and as an FBI Special Agent. He now serves as the Associate Director of the National Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis at USC and as the Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence for the Los Angeles Airport Police Department.