9780230120952

Permanent Emergency Inside the TSA and the Fight for the Future of American Security

  • ISBN 13:

    9780230120952

  • ISBN 10:

    0230120954

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 04/24/2012
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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Summary

Since 2001 the TSA has accepted responsibility for protecting over two million people a day at U.S. airports and managing transportation operations around the world. But how effective is this oft-maligned agency, and is it really keeping us safe from terrorism? In this riveting expose, former TSA administrator Kip Hawley reveals the secrets behind the agency's ongoing battle to outthink and outmaneuver terrorists, illuminating the flawed, broken system that struggles to stay one step ahead of catastrophe. Citing numerous thwarted plots and government actions that have never before been spoken of publicly, Hawley suggests that the fundamental mistake in America's approach to national security is assuming that there is a protocol for every contingency. Instead, he claims, we must learn to live with reasonable risk so that we can focus our efforts on long-term, big-picture strategy, rather than expensive and ineffective regulations that only slow us down.

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