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

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

by Kip Hawley
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ISBN-10:
1137278323
ISBN-13:
2901137278325
Pub. Date:
06/11/2013
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
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Permanent Emergency: Inside the TSA and the Fight for the Future of American Security

We're all familiar with the TSA by now—from the daunting lines to the X-ray machines to the curious three ounce rule governing liquids. But many question whether this strange assortment of regulations, meant to protect the two million people a day travelling through US airports, actually works. In this riveting exposé, former TSA administrator Kip Hawley unveils the agency's ongoing battle to outthink and outmaneuver terrorists, navigating bureaucratic limitations and public disdain to stay one step ahead of catastrophe. Citing foiled terrorist plots and near misses that have never been publicly revealed, Hawley suggests that the fundamental flaw in America's approach to national security is the belief that we can plan for every contingency. Instead, he argues, we must learn to manage reasonable levels of risk so we can focus our near-term energy on stopping truly catastrophic events while, in the long-term, engaging passengers to support a less rigid and more sustainable security strategy. This is a fascinating glimpse inside one of the country's most maligned agencies and the complex business of keeping Americans safe every day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901137278325
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/11/2013
Edition description: NE
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Notes v

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

1 A Darkened Land 1

2 Find Something and Do It 9

3 Sprinting through the Airport 21

4 How to Look Without Seeing 39

5 After the Party 55

6 Yesterday's Agency 67

7 Betting on Chaos 81

8 Where's the Action? 97

9 Searching for a Pocketknife in a Haystack 107

10 Why We Watch Out for Weddings in Chicago 117

11 The Sports Drink's Secret 135

12 Making Waves 149

13 Dialing Up 3-1-1 157

14 The Network Chase 171

15 Shoe Scanners, Stolen Babies, and the End of the Baggie 187

16 The Predator 205

17 Zero Hour 221

Resolve 227

Glossary of Names 239

Glossary of Terms 242

Timeline 254

Notes 256

Index 257

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Permanent Emergency: The Truth about the TSA and the Fight for the Future of Security 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing inside look at terrorism and how TSA really works.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very surprising amount of detail in this book. Unusual that so many secret terror plots are released in the course of the stories. They run as a subtext to the things we all saw in public. Much more than a policy book or defense of TSA, it has real drama and is very readable. Have to give 5 stars.