We're all familiar with the TSA by nowfrom 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.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
Table of Contents
Author's Notes v
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
Glossary of Names 239
Glossary of Terms 242
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An amazing inside look at terrorism and how TSA really works.
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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.