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

ISBN-10: 1137278323
ISBN-13: 9781137278326
Edition: 2013
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited
Publication date: 6/11/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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.

Kip Hawley left his job in Silicon Valley a month after 9/11 to help build the TSA. He is the co-author of Permanent Emergency. In mid-2005 he became the fourth administrator in the agency’s troubled three-year existence. He lives in Pebble Beach, California.

Nathan Means has worked on a variety of non-fiction books, including <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>In Fed We Trust</i> and other well-received titles such as <i>Arab Voices</i> and <i>The India Way</i>. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Author's Notes
Preface
Acknowledgments
A Darkened Land
Find Something and Do It
Sprinting through the Airport
How to Look Without Seeing
After the Party
Yesterday�s Agency
Betting on Chaos
Where's the Action?
Searching for a Pocketknife in a Haystack
Why We Watch Out for Weddings in Chicago
The Sports Drink�s Secret
Making Waves
Dialing Up 3-1-1
The Network Chase
Shoe Scanners, Stolen Babies, and the End of the Baggie
The Predator
Zero Hour
Resolve
Glossary of Names
Glossary of Terms
Timeline
Notes
Index

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