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America the Vulnerable How Our Government Is Failing to Protect Us from Terrorism

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ISBN-10: 0060571284

ISBN-13: 9780060571283

Edition: 2004

Authors: Stephen Flynn

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America is living on borrowed time -- and squandering it. Three years after September 11, we are still dangerously unprepared to prevent or respond to anotherattack on American soil. Faced with this threat, the United States should be operating on a wartime footingat home. But despite the many new security precautionsthat have been proposed, our most serious vulnerabilities remain ominously exposed. In this powerful and urgently needed call to action, Stephen Flynn offers a startling portrait of the radical shortcomings in America's current plan for homeland security. He describes a frightening scenario of what the next major terrorist attack might look like, revealing the tragic loss of life and economic havoc it would leave in its wake, as well as the seismic political consequences it would have in Washington. Despite increased awareness, we still offer our enemies a vast menu of soft targets: water and food supplies; chemical plants; energy grids and pipelines; bridges, tunnels, and ports; and the millions of cargo containers that carry most of the goods we depend upon in our everyday lives. The measures we have cobbled together to protect these vital systems are hardly fit to deter amateur thieves, vandals, and smugglers, letalone determined terrorists. Worse still, small improvements are often oversold as giant steps forward, lowering the guard of the average citizen and building an unwarranted sense of confidence. It does not have to be this way. Flynn carefully outlines a bold yet practical plan for achieving security in a way that is safe and smart, effective and manageable. In a new world of heightened risk and fear, America the Vulnerable delivers a timely, forceful message that cannot be ignored.
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7/20/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Preface
Living on Borrowed Time
The Next Attack
The Phony War
Security Maturity
What's in the Box?
Protect and Respond
Mobilizing the Home Front
Fear, Paranoia, and the Gathering Storm
Afterword
Notes