Homeland Defense: Are We a Sitting Target?

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As part of his response to the September 11th terrorist attacks, President Bush named Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge to head the newly-created Office of Homeland Security. Ridge's task will be great: to figure out how to prevent another terrorist attack.

The dialogue surrounding homeland security has raised concerns about civil rights. But Ashton Carter, a civil defense expert from Harvard, says there are several concrete steps the government can take to protect people without impeding on civil liberties.


Ashton Carter: Co-Director of the Harvard-Stanford Preventive Defense Project

former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy;

Wendy Kaminer: Senior Correspondent for The American Prospect

This program aired on September 27, 2001. The audio for this program is not available.