When John Ashcroft issued a heightened state of alert in September, the nation took notice. Reports of a terrorist threat to Boston a couple weeks after the attacks resulted in stores shutting their doors for the weekend and noticeably smaller crowds downtown. Passengers forced to wait in long lines at airports were patient. But that was all before the "return to normalcy" that many Americans are feeling. Now, tighter security measures seem to also be returning to normal. Curbside check-in has returned to many airports. Close screenings at public venues have ceased. This hour: is America as vulnerable as it was on September 11th?
John Parker, Washington Bureau Chief for The Economist magazine
wrote recent article "America the Unready"
This program aired on January 10, 2002.