Boston And Homeland Security

Three recent security incidents at Logan airport raise questions about the state of homeland security in Massachusetts. In one case, a MIT student was surrounded by machine guns when she went to Logan airport wearing a blinking LED board.

Did security overreact? Or is she lucky she wasn't killed?

A recent report outlined the state of homeland security in Massachusetts and pointed out some weaknesses and some recommendations to shore up those weaknesses. Are we safer now than before 9/11, or are we over-protected — maybe paranoid? We dig into these questions and more this week. We’re also asking — have you ever had a brush with security? What do you think should be done?


  • Juliette Kayyem, Massachusetts undersecretary for homeland security
  • Harvey Silverglate, civil libertarian and Boston defense attorney

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MIT student Star Simpson caused a panic at Logan Airport when she walked into the terminal wearing a sweatshirt that consisted of a circuit board and flashing lights. Simpson says her clothing was art. However, the Massachusetts State Police, who drew guns on her, felt differently.

See pictures from her website. And, take a look a her resume.

And, say you saw something that put you on alert. Who would you call? Homeland Security. Exactly what number would you dial?

Read security expert David Stephenson's blog for his tips to improve homeland security.

This program aired on October 12, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.


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