Random shoe checks a new reality of airport security
All airports are required to conduct random shoe checks of airline passengers, and the resurrection of an economic stimulus bill to buttress the faltering economy remains uncertain.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced all U.S. airports are required to add random shoe inspections of passengers to the already established practice of random baggage checks.
The move follows a Saturday incident in which a passenger on an American Airlines flight en route from Paris, France, to Miami, Florida, allegedly attempted to set afire his sneakers, which were found to contain explosives, authorities said. The plane was safely diverted to Boston, Massachusetts. (Full story)
House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois, has declined to characterize the stimulus bill as a top priority when the House of Representatives returns to session January 23.
"We're going to have to see where we are in the first month of the new year and make our assessments there," Hastert said. "But I don't discount anything." (Full story)
New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, 57, who leaves office next month after two consecutive terms, is Time's Person of the Year for 2001, the magazine announced Sunday. He has won praise for his performance in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, even receiving an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. (Full story)
New York City has started building public viewing platforms around the World Trade Center disaster site to give visitors a vantage point. "I think people should be able to see just how devastating it was," said Phil Clark, 45, of Greenwich, Connecticut, as he stood with his family a block from the site. "I think they have to see it."
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George W. Bush: U.S. president Click here for more.
Laura Bush: First lady of the United States, she has become more visible since the terrorist attacks, making public appearances urging parents and teachers to help reassure children that everything is being done to try to keep them safe. Click here for more
Tom Ridge: Director of the U.S. Office of Homeland Security, a new Cabinet-level position Click here for more
Richard Clarke: Head of efforts to safeguard information systems for the Office of Homeland Security Click here for more
Wayne Downing: Retired Army general tapped as deputy national security adviser Click here for more
Joe Allbaugh:The chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Click here for more
Dr. David Satcher: Surgeon General of the United States
Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan: Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Click here for more
Rudy Giuliani: Mayor of New York Click here for more
Michael Bloomberg: Mayor-elect of New York
Anthony A. Williams: Mayor of Washington
Dr. Ivan Walks: Director of the Department of Health for the District of Columbia
Paul O'Neill: Treasury secretary
Norman Y. Mineta:Transportation secretary
Jane Garvey: FAA administrator
The latest figures provided by federal and local officials give the following numbers of people dead or missing from the September 11 attacks:
WORLD TRADE CENTER: According to New York City officials, the death toll is 2,954 -- 2,391 people missing and presumed dead, including the 157 on the two hijacked planes -- and 563 bodies have been identified. The toll has been steadily shrinking for a variety of reasons, including duplicate reports and confusion in the hours and days immediately following the attack.
PENTAGON: 64 dead on hijacked plane; another 125 missing and presumed dead
PENNSYLVANIA: 44 confirmed dead on hijacked plane
The attacks of September 11 have sparked new debate about balancing the protection of U.S. citizens with the protection of the civil rights of those suspected of terrorism.
While the United States is proud of the freedoms and the legal rights guaranteed by the Constitution, authorities and many citizens have argued those people who seek to destroy America do not deserve such protections while they represent an ongoing threat to the country.
While those arguments continue, so do the threats against U.S. interests. Security remains high at airports, certain industries and many government facilities.
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