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R. William Johnstone served at the transportation safeguard employees of the 11th of September fee, and wrote this publication to construct upon and complement the Commission's paintings. In its pages, he explains the aviation protection approach failure on 11th of September, makes use of that as a method for comparing post-9/11 transportation protection efforts, and proposes treatments to endured shortcomings.9/11 and the way forward for Transportation safeguard relies on details initially supplied to the 9-11 fee, augmented by way of unpublished experiences and a wealth of alternative fabric that has come to gentle because the issuance of the Commission's personal file in July 2004. half One analyzes the aviation protection system's background and associations to provide an explanation for why the approach failed on September 11. half appears at what has been performed in aviation and transportation defense considering that September 11, together with the Commission's strategies and the congressional reaction to them. eventually and most importantly, half 3 outlines a instructed technique for bettering present U.S. transportation defense. It starts with basic coverage questions that needs to be responded if we're to optimize transportation defense efforts, and concludes with either underlying ideas for motion and particular innovations.

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R Encourage FAA, the Department of Transportation, the intelligence community, and law enforcement agencies to assist air carriers in developing passenger profiling programs. r Direct FAA and the FBI to conduct joint threat and vulnerability assessments at least once every three years at airports determined to be high risk. 27 Four years later, Congress adopted the Airport Security Improvement Act of 2000. Its major features included: r Specifying that criminal background checks be done for airport security applicants.

A key attribute of any system of governance must be accountability, that both those in charge and those who carry out their orders are held to account for their actions. In the first place, as previously mentioned, the 9/11 hijackers made many mistakes along the way and there were a number of individuals— ranging from ticket counter personnel, to checkpoint screeners, to air traffic controllers, to FAA security officials, and many others—who were in a position where they could have hampered, mitigated, or even prevented one or more of the hijackings.

T]hey thought of themselves more as partners than adversaries, which had its positive side in the sense that overbearing regulators could easily strangle an industry like this. 5 Although recognizing that “the terrorist threat is changing and growing,” the Gore Commission generally ratified the existing system of shared and complementary responsibilities in civil aviation security and concluded that “because of its extensive interactions with airlines and airports, the FAA is the appropriate agency” to implement and oversee aviation security.

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