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November 28, 2001
Vol. 28, No. 13



A Class Act: Informal Classes marks 30th anniversary

Director of Health & Safety says to exercise caution, but keep things in perspective

UT Press offers scholarly books about Middle East

UT and LULAC develop Austin Youth Leadership Academy

Advancements in disease research, mathematical theory take honors at Siemens competition

$7.2 million grant funds medical research

Marketing professor's research blends expertise in music industry, electronic commerce

New division to enhance teaching effectiveness, learning opportunities

Four teams to compete in MOOT CORP® finals

Eckhardt continues to safeguard campus history six years after his death

Norma Cantú brings expertise into classroom

$2.15 NSF grant to improve production of oil, gas

Research team discovers mechanism regulating plant growth

Engineers harness "quantum dots" for neurological research

Orange Santa program makes season brighter

Readership Survey

Anti-terrorism expert calls for increased steps to combat terrorism

Arete: Jessica J. Summers

School of Social Work gets funding for substance abuse research

A salute to military veterans, POWs, MIAs




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Anti-terrorism expert calls for ethnic profiling, federalization of aviation system in campus speech

By Nancy Neff

Another terrorism attack on the country's aviation system will "tank the industry," an anti-terrorism expert said recently at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Neil Livingstone called for federalizing the nation's aviation system, arming pilots and instituting ethnic profiling of young Arab men.

Livingstone spoke on campus as part of the Texas Union Distinguished Speakers Committee series. In an interview before his talk, Livingstone said the airlines "are not even getting the elementary stuff right. They're just waiting for their bailouts and not taking care of security.

"If the terrorists get even one more airline and people die — the public will simply not fly anymore," said Livingstone, who is the author of The War Against Terrorism and Fighting Back: Winning the War Against Terrorism.

Photo by Marsha Miller
An adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Neil Livingstone has appeared on more than 100 television programs, including "Nightline" and "Meet the Press." In an interview at the Texas Union before his speech, the anti-terrorism expert said he has been warning of a terrorism attack on U.S. soil for several years.  

A former adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State and the Chief of Naval Operations, Livingstone has appeared on more than 100 television broadcasts, including "Nightline," "Meet the Press," Dateline" and "Crossfire." He also has appeared before the Vice President's Task Force for Combating Terrorism.

Livingstone blamed a series of "weak U.S. administrations" for the current problems the nation is facing. He said there is a national need to federalize airport security.

"We don't ask any other business in the country to police itself," Livingstone said. As for profiling, he said it would be foolish not to do so. "We can't be politically correct right now — we have to be effective," he said. "If we don't, people will die. After all, the right to fly is not guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution."

Polls show, Livingstone said, that many people are willing to subject themselves to profiling for the good of the country.

Livingstone also said it will be an enormous mistake to not go after Saddam Hussein. "The anthrax is probably Iraqi," he said. "Evidence pointing in that direction is overwhelming.

"We're paying a price for not finishing Hussein off during Desert Storm," said Livingstone, adding that most Arab countries were furious with the United States "for leaving him wounded in their backyards."

The world has changed, and it may change drastically more, said Livingstone. "Never before have we had a war where the frontlines are the civilians," he said. "Nothing we do is overreaction now."

There has to be a seriousness of purpose in Washington, D.C., said Livingstone. "We have to tackle these things with some ferocity," he said. "If we allow Osama bin Laden to stay out there plotting and scheming, more people will die."

Livingstone said it is enormously important there be no erosion of confidence in the United States government — either by Americans or by governments in foreign countries. "If the public loses faith in their government, all bets are off," he said.

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