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Local Homeland Security Expert Weighs In


Dave McIntyre with Texas A&M University addressed the Mid-East conflict and the foiled plot to allegedly blow up a United States bound planes.

As Israeli troops pulled out of Lebanon Wednesday because of the on-going cease fire, McIntyre said the cease fire is not an end all to the conflict.

"It will probably hold for a while," McIntyre said. "The reason you have a cease fire is because both sides decided it was to their advantage. It will hold as long as one side decides it's no longer to their advantage and then we'll have a problem again."

McIntyre said the conflict is a hard one to resolve.

"One side or the other has to lose hope that they are going to have a military solution," McIntyre said. "Then both sides have to have enough hope in the future to say, well even if we accept something less then we originally wanted, we'll get enough out of this in order to satisfy our population."

So far no one has found the formula to resolve the conflict and the fighting continues.

Meanwhile in the United States, Americans are dealing with new airplane security guidelines that according to McIntyre, won't lighten up.

"We are going to have to move more and more to the profiling or identifying of people who are potential bombers," McIntyre said. "We're probably going to be able to carry less and less on board the airplane with us. These are just realities of the 21st century world."

An alleged plot to attack U.S. bound airplanes was foiled, and now British investigators say they need to keep in custody more than 20 terror suspects arrested last week.

"I am confident we prevented an attack," McIntyre said. "Now whether we are able to charge all of them with something that's another question, that's going to be a tough one for us to work through."

New counter-terror efforts are also in the works.
Wednesday Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said airlines may be required to submit passenger lists for government screening before United States bound international flights can take off.


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