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Interview with Donald Hamilton - National Security

We visit with Donald Hamilton, executive director of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, about whether or not the Port of Catoosa could be a national security weak link.
Interview with Donald Hamilton - National Security

Donald Hamilton

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Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT)

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Show 0845: Interview with Donald Hamilton - National Security

Air date: November 9, 2008

 

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Rob:  Many believe international ports, like Catoosa, could be our country’s national security weak link.  Earlier, I visited with Donald Hamilton, the executive director of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism.  It feels as if there are many more security measures now in place.  It also feels as if there are many more threats now in place.  Am I just being naïve that, were those threats already there, and we just didn’t know about them?

Hamilton:  The world is different.  It’s not that there are more threats, they’re more serious threats.  The willingness to kill thousands, the willingness to kill hundreds of thousands, even millions now exists in a way it did not exist twenty-five or thirty years ago.  I have little doubt that Al Qaida, if they got their hands on a functioning atomic bomb would do everything they could to set it off.  They wouldn’t stockpile it.  They wouldn’t use it for leverage.  They would not be in a situation, in the situation in which you find India and Pakistan, where they sort of menace each other with their atomic weapons.  They would set it off, and they would have no reason to wait.  The longer they would hold it, the greater the chance it would be discovered, that it would be taken away from them, so.  Yes, it is a more dangerous world, because there’s a willingness to inflict massive casualties.

Rob:  Now I continue my conversation with Donald Hamilton on our web site where we also have a story on a unique program training students for law enforcement jobs in a world where terrorism is a growing threat.

Mark American Horse:  Basically, it’s an end of the year project where the students take all that they’ve learned from the year, and they get a chance to apply it to a real situation.

Rob:  To see more on how students are learning to make life and death decisions, just head to OkHorizon.com and click on this week’s value added.