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Smerconish: Political Correctness Jeopardizes Airport Security

More than three years after the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, it appears that Social Security ranks higher than airport security on the presidential agenda.

But MICHAEL SMERCONISH Lí87, a Philadelphia radio talk show host, is doing his best to keep passenger safety on our radar screens, with a new book called Flying Blind: How Political Correctness Continues to Compromise Airline Security (Running Press).

In the book, Smerconish contends that federal anti-discrimination policies prevent airlines from adequately screening young Arab males, which he believes puts Americans at risk. He calls for less emphasis on civil rights and more on security measures.

In his research, he interviewed numerous people, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), and 9/11 Commission member John Lehman, and testified before a Senate committee.

No stranger to politics and public affairs, Smerconish participated in campaigns for Philadelphia mayoral candidate Frank Rizzo and Senator Specter, and became, at age 29, the youngest Housing and Urban Development regional administrator in history, serving under the first Bush Administration.

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