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September 28th, 2010
11:54 PM ET

The Teaser for Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

6:24AM Robert Hastings, UFO Researcher, on his claims that extraterrestrial beings are interested in the world's nuclear arms race and may be sending humans a message.

6:40AM Tim Kaine, DNC Chairman and former Governor of Virginia, on the President’s “Moving America Forward Rallies” and reaction to the latest numbers which show Republicans beating Democrats in general and economic polls.

7:10AM Fran Townsend, CNN National Security Contributor and Former Bush Homeland Security Adviser, on the terror threats across Europe.

7:40AM Morgan Spurlock, Writer and Co-Director, “Freakonomics”, the film based on the New York Times best-selling book. He’ll discuss baby names and how they might influence the trajectory of a child's life.

8:10AM Secretary Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary, on aviation security using body scanners and other innovations to thwart would be terrorists.

8:40AM Tony Danza, Executive Producer & Star, "TEACH: Tony Danza", on his A & E series that chronicles his first year teaching at Philadelphia's largest urban high school, Northeast High.

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Filed under: Education • Homeland Security • Politics • Pop Culture
August 5th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

35,000 full-body scans stored at courthouse

(CNN) – The U.S. Marshals Service has admitted storing full-body scans of people entering a federal courthouse in Orlando, Florida. The federal agency has more than 35,000 images saved and that's raising new questions about the government scanners being used at airport security checkpoints. Our homeland security correspondent Jeanne Meserve has the report.

Filed under: Homeland Security
July 20th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Contractors doing spy's work in post 9/11 world

(CNN) – A two year investigation by the Washington Post, “Top Secret America”, analyzed the United States’ security universe created after 9/11 and concluded it may be too large to be effective. In the second part of the investigation, the paper examined how the government farms out intelligence work to private contractors despite federal rules prohibiting them to do so. Dana Priest reported the story with William Arkin and joined us on Tuesday’s American Morning to explain. Watch Video

Read Dana's article: National Security Inc.

Filed under: Homeland Security
May 21st, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Why did intelligence chief step down?

(CNN) – There's new information today about threats against Americans. The Pakistani Taliban, blamed for the Times Square bombing attempt, may be trying again.

It may not be a good time to have a vacancy at the very top of our terror fighting community, but that's exactly what we have right now after Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair announced he's stepping down. CNN contributor Fran Townsend was former President Bush's homeland security adviser and is an unpaid member of the CIA's advisory board. She joined us on Friday's American Morning.

Read more: Top Obama intelligence adviser resigns

Filed under: Homeland Security
May 14th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

NYC on edge after Times Square plot

(CNN) – There was another scare late last night in New York City. The NYPD was called after a suspicious car with gas cans inside was spotted just a block away from Union Square. The bomb squad blew out the windows, but there was never any real danger. It's just another example of a city on edge after the failed times square bombing. Our Allan Chernoff has the report.

Filed under: Homeland Security
March 18th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

$1.1 billion virtual border fence scrapped

(CNN) – The virtual border fence that cost over a billion dollars has been canned. The House Committee on Homeland Security called it a "grave and expensive disappointment."

The program was designed to use cameras, radar, and sensors to stop illegal crossings. A government review found it wasn't tested properly, froze the funding, and now $50 million is being moved to other projects.

On Thursday's American Morning, we spoke exclusively to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano about the fence and her push for international airport security.

Filed under: Homeland Security