Responding to Terror

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There was gunfire, but no bombs, in London today. Officers shot a man dead at a subway station, and a mosque was evacuated after a bomb scare; this, on the heels of attacks that killed more than 50 people in the city two weeks ago, and four failed bombings that caused chaos on the mass transit system yesterday.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair urges people to go about their lives, and they are, but what HAS changed in London? And how about here at home? Mass transit in the U.S. is beefing up security as the question looms: are we next on the terror list and are we ready? We examine the psychological aftershocks of terror.


Mathieu Deflem, Associate professor of Sociology at the University of South Carolina

John Danisweski, London correspondent for the Los Angeles Times

Jessica Stern, Lecturer in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and author of “Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill”