Permanent Emergency (Hardcover)

Inside the Tsa and the Fight for the Future of American Security

By Kip Hawley, Nathan Means, Edmund S. Hawley

Palgrave MacMillan Trade, 9780230120952, 272pp.

Publication Date: April 24, 2012



Since 2001 the TSA has accepted responsibility for protecting over two million people a day at U.S. airports and managing transportation operations around the world. But how effective is this beleaguered agency, and is it really keeping us safe from terrorism? In this riveting expose, former TSA administrator Kip Hawley reveals the secrets behind the agency's ongoing battle to outthink and outmaneuver terrorists, illuminating the flawed, broken system that struggles to stay one step ahead of catastrophe. Citing numerous thwarted plots and government actions that have never before been revealed publicly, Hawley suggests that the fundamental mistake in America's approach to national security is requiring a protocol for every contingency. Instead, he claims, we must learn to live with reasonable risk so that we can focus our efforts on long-term, big-picture strategy, rather than expensive and ineffective regulations that only slow us down.

About the Author

Kip Hawley left his job in Silicon Valley a month after 9/11 to help build the TSA. In mid-2005 he became the fourth administrator in the agency's troubled three-year existence. During his tenure he facilitated a transformationof theTSA's culture and operations, improving training, upgrading technology, and dramatically extending public outreach. Since leaving the TSA Hawley has been a regular guest commentator for print media ("The New York Times," "Los Angeles Times," "USA Today," "The" "Washington Post," and the"Associated Press," among others), television (ABC, CBS, the Discovery Channel, CNN, NBC, and FOX News, among others). Today Hawley is a private consultant living in Pebble Beach, California. Nathan Means has worked on a variety of non-fiction books, including "New York Times" bestseller "In Fed We Trust "and other well-received titles such as "Arab Voices" and "The India Way." He lives in Portland, Oregon.