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Posted by CBC on September 11, 2011 in News Clips

Hour Two

James Zogby - For Muslims everywhere, life changed forever ten years ago today.

James Zogby is actually not a Muslim. He is an Arab American. Like most Arabs in both Canada and the United States, Mr. Zogby is a Christian. This, of course, has not protected him from the suspicion and sometimes even the hatred of his fellow citizens.

James Zogby is President of the Arab American Institute. He writes a weekly column carried by more than twenty Arab newspapers. He is the host of a weekly call in program on Abu Dhabi Television. And he is very active in American politics, as a member of the Democratic National Council. He is perhaps best known for his  role as a senior advisor to  his family business - the polling company, Zogby International.

The Security State - One indisputable consequence of the attacks of September 11th was the rise of what we have come to call the Security State. Every country in the world used the attacks to put more money into intelligence, curb civil liberties, spy on citizens and raise suspicions about foreigners. And for a long time most of us went along.

But on the 10th anniversary of the attacks, it is appropriate to ask if the new security systems were  perhaps an overreaction. Have we traded away too much of our civil liberties?

And are we any more secure?

Stella Rimington was the first female director general of MI-5 and the first director general of MI-5 to be publicly identified as such. Upon her retirement from the service in 1996 she turned her hand to crafting spy thrillers. Rip Tide is the sixth novel in a series featuring female MI-5 Agent, Liz Carlye was published this year. She was in London.

In Ottawa was Wesley Wark, professor at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, where he has taught since 1988, and a visiting research professor at the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His latest book is Secret Intelligence: A Reader.

David Ignatius, an editor and columnist with the Washington Post. David Ignatius frequentlywrites about matters of National Security and in his spare time, writes espionage fiction.

The movie Body of Lies was based on one of his novels. His latest fictional offering is Bloodmoney. He was in Washington.

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