January 4, 2010
Posted: 1727 GMT

Hello everyone and welcome to the first IDesk note of 2010!

Topping our show today: the continuing fallout from that attempted Christmas day attack on an American airliner. Yemen is again in the spotlight today, as a third Western embassy – France – joins the United States and Britain in closing operation in the country.

There are real fears from embassy staff that threats against Western targets are putting employee lives at risk and they're not taking any chances.

The suspect in the botched bombing of a US airliner spent several months in Yemen in the time preceding the attack. We will look into what investigators say about how much of a threat Al Qaeda networks in that country really are.

Also today, we will look at new security directives issued to airports around the world for all travelers flying to the United States. There is a separate list of 14 countries, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, that are required to perform "enhanced security" screenings of all travelers.

But there are already reports that airports are not following the new American guidelines. Critics are already blasting the new, backward-looking measures. Wouldn't a terrorist just fly out of another airport? And, weren't all major terrorist attacks launched – including 9-11 – out of Western airports, not on that list?

And will airport screeners actually perform the kind of pat-down that would catch a man with an underwear bomb?

We'll ask all the questions for you with our team of reporters and special guests throughout the hour.

We'll take you to Dubai, the tiny emirate with the giant debt crisis, where authorities have just unveiled the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa. Will this new over-the-top (literally) project bring more enthusiasm to the Dubai real estate industry, whose bubble burst so spectacularly a few moths ago?

We are also live in Baghdad, Islamabad and Kabul for the latest.

And will have your sports, business and weather headlines, as always.

See you at the IDesk!


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Catherine   January 4th, 2010 5:55 pm ET

I have a better idea for the security in the airports and It will work very well and doesn´t cost even a penny for the authorities and will bring a lot of entertainements to the passengers. I propose every passenger has to take off his/her clothes entirely and passe throw the controll and can put her /his cloth on only once the plane arrive to the destination!

If you have a better idea please don´t hesitate to put in. The authoritise seem need to be helped.

Hala you are not confused and undrestood very well what will be going on on the futur !

Vicki S. Nikolaidis   January 4th, 2010 6:06 pm ET

This shoe search, blouse search, bra search and now, whole body scan are totally out of proportion to the results we can expect from using these techniques.
Religious wars are so Middle Ages. Do we really need to keep up this charade of Muslims being a National Security threat. And do we really need to keep up the charade that Fear is your best companion?
Many fine, researchers have offered the why's and how's. Now is time to listen to their suggestions on how to solve the problems.
Something each person can do – reach out to the Muslims in your community. Welcome them, ask students to join you for meals, say "hello,' stop and talk.
The young men that are being snared by the cult like terrorists cells are depressed from being ostracized. Do not ostracize anyone.
If you want to have some power in your own life you can help solve this problem.
If you want to continue to ensure great monetary profits pouring into bank accounts of weapons builders and businesses, keep buying into the charade of "National Security."
The excuse of National Security has been given for decades as to why citizens should live in fear and support the production of products such as landmines, drones and bombs.
After so many decades the reality is clear as a freshly cleaned transparent glass window – the path of Fear and National Security has failed.
We are all grown-ups here – let's take the power into our own hands and into our own communities in order to better the world.

Akintunde Akintujoye   January 5th, 2010 7:45 am ET

I think it's really unfair that Nigeria is being branded a terrorist country by puting her on this "enhanced security" list because of only one man. AbdulMutallab's extremist views and terrorism tendencies were obviously incubated in the U.K, it is also known that the U.K has produced a number of terrorists and we don't see their name on this list. Nigerians are not terrorists, an entire country should not be made to pay for the sins of one man.

Akintunde Akintujoye

joe tidy   January 5th, 2010 3:46 pm ET

hello to d I Desk crew a big hapi nw yr to u guys,quiet suprising that nigeria is on d list of country interested in terrorism which is nt true,nigerian re good pple nt thanks to umar our image hve been badly tarnished.i want 2 say dat d fact dat guy try to carry out a terrorist attack on a plane due for detroit does nt mke nigeria a terrorist state,God bless nigeria n to u guys wishing u all best this yr n also hping u gve us d juicy stuff 4rm around d regards to all cnn staffs and crew members,u guys re d best.

R. Mousavi   January 6th, 2010 1:56 pm ET

Hi Hala,

To my opinion, Terrorism is the result of injustice and inequality in our planet.
There'll be no use to create new lock because refer to experiences since many years ago man tried to make more sophisticated lock but someone else made the key.

The solution is to fight against discrimination and try to learn, recognize and respect others rights.
You do not have to go far away to see injustice just look around yourself, you’ll see many.
Mankind may get rid of terrorism when humanity is more concerned than privet benefits.

By the way, we always enjoy watching your shows.
Kind regards / Rasoul / Tehran

christie malmberg   January 16th, 2010 4:39 am ET

Hard to get to you guys!!!
Would love a chance at adopting a child who has lost family in the earthquake. Have three children and two open bedrooms. We have a huge heart for children. I've been thorugh six miscarriages so a child is not something we take lightly, so much love to give. Christian home. Not great insurance, so couldn't handle extensive medical care. Please consider, Christie Malmberg

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