July 18, 1997


Rick Rowley

independent filmmaker with Big Noise films. . He was in Jordan and Iraq earlier this summer and interviewed Abdul Sattar Abu Risha.

One year after TWA Flight 800 exploded off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing all 230 people on board, the fall-out from the crash is still being felt. Investigators have still not definitively found the reason for the explosion although early theories targeted Arabs and Arab-Americans as the perpetrators of a terrorist bombing.

Despite the fact that the crash was caused by a mechanical failure, recommendations to improve airline safety have barely been implemented. But one new step has been taken by government and airline authorities — the use of airport profiling which singles out certain people for heightened scrutiny at the airport check-in counter.

Taped excerpts:
• Dan Rather of CBS News
• Ted Koppel of ABC’s Nightline
• A local newscast
• Cable television’s Charles Grodin
• Houeida Saad, director of Legal Services at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, a civil rights organization representing the interests of Americans of Arab descent.
• Dr. Hassan Abbas.

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