Hey everyone, Campbell Brown in tonight for Brian Williams... who is finally getting a much deserved break.
We have a lot of ground to cover... and we have correspondents around the globe following new developments in this foiled plot to bomb flights from Britain to the U.S. Senior Investigative Correspondent Lisa Myers is in London tonight where she will have today's developments. Authorities are telling us they are still searching for as many as 20 additional suspects. Five have been identified by name. Lisa looks at just how advanced this plot was, as law enforcement officers today sift through evidence at the homes of the suspects now in custody. She will have more detail on who these suspects are... mostly young men, two women; some recent converts to Islam. Plus, how an arrest in Pakistan 10 days ago may have led to this week's dramatic developments.
From Washington, Pete Williams is looking at how real the threat was and what might have happened if the suspects had been able to get these liquid explosives on board U.S.-bound flights. Could they really have exploded a plane with the type of bomb they were planning to use? Investigators say yes and tell Pete that they are alarmed by the simplicity of the devices.
Tom Costello has been tracking the movement at airports around the country today. He reports long waits (3-5 hours) at security with some airline delays and cancellations. While Tom says passengers today have been surprisingly patient, airlines fear the current situation is not sustainable, that financially the airline industry won't be able to manage the disruption in schedule. He also points out that many airports are still without the technology to detect explosives, and that it could take 20 years and billions of dollars to make the technology available in all U.S. airports.
And as I am writing... there are reports of a cease-fire agreement in the Middle East brokered by the U.S. and France. A vote at the U.N. is expected tonight. Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell is here in New York and will have all the latest. Plus, Richard Engel from southern Lebanon on the effect the violence is having on civilians still trapped there.
Hope to see you tonight.