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March 25th, 2008
10:34 AM ET

Where are the air marshals?

Four months ago I was having dinner with a fairly high ranking federal law enforcement officer. He'd just flown into Washington DC from overseas and told me "guess what? I was the air marshal."

Where are the air marshals

It was a joke. He's not an air marshal. But since he is an armed federal law enforcement officer he is told when air marshals are on his flight.
They've been missing he says for at least a year.

So for the last four months my producer, Kathleen Johnston, and I have been asking pilots, Feds, anyone in the know, "where are the air marshals?"

The answer was always the same, we haven't seen any in a long time.  Tonight you will hear from the air marshals themselves. Call them Rare Marshals.

Their actual numbers are a National Security Secret. That's why the air marshals don't want to be identified. But the real secret, they think, is much too dangerous to keep.

-Drew Griffin, 360 Correspondent

Programming note: See Drew's investigation on 360, tonight at 10pm ET.

Check out the full story here


Filed under: Drew Griffin
March 25th, 2008
06:28 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...here are your headlines for Tuesday March 25... Soooo grab your coffee and lets just get to it....

Top Stories
Bush given Iraq plan with steady troop levels...
Troop levels in Iraq would remain nearly the same through 2008 as at any time during five years of war, under plans presented to President Bush on Monday by the senior American commander and the top American diplomat in Iraq, senior administration and military officials said.

Flash flood warnings...
Forecasters issued flash-flood warnings for parts of Arkansas' prairie as the state's largest water surge in a quarter-century continued its way downstream.

Detroit Mayor charged...
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was charged with perjury and other offenses Monday - and got a stern lecture about the importance of telling the truth - after a trove of raunchy text messages contradicted his sworn denials of an affair with his chief aide.

New P.M. in Pakistan...
Yousaf Raza Gilani was sworn in as Pakistan's new prime minister Tuesday by the same man he blames for jailing him for five years - President Pervez Musharraf.

Raw Politics
New Poll - it is tie...
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Obama test: Can a liberal be a unifer?
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McCain "we are succeeding in Iraq"
Fresh off his eighth Iraq visit, Sen. John McCain declared Monday that "we are succeeding" and said he wouldn't change course — even as the U.S. death toll rose to 4,000 and the war entered its sixth year.

Clinton calls for $30 billion to help economy...
Senator Hillary Clinton  returned to one of her major campaign themes Monday — the economic impact of the home mortgage crisis — and called on Congress to provide $30 billion to help states and communities lessen the number of foreclosures.

Indiana could be where it all is decided...
Something unusual appears to be developing in the Democratic presidential race in this state: a fair fight.

Jack Kevorkian for Congress...
Jack Kevorkian, the assisted-suicide advocate who served eight years in prison for second-degree murder, announced Monday he's running for Congress as an independent.

Keeping Them Honest
Study finds earmarks in education...
Congress set aside a record $2.3 billion in pet projects for colleges and universities last year for research on subjects like berries and reducing odors from swine and poultry, according to an analysis by The Chronicle of Higher Education to be published on Monday.

Crime & Punishment
Va Tech families offered settlement...
Families of those killed in the Virginia Tech massacre would receive $100,000 each under a settlement the state is proposing to prevent lawsuits, according to a victim's relative who received a copy of the proposal.

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