Tonight, a public revolt against pat-downs and other intrusive security procedures, including full body scanners. We'll speak to a flier's rights advocate who alleges the reason these scanners are in place has more to do with money, lobbyists and their Washington connections. We're keeping them honest. Plus, tonight's other headlines.
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Former President George W. Bush kisses former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as former first lady Laura Bush stands by during the George W. Bush Presidential Center groundbreaking ceremony on November 16, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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(CNN) - Hero pilot Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger on Tuesday joined the opposition to heightened airport security procedures that critics have called invasive and intrusive.
Sullenberger, who landed a crippled US Airways jet on the Hudson River last year, said the use of full-body pat-downs and advanced imaging scanners for airline personnel "just isn't an efficient use of our resources."
Federal transport authorities say the machines are both safe and a necessary security precaution, especially following recent airline terrorism attempts.
Sullenberger argued that transport authorities should trust pilots and flight attendants because "we're trusted partners" who are already "thoroughly screened."
"We're among the most scrutinized professional groups in the country, even more than doctors," Sullenberger said on CNN's "American Morning." "It's really not an efficient use of our resources to put us through this," he added, suggesting that flight crews should be allowed to bypass much of the pre-boarding security screening that is required of passengers.
Transportation Security Administration officials are permitted to use "professional discretion" in determining if individuals should be subject to further screening, according to a TSA statement.
London, England (CNN) - Britain's Prince William carried his mother's engagement ring around Kenya in a rucksack for three weeks before he proposed to his girlfriend Kate Middleton, he said Tuesday after their engagement was announced.
The couple seemed happy and relaxed in their interview, teasing each other about his cooking and his romanticism, each drawing laughter from the other.
"She had 10 or 20 pictures of me up on her wall at university," William said.
No, she responded, it was Levi's ads.
It was me in Levi's, William replied without missing a beat.
They met as students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 2002.
The prince said he'd been torn between asking Kate first if she would marry him, or asking her father for permission before her asked her.
Then he realized her father might say no, so he asked her first, he said.
Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: This is my 666th letter to President Obama. It didn’t strike me until I wrote the number how that might appear to some folks, but what the heck…to me, it’s just the next one in the sequence; although I am feeling a little devilish.
Dear Mr. President,
The current uproar over airport security did not really catch my attention at first. I travel enough that I have just taken it for granted that I will have to be scanned, patted, frisked, battered and deep fried any time I board a plane. But clearly a lot of other people feel that it is going too far. And the more I listen to them, the more I see their point.
I mean, if security is all that matters, why not ban all carry-ons, strip search every passenger, and handcuff us all to our seats? Certainly we’re not going to go that far, but how far is far enough when dealing with cunning adversaries who know no limits?
The frustration for many people, I think, comes down to this: While we try to answer that question we are imposing all sorts of inconveniences and embarrassments on millions of folks who have nothing to do with terrorism. So a family from Idaho on the way to Disneyland has to endure pat downs, see-through scans, and their belongings being pawed in front of dozens of strangers; then they make it to the boarding area only to see a debate on TV over how our security forces must not profile young men from Yemen who’ve spent the last year at an undisclosed location in Waziristan.
That’s an exaggeration, but not much. And you can see how that drives folks crazy.
Editor's note: It’s easy to mistake a lemur for a cat, a squirrel, or even a dog. But these adorable critters native to Madagascar are actually some of the oldest primates on earth, predating monkeys and great apes – and their brains offer insights into how the minds of man’s earliest ancestors might have worked. At the Duke Lemur Center, home to the largest collection of captive lemurs on Earth, Randi Kaye met researcher Elizabeth Brannon, who has learned that these little animals have some powerful brains. Watch Randi Kaye's story about lemur intelligence Tuesday on AC360° beginning at 10 pm ET.
Program Note: CNN Heroes received more than ten thousand nominations from 100 countries.. A Blue Ribbon Panel selected the Top 10 CNN Heroes for the year. Voting for the CNN Hero of the Year continues through November 18th (6am ET) at CNNHeroes.com
Nominated Anuradha Koirala | HER STORY
Anuradha Koirala has been working against trafficking since 1993. The kind of work [she does] is risky and tough. Despite her continuous efforts for 17 years, human trafficking has not come to an end. I keep hearing people complain about this situation, saying “What can one person do?” Anuradha has shown how much can one person do.
She deserves every bit of recognition for giving new hope and new life to the trafficked victims. But this is not the only reason I nominated her. I also wanted the world to know that heinous crimes like human trafficking are still going on and we have to help it stop.
Washington (CNN) - GOP senators face a tough vote Tuesday on whether to ban earmarks, a policy House Republicans already have in place and are expected to keep in the new Congress.
The idea of prohibiting members from designating funding for specific projects in their states or districts is popular with reform-minded deficit hawks, but opposed by congressional veterans trying to steer funds to constituencies back home.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, a longtime defender of earmarks, announced Monday that he intends to vote for the ban when the GOP Senate caucus meets Tuesday.
"I'm not wild about turning over more spending authority to the executive branch, but I have come to share the view of most Americans that our nation is at a crossroads," McConnell said on the Senate floor. The "only way we will be able to turn the corner and save our future is if elected leaders like me make the kinds of difficult decisions voters are clearly asking us to make."
But McConnell also expressed his own personal conflict on the issue.
"Make no mistake, I know the good that has come from the projects I have helped support throughout my state. I don't apologize for them," McConnell said. "But there is simply no doubt that the abuse of this practice has caused Americans to view it as a symbol of the wasted and the out-of-control spending that every Republican in Washington is determined to fight."
President Barack Obama responded with a statement welcoming McConnell's "decision to join me and members of both parties who support cracking down on wasteful earmark spending, which we can't afford during these tough economic times."
But, the president added, "we can't stop with earmarks as they represent only part of the problem."
CNN White House Correspondent
Washington (CNN) - Thirteen gay rights activists handcuffed themselves to the White House fence Monday afternoon, calling for President Barack Obama to work harder for repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gay service members serving openly.
Former Army Lt. Dan Choi, the Iraq war veteran and West Point graduate who has become the face of the movement to remove the ban, led the midday protest on the opening day of the lame-duck session of Congress, to put pressure on Democrats and the president to jettison the law before January.
Choi and others repeatedly shouted, "I am somebody! I deserve full equality!" as U.S. Park Police approached each protester with a huge pair of red shears. One by one, the police cut through the handcuffs that attached protesters' feet and wrists to the front gate of the White House.
The protesters were bound with plastic ties and carried across the sidewalk to Pennsylvania Avenue where they were arrested and detained. U.S. Park Police officers on horses and U.S. Secret Service uniformed officers lined up on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House, creating a barricade for about 75 onlookers, many supportive of the protesters.
Several taunted the president, calling for him to come out of the White House and display more courage supporting equal rights for gays. One man shouted, "President Obama is afraid to act."
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