The Moscow Terror Attack and the TSA

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The reports are very sketchy so far out of Moscow, but it seems as if a terror attack at a Domodedovo airport terminal has killed at least 30 people. It's too early to say anything definitive about this -- reports change all the time -- but if this was an attack on an open area of the terminal, then my worst fears about airport security are coming true. I've been writing for years about the exposure of airport visitors and passengers to terror attacks in unsecured parts of airports, in particular while waiting in line at TSA checkpoints, and unfortunately, airport authorities and the TSA haven't seemed to take this threat seriously. More to come.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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