November 24th, 2010
09:38 AM ET

On the Radar: 'Brink of war' for Koreas, 'Opt Out' and the TSA

North and South Korea conflict - North Korea is blaming South Korea for driving the two "to the brink of war," a day after the North shelled a South Korean island and killed four people.  North Korea said the South provoked the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island by holding a military drill off their shared coast in the Yellow Sea. One Korea historian called the situation a manufactured crisis on the part of North Korea.

Now we're hearing from survivors of the attack, who said they were dazed and shocked. We also take a look at Seoul, a metropolis that lives in the gun sights of North Korea, one of the most dangerous states on the planet. The border is just 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of downtown Seoul, and although no strangers to North Korean hostility, Seoul residents see this attack as different. And as the story continues to develop, all eyes are on China, after its neighbor North Korea provoked threats of "enormous retaliation."

'Opt Out' day and the TSA - The controversy over Transportation Security Administration measures may peak Wednesday, one of the nation's busiest travel days every year, as a group is urging air travelers to protest at airports nationwide.

Protesters are calling the day before Thanksgiving "National Opt-Out Day," and are urging travelers who are selected for the full body scan using advanced imaging technology to refuse the procedure. If a large number of people refuse the full body scans, they will have to take a more time-consuming "enhanced" pat-down procedure.

Making things even more tense on the security front, a U.S. official says security concerns have risen again because of an article published in an online magazine produced by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

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  1. jerry

    mathew#24 and youy shall here of wars and rumors of war

    November 24, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Taco

      There has been wars and rumors of war before the time of Jesus

      November 24, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Star

      Jerry, there have always been wars and rumors of wars.... We need to focus on reality, step away from religion. Religion is going to be the downfall of us all. We have no protection against religion or it's fanatics from here or abroad.

      November 25, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |

    what's the LOGIC of this attack??? ...

    November 24, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Brieske

    Why would you put these 3 stories together? Pure stupidity combined with propaganda because CNN believes people should not opt out. Let's face it, Pistole is creepy. Janet maybe transgender. I guess it doesn't matter because the end around is coming and Homeland Security is getting fuked by real Middle Eastern terrorists especially after it is determined some of the terrorists flew in here. Ya wanta be stupid and falsely say a homegrown threat exists, fuk you. You will see thousands of Americans brutally murdered again by real terrorists.
    You morons.

    November 24, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jim Brieske

    The fact is President Obama has hired two creepy people to be in charge of Homeland Security and TSA. This people would not be hired in the civilian world.
    Our president is an idiot and he can continue on saying a homegrown terrorist threat exists when it does not. Sure a threat exists, 5 million people want to hang him. But that has nothing to do with the rest of us.
    Someday he will probably be assassinated on a golf course. He's pis/sed off alot of people.

    November 24, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. jerry

    in the past few years how many wars and how many nations have risen up agaist each other compared to times past prophecy in the making

    November 24, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Richard in Texas

    Jim. I agree. Let's do all we can to let anyone on board a plane. Creepy people, transgender ? Are you suggesting the goverenment should only hire goodloolking people? 5 million people want to hang the president and he probably will get shot? Say hi to the feds for me when they break down your door.

    November 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Richard in Texas

    As for the opt out silliness. Let's see how long that will lasts while mr and mrs America are waiting in line with 3 kids.

    November 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jackal&jester

    So it seem the feds have caught a would be terrorists in Oregon.

    November 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hsr0601

    Pretty sure North Korea = China in the different names of one country, or a military branch & a lapdog.

    November 28, 2010 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. cyrus cohen

    as i heard from every major media south korea started the skirmish, but no one condemned the south. i do not understand why we are the only country involve with other nations affairs and killing them.. this does not make me difficult to understand why they hate us policy the most.

    November 29, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cyrus cohen

    iran is a c.i.a regime.

    November 29, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cyrus cohen

    Us is behind every corrupt brutal regime in the world like recent ones in iraq and afghanistan. iran is us criminal corrupt also trying to build nukes , but us has been playing in his back whole.

    November 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |