One in this series that focuses on the effect of government decisions and news stories on black Americans. This episode was aired in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Host Cheryl Martin introduces this week's panel: Togo West, former Secretary of the Army; Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune; DeWayne Wickham of Gannett News Service; and George Curry, a syndicated columnist. West talks about possible military retaliation for September 11. He also says the United States has insufficient military strategies for homeland defense and talks about U.S. intelligence resources. Martin introduces a new guest, Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-Fl.) Hastings replaces West, taking a seat among the other panelists. Hastings explains why he was not surprised by the September 11 terrorist attacks, and he talks about the very real threat of future attacks. The other panelists ask Hastings questions about the structure of U.S. intelligence, and he speaks about the lack of preparation for the future. Lastly, Hastings gives an assessment of President George W. Bush's leadership. Commercials deleted.


  • DATE: September 16, 2001 Sunday 10:30 AM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:21:54
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:70972
  • GENRE: Talk/Interviews
  • SUBJECT HEADING: African-American Collection - News/Talk
  • SERIES RUN: BET - TV series


    • Cheryl Martin … Host
    • George Curry … Guest
    • Alcee Hastings … Guest
    • Clarence Page … Guest
    • Togo West … Guest
    • DeWayne Wickham … Guest