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Are We Safe? Liability, Homeland Security Technologies and the SAFETY Act

Recorded on April 18, 2007

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

In order to increase the nation's ability to detect and prevent devastating acts of terrorism, America must rely on private industry - but America's warped tort law system is poised like a Sword of Damocles over the head of any company capable of developing the next generation of technologies.
In 2002, Congress passed the SAFETY Act to limit liability for private developers and manufacturers of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies.
 
Have Congress and the Administration done everything reasonably possible to make the SAFETY Act a robust mechanism for facilitating the development of anti-terrorism technologies?  Or do vital technologies needed to protect Americans from terrorism remain undeveloped because of the risks posed by the punitive tort system?