April 5, 2010
Washington, D.C., April 5, 2010-A gripping film on the growing threat posed to America by missiles carrying weapons of mass destruction will be screened for an audience in Cambridge, Mass., after a two-month "snow delay."
The Heritage Foundation, Washington's leading conservative think tank, is slated to show its high-definition documentary on missile defense, "33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile Age," on Tuesday, Apr. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Charles Hotel, Harvard Square, One Bennett St. in Cambridge. (A snowstorm forced cancellation of the previously scheduled Feb. 10 screening there.)
The title refers to the fact that in 33 minutes or less, American life could be forever altered. That's the time it would take a ballistic missile fired by North Korea or another foreign foe to strike Los Angeles, Boston or another major U.S. city.
After the one-hour film, James J. Carafano, noted homeland security analyst and director of Heritage's Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, will discuss recent developments and field questions from the audience. Carafano appears in the film.
"33 Minutes" examines how vulnerable America is to missile attack - and what needs to be done to achieve a comprehensive defense against the unthinkable. The documentary features previously unseen military footage, powerful graphics and interviews with defense experts and veteran public servants.
Carafano and other Heritage analysts have warned that despite the mounting danger from North Korea, Iran and other rogue states or terrorists - and contrary to popular misconception - the U.S. government does not have systems in place capable of defending against all missile attacks on American cities.
The event, which begins with a reception at 6, is free but registration is required at www.myheritage.org/Cambridge.