Do you feel safer one year later?
Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, sweeping changes in security, covering nearly every aspect of American life, have been implemented. The new government Office of Homeland Security aims to centrally oversee the nation's safety. With all of these measures in place, do you believe America a safer place today than it was one year ago? Have new security measures made you feel more confident? In your opinion, how likely is another terrorist attack on US soil? Share your thoughts.
To say "I won't allow myself to be terrorized" is foolhardy. We all expect those disasters to happen to other people, not ourselves. For sure, the people who went to work in the towers on 9/11 fully expected to return home that evening. Our gov leaders allowed that tragedy to happen by being lax and that opened the door for future events. We have become a nation of MTV, video games, overpaid ballplayers with open shirts and draggin pants, etc. The USA has lost all its values. Instead of showing we are the respectable leaders of all nations, we now appear to be the rich snobs that everyone loves to hate.
fred , southbridge
Unfortunately, no.I am afraid that it is probably going to take another such incident, such as Sept 11 to awaken us for real. Every country in the world knows of our "short attention span" I hope I am wrong...
You're not safe get over it and don't think that giving up your liberties makes you safer, it only takes away your liberties.
I don't feel safe since the Sept. 11th attack. I dread coming into Boston on a daily basis now because of the unknown. I use to look forward to flying to a favorite vacation spot, but now I prefer to stay home. Sept. 11th gave us a rude awakening of what life on earth as become.
Things have basically gone back to the same way they were before Sept.11th but for the families and friends who have lost loved ones that day, things will never be the same way again for them I'm sure. I'm sure it's not safety they're thinking of a year later.
No, I don't feel any safer. We may have improved airline security, if for no other reason than the fact that passengers'll quickly administer vigilante justice to anyone who tries to take over a plane using a utility knife. But terrorists should have realized by now that a) plane hijackings are no longer viable and b) the Bush administration will respond much more ferociously than the Clinton administration to attacks on American soil. Point B may make us seem more secure, but in reality, I don't think so. Bin Laden and associates are religious fanatics who think our nukes and daisy cutters are no match for their god. They'll continue their assault, but I think that they'll be looking to wreak true havoc rather than merely inflicting terror. (As scary as 9-11 was, it was still only an attempt to inflict terror, not demolish our civilization.) I think Al Qaida has probably been busy attempting to procure Russian nukes and Iraqi biochemical weapons, and future terrorist attacks will be meant to cripple our society rather than merely making us afraid.
Jason , Walpole
I feel very safe and have made several trips overseas Since 09/11. The best way to appreciate our country is travel and experience something new as a comparison.
I don't feel safer. What I do feel is that there is lots of self-serving "security" procedures that are meant more to cover the behind of those in charge at the expense of society. Or in cases like the Fleetcenter's or Fenway Park's no backpack policy, to use "security" as an excuse to profit by selling overpriced food and drink. If one takes it that security was inadequate before Sept. 11, then the fact that terrorists didn't strike was because they chose not to strike even though it was easy for them to do so. I believe it is just the same now - they haven't struck because they choose not to strike, and when they do they will show that security is a term meant to fool the public, harrass paying customers and war profits from the masses. It doesn't make society at all safer.
mr x, boston
I don't feel any more or less safe when out and about in public. You can't control what you can't control and never could. If anything I feel less worried about the little things in life, less hesitant, and more afraid of the kinds of things our government is doing to our fundamental democratic protections in the name of the dead.
I do feel safe especially flying. That attack method of using planes has been used and was a one time thing. As long as the FBI does their job, terrorists will be nabbed as they walk into the terminal.
Tom , Norwood