Readers speak minds about lessons of 9-11

Readers speak minds about lessons of 9-11

first_imgHarbor City I do not feel safer today with Congress more interested in beating President Bush than winning the war on terror – or any other war that we’re involved in. I’m very disappointed in what has been going on in Washington with Congress. – GEORGE AMBERG Redondo Beach Yes. President Bush has been a strong keeper of our America. He has kept a strong vigilance committee keeping us safe. It is a misconception that intelligence (agencies) listen to our millions of “personal” phone calls per day. ? They have special code words they listen for and take it from there. President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran and North Korea and captured the terrorist Saddam Hussein, who slaughtered more 300,000 of his own people. Also, if the biased media would stop ? (pumping up Osama) bin Laden’s ego and al-Qaida’s ? they would soon back off. I don’t think the general public has to know everything, such as (the daily) “body count.” ? – ELIZBETH BECKER Palos Verdes Peninsula160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Today we publish our readers’ responses to our Question of the Week. This week’s question: “It has been six years since the 9-11 attacks. Do you feel safer today than you did then? What are some of the lessons the nation has learned in the intervening years?” In answer to your query concerning how much safer I feel today, the answer is an unequivocal NO! As for the lessons our nation has learned, they are nonexistent. Until the American government closes our borders, evicts all who are here illegally, refuses entry to those from nations inimicable to the U.S. and sends those who are here back to whence they came, and does away with the 14th Amendment, America has learned nothing and none of us is any safer. Oh yes, Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, wake up! Profile, profile, profile! It wasn’t gray-haired, blue-eyed American grannies or 4-year-old Japanese-American children who perpetrated this horror on America. – MICHELE L. COLMAN Manhattan Beach No, I don’t feel safer today because too many people don’t understand the purpose of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They were written to protect us from abuse of power by those in the federal government. After 9-11, those who would strengthen the powers of central government saw this event as an opportunity to rewrite the Bill of Rights using fear as their weapon. If we allow the fear mongers to win, we lose what makes the USA a living symbol of freedom to the world. Franklin Roosevelt was right: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. – TERENCE McMURRAY last_img

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