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.
Nope. A year later, we're still using the same cosmetic security. Why? Because Americans want convenience more than safety. IF we were to implement really effective security, it'd mean longer lines pretty much everywhere. That works pretty well in places like Israel, where people have a fundamental, gut-level understanding that their lives are on the line daily, but for the average American who is used to - and believes they are entitled to - convenience above all else, security is last on the priority list. Ask yourself this - how often do you vary the route you take home from work? How often do you check and reconcile all your financial accounts? How often do you take self-protection lessons? How often do you review your personal disaster recovery plan? How much food and water do you have stored in your house, not in fear of terrorists, but just because it's a good idea to have a little something on hand? Now multiply those security measures for a single person to a nation of 276 million, and understand why security takes a back seat to convenience. Is that wrong? No. Not unless you expect you are entitled to security as well.
John , Brockton
No I don't feel secure. How do you "secure" a terrorist's mind? You can't, it's impossible. If they are determined to kill some of us they will. Instead of forcing americans to give up some of their freedom for a little security go after those terrorist countries with a "hardline" approach so to make them understand they must curb their own people, and that includes Saudia Arabia oil or not.
Back to pre 9-11. Nothing will ever change.
Safety and security are not reality. I disagree with those who are willing to give up personal liberties and pay higher taxes for the illusion of security. It doesn't work. Let's remember that the terrorists crashed airplanes into buildings the next time you have to waste your time signing into your office building. The Israelis have higher security. Is it stopping terrorism any there? Life by its nature is a risk. You have to live it normally. The terrorists are either going to get you or they won't, but don't EVER trick yourself into thinking that giving up liberties is the answer, because while the PERCEPTION is that you are safer, the REALITY is that it is a waste of time.
Lance , Revere
Although good security measures have been implemented on a national level to make people feel safer. At the local level, in Boston especially, I have little confidence in the police force to be able detour or handle a major security issue if it arises.
Luke , Boston South-End
No, I don't think we are safer. The "blocks" we've put up aren't strong enough and I think the terrorists will just find away around them. I hate flying now.
We may feel safer, but there isn't anyway we can be entirely secure. At any time an incident could occur in a tunnel or from a baggage compartment for example. Terrorism stills exists in Israel after all the safeguards that have been employed. Unfortunately security will be a way of life for a generation or two as terror has been instilled in the brains of the youth in many countries that hate the USA.
jonny , chelsea
I do feel safer today, knowing that we all share the duty of protecting our country and our countrymen. We are all mobilized.
No, I don't think it's any safer than a year ago. Just more effort by our government to make us think it is to prevent some sort of frenzy. On the same lines as our President saying the economy is fine!!
I don't feel that we have made tremendous progress in the area of security over the past year. We have focused on what I would call the "high visibility" sector, while allowing security to remain lapse in other areas which could still result in high casualty situations, even in the transportation industry. Add to that the continually poor results we see when security systems are tested and we are not much further along then we were a year ago. I have no doubt we will experience another terrorist attack. The only question is where it will occur and in what form. All we can do is enjoy life to its fullest and hope for the best.
Scott , Medfield