O.K., I admit to overreacting. However, why not look at areas of weakness in our nation's security and look for ways to make it more difficult for the terrorist:
1. Cockpit access: OK, so separate access might not be practical for in-service aircraft. So lets look at beefing up existing doors and making it impossible for anyone from the passenger area to get in. Actually, I believe solving the airline security problem is the simplest we are faced with. Arming and training pilots is a logical second solution. Future aircraft might have separate pilot entrances built in as an additional precaution.
2. Carry on luggage on public transportation certainly is a difficult problem. However, we all know this area has been a popular target for terrorist in the past and will probably become a big problem in the future. Yes, forcing people to check baggage will be a pain in the $ss and xraying baggage will slow down commerce. So the solution is to wait until the first couple of disasters until addressing the problem.
3. We agree
4. Borders: Yes, we are patrolling borders. I watched a news program where a cameraperson and reporter spent a night monitoring our security forces as they played 'hide n seek' with the border crashers. The dialog went something like this: Woman officer as she discovered a group hiding in a hay pile: "O.K., we caught you. . . come on now and get into the bus. . . See you tomorrow!" The smiling group of illegals waved at the camera and one spoke up saying: "Yes, we will be back tomorrow!"
The officer, following a number of these "encounters", stated to the camera: "You know, these people have a difficult time in Mexico. They all look at America as the land of opportunity. The "Services" are so wonderful here!"
There is a process by which people visit our country. If we really wanted the system to work, it would work.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>"5. Deportation of all illegal immigrants. Today!"
Did illegal immigrants carry out these terrorist attacks? What evidence do you have that the people who pick our produce and clean our office buildings are terrorists? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I may be nit picking here, but anyone in our country for the purpose of killing our citizens are, in my estimation, illegal immigrants!
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Lashing out against foreigners of one sort or another has generally been a common (and usually not all that rational) reaction during times of national crisis involving threats from abroad. The idea that we should throw out large numbers of people from Latin America, most of whom are vital to our economy, because of the actions of people from an entirely different part of the world is the sort of misguided knee-jerk nativism that America has unfortunately seen before.
Maybe I'm overreacting, but if they are "illegal", they shouldn't be here. If they are vital to our economy (which I'd like to know which industry they support), then they will be able to enter legally. We don't really know who the bad guys/gals are. They may be from one part of the world today, but who is to say that these terrorist recruiters are limiting their message to a single region of the world.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>6. Security check of all foreign students attending any school or university."
If you mean that foreign nationals that are students here should have their names run through law enforcement or Federal data bases, I'd be surprised if that wasn't done already. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
From what I understand, the various agencies of government don't have computers sophisticated enough to communicate data that might be used between agencies. This must be corrected and we should do now what should have been done for the past twenty years. We may not get them all, but we should make a dent.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>But want sort of checks above and beyond that do you want? The more extensive, the less practical and the more expensive and time consuming.
In principle I am sympathetic to this concept, but what difference would it have made if a basic background check had been done on the terrorists who had gone to flight school in Florida? Did any law enforcement organization have files identifying them as terrorists? Shall we just ban all visitors (students and otherwise) who are Muslims, or of Arabic ancestry? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
You may not like my viewpoint, but if we are threatened by a country, why should we let any of it's people into our country? When we were at war with Germany, how many Germans were allowed to visit and/or attend our schools? Lets face it... We are at war!
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While we are all angry and unhappy about recent events and the way they have changed the world and our country, changing our laws without careful and measured thought is as unwise as indiscriminate bombing. If the terrorists make us panic and overreact, they will have achieved a great victory.
On the other hand, there are some immediate actions we can take that will help. Enforcing existing laws is a good start.