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Tell Us: Is America Safer Since the September 11 Attacks?

We want to know what you think. Tell us in the comment section.


Today we remember those who died in the September 11 attacks and their families. In the past 11 years much has changed, but are we any safer?

The attacks served as the starting point for the War on Terror, which sent millions of men and women into battle, drastic changes in security, economic affects, cultural and foreign policy changes. The day also marked the start of a manhunt, the arrests of several al-Quaeda members, and eventual capture of Osama bin Laden.

Today, we reflect on what happened on that horrific morning and all that has happened since.

We want to know what you think: Is America a safer place today?

ralph September 11, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I think we are safer than we were pre 2001. Though I think politicians are slowly degrading that safety net with politically correct agendas. They forget that these people wanted to kill us all, and would if they could. Some of these morons today, see it as trying not to offend those that want to harm us.
Jack Baillargeron September 12, 2012 at 12:04 AM
We were until the current administration decided they want to start WWIII. Lets see what happened today, Eygpyt; American Embassy attacked and ransacked, flag destroyed and replaced with what appears to be an "al-Quaeda". Libya; few hours ago, American Emabassy Attacked, one American Staff member killed Security forces withdrew, Embassy currently being ransacked and destroyed. Then this; President Obama has refused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request for a meeting when the Jewish nation’s leader attends the annual UN conference at the end of September. This marks the first time the American President has not met with Netanyahu when the Israeli Prime Minister was in the United States. Compounding the conflict between the two leaders is the fact that Obama has never visited Israel since he was elected President; even when he was in nearby Egypt making his famous address to the Islamic world in 2009. Stiil think we can trust this President? Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/328144/obama-refuses-to-meet-with-netanyahu-during-his-un-visit/#BL7dwQtIw1DK4upb.99
Nard Glimrod September 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Jack: You're kidding, right? The attack on the embassy in Egypt and the other in Libya were both provoked by the movie "Innocence of Muslims", made by an Israeli filmmaker based in California. The movie attacks Islam's prophet Muhammad and is the direct cause of the assaults by ultra-conservative Muslims on U.S. missions. What evidence do you have that "the current administration decided they want to" start any of this? Please provide references.
ralph September 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM
@Nard- That is still no excuse for a mob to attack the US embassy in Cairo and kill americans in Lybia. The reason why this is happening, is because the people of these countries realize that Obama is a paper champion. They know America will do nothing, but shake it's fist at them and nothing else. This administration has no sack when it comes to foriegn policy. They can blab all they want on killing Osama Bin Laden, but when faced with a true international crisis, they fail. The minute word of the death of our people in Lybia or the storming of the US embassy in Cairo, I would have sent a Tomahawk missle and detinated it right over the protesting crowd. Why? Because it sends a message to those who feel the US is a paper tiger. I would have backed that with a televised conference stating that any future agression against our interest will result in similiar responses. This country has to start getting agressive with these factions period. Now some may say that what I just suggested is insane, but those same people were saying the same thing pre 9/11. Look how that ended up.
Nard Glimrod September 12, 2012 at 01:43 PM
@Ralph: I did not say that this idiotic film was an "excuse for a mob to attack the US embassy in Cairo and kill americans in Lybia". Of course it is not, and your cursory reading of my post is offensive. What I was replying to was Jack's contention that this is something that the "current administration decided they want to start" (i.e., proactively wanted to, not indirectly as you seem to be contending). I'll let others reply the rest of your rant. Still waiting for your reply, Jack.
John Humm September 12, 2012 at 01:56 PM
America was safe during the Bush administration. Since the election of President Obama (The Amateur) we have become progressively less secure. Obama started by addressing the Middle East in Cairo at the start of his apology tour. Subsequent administration actions such as the DOJ fiasco over the trying of terrorists at Guantanamo and the current disgraceful pretrial activities in the case of Major Hassan at Fort Hood - a clear terrorist act now classified as "workplace violence" - have shown the world that the U.S. is not serious about combatting Islamic terrorism. The current administration has even censored the language of official government documents to prohibit the mention of Islamic terrorism. It's no wonder that the Islamic Brotherhood rising across the Middle East regards the U.S. as a "paper tiger" and acts accordingly.
Ray Andrews September 12, 2012 at 02:15 PM
"America was safe during the Bush administration" ... yeah, thank goodness nobody attacked the US during the Bush administration.
John Humm September 12, 2012 at 03:01 PM
The question under discussion is whether America is safer since the 9/11 attacks. Their were no further attacks in the U.S. between 9/11 and the end of the Bush administration. The attacks on 9/11 were largely the result of the incompetence of the Clinton administration. Clinton had at least three opportunities to capture or kill Osama bin Ladin, but passed on all of them due to their policies.
Jack Baillargeron September 12, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Nard im Kidding? Of course not. You really think that a video posted over 2 months ago, is why they are doing this? Can we say dream world? Any one who thinks that is not looking at reality. They just happen to decide to protest the movie on 9/11, yea right thats the ticket. Have you watched the 13 minute trailer? It is an obvious comedy with a lot of truth in it and was very funny and sad that idiots actually belived this mummo idiot in the first place. But i guess you think killing people who even make a cartoon of some worthless person is ok too as some excuse to to kill inoccent people? Quit defending their actions? They deserve no mercy or quarter in my opinion. Either you believe in free speech or you don't. The administration stands by doing nothing as usual saying oh my we are upset about this, when they should be saying to these idiots; Goodbye to money and pull people out immeadiately. With all the conspiracy theories the left throws out there all time, I can't have one I guess huh. Mine is sure more factual then those. If you cannot see what is happening I feel sorry for you. Refusal to meet with the Isreali Prime minister is proof he wants then to nuke Iran. That will start WWIII. Their words and actions show they want that period in my opinion. So live with it I guess. I would bet more people agree with me then you on this in my opinion also. Hope that answers your excuse for them.
Jack Baillargeron September 12, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Oh and Condolences to Our Embassador, and his 3 Body Guards families who were killed, by Nards excuse of a comedy movie and not terrorist cowards who probably had this planned long ago on the day of 9/11. I am sure they take solice in yours and the administrations concerns. geeze It has allways been their MO to do things on anniverary of other acts of terror. Thats history not an excuse Forgot to add that American Embassies are American SOIL no matter what Country they are in by International LAW.
Nard Glimrod September 12, 2012 at 03:56 PM
>> Refusal to meet with the Isreali Prime minister is proof he wants then >> to nuke Iran. If you believe that's "proof", I feel quite sorry for you. At least the rest of us now know what drives some of your more outlandish posts.
Jack Baillargeron September 12, 2012 at 04:19 PM
"At least the rest of us now know what drives some of your more outlandish posts". Oh really and what your can't say it? You seem to think you speak for other posters, what cat got your tongue?
Jack Baillargeron September 12, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Very true.
BristolRI02809 September 12, 2012 at 04:21 PM
As usual, Jack takes advantage of any opportunity he can to bash President Obama, in hopes of drumming up support for his fellow teabagger Romney. Time to find someone new to bash, Jack-maybe the water authority or the wind turbines. And by the way, nice to see you have yet to invest in spell check software, although you should strongly consider it, so readers might actually be able to understand your gibberish.
Nard Glimrod September 12, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Oh, I forgot to address this gem: >> With all the conspiracy theories the left throws out there all time, I can't >> have one I guess huh. Mine is sure more factual then those. So it seems you're saying that 1) you have no evidence to back up your statements, 2) you're entitled to have a conspiracy theory because all the other kids get to have one, and 3) your conspiracy theory is better than everyone else's. Is that about the size of it, Jack? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. You've reached a new low, which I didn't think was possible. Time to straighten your bolo tie, adjust your tin-foil hat, and tune in the Art Bell coast to coast radio program. Wow. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
Jack Baillargeron September 12, 2012 at 04:38 PM
BristoRIl02809; is an example of”Internet Troll”. “An (Internet troll) is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.”
Jack Baillargeron September 12, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Never said it was the best theory, it is my theory and opinion, guess you do not understand that. Didn't think you would answer the question, which is typical. So I will ask one more time. "At least the rest of us now know what drives some of your more outlandish posts". So oh great one, what drives me?
Local Yokal September 12, 2012 at 05:05 PM
"Their were no further attacks in the U.S. between 9/11 and the end of the Bush administration." Talk about parsing a situation. This reminds me of another quote: "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, did you enjoy the play?" If you hold Obama and Bush to the same standards, Bush OWNS 9/11. It happened a full nine months into his term and was directly handed security memos stating exactly what ended up happening a month before it did. HE GOT THE MEMO, IGNORED IT, AND WENT ON VACATION! Until thousands of Americans are murdered on American soil, do not even begin to compare the incompetency of Bush to Obama. No President since Nixon has been shunned the way Bush has by virtually the entire country. He has barely shown his face in public since his last day in office and his disastrous Presidency is the reason the National Republican Party refuses to mention him in any context.
BristolRI02809 September 12, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Be careful Nard-You're going to get Jack's mullet in a knot, and before you know it, he's going to come up with a new conspiracy theory, and that would be telling you that you and everyone else who disagrees with him on this forum is the same person using multiple screen names. Remember Nard-Nobody is allowed to question the intelligence (or lack thereof) of the great Jack Baillargeron, King of The Patch.
Nard Glimrod September 12, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Dear Jack: >> Didn't think you would answer the question, which is typical. I didn't answer the question because I didn't understand it. I'd bet that few readers did. The question you asked was: >> Oh really and what your can't say it? I wasn't even sure how to parse that, much less answer it. I didn't want to ask you to clarify, because that's often not possible with you. So I ignored it to be polite. But since you've now provided a clearer question, I'll answer: >> what drives me? What drives you is your opinions, Jack, not facts. Opinions that you form by watching whatever it is you watch and reading whatever it is you read. Opinions that are a result of being bullied on the schoolyard and feeling oppressed as a lowly taxpayer. Opinions that are just a thin veneer concealing your preposterous conspiracy theories, which you somehow believe to be "more factual" than those of others. It's important that everyone who reads your words knows that what you write may or may not have any basis in reality, let alone facts or evidence. So, when you write a sentence like "Refusal to meet with the Isreali Prime minister is proof he wants then to nuke Iran" all the rest of us can know that the 'proof' of which you speak exists only inside your skull, and not necessarily out here in humdrum reality. It's your own opinions that drive you, Jack. Your own opinions and your hare-brained conspiracy theories. Certainly not any of those pesky li'l ol' facts.
Jack Baillargeron September 12, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Well you proved one thing and point of fact! That you don't know Jack. lol Oh I can say that, because that is a fact and not an opinion and after all my name is Jack lol.
Nard Glimrod September 12, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Some of the post-ers above seem to be trying to answer the question: Do we feel safer since Obama took office?", but that's not what's being asked. The question was "Is America Safer Since the September 11 Attacks?", and the answer is: Well of course we are. Anyone who travels by plane and has been scanned, patted down, taken their shoes off, started up their laptops, etc. knows we're safer. Are these measures 100% effective? Of course they aren't. But do they make us safer? Of course they do. One of the outcomes of 9/11 was to significantly ratchet up safety measures taken everywhere, worldwide. Before 9/11, it was possible to go through the scanner at TF Green airport, and then to go the TGI Fridays restaurant inside the terminal -- after the scanners but before the airplane gate -- and be handed a serrated steak knife to eat your T-bone steak with. That used to make me wonder, back in the day, even before 9/11. So, yes, we are all much more diligent, vigilant and safe since the attacks. If someone wants to start a separate blog on how safe we are since Obama took office, please go and do it. But that's not the question that was asked by the unnamed author of this thread.
ralph September 12, 2012 at 05:51 PM
@Nard- My apologies Nard.

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