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By now, I'm sure quite a few of you have heard about the 7 terrorists we all should be watching out for.

Is there anybody else out there that thinks the handling of this information with the public is odd? For example:

- Previously it seems the "national alert system" has been raised for just "chatter in the system" or non-specific threats. Now they have a "clear and present danger" but no lift in the alert system.

- 6 of the 7 have been on the wanted list for some time, thus the faces are not new.

- Why is the government getting really worked up about "big events" specfically? It seems every time there is a "big event" the terror-paranoiacs come out of the wood work, but lets remember that there was no special signifance to 9/11 prior to 9/11. In other words, every day is a good day to make mayham (if your a nut) and large gathering of people should be assumed to be more at risk, w/o the rigamoroll of telling the general public, yes we (the government) do in fact believe we might have a terror target anytime you have more than a few hundred people in one place. (duh?)

Well I'm ranting. I just get tired of the endless droaning in the media about "unspecified-really-big-something-or-other-threats-out-there-by-madmen" that do little to help the general public other than worry. To me they just serve as a reminder that osama is still running around somewhere making audio tapes.

Anybody else have thoughts on this?

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It's an election year, There will be a lot of stupid things done between now and November.

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That is true, but I would hope that in issues of national security (and needless worry of citizens) we could cut through the bologna and deliver a consistent message that transcends political goals.

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! That's pretty funny, bitmasher! Politicians setting aside their petty partisanship for the good of the public. Yeah, like that's ever gonna happen!

Unfortunately Lil John is right. With only a very few exceptions, the basic creed of every politician in Washington is, "The public be damned, so long as I get re-elected!"

The really sad thing is the large percentage of the public that is too stupid to see through this kind of blatant, partisan manipulation.

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There is also a certain law that gives away alot of our liberties in the name of anti terrorisim that is about to expire.
As with ANY government, what the people are doing and saying is important to them unfortunetly for them we are, or used to be, protected from certain kinds of government intrusion and survailance. Its hard to justify the renewal of this law if there is no precieved threat from the general public.

I also agree with donmillion......dont we all remember " READ-MY-LIPS NO-NEW-TAXES", and "I did not have sexual relations with that woman". Or how about this one "I will not send American boys halfway around the world to fight a war that should be fought by Vietnamese Boys".
They will say anything.

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Yeah your referring to the Patriot Act, JTapia, and they should let it sunset.

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yep sir Bitmasher, thats the one.
I just didn't want to say it cause there isn't anything Patriotic about it.
I agree, it should be allowed to "just Fade away".

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JTapia wrote:
I just didn't want to say it cause there isn't anything Patriotic about it.

Amen. Gotta love the crafty title.

The Patriot Act was kicked around a while ago, if you interested.

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I think that we were incredibly sloppy prior to 9/11. Now we are safer simply because our government leanred something. Nothing like 9/11 can happen again, but smaller troubles are likely and we cannot do much against people whose dream is to get to paradize by killing "infidels", if they are already among us. Perhaps, Osama Bin Laden is a great inspiring man for the, he is the "Profet"! Capturing him in time would be very beneficial. He is afraid to communnicate now by using hi tech, but he is certainly an important symbol for those who recruit terrorists.

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i "captured" him on film!

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The Patriot Act, some first hand experience with it. About a year ago I got a ticket in California that was absolutely bogus. So I refused to pay it. They theratened suspension of my license to which I said fine, I've no desire to ever go there again anyway. I might add that I was driving a class 8 truck and have driven for 30 yrs. I've had, if memory serves me, four moving violations in the past 25 yrs and I've in the neghborhood of four million accident free miles.

Because of this ticket and the Patriot Act, the state of California was able to suspend my license it all 50 states and no notification is required. If I'm caught driving, I go to jail, the vehicle is impounded, I'm charged with driving while suspended and the owner of the vehicle recieves a huge fine, even tho NOBODY may know of the suspension! Thanks to Homeland Security and the Patriot Act.

I am now 59 yrs old and out of work over this. Many tell me to just pay the fine and stay out of California, I don't think so. I do not subscribe to the notion thet we should give them what they want so they won't hurt us. The Oatriot Act, a wonderful thing that has not caught even one terrorist.

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