How do you believe the U.S. should "up" the security in airports to be sure of no future terror attempts?

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  • I think good rules are in place but not being enforced

    -- Posted by Ervserver on Tue, Dec 29, 2009, at 12:45 AM
  • Maybe the US should stop sending billions of dollars to the enemies of the Arab nations by way of arming the Israels. The Palestinians are completely displaced and discriminated against by an occupying country that we support. That is one thing that is creating hatred against our country with the terrorists. (btw they have said the same many times)

    -- Posted by A. View Point on Tue, Dec 29, 2009, at 11:49 AM
  • I believe that the U.S. should help (or require - depending on what side of the aisle you are on) other countries develop better airport security and enforcement abroad.

    -- Posted by Vanessa on Tue, Dec 29, 2009, at 5:59 PM
  • I agree with Ervserver. I mean, this guy was on a terrorist watchlist. Shouldn't airlines be utilizing this tool as a list of people that they should be watching closely for terrorist activity, and perhaps not allowing on airplanes? Or, perhaps I missed something along the way.

    -- Posted by stafinois on Tue, Dec 29, 2009, at 9:59 PM
  • I think it's time we implement Israel's methods; we want people to be safe. We also have to remember this is exactly what our enemies enjoy causing: loss of freedoms and havoc in the "land of the free". There is no way we can stop everyone of them, but we will have to try.

    -- Posted by Iowa G'ma on Wed, Dec 30, 2009, at 7:19 PM
  • Well, because of the shoe bomber we now have to remove our shoes, even flip flops. So, since this was an underwear bomber I guess we'll have to start removing our underwear.

    -- Posted by helped_myself on Thu, Dec 31, 2009, at 3:06 PM
  • I agree with A. View Point. The creation of Israel was the equivalent for the displaced Palestinians of telling every Iowa citizen they had to move to Utah overnight. Forget jobs, family upheavals, traditions, and homes paid for. That's what was done to move the people, most of them Muslim, to Palestine to create Israel. There's big money and church "leaders" behind lots of misery in the world, including wars and the loss of our "freedoms". Ask the American indians about what happens in the creation of a Christian nation.

    If what was done to the Muslims in the Middle East had happened to me, I'd be filled with hatred and I would be sure to instill the same in my grandchildren.

    Christianity has become a self-serving power position for many. I think they need to talk to Jesus. "Love and forgiveness" to all of you for the new year.

    -- Posted by briefcase on Fri, Jan 1, 2010, at 10:55 AM
  • The creation of Israel displaced the Palestinians and Israel was created out of the remorse of the Western world for having stood by while the Jews were exterminated in WWII. We all know the history of our having pushed the First Nations onto "reserves." But how are we to undo our entire collective guilt? In the meantime, we have to deal with the evil that humans are capable of. How ironic that the latest terrorist will have his burn wounds compassionately cared for in Ann Arbor, Mi and lawyers will be given to him to fight for rights he should be denied receiving.

    I don't buy into hatred. Get over it!!! Each one of us is guilty of small sins. Live your life to do good and aim to be a Mother Teresa or a Dalai Lama, not an Islamofascist terror bomber.

    In the meantime, please feel free to use full body scans on everyone who boards an aircraft. I don't know the scanners so knock yourself out oggling me. At least I want to know that some Al Quaida creep is not going to blow up the plane. It surely is not a Johnson or Peterson from Iowa who fits the profile of a jihadist for Allah. hmmm. Certainly is a message in that thought.

    Iowa daughter in Canada

    -- Posted by on Fri, Jan 1, 2010, at 3:36 PM
  • emeyer5 says...

    "It surely is not a Johnson or Peterson from Iowa who fits the profile of a jihadist for Allah. hmmm. Certainly is a message in that thought."

    I say...

    No, but the guys responsible for the 2nd most significant act of terrorism on American soil DID fit that profile. Keep that in mind.

    -- Posted by stafinois on Fri, Jan 1, 2010, at 10:51 PM
  • Get to the root of the hatred or our grandchildren will enjoy full body scans at airports for generations to come. Maybe we should do something about our "collective guilt" and employ the Christian message of love and forgiveness... Who would Jesus bomb?

    Recognizing that we have a collective guilt as a nation is a good first step.

    Otherwise, as the saying goes, "Afganistan is where empires go to die!" What is the fascination there? Poppies? We had Bin Laden and (read the book, "Kill Bin Laden") he was allowed to escape so? I'm sure the Jihadists are laughing at our huge deficits brought on largely by our struggles against their simple, cheap methods.

    As far as the security question in airports goes... scan away! I'm just another human body and the airport personnel are trying to keep me safe along with my fellow passengers. That's not even something to question.

    -- Posted by briefcase on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 11:00 AM
  • Nine years ago our nation endured a devestating act of WAR, that killed thousands of innocent Americans! Here we are not even nine years later disscussing guilt? I think we need to up security at airports. But its more likely that the people are already here. How hard is it to cross the border from Canada or Mexico? I say hit the fly with a sledge hammer. We can track a fugitive from the U.S. around the world through interpol, but we cant catch Bin Laden? I agree with briefcase. But lets not forget 9-11-2001!

    -- Posted by brian48 on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 12:49 PM
  • We Americans are willing to give up civil liberties and allow for inconveniences such as airport scans for the assurance of safety.

    However, in reality our safety is NEVER attainable because we Americans have grown complacant and fearful of the vocal minority and we live in fear of upsetting the politically correct apple cart. We should never negotiate with terrorists, and we can't make deals with 'the devil' because 'his' only goal is our nation's (and others) destruction -- PERIOD!

    The pacifist, anti-democratic, anti-Christian rhetoric continues to grow in intensity in our nation's bedroom communities like Spencer. We're lulled to sleep by the banter - insisting that it doesn't pertain to us.

    It matters, my friends. Read Revelation to see how it will end!

    -- Posted by ruralgirl on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 5:38 PM
  • Its sad that People seem to forget Oklahoma City. All the people- many of them young children- that died that day because of a born in America terrorists.

    -- Posted by iowagirl on Sat, Jan 9, 2010, at 4:07 PM
  • Ruralgirl, I may be willing to endure some inconveniences for the illusion of safety, but I am not willing to trade in any of my civil liberties. He who trades his freedom for security ends up with neither.

    -- Posted by DaveMunson on Sat, Jan 9, 2010, at 7:37 PM
  • The devil is lurking in the gas tank of your SUV. Be sure to worship him when you fill-up after church this morning and pay homage at the altar of EXXON. 100,000 innocent Iraqi souls need you to pray for them this morning as they are "collateral damage" of this "Christian" nation. Righteousness is evil!

    Jesus loves all, isn't that what you say? Don't you feel a twinge of guilt or are you beyond concience?

    -- Posted by briefcase on Sun, Jan 10, 2010, at 8:40 AM
  • Just finished the Dewey book - amazing and wonderful. What a Cat ! Rest in Peace Dewey, I will remeber you for a very long time.

    John Arnold - Dartford - England

    -- Posted by John Arnold on Mon, Jan 11, 2010, at 5:36 PM
  • In my opinion, there is no freedom without security.

    -- Posted by Leah Cauthron on Tue, Jan 12, 2010, at 9:01 AM
  • So long as air passengers are able to board with any of their personal paraphernalia, there is a chance that one of those on board may have an explosive item. We will only feel entirely safe on these flights when we change into airline provided flight apparel and meet our luggage at the destination, flown in on a separate flight.

    -- Posted by A. View Point on Tue, Jan 12, 2010, at 2:21 PM
  • A UK paper - the Daily Mail - today (16/01/10) alleges that the USA considers the UK as the centre for extremists - to the risk of both the UK and other European Countries. Worrying.

    -- Posted by John Arnold on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 1:25 PM
  • DOWNWITHDEMS, how would that have prevented the Oklahoma City Bombing?

    -- Posted by stafinois on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 10:16 AM
  • Anyone who says to go ahead with profiling as a means to our "safety", is invariably white, or well to do. You don't have to worry about the implications of such a tactic (and I say the word "tactic" loosely). If you think it just involves a couple more minutes of security search at an airport, get a clue. If you also think we don't provoke or make deals with the same people that we are now afraid of, again, turn off the news and educate yourself. The picture is so much bigger. You honestly think anyone gets the whole story by listening to newscasters and American officials? Please. So while you're content believing weightless conspiracies about the housing market being crap because we have tried to be PC, remember that no matter who you have elected, this crap has gone on. And will continue to do so as long as we keep electing people to "lead" us.

    -- Posted by levi944 on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 12:05 PM
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