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LinuxSecurity.com: International Security, Privacy and Solidarity

Sep 13, 2001, 03:09 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Wreski)
"...A store I visit frequently was today closed. The store is normally open 24 hours and owned by people not native to the United States. After the attendant ran away from me after my inquiry as to why they were closed as he was locking the front door, I could only surmise that it was for fear of retribution. Certainly not the only possibility, but a probable one considering the nation's unrest.

I believe solidarity, not just amongst fellow Americans, but amongst all those around us, will squelch those fears of civil liberty and privacy violations. You and I, more than any other sector of the world's population, live in a very unifying environment. The person you may be communicating with over the Internet has many of the same abilities and fears as you do. You and I experience limitless borders on a consistent basis. For us to protect this nation requires reciprocal protection from foreign countries.

It is evident that the United States government didn't have the necessary information to prevent this atrocious breach of national security. Is it possible that with better coordination by the attackers' nation of origin this could have been prevented? Should our efforts instead focus on creating better lines of communication between allies to prevent atrocities by foreign terrorists and nations "who harbor them", as Bush states?"

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