"...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
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?"