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Tag: 9/11


911: Cell phone standards needed

As a firefighter in SeaTac, I’m deeply concerned about a recent news story on Good Morning America that highlighted the lack of accuracy of calls made from cell phones to 911 dispatchers.

A recent study in California showed that fewer than half of wireless 911 calls included the caller’s location. The current system leaves firefighters and other first responders struggling to determine the locations of emergency calls.

We work hard every day to protect the public. It’s time that the FCC and Congress update 911 standards so that Washingtonians have the best emergency services possible.


MANNING: He exposed crime against humanity

The reason why the U.S. government wants to put Bradley Manning away for as much as 136 years is not because he committed a crime, but because he exposed one.

The crime he exposed was the imperial invasion and occupation of Iraq, a war that we started, a war that was nondefensive, since Iraq had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks of 9/11, a war of aggression against a sovereign nation that killed tens of thousands more innocent civilians in the Middle East than terrorists ever killed here.

According to our own military tribunal at Nuremberg in 1947, “To

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NSA: What price are we willing to pay?

Gen. Keith Alexander testified to Congress that the Prism program has helped foil dozens of terrorist attacks on the U.S. I do not know if this is true or not. To me it really does not matter if it was one or dozens. The issue I haven’t heard debated is just how high a casualty rate we as a society are willing to accept in terrorist attacks.

It seems to me we are caught between a rock and a hard place. If we ban security programs such as Prism in order to secure our right to privacy, then the chances

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NSA: Why shouldn’t our government fight back?

In the Nixon era, I may have been outraged to learn that my government was collecting data from my personal correspondence. However, in the post 9/11 era, with home-grown terrorists threatening deadly violence in movie theaters and on college campuses, I welcome whatever means my government uses to keep me and my family safe.

If my government needs to sift through my Face-time conversations with my granddaughter or monitor my cell phone calls to my husband traveling for business, so be it.

This is no longer a Spy-vs.-Spy universe. Real threats to our safety are using sophisticated computer algorithms to

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PRIVACY: US fighting a new kind of war

Regarding Eugene Robinson’s column (TNT, 6-7) about privacy becoming an obsolete commodity, I understand his concern. However, we are at war and sometimes I think we forget that. It is not the battlefield war in Afghanistan. It is being fought here, every day.

The digital age makes it possible to download instructions to make poisons and build bombs. It is not the job of the Internet to do anything but dispense requested information. The morality of those requests is not part of any digital environment, and if it were, we would be concerned about censorship.

We live in a

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GUNS: Congress stands idle while Americans die

On 9/11, nearly 3,000 people died. As a result, our government launched two wars at a cost, according to a Harvard study, of $4 trillion to $6 trillion. In 2012, approximately 32,000 Americans died from gun violence. As a result of those deaths, our government has done nothing.

After the 9/11 deaths, Congress passed major legislation which, according to critics, undermines the Bill of Rights and legally allows governmental intrusion into citizens’ privacy. Congress also created Homeland Security, which daily affects thousands of Americans.

After the 2012 gun deaths, Congress cannot even pass a law requiring gun purchaser background checks

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TERRORISM: How about a little cowboy diplomacy?

Since 9/11 we have become so traumatized worrying about similar recurrences that we have decided that we need to punish ourselves by having to pay to be frisked like common criminals before we are allowed to board flights. Never mind the fact that we must arrive at airports an hour or two before flight time because of the fear terrorists have instilled in us.

At a time when our economy is in such dire straits, American taxpayers are being forced to pick up the tab for 40,000-50,000 airport screeners and air marshals and still live in fear that somehow suicide

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9/11: A remnant from the South Tower

Recently I read about a newly discovered remnant from 9/11 that temporarily stopped my blood from circulating. The tragic event of 9/11 stunned humanity’s imagination, caused the Earth to pause from its rotation, sent stark ripples through the universe and witnessed God blinking.

This past August, as a result of forensic evidence and a seemingly miraculous process of spiritual influence, Denise Scott learned the nature of her husband’s last moments at the top of the South Tower (Tower Two) in the World Trade Center. The surviving note, which was identified through analysis of a thumb-size blotch of blood, read:


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