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Tag: 9/11


GOP: The party that gave us war and recession

Re: “Democrats: Governance hurts American prosperity” (letter, 3-22).

The letter writer states that a Republican president will create greater economic prosperity and restore our prominence in the world. He should think about his wish - then consult his history book.
On the watch of the last Republican president:

• Our North American soil was attacked by foreign terrorists on 9-11-01.

• The economy slithered into the worst recession since the Great Depression.

• More than 4,800 of our finest men and women met their deaths because of a still ongoing search for “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq. As a result

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US: Liberals making nation less secure

Many Americans feel their security is endangered by the liberals’ and some minorities’ attack on two of the most prestigious institutions in the U.S.: the police and CIA. The people in these institutions risk their lives almost every day to keep Americans secure from foreign terrorists and domestic criminals.

Since 9/11, the CIA has kept Americans at home relatively secure from savage terrorism that decapitate and use real torture to intimidate the world’s populations. The liberals believe enhanced interrogation is torture. It is only a temporary discomfort to the terrorists, and to argue it is inhumane when Americans are subjected

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TORTURE: Do critics forget those who died on 9/11?

The outcry since the release of the CIA torture report is interesting. I guess people have forgotten the more than 3,000 who died on Sept. 11, 2001 when they proclaim their outrage over waterboarding and sleep deprivation of a few evil monsters who are responsible for the deaths of many.

To me torture, can be described as the many ”good-bye” phone calls to loved ones just before the collapse of the Twin Towers.


BENGHAZI: Blame-gamers have selective memories

Do my Republican friends blame Ronald Reagan for the deaths of 200-plus Marines in Lebanon?

Do they blame George W. Bush for the 3,000-plus deaths on Sept. 11, 2001?

They do blame the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi on President Obama.

These deaths can be blamed on failure of the intelligence community and a dedicated and trusting ambassador who ventured into a hostile location without adequate security.


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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