August 2, 2013 |
Is the illusion of safety just as good as actually being safe? Or, put another way, does the State Department's worldwide travel alert issued Friday that warns of an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist threat make you feel not just more informed but more secure ? Didn't think so. On the other hand, what's a responsible government supposed to do? Here's the problem; as my colleague Carol Williams reported Friday : Intelligence-gatherers have picked up increasing “chatter” among suspected militants about attacks timed to the end of the Ramadan holy month observances and specific actions reportedly planned by the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula group that counter-terrorism officials consider the biggest threat to U.S. and Western citizens and interests….
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March 19, 1989
I was greatly disturbed by the decision today by La Jolla Country Day School to preclude Sharon Rogers from returning to her teaching duties there. As a parent of a small child, I can appreciate the concern of other parents that, however remote the danger might be, their children should not be placed in unnecessary jeopardy. However, as parents, we expose our children to risks every day. A drive in a car is more dangerous than keeping a child at home. Many of us allow our children to take up dangerous activities (dirt biking, for example)
May 5, 2010
Are shoe bombers and car bombers facts of American life now? Sadly, they probably are, just as school shootings, gang violence and the occasional rampage by a knife-wielding mental patient at Target are lamentable features of contemporary society. Citizen vigilance and the incompetence of would-be bombers have spared American lives on a couple of occasions now, most recently in Times Square . Nimble police work and improved coordination among law enforcement agencies have saved untold more.
July 28, 2013 |
"This is a great time to be a white-collar criminal. " An assistant U.S. attorney I know startled me with this remark in 2002. The bulk of her FBI investigators, she explained, had been pulled off to work on terrorism, which left traditional crime investigations sorely understaffed. Little has changed since then. For more than a decade, the U.S. government has been focused on one type of threat above all others: terrorism. This obsession has not only been used to justify an erosion of Americans' privacy, it has opened them to other dangers and, paradoxically, made it easier for terrorists to achieve success.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Federal law enforcements officials are monitoring the crash of the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 on Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, but sources said there was no immediate indication of terrorism or other foul play. The National Transportation Safety Board is beginning an investigation into the crash. Federal law enforcement sources said the focus now is on a mechanical or operating error. Another source said 48 passengers received medical care.
October 31, 2009 |
It is a worrisome first: an American accused of going to Europe to plot a terrorist attack there. Recent arrests in Chicago underscore a growing concern among Western officials about the threat posed by U.S. militants who take advantage of their passports to travel easily around the world on violent missions. "We never thought it could be persons from the U.S. coming here to commit attacks," said Hans Jorgen Bonnichsen, a former chief of Denmark's police security intelligence service.