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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)
September 7, 2011 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Ten years after Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked jetliners, steered them into the World Trade Center towers and plunged a stunned country into a transformative war on terrorism, California voters overwhelmingly believe the fight remains a crucial priority, according to a new poll. Four-fifths of the voters surveyed in the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll said the need to combat terrorism remained the same or was increasing. Just 13% believed the need was decreasing. And, as the intensely ideological conflicts over how best to keep Americans safe have cooled, many voters have come to terms with once-controversial initiatives that have helped foil plans for terrorist attacks and protect the country from another deadly cataclysm.
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 | By Sarah Chayes
"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.
May 5, 2010 | James Oliphant and David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
While critics Wednesday questioned the government's decision to inform the Times Square car bomb suspect of his constitutional right to remain silent, FBI officials said that it was the proper way to ensure that criminal charges against him would not be undermined. Faisal Shahzad was arrested late Monday night and soon began talking to FBI investigators. At some point hours later, he was notified of his Miranda rights, including his right to remain silent and his right to an attorney.
February 22, 2012 | By David Zucchino
A North Carolina man convicted on terrorism charges last fall has been indicted in a case accusing him of hiring a hit man to behead three witnesses who had testified against him. Hysen Sherifi, 27, a naturalized U.S. citizen who emigrated from Kosovo, was indicted Tuesday on nine counts of conspiring with his brother and a female friend to retaliate against the witnesses. Prosecutors have said Sherifi arranged for a $4,250 payment to a "hit man" who was actually an FBI informant.
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