Re: Mixed feelings
@tjgkg, always enjoy your thoughts, you are a very bright guy. But as someone born in Oklahoma City, with my family from there, I've felt the effect of terrorism far longer than 9/11. But we didn't rush to toss all our values and freedom away after that event.
If you are saying the TSA makes you feel safer, good for you. All I can tell you is my neighbor, who is great guy and great mechanic, also works part time for the TSA. If you think he is going to prevent terrorism with the minimal training he got (or ever could get), good luck with that.
We already have a CIA, NSA, etc to watch for threats. I'm not calling to abolish that. But it has to be done correctly. The solution is not to consider everyone a terrorist and then let them prove they are not. You can't wiretap everyone, abolish encryption, etc in the name of "preserving our freedom".
This solution to radical Muslims is a political, global solution. This is not America's battle to fight alone. But people are lumping these lone wolf attacks in that fight. I can't imagine how locked down a society would have to be to stop that. It's not a society I want to be part of, that's for sure.