- Cullman, Alabama

April 21, 2013

Keeping the US safe

The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — The empty streets of Boston as authorities searched for two terror suspects was an eerie reminder of the vulnerability of innocent people.

By the weekend, the search for two brothers following a deadly bombing assault at the Boston Marathon and the murder of an officer had left one of the nation’s largest and most historic cities paralyzed with fear. With more than one million people inhabiting the metropolitan area, no one felt safe. Police and National Guard troops combed a portion of the city door-to-door in search of the remaining suspect, discovering more explosives along the way.

Americans again will be asking, “How safe is my home, my country?”

Aside from the daily violence American citizens inflict upon themselves, the country has weathered a nervous decade since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The safety of those years did not come because of any type of truce; a greater watchfulness and a teetering intrusion on American liberties and privacy are probably the reasons for keeping the evil in check.

Nonetheless, the attacks on New York and Washington 12 years ago signaled the opening of a glaring breach in our nation’s protective shield. What much of the world had experienced for years finally reached the shores of the United States. The concern from this point forward is that terrorism in the U.S. may become increasingly home grown among citizens who have been indoctrinated with the hate and disease of terrorist groups.

The continuing threat of terrorism also brings into the focus he foolish inability of Congress and the president to adjust immigration policies and stop illegal entry into the country.

The United States long ignored the potential for this land to become a stage for hate and terrorism. While many issues beyond immigration are important in making the nation secure, ignoring a problem that has reasonable solutions within grasp is unacceptable at the elected level of government.