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Actually, America is much safer than we think

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  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    April 21, 2013 8:23 p.m.

    Isn't it interesting how fear makes us irrational, forgetting the standards that have been long established. In WWII our irrational fear trumped all law, including the Constitution, as we rounded up citizens and put them behind barbed wire for the offense of ethnic identity. The Supreme Court was shamefully mute and blind.

    After 9/11 we allowed rogue interrogators to ignore proven, effective techniques. As a consequence we soiled our own flag and probably created more enemies around the world than we neutralized. Somehow we must learn to act more like our emergency room doctors do. Remain calm, act with all deliberate haste, and follow procedures.

    Our greatest security is not in military might or surveillance capacity, it is the intangible trust that we are basically caring and fair. Any selfishness or injustice breeds angry recruits for the next great enemy.