Monday, June 13, 2005

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Getting less safe every day

Getting less safe every day

June 13, 2005

By Richard Kuper

The Op Ed Page

In an article titled "They Won't Go" Bob Herbert writes in the June 13, 2005 issue of the New York Times:

"With the war in Iraq going badly and allegations of abuse by military personnel widespread, young men and women are increasingly deciding that there's no upside to a career choice in which the most important skills might be ducking bullets and dodging roadside bombs."

In an article titled "Take My Privacy, Please!" Ted Koppel writes in the June 13, 2005 issue of the New York Times:

"The Patriot Act - brilliant! Its critics would have preferred a less stirring title, perhaps something along the lines of the Enhanced Snooping, Library and Hospital Database Seizure Act. But then who, even right after 9/11, would have voted for that?"

Then there is the continuing failure to secure our borders and guard our nuclear plants and other power facilities. There is the faking of the intelligence and the lies this administration has told and keeps telling about the US invasion of Iraq (see today's news about a British memo warning about post-war instability that was expected because the Bush administration had no post-war plans, and couple that with the Downing Street Memo). There are all the issues surrounding Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. There are the significant increases in terrorism in Iraq and around the world.

All these sadly bring us to the same point. We are getting less safe every day thanks to the actions of the current administration. Now if only there were some members of the so-called press who would report on these issues as the lead story every day and night until the truth is known and understood by every citizen of the USA. Then maybe, just maybe, something will be done to correct the erroneous and extremely dangerous course the US is on.