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Submitted by Barry Black (United States), Jan 6, 2010 at 12:31

Yes we need to increase security. No one is really denying that. What we should object to is the hysteria caused by this attempted terrorist act.

I'm fed up with Al-Queda being described as being evil geniuses. They are not COBRA to our GI JOE. They put explosives in their undies. These guys are more Dr. Evil than Professor Moriarty. Every single terrorist attack on US soil in recent history (including 911) could have been easily stopped if the intelligence systems in the US had worked at a 6th grade level.

The truth is, the enemy is not great. America's intelligence weaknesses are. There is no excuse for anyone's civil liberties to be squashed until the intelligence systems are working at 100%. All this baloney about air port security is a misdirection. We should be calling for the dismantlement of the intelligence systems of the US and a rebuilding of them so they actually work. People need to be fired. Systems need to be redesigned. This isn't the time for blind patriotism. This is a time to recognize that the system isn't working and it needs to be fixed.

And the first step in combating terrorism is to remove the terror from our reactions. Fear leads to politicians using such fears to promote their agendas and pursue unnecessary wars and over the top security measures.

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