November 16, 2001    





What do you think of the idea of "homeland security"?

I don't much care. I heard we have a Homeland Security Advisor or something. It really doesn't matter to me.

etoile, 20

I have no problem with homeland security - as long as they start acting like an active organization. All we need is another government agency to pass the buck some more. Lots of security issues in our country these days....and I'm sure that won't change anytime soon. I'm not sure it was the best move for Bush to throw one of his best buddies at the helm right off the bat like he did, but let's give the man a chance to prove himself.

Fisch, 46
, CT    USA

It's a typical governmental catchphrase, vaguely reassuring and nonspecific. If "homeland security" involves filling gaps in our existing systems to protect against terrorism, I'm in favor. If it is used as an excuse to curtail civil liberties, I'm opposed.

Jane, 62
West Linn
, OR   USA

They could've come up with a better name. The concept is fine, but I'm wary of the way the Bush administration is going to implement this. I think the American Civil Liberties Union is going to be hiring lawyers soon.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA

not sure


The concept of "homeland security" is an excellent one. The concept protects our American rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The term, unfortunately, is an awkward phrasing of an excellent concept.

Jill, 60

Whats homeland security?


Wow. The word homeland really reminds me of Germany and Hitler.That regime wasn't too secure after we busted them up - twice no less.

As for the US, I think interior seciurity is their biggest problem. I think that is what they need to focus on the most. They say that Canada keeps letting terrorists into the US, but if anyone has ever driven from Canada to the US (or, back home to the US after a lovely vacation in the wilds of Canada), you'll know that: you pay the toll, drive over the pretty bridge and pull up to talk to a US boarder guard. So I think we both share equal fault for that, friends.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

The idea that flying should be more secure, that processes should be I place to prevent huge public health emergencies due to   bioterroism is all great. However, I see legisltation being passed  that is sure to infringe on lots of folk civil liberties. I see lots of resources beign diverted to various things leaving many citizens and organizations high and dry all under the guise of promoting "homeland security". I can see where tons of immigrants in this country are in danger of being abused by a new system that can detain them indefinitely. "Homeland security" can easily become fascist control if we are not vigilant.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

I don't.

Karen, 22
, IA   USA

It scares me. It sounds like our rights will be reduced. The best part of being an American is being free and having that restricted to keep us 'safe' which I'm not sure the government would be able to do anyway is disheartening.

Celeste, 30
Colorado Springs

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