October 13, 2001    
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What do you think about military forces in the streets and other public spaces such as airports?

That depends on exactly what they're doing there. Harrassing people is bad. Accusing everyone of everyting is bad. Profiling is bad. Standing there to ward off would be criminals is good.

Firelady, 23
Dallas
, TX   USA

It's both scary and sad because it's nessisary.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

I'm very ambivalent. I realize they are meant to be comforting and an assurance of safety, but I find them rather intimidating.

Jane, 62
West Linn
, OR   USA

I think that would be unecessary at this point, it's not going to make any difference as to how safe we are. It might make some people feel safer, but personally it would make me feel a lot LESS safe. It makes me feel safe to have everything normal.

Dianne, 17
Ontario  CANADA

I THINK IT IS A SHAME THAT AMERICA HAS HAD TO COME TO THIS POINT BUT IF IT MEANS SAFETY FOR OURSELVES AND OUR LOVED ONE THEN IT MUST BE. I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE THE DAY THAT THIS WOULD BE BUT HERE IT IS. THESE PEOPLE THAT CAUSED THE GREAT DISASTER NEED TO BE TAKEN OUT AND I AM SORRY IT WILL INVOLVE INNOCENT CHILDREN AND ADULTS. I AM GLAD WE HAVE A PRESIDENT AT THIS TIME THAT IS LOOKING TO GOD FOR GUIDANCE AND WE WILL OVER COME THIS SITUATION. GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND ALL THOSE THAT SERVE TO PROTECT THIS WONDERFUL COUNTRY OF OURS.

Marci, 56
Diamond
, OH   USA

If the militia is there to protect me, I'm thankful. If they are there to control me, I'll plot rebellion.

Jill, 60
Saylorsburg
, PA   USA

I don't like the idea at all. However, like most things it really depends on their purpose and their actions. I'm against unreasonable controls on personal freedom. I'm all for reasonable security measures. I definitely believe in an empowered and questioning citizenry to know the difference.

Felicia, 35
Lowell
, MA   USA

that is just wrong

Patty

Airports and other public places, like sports stadiums and what not...it is probably a good idea...but I do not what to turn this country into some sort of police state. A present at public events and building is fine...but there is no need in putting in too much ecurity...which may just succeed in making people more nervous than necessary...or not, what do I know?

Frodo
age unknown, parts unknown

I feel good, because I know I am not doing anything wrong. they are there to protect me and that's a comfort.

stickman, 27
SOUTH AFRICA

Military forces in airports might be ok because that is a place you go to for a specific reason. Military forces in the streets I find intolerable. That would signify to me that we live in a military state not a democratic state. We don't need a reminder on the streets every day of what happened to us - I doubt that any of us will forget.

Celeste, 30
Colorado Springs
, CO  USA

I suppose it's necessary right now. The U.S. has lived without an obvious military presence in public places for a very long time. It's not so unusual in other places. I am opitimistic that this will be short term rather than a long term situation.

Laura, 36
Lowell
, MA   USA

As long as I can ignore them, I don't care one way or the other.

Karen, 22
Marshalltown/Ames
, IA  USA

I think it's a good idea to always be on alert plus it reminds us citizens that there is a war going on and to be aware as well. It would make me feel  alot safer.

Stephanie, 25
TX  USA

Its alright by me, I guess. As long as i can go about my business.

Talia, 24
Wilton
, CT   USA

I think it's just another step towards America becoming less free. It's funny how we have to give up our freedoms to keep them.

Angela, 18
Bella Vista
, AR  USA

I think it is a good idea and I think that American citizens will benefit greatly from having the military on the streets. They have had much more education & discipline than police.

Melodi, 19
Gahanna
, OH   USA

I think it is scarey. I think it is necessary and it makes me sad to think that way. I feel that this war is sad. It is caused by the inability of people to respect and acknowledge each others viewpoints. So, we need the protection of armed military forces in our airports, we need to be afraid to open strange packages, and we need to look suspiciously at strange vehicles parked near our place of work. At least we are not having bombs dropped on us evry day.

Deb

Well, considering what has happened to America so far, I  WELCOME military intervention. And everyone I knows feels the same way. (Don't forget I live in the Greater Washington DC Area).

Reba, 50+
Silver Spring
, MD  USA

I never see them in the streets and I never go to airports, so I don't really care. However, it IS a free country, and if that's where they'd like to hang out, so be it. I'm not scared of the military.

Kristin, 20
IA  USA

I just came back from a day in New York City. I saw a play and went out to dinner. It was the first time I have ever seen such a police and military force on the streets. They were at the Port Authority bus & train terminal, on the streets at every major building and intersection and at Times Square. I found it comforting. They were polite, people were talking to the the officers, tourists were asking directions. I did not feel like they were invasive, (no weapons were drawn), in fact I felt immense pride that  they were there and willing to serve our country so that we could go about our daily day-to-day business.

Janet, 44
E. Brunswick
,
NJ  USA

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