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Do you feel any safer from terrorism one year after the death of Osama bin Laden?
May 1st, 2012
04:00 PM ET

Do you feel any safer from terrorism one year after the death of Osama bin Laden?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As President Obama celebrates the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death in Afghanistan, security is reportedly being stepped up at airports overseas.

The Department of Homeland Security says there are "no specific, credible threats or plots" against the United States at this time, but apparently there is some cause for concern.

ABC News reports that officials fear al Qaeda may soon try to explode aircraft bound for the United States with so-called "body bombs."

They worry terrorists might ingest explosives and then try to detonate them on a commercial flight. ABC reports this is why security has been increased at some airports in Europe and the Middle East and the United States has sent more federal air marshals overseas.

If you've been through airport security recently in this country, you might think bin Laden was somewhere on the concourse.

The Transportation Security Administration has come under fire for aggressive behavior toward passengers, including a 7-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, who walks with leg braces and crutches, and a 4-year-old girl who started crying hysterically. Parents say the TSA is treating these children like terrorists.

There were also reports over the winter of TSA agents asking elderly passengers in wheelchairs to lift their clothing to show medical devices like colostomy bags.

Meanwhile, it seems like the fear of terrorism has all but disappeared a year after bin Laden's death and more than 10 years after the 9/11 attacks.

A recent CNN/ORC International Poll shows only 2% of Americans say terrorism is the most important issue facing the country today.

Here’s my question to you: Do you feel any safer from terrorism one year after the death of Osama bin Laden?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from,
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  1. Jayne in NH

    Only the truly paranoid might dwell on your question. At any given time a human being is about 3 minutes away from death whether it be from a stroke, being hit by a bus or having an encounter with a terrorist. I would worry about anyone who ponders this with any regularity.

    May 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  2. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    I won't feel safer until we are totally out of the middle east.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  3. Eric

    No,

    That said; I fear our own government even more than the terrorists now.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  4. Connie from Logansport,IN.

    Yes I do and I think President Obama and the fine military deserves credit for making and keeping us safe. Obama/Biden 2012

    May 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  5. jk in MN

    Yes I do – but it's more relief he's no longer in the picture. I didn't have the terrorism fear that the Republican Party tried to plant. What good is living in fear?

    May 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  6. Sandra

    Not hardly–we know there are active terrorist cells all around the U.S.A. Every time new rules for travel security are implemented there is a whole rash of negative publicity. And don't get me started on the current mess with the immigration laws...if we can't even remove those who are here illegally how in the world are we suppose to be able to do anything about the different terrorist cells and sleepers who are here??
    It's time to shut down the borders and clean house. If that means profiling then DUH!
    Galesburg, Illinois

    May 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  7. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    Actually, yes. The head has been chopped off of this movement for a global caliphate, with bin Laden as Caliph. He was the conduit for the Saudi money. A broke al Queda is no al Queda.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  8. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Knowing bin Laden's gone has to be a comfort for all; some of his lieutenants have joined him. Good riddance. I imagine people felt better when they learned Hitler was dead. Their names will forever be associated with evil. Now that he’s dead, republicans can’t talk about being on the hunt for him and the other pack of lies they spewed. The head has been severed.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  9. Beth -Canada

    I thought I felt safer until I heard about the many terrorist plans found in bin Laden's porn. I think we would be naive not to expect retaliation for bin Laden's death. In some ways I am surprised that a year has passed without serious retaliation but they could be waiting until our guard is down.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  10. Bob Melbourne, FL

    Not at all. Nothing has changed only the players are different

    May 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  11. Loren, Chicago

    I've never felt particularly scared of terrorism even in the midst of it, but then I live in the suburbs and work in the suburbs. One of the nice things about suburbs is that they aren't very interesting targets for terrorism and for that I am most grateful.

    As to the changes since the death of bin Laden, the disclsoures from his papers suggest that he was aware of how ineffectual terrorism was in fostering change for the benefit of Islam, but continued his war against the U.S. out of his meglomania. Maybe one day people will realize that political self-promoters don't have the greater good at heart, only their own self.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  12. Doug Ericson

    Al Quida got cut down a few notches when they lost their leader Osama Bin Laden. Now we still fear what Dent Head may be up to. We should ask the Pakastani Military where he is and get him too. Then we should end the Crusades and try to get this country back in shape again. Ending the practice of selling pooled mortgage securities would be a good place to start. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  13. Kyle S Irvine, CA

    The death of OBL was a milestone in war on terrorism but not the end. Al Quaeda is a massive terrorist network all over the Middle East whom will never give up to kill their enemies. I do feel safer from a terrorist attack today but we all know someone else is in charge of Al Quada.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  14. Rick Martin, Charlottesville VA

    People who live in fear are part of the problem! If you can be manipulated by fear, then expect it to come your way!

    May 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  15. Kimmy, Salisbury NC

    Do I feel safer from terrorism? I would say yes from international terror but I have a very big concern about home grown terrorism and I am very uncomfortable when the FBI and others know of a plot and let it go on to gather more evidence. Terrorism in general? I am unemployed, therefore I spend most of my time at home on the internet seeking job openings. On the phone talking to employers. I am not traveling, I am not in a high-rise, I do not use a subway, train etc. so my worry point is quite low for myself. I do worry however about our troops, I pray for them every night and I pray again that God hears my prayers.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  16. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Not really. I believe we should get all of our troops and embassy people out of every foreign country and leave these people alone. We have stirred the pot and created a lot of resentment of Americans by sticking our nose in other peoples business so they retaliate.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  17. Abdu Kishk

    Bin Laden was dead years ago. This whole story is a hoax & shame on the media for pedaling lies. You think Bin Laden aka CIA boogi man, was killed in that raid? Where is the body? Oh that's right its with the fishes. How about the dialysis machine he needed to survive? Oh well we never found it...that house has been demolished. I wonder why? Oh and Seal Team 6...knocked off as well.

    I don't buy it. What an insult to every critical thinking person in America.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  18. David of Alexandria VA

    Not a lot. The world changed with the advent of bin Laden and his tactics - like the world changed when they discovered AIDS. We will always have to be more careful now. Always and forever.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  19. RickFromDetroit

    Since I don't live or work in one of the financial areas of the country I have never felt threatened by bin Laden. It appears that the majority of his targets are directed at the upscale areas where the "Political Suppressors" OCCUPY, or their protectors like the U.S. Military.

    Killing bin Laden is probably as effective as killing Robin Hood or the Gangsters who used to boot leg alcohol during prohibition. One down and a billion to go!

    May 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  20. Noel Sivertson Roswell NM

    I don't worry about feeling safer. I go aout my life without thinking about it. I refuse to be swayed by political rhetoric to feel danger because one or the other party isn't in office. Most of the things we worry about in life never really happen. Sometiimes they do, but not that often to most of us.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  21. H.R

    Sure do, everyone of those scoundrels they take out is one less to harm anyone.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  22. Karl from Flint, MI

    I feel a lot safer from terrorism from outside the US with Bin Laden and many of his upper level henchmen gone. His organization is weakened with no one in line to take over as the absolute leader he was. Now I worry about the terrorist cells inside the United States and the one I fear the most is the Republican Party. Those loony toons have always scared me more the any Muslim ever could. Muslims could never bring Sharia law into this country but, of late, the GOP sounds like it has plans for even worse things if they get control.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  23. openmindministry

    No. Because we still have a system of hate in this country including jokers to burn other peoples bibles. Oh yea those domestic conservatives in Congress and the Catholic Church. Its all in how you define terrorism, wipping out our rights in this country and the elimination of the middle class. I belive this is the worse terrorism we have.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  24. Gary H. Boyd

    Safer from terrorists from outside America - YES. Safer from terrorists from within the United States - NO. I believe the real threat to our nation's future currently resides in the White House with a plan that can be summed up in just 3 words - DIVIDE AND CONQUER. Barack Obama has managed to divide the country as it has never been divided before and he's conquering it financially and socially. 4 more years of Obama and America's finished.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    May 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  25. Miguel Morris-Texas

    We are in the same position that we were in Vietnam in the 70's. Who is our enemy now? Just ask our military in Afganistan. when the people we are training, shoot at our guys and gals, it is time to come home. We are not better off in most places that we were in a year ago. This is the time to keep our guard up. TxMoose.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  26. Elizabeth From Toronto

    No as long as irrational people live who believe in overpowering everyone, terrorism will be alive and kicking!! In addition, as the world's population grows and the internet spews out more garbage more people will think their ideas are the best ones!

    May 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  27. It's May, Wyoming

    Yes, I feel safer from al Qaeda because they are fizzling out, according to media reports. Big bad bin Laden biting the dust was long in coming, but his death
    brought a wonderful feeling of relief and justice in this country after the 9-11 horror. It was good to find out the truth of where bin Laden was, what he was doing, and that Pakistan has a red face from their obvious treachery.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  28. chris

    nope i felt safer before 9/11 because all the hassle is too much we to even get thru the airport

    May 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  29. Dave R

    I felt safer as a result of steps taken subsequent to 9/11 regarding airport security. I felt vindicated after the death of Osama Bin Laden. There will undoubtedly be terrorist incidents in the future, but nothing approaching 9/11. We must be ever vigilant. That's just the way it is.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  30. Rich McKinney, Texas

    No not at all. Religious zealots are a dime a dozen. Bin laden was no different then Jim Jones. Both of their followers are just as dead. All it takes is one whack job with enough motivation and influence to convince others to commit acts of terror and a new terrorist cell is born. We can not know what evil lurks in the hearts of another and we can not predict who or what will strike next. What we can do is live our lives and do the best that we know how until the next crisis happens. We can not afford to police the world anylonger. Our foreign debt is now equal to that of our economy.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  31. TomInRochNY

    Forget bin Laden and al Qaeda. After the Republican primary season I definitely feel less safe from terrorism.

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    May 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  32. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    It doesn't enter my mind of late.but there is a lot other things I don't feel safe about. How about no job, people driving 70 miles an hour texting and talking on the phone, 30,000 gun deaths a year doesn't make me feel safe. I don't feel safe with a bunch of weasels in Congress that don't legislate because of hate. It is my country I fear for with all its divisiveness, and anger.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  33. Pete in Georgia

    Not at all. Not anything against our military or intelligence agencies but the terrorist network is like roaches in a 100 yr. old apartment building in the tropics. They're everywhere and can't ever be eradicated 100%. Not even close. The demise of bin Laden only fueled the minds and passions of his demented followers. Probably to a degree even higher than if he were still alive and well.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  34. Gary in San Jose, California

    No I don't feel any safer from terrorism because I never felt that threatened to begin with. I do feel a sense of pride and justice every time I hear that a terrorist leader, like bin Laden, got whacked by our quiet professionals.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  35. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    Yes I do. The CIA, Special Forces, drone attacks, and the cooperation between global intelligence agencies has been spearheaded by President Obama's relentless pursuit of terrorists wherever they may sleep. This is much to the chagrin of those who downplay the achievement by the fore mentioned of cutting off the head of the snake. That camels nose is no longer in the tent, so to speak.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  36. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Did Obama cause me to feel safer after the clandestine assasination of Osama and several of his staff and the drone attacks, and the collateral damage and "deaths", I think not. Not sayin a republican would have avoided this, on the contrary, but neither created more safety, just more devious and dedicated adversaries. War is hell, and here it comes !

    May 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  37. gg

    as long as you keep dropping bombs in other countries,you will all-ways have new enemies-safe never

    May 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  38. Chuck The Canuck

    Forget the terrorists, America has become its own worst enemy.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  39. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    Since I don't live in a major city that qualifies as a high value target, I don't feel any more, or less, safe than before. The real fear is the failure of government to be either willing, or able, to protect us from rampant abuses in the financial sector of our economy. Bush and Obama have spent billions of dollars and killed thousands of people to catch one man, but they have spent nearly nothing arresting, prosecuting, and imprisoning the criminal conspirators that robbed millions of people of their financial security. I would much rather be celebrating their demise.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  40. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Not really, I’m more afraid of the TSA and the NSA at this point. They are doing more to change our collective lifestyle than any terrorist. Every aspect of our privacy has been stripped from us. Everywhere we go and everything we buy is on video tape, all our phone calls are being recorded and all our e-mails, texting, messaging, in short, every form of communication we have is now a matter of record. There is nothing we can hold private anymore, not even our thoughts as our Google search histories are also in government databases. And what we look for is what we are thinking and who we are. Osama bin Laden did a terrible thing and is rotting hell for it, but our own government is doing more to us than he ever imagined in his most despicable dreams. And that is not making us any safer.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  41. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: No. It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity--and to be honest--nothing is realy "safe."

    May 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  42. Pete in Florida

    Yes, a lot, but even safer because the Repubs don't control the White House and USA foreign policy. The Repubs talk big on terror, but so far it's Obama that has done the job. Keep your fingers crossed this November – put the wrong party into the White House and it's back to war(s) we go!

    May 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  43. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Define terrorism Jack? if you asking if I am afraid of another attack like 9-11 I would have to say yes. There is nothing to stop someone who wanted to pull it off. They don't have to use commercial jets either. They don't have to use any aircraft. They could use anything they are inventive enough to conjure up to get the job done. We do not know how many theorists we now have in America because we don't know who currently lives here and we have no way to secure the borders. On top of all that we let over 300,000 immigrants we know nothing about into the United States each year. Who is to say the next terrorist will not be a U.S. citizen? Timothy McVey ring a bell?

    May 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  44. Bernie of Lowell.

    Psychopaths like Grover Norquist and Paul Ryan scare me more.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  45. Dave - Phx

    No, but to be fair, I wasn't afraid of terrorism before he died. I already felt safe. But then again I'm not a right wing extremist who wants to hype up anything that goes against jesus.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  46. Jeff In Minnesota

    I would like to tell you "Yes", but there are too many other "wack-jobs" running around outside and within the US to make me feel safe.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  47. John from Alabama

    Jack: I feel safer today than I did a year ago. I am proud that a group of military experts plied their trades got rid of an evil man. I do not know any of the military personnel on S.E.A.L. Team 6, but for 27 years I got to be among them. Safety is in the minds eye. Safety is something that men and women have been paying for over 250 years in America. I am proud to be an American, and I am proud that President Obama saw the shot and took the shot. Remember, it is easy to start war, but it takes great courage to end a war. I believe President Obama will be in the White House when both Irq and Afghanistan will end. This is time for the parade when all God's children are home.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  48. Charley in New Mexico

    Terrorism doesn't frighten me me any where nearly as much as the steps that the government has taken to "keep me safe from terrorism"....

    May 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  49. cylix--ct.

    Not really-HAVE you been to an airport lately? TSA does not strike me as REMOTELY competent.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  50. Dan in Albuquerque

    Yes, because he not only got Bin Laden. he got a big portion Al Queda's key planners and leaders. No country is ever completely safe from terrorism, but when the major organization likely to launch such attacks is greatly diminished, we are safer. And, as evidenced today in the planned bridge bombing that they thwarted, our FBI and other agencies are far more read than they were/.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  51. Chris, Ottawa Canada

    I never felt unsafe to begin with. Statistically the chances of dying in a terrorist attack is 0.0001%. You're 200 times more likely to die in a car accident than by a terrorist attack. It's the politicians and media that keep promoting fear fear and more fear. Fortunately I'm smart enough to see through the rhetoric and live my life based on a sense of perspective.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  52. Joe Johnson from Eustis Fl

    Jack to be honest with you I dont even give it thought. I guess the one thing that the Obama administration can celebrate is the taking Osama bin Laden out. Im more afraid of the loss of jobs and the economy following Greece and the European countries than a terrorist. what happen to his word on that if we are not better in four years I should not be elected again. Its the economy again stupid. We need change and change now!

    May 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  53. Larry IN Houston

    Do you feel any safer from terrorism one year after the death of Osama bin Laden ?
    Answer : YES, most definitely ! But why aren't they going further ? Why are they Just stopping with OBL ?
    IF the Obama administration wants to "snuff out" al kaida, why don't they get the next guy in line ? How about that guy that has a huge mole in the middle of his forehead ? Isn't He # 2 ? If they do this, then al kaida wouldn't be "recruiting" as many people, once they find out that their "head honcho" gets the ax, so to speak.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  54. Overby

    I don't feel safer in any way. I find it disgusting Obama has gone to Afghanistan to milk the Bin Laden killing for all it's worth politically. W was the one that gave the order to capture or kiill Bin Laden, and any president would have authorized it.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  55. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    I do feel safer, but I am totally aware that another master terrorist is lurking in the shadows somewhere in the Middle East just waiting for his chance to strike at the democracies of the world. President Obama's decision to go after Osama bin Laden is a testiment to the wisdon, strength and intelligence of this good man, our President. It is totally disgusting that the Republicans, who have a presidential candidate that lacks stature or any kind, goes after the President, trying to somehow diminish this outstanding happening that so benefited the world. What has happened to the once-proud Republican party?

    May 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  56. ken, atlantic city, nj

    One year after osama bin laden was assassinated a violent crime occurs in the u.s. every 27 seconds, an aggravated assault every 36 seconds, a women is raped every 2 minutes, and a murder every 30 minutes. 10,000 people have been killed by a gun and 15,000 killed by domestic violence this past year. 3,000 women were raped while serving in the military this past year. Assassinating a terrorist or firing a missle from a drone which usually kills innocent women and children 8,000 miles away does not make me feel any safer. Rather than hearing about how many jobs were created for the 13 million out of work, how many homes were taken out of foreclosure, or how the 16 trillion federal debt will be paid off, we will be hearing about the assassination of osama bin laden during the next presidential campaign. What happened to hope and change.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  57. Paul From Round Rock, Texas

    Yes only for the fact that most will think at least twice before any action. As for him being the end of terror no not at all.. There will be many more nuts that think terrror is the answer when all it is the more reason againts them and their actions. We will not be save for many years to come if ever.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  58. Greg Turman

    Jack;

    Osama Bin Laden believed that the U.S. economy must be destroyed to save the world from global warming.
    Coincidently, president Obama's appointed EPA director for Texas recently resigned. Apparently Mr. EPA believed that crucifixtion of oil companies would save the planet from global warming.
    Afraid of Al-Qeuida? Hell, we are doing it to our selves !
    Gregory Turman
    Noonday,Texas

    May 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  59. susan

    That's like asking, "Do I feel any safer now that the latest mass murder in Any Town, USA has been arrested?" Well if I do, I'm deluding myself. There will ALWAYS be another mass murder coming along. And there will always be another what we call "terrorist" coming along, no matter how many we kill. It's a vicious cycle. We kill the so-called terrorist, then their loved ones want revenge, so they kill more of us, which causes us to want revenge, so we kill... .

    Don't forget, and just to be fair...one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

    The "war on terrorism" will never go away. That claim is just as nonsensical as the phrase "defeat al Qaeda" is. But they keep trying to sell it to us. The question is, will we keep buying that fictitious argument that the Military Industrial Complex keeps trying to sell us?

    S.V.
    Mansfield, Ohio

    May 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  60. Riley ODay

    We are safe. Not another attack since 9/11. I dont count underwear or shoes that did not work anyway. All the money spent in the middle east should have been spent in our sea ports, airports and borders. All Americans would have benefited instead of war contractors.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  61. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Yes. Thanks to President Obama sending in Seal Team Six instead of bombing the compound as Sec. Gates, VP Biden, and others wanted, we discovered that bin Laden was still planning to try to attack the U.S., to kill President Obama, and other plots. I feel better with him gone although we'll never be totally safe.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  62. Richard C.

    I do not feel any safer because the terrorist groups that want to bring down America are still active around the world and their surrogates are in this country. Along with this, there are left-wing groups , like the ACLU, who are opposed to us properly defending ourselves and our country in a manner that will keep us safe. Individually, we must stay vigilant and not be afraid to call the proper authorities if you see or hear a potential threat. Paranoia is an asset since 9/11.
    Malvern, PA.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  63. Gigi Oregon

    Yes, it is the smartest move any President has made concerning war. It's the way terrorism should be fought. Not going to war in the wrong country and charging the bill to our grandchildren to pay off. Borrowing the cost of the war from a nation not called our friend, 4000+ dying or disabled for life. And...the final blow, holding hostage the next administration (Democrats and President Obama), unable to govern our country, it's people and it's needs until the debt is paid down...while adding they produced a failed administration.

    The next time the United States wants to go to war sell "War Bonds" The way the greatest Generations Administration did, that would give you a real sense of how "We the People " feel.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  64. Paul in NC

    No. Nor do I feel any less safe. Acts of terrorism will be with us as long as there are individuals or organizations who think they can achieve their objectives through acts of violence. Civilized nations can take steps to minimize the threat but they will never eliminate it completely. You might be killed or injured in one of those attacks. Then again you might be struck by lightening, run over by a Mack truck or fall and kill yourself in your own bath tub. So there is no point in walking around in a perpetual state of Dick Cheney induced paranoia. Get over it.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  65. Bert in Los Angeles

    Hi Jack, yes because our Commander in Chief made the right call to not only bring bin Laden to justice but to also bring back the treasure of information inside his hideout. Thus President Obama's strike was a two edged sword taking out the past leader of Al Qaeda and their future plans which leaves us all much safer.

    May 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  66. MNResident

    Mr. Caffferty, you need to ask that question of those who live near or travel over that bridge in Cleveland that was the target of the failed terror plot. Just remember, one week ago, the Obama administration declared the "War on Terror" over. But if that is the case, why are we still being terrorized by TSA agents at the airports????

    May 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  67. Ken in Seattle

    If one was dumb enough to believe the horse manure peddled by the Bush Administration, we all should have felt safer from terrorism once Saddam Hussein was captured. According to them he was such a threat that we invaded Iraq to stop him from attacking America. Remember that Bush remarked at one point that it didn't really matter where Osama bin Laden was, played down his importance and suggested that he was likely hiding in a cave somewhere. Of course, the documents obtained by the SEALS clearly show bin Laden was very much a threat to us all right up to the end. Just one more bit of horse manure foisted on a trusting public by the Bushies. We were in fact safer the moment Obama was sworn in and the Bushies could no longer prey upon our fears of terrorism for political gain and to advance their ultra conservative agenda. Because it was then that we actually set about going after bin Laden in earnest.

    May 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  68. Nancy, Tennessee

    No, I do not have a false sense of security with Osama bin Laden dead. There are still terrorist working to destroy our way of life. Not all terrorism is orchestrated by international terrorists. The home grown terrorists scare me as well as the gangs. It's not 1956 anymore when as a teen I was allowed to ride the city bus into town to go to a movie, eat lunch at a sandwich shop, and shop at the stores without a chaperone. We must forever be cognizant of our surroundings and stay away from places we once loved and felt safe going. And don't even mention the anxiety of getting on a plane.

    May 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  69. s in fl

    Personally, I never felt the country was in danger after 9/11. That was mission accomplished for Al Queda. Their work was done at that point. Bush and his GOP cronies fell right into line and predictably started scaring the hell out of Americans while ringing up billions in fear-mongered profits. Not to mention they got to set up their Halliburton jobsite in Iraq. Good thing they paid for all of it or we'd have gone into the worst recession in memory. Oh wait. Keep forgetting it's all Obama's fault.....................

    May 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  70. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, the Obama administration has been more aggressive towards terrorism than previous administrations, but it is still impossible to prevent a fanatic who's willing to die for a cause. Add to that fact, every time someone in this country burns a Koran or makes an agressive statement about Iran, it makes recruiting terrorists a little bit easier.

    May 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  71. Charles - San Antonio

    I have never been scared of terrorist. There are many things that can kill or hurt you, and terrorism is way down on my list. If I was the least bit fearful of terrorism, I would not admit it because if you do, it's like giving the terrorist a little win. And that is something we should never do.

    May 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  72. tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Bin Laden was truly a lost soul, but I felt the most relief when Cheney was relieved of command. Losing idiots at both extremes makes the whole world a safer place. Deliver us from evil. Amen.

    May 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  73. Paulo - Calif

    Yes. Cutting off a this snake's head was more than symolic. Bin Laden's assassination by Navy-Seal-6 shattered his larger-than-life myth–showed him as a shawl-wrapped frail old man, watching his past glories on a TV set–by extension showing Al-Qaeda for what it is too: disorganized and oten inept.

    May 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  74. David Doherty

    Just how are we supposed to feel safer, now that we've created millions of more enemy's ever since we've started killing thousands of people that have never hurt us in any way or ever had any intention of doing so. We done nothing but poke the hornet's nest. We will never be safe again, remember these are people that think of wars, not in years, but thousand's of years.
    Dave from NH.

    May 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  75. jenn

    No. 9-11 was the end of our innocence. It is a different world for us--the kind of world we used to only see on TV when they covered other countries conflicts. It's unfortunate that we have to be more vigilant about our surroundings but maybe we will all be safer in general

    May 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  76. Gordo from NJ

    Of course terrorism is still a concern. However, I feel better knowing that President Obama is clearly focused on al qaeda and other terrorist groups. I worry that a President Romney, who has a much more simplistic and insular view of the world than Obama, would soon get us into a war with Iran. This could easily occur, just as Bush attacked Iraq because he didn't understand the scope and complexity of political, philosophical and religious differences across the middle east.

    May 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  77. Karl from Flint, MI

    Jack, I live in the south end of Flint Michigan, it's one of the safer parts of town. I would go to our airport and fly to the middle east with a plane load of Muslims, without TSA screening, before I'd drive through the north end of town at high noon.

    May 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  78. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Jack, I never felt we were in any danger. I'm more concerned that this just gives the government, mainly the WH, fuel to to give Presidential orders to weaken our rights. As far as Mr. Obama finding Bin Laden he fails to mention the one individual who had been following leads for years who finally pinpointed where he was. As far as the "difficult choice" the President made, I'm sure plans were always set to take Bin Laden out no matter who was in the Oval office. I'm more untrusting of a NON-TRANPARENT administration. Now we find POTUS in Afghanistan, boy what a political showboat of BS being pushed. Now don't get me wrong I voted for Mr. Obama, I don't intend to make that mistake again.

    May 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  79. Sandstone.

    "Oh Bloody L, is not the only threat you have in the USA, Be he alive or be he dead, he was just one slightly wrong in the head. It has always been internally threatened as the USA, and will go on so with the amount of loose armory that's been slolwly building since Viet Nam. Could another threat come from south America? You can bet it happening because your boarder is wide open to the South West."

    May 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  80. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Haha. Really? The airport security was increased because someone who knew a congress person was selling scanners. Completely unnecessary. The hi-jackers took the planes with box cutters (which were LEGAL at the time) and flew them into buildings... So WHY is airport security worried about bombs?? There were no bombs! Lol, oh American fear. So useless.

    May 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  81. JB, Soldotna, AK

    Isn't it funny how Osama died on the anniversary of Hitlers death as well as the formation of the Illuminati, All inlightened Ones they were. It's the observant believers of the Quran thats the trouble, not just Osama, so thats a Big No on feeling safer when even the dumbest know there are more Osama's coming our way soon. It's a Peaceful thing don't ya know Jack?

    May 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  82. Renee, Illinois

    Honestly, I never worried about it that much to begin with. I'm one of those who always took the view 'if I let terrorism change my life then the terrorists have won'. I could get hit by a bus crossing the street or a drunk driver on the way home from work, we can never be totally safe. The fact is – if it's my time to go there's nothing I can do about it anyway. I'm far more concerned with HOW I live my life. Those who spread terror, hatred, and bigotry – especially using a religious context, and that includes any and every religion – are going to have a lot more to answer for when it comes time to face God. We might also want to consider that God may want an answer from those who did nothing (hint: Bush had bin Laden in his sights and let him go!)

    May 1, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  83. Mark from New Jersey

    We actually have more to fear from people like Scott Walker, Allen West, Eric Kantor, ALEC and the rest of the Tea party crazies. No they're not killing 3,000 plus Americans on one day. They are killing all of us slowly every day, and destroying the whole country

    May 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  84. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    I've never given much thought to my own safety in regard to the terrorist threat, but I was overjoyed when it was revealed that Bin Laden had paid the ultimate price for his heinous, insidious, and horrible act on 9/11. I'd love to personally thank the members of SEAL team 6, as well as President Obama for getting the job done, and tell the Republican Party, especially Romney, to take a long walk off a short pier.

    May 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  85. curtis in philadelphia

    Jack, I feel better, in a chest pounding "we got'em" kind of way, but not safer, because I never felt in harms way, probably because I don't live in New York City or Washington DC.

    May 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  86. Ilene in Wisconsin

    I really don't worry about it, but I do feel safer with PBO than I ever did under bush and cheney. At least we're not getting all the false terror alert warnings like we did when bush was running for re-election so we'd be afraid of Kerry and vote for him.

    May 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  87. r.landschoot

    Safre? Bin Laden won, and we'll be suffering retrictions on our liberty for decades. I'm more afraid of bureaucrat intpreting Patrot laws, Never saw a bureaucrat whom couldn't make things worse for common man

    May 1, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  88. Thom Richer

    bin Laden was only one nut in a can of many. Salted, roasted, or boiled. He was dangerous but there are more and probably whackier than him. They come and go and we just go from one to another with support and arms until they begin to take control and we don't like that. Then we go after them. Good example that this is not a far fetched theory is not only bin Laden but Husein, Hitler, and now Hamid Karsai. They are all crazy dictators and war lords, yet we give them aid until it no longer suits us. As to another Bush in the White House it would be just as crazy. I fear another Bush in the White House but not for the same reasons as our fickle Congress.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    May 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  89. Gail, Plano TX.

    Jack: What purpose does fear serve? To be afraid is to give the terrorists their lunch! One must live one day at a time, to its fullest. The President is speaking now on your channel. I am very proud of him. And feel much safer since he was elected!

    May 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  90. Ed from California

    No!! Now that were staying in Afghanistan for another ten years!!! I feel broker, not safer!! Way to lose your re-election, pres. Obama!!

    May 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm |