November 17th, 2008
03:12 PM ET

How concerned are you about a terrorist attack?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President-Elect Barack Obama has been warned of a "huge threat" from al Qaeda by intelligence leaders in the U.S. and abroad. He told 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft last night that since terrorists could try to attack the U.S. during his White House transition, putting together his national security team is a top priority.

And it should be. The presidential transition period is prime time for terrorists. In 1993, just a little more than a month after President Bill Clinton took office, there was the first attack by al Qaeda on the World Trade Center. In 2001, during President George W. Bush's first year, we had 9/11.

The director of the CIA, Michael Hayden, said last week that al Qaeda is strengthening its hub in the Pakistani mountains and building ties with militant groups in Europe and Africa.

The president-elect told 60 Minutes that stamping out al Qaeda was also atop his to-do list and capturing or killing Osama bin Laden is a critical aspect of that plan.

Here’s my question to you: How concerned are you about another terrorist attack?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Randy from New York writes:
Another attack is always a concern. After the first World Trade Center bombing, it took almost 8 years for the next more devastating attack. Since we haven't captured the master designer of the 9/11 attacks, it's probably just a matter of time.

Don from Ottawa writes:
Not at all, Jack. The terrorists are achieving what they want without lifting a finger. We are destroying ourselves from within.

Laura writes:
Why bother to plot an attack when they can sit back and watch this country financially implode? George Bush and his crew have been the ultimate gift to al Qaeda.

Mark from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma writes:
Very concerned. I believe that we will be hit again, but only when Bin Laden can be certain that the destruction and loss of life will be much greater than that which took place on 9/11.

Pat from Lexington, Kentucky writes:
I'm concerned and aware, but not anxious or hysterical or paralyzed by the possibility or probability. I don't know what to do to help prevent an attack, and I'm certainly not going to stop everything and hold my breath waiting for it.

Lauri from Baltimore, Maryland writes:
I'm a lot less concerned now than I was on November 3rd.

Bruce from St. Paul, Minnesota writes:
I'm not worried. After all, we have to take our shoes off and surrender our shampoo at the airport. We have a partial fence separating us from Mexico. How could terrorists possibly penetrate a system like that?

Filed under: Al Qaeda • US Military
soundoff (429 Responses)
  1. Lucas in Pawling, NY

    Not very Jack, it ranks alongside being struck by lightning or being attacked by a shark.
    I think that the Bush administration did a brilliant job at instilling fear in us and while there always will be terror attacks, we can not be afraid of them.
    Remember what tour genius leaders said after 9/11 – If we are too scared to go shopping the terrorists won.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  2. Rod from Allentown PA

    Jack, Not at all. After all, the newly elected President will protect us all. Right after he shares the wealth (or lack of it with this economy).

    November 17, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  3. marti thompson

    Not at all..I don't live in a city or near a nuke plant and I'm sure they don't want to blow up my weeds....

    November 17, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  4. susan from Idaho

    The only terrorists we should be concerned about are the two warmongers running the Bush administration. If they had actually sought some intelligent mid-east counsel they would have been told that our presence on any of that land is considered invasive to the inhabitants. We should get out and stay out. We would not want them here imposing their values on us.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  5. ozzi in AZ

    I'm concerned because Osama Bin laden is still a free man with a huge following of crazy radicals who don't value LIFE.
    However, I'm not lying awake at night worrying about it. In fact, I feel a little LESS worried about it now that we chose a president who will actually TALK with our enemies!

    November 17, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  6. carson

    that is the most important issue for national security to protect the country from terrorism and is also the second most important after economic..

    November 17, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  7. don in naples, florida

    This nation will always be a target of attack considering how it conducts itself globally. It is not a popular position to globalize military bases around the world; and dictate that hostile nations become democracies. The only way america will ever completely lose the fear of terror attacks will be to reconsider how it conducts itself globally. So in a word, yes. But it is only a distant fear. Most nations now realize that if they attack this nation– a military base will probably be permanently placed in their country. Im sure that this is a motivational tool to keep terrorists at bay.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  8. Patricia

    I'm not concerned at all for several reasons:
    1. It's like lightning–pretty random, so you can't control it.
    2. Bush is leaving office and so he can't piss anyone else off.
    3. Obama's calm strength makes us a less likely target.


    November 17, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  9. Daniel Ambrose


    I think we all should reserve some concerns on the unknown of a terrorist attack. I think we are much better prepared today than we were on 9/10/2001. This great country has its eyes open even when we are sleeping.

    Atlanta, GA

    November 17, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  10. Sue -Idaho

    Jack, after the terror inflicted upon our economy by the Bush administration how much more help would the other terriorist need?
    Right now we cannot afford rocks to throw at someone attacking us, nor the people to throw them. Maybe that was the plan all along, bankrupt the country, that's the easiest way to take us down. Little did we know we had the right formula in office to help with that vision!

    November 17, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  11. Lene', IL

    I don't spend alot of time worrying about another terrorist attack. I'm not giving G.W. Bush any credit either since he has really done nothing to make our borders or ports more secure. I worry more about the thugs on Wall Street and the gangs of illegals taking over our streets than another 9/11.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  12. JD in NH

    Not concerned at all. I'm more apt to die from my inability to afford healthcare.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  13. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    Jack, it is about number 108 on my list of "what I am afraid is going to happen next". I've had enough of the likes of Bush, Rove etc who thought it was a good idea to get what they wanted. If it happens, and I'm still around, I'll decide what to do about it then. Life is too short.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  14. lee in tn

    I am more afraid of an attack from within, but also , because of people
    like Bin Ladin ,you also have to watch over your back.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  15. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: I'm about as concern as dying......I know it is going to happen......but don't know when. The trouble economy is doing Americans more harm on a day to day basis than waiting for the terrorist to arrive. Worrying about the terrorist to attack is like "paying interest on trouble" that hasn't happen.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  16. Mike, Albuquerque, NM

    If the purpose of a terror attack is to cause fear, I am more in fear of losing my job than anything else. If a terror attack is defined as an act of violence, I am more in fear of local street gangs than foriegn militias. I do not fear the Taliban or Al Quada. I beleive that Osama Bin Laden is dead or incompacitated. Our mission now should be to resolve outstanding issues and place our prefered men in positions of leadership in tribal areas in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  17. Tony in Michigan

    No concern here, Jack. If we live in fear of terrorists, that means they've already won.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  18. mel from ohio

    Not scared at all, Jack . My fears around terrorists were due to the President that we had for the last 8 years because he was so determined to threaten everybody whom he couldn't control. I felt that other countries were ganging up against us and rightly so...then of course, Chaney and company kept that fear going with threat levels and any other kind of drama that they could drum up to make us rely on their "leadership". I think we'll have more respect from other countries due to Obama's diplomacy and lack of bullying behavior.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  19. Cori from Colorado

    I don't see an attack is imminent. Right now, I think the world is focused on changing leadership, the global financial crisis, natural disasters and much more. Maybe in a decade or so, the world could be in a much different place, and I'm hoping it's a better future.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  20. txkboy

    From Texas. People are kidding themselves if their wondering "if"; they should be more concerned with "when". Through the efforts of our great military and stepped up intelligence, we as a nation have been able to dispel a major terrorist attack, thusfar, on our homeland.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  21. Jackie in Dallas

    In my mind, the most vulnerable time we have for a terrorist attack is just on or around the Inauguration of President Elect Obama. It could be from within, or from outside, our borders. Power transitions are always a dangerous time. However, I think our intelligence groups, our security groups, and our outstanding military and special forces (such as the Secret Service) are already aware and prepared. Whether the people are or not, is the real question. We have gotten so caught up in our national economic crisis that we are not paying as much attention to world developments. Security of our country and our people is EVERYONE'S job.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  22. Anj in CA

    Jack, something tells me that Pres. Obama will actually read intelligence materials given to him, even if they roll over onto a second page. So yeah, the terrorists do try to test new administrations, here and elsewhere, and maybe they'll even succeed, but at least the Obama administration won't help them. So our odds are better than last time. That said, of course I'm worried. This is the world we live in now.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  23. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    I'm sure the terrorists are planning attacks all of the time. Most of these are found out and stopped or prevented. All world citizens must be conscious of there surroundings and our government must remain on alert to what is happening.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  24. Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    Jack I am always concerned because I think there are a lot of ways we can easily be attacked. I'm not worried because I do not worry about things I cannot control.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  25. Chris - Hemer, Ca.

    I must admit I'm a bit concerned Jack. Remember there was a nine year period between the first attempt on the World Trade Center and the eventual destruction. Time is irrelevant to the Arab mind. My concern is that one day, out of the blue, a nuke goes off in a major American city and we go from "post 911" to "post nuke."

    November 17, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  26. Jenna Wade

    How concerned are you about another terrorist attack?

    I am NOT concerned about another terrorist attack.


    Simple, if I am fearful then the terrorists win.. That is the whole idea around terrorism – fear..

    We also need to keep in mind that Leadership by Fear is another form of terrorism.

    So Thank God we have NEW leadership by HOPE and CHANGE just around the corner.

    The best way to life, is to be FEARLESS..

    Roseville CA

    November 17, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  27. Jason, Koloa, HI

    It is highly possible with our foreign policy over the last eight years that a terrorist attack is likely. But, when you weigh the outcomes of other disaster scenarios against that of a terrorist attack, you have to be equally prepared for those situations. Floods, hurricanes, fires, freezes, crop destruction, bridge collapses, deadly flu outbreaks, anti-biotic resistant bacteria, there are so many things just as deadly that we have diverted funding from to make defense contractors wealthy. We need more balanced funding and a better foreign policy, rather than what the Republicans did by using fear of terrorists to advance their political and financial agendas.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  28. Kevin, Chester Springs PA

    I'm only concerned about things in my life that are within my control. So no... I am not concerned about a terrorist attack at all.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  29. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    I don't live near any symbolic targets, I live near military targets. So I'm concerned in that I don't want anyone to die. But as far as my own safety goes, I'm more concerned about a nuclear attack than a terrorist attack.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  30. Ken in NC

    I do not have time to worry about another terrorist attack. I'm busy now trying to deal with the one on our economy now. Besides, if we live in fear then we have already lost and the terrorist have won.

    Besides, the magnet to a terrorist attack, BUSH, will be leaving to go to Texas on 20 January 2009 so Texas will be the state to be concerned about an attack.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  31. Rich Mckinney, Texas

    I don't wake up in the middle of the night in cold sweats thinking about a terrorist attack but I know that it is only a matter of time before it happens again. When you live in a country with no defined or controlled borders like America has and the only thing stopping someone from entering it is a portion of narrow knee deep water or a wire rickety piece of fence then you are only asking for trouble. Add to this equation one more nifty piece of information called 'Home grown terrorists' then you have a recipe for disaster. I don't think the next attack will come from abroad. I think it will come from within.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  32. Kevin from Philadelphia

    There's no point in being afraid. Let's just do what needs to be done. Let's start by seriously implementing the 9/11 Commissions recommendations to make our country more secure from nucleur, biological, and chemical attacks.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  33. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    The current economy worries me a lot more than the possibility of a terrorist attack. Because of all the changes made in homeland security, I believe we are safer now than we were in 2001. Bin Laden
    probably is spending most of his efforts finding another cave to hide in. I just hope the Obama administration will find him.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  34. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Jack, I think the timing is right for a terrorist attack and I will tell you why. Currently, we are teetering on the edge of disaster. If the terrorist could launch an attack at a major American city on or near the scale of 9-11, it would send the U.S economy into a Depression. So, as much as we need to focus on repairing our economy, we cannot take our eye off the ball security wise during the transition of power because if we do, then we won’t have to worry about a bailout …we’ll just simply be sunk.

    November 17, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  35. Jordan, Phoenix

    How many people can terorist kill compare to how many arabs are killed by US soldiers. Who is the terorist?

    November 17, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  36. Linda in Florida

    Now that Bush and his warmongering pals will soon be out of office, I think our risk has gone down considerably. I live in more fear about the economy.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  37. lynnej

    Basically, I'm about as concerned about a terrorist attack as I am the common cold.

    Looking at the state the country is in, virtually bankrupt, I think they've already accomplished their goals by hitting us where we'd hurt the most: in the wallet by using our greed and materialism against us.

    We know it's going to happen, we just don't know when or how. What we must understand is that we can't stop every tragedy no more than we can stop the next random crime on the street.

    However, we must remain vigilant, but yet have the common sense to know that we must live our lives without fear. What ever happens, happens. We can't control fate or the higher powers.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  38. karen-phoenix

    NO! Now that the Bush administration is going out!!! The Bush administration attracked terrorists. Obama and his team will talk to people and try to get into a 21st century dialouge. The whole world wants peace!!!! Big oil wants war!!! Who will win? Hopefully the world!!!

    November 17, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  39. John

    Jack: I am not worried about terrorist attacks, because if law enforcement and intelligence gathering personnel can stop terrorist how can I. Terrorist attacks rates about 4th or 5th out of 10 concerns I may have. The economy, health care, and solvency for social security are more important than a terrorist attack. George W. Bush did not protect us and should not get any credit. George was a lousy president, because he was a lousy person.


    November 17, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  40. Russ in PA


    November 17, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  41. George, Huntington

    Not at all Jack.

    The terrorists like Senator Obama.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  42. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    The only terrorist attack that I'm worried about is the attack being made on the treasury by the corrupt crooks on Wall St.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  43. Gregory, Enterprise, AL

    If we secure our borders then that will should take care of 75% of the problem. Go fish for the other 25% at our nations docks.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  44. Tony from Torrington

    About as worried as I was on September 12, 2001. The enemy of the United States has one thing that we don't have. Resolve. He will not stop. He will not forget. He will attack at the moment he feels our guard is down. That's his nature. Our's is to forget, make excuses, play the blame game and become victims. We make history, but we fail to learn from it.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  45. Karl from SF, CA

    If Bush and Cheney were able to keep the boogy-man away with their incompetence, I have every confidence in our next President to protect us even better. After we obviously went into Iraq for no logial reason, it became obvious the ones to fear most were Bush and Cheney.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  46. Barb New Port Richey Fl

    Why should we worry about a terrorist attack Jack? All they have to do ios stand by and watch us destroy ourselves! We are doing a pretty good job of it so far! Beside, who in their right minds would believe Bush again?

    November 17, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  47. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    Jack I think we all are concerned about an attack but I for one am not going to hide in my safe room with no windows and food and water supplies until one happens. We all need to live and not live in fear. If we live in fear than those thugs won. THEY HAVE NOT WON.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  48. Byron

    It will happen, but I am not concerned about it.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  49. Ethel, Key Largo

    No Jack. I'm not worried about the terrorists. The Republicans can't hurt
    us anymore now.


    November 17, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  50. Neil H Donahue in Surprise AZ.

    Concerned enough,that I would not be shutting down the assembly lines . In a time of war,the last thing you want shut down is an assembly line. The big three auto makers might be needed to produce vehicles of war.
    It’s not about saving any company, but saving America. We might have to start rolling tanks and trucks off of those lines line and put the automobile on the back burner. Keeping Americans working is the surest way way to keep the bad guys from infiltrating our society.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  51. Mark in OKC

    Very concerned. I believe that we will be hit again, but only when Bin Laden can be certain that the destruction and loss of life will be much greater than that which took place on 9-11. The lack of any terrorist attacks over the past seven years says two things...that Bush has done a pretty good job stopping small time terrorist attacks, and Bin Laden is waiting to obtain a weapon of mass destruction that he can unleash on us.....that's what worries me.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  52. Dick B

    A terrorist attack might do for our economy what the Japanese did for us at Pearl Harbor. Short term pain – long term gain.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  53. Lauri in Baltimore, Maryland

    I'm a lot less concerned now than I was on November 3rd.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  54. Jerry from Monroe Co., WV

    Haven't been thinking about it for a long time, until you brought it up.
    The terror attact that I've been thinking about is the one I'm going to get if I lose my job, now that's terror- anybody else with me on this?

    November 17, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  55. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    Now that someone intelligent will be our president, I am confident that no one will be dumb enough to try something because they know that the response will be quick and effective. Even if they do attack, the response will be quick and effective and we will be much safer now. All we have to worry about is the interim. Bush will just botch it again if he’s still in the WH. Hurry Jan 20th.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  56. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Someone once said, our enemies will destroy us by destroying us financially.
    Since our government has almost succeeded at that, they probably
    do not feel the need for physical attacks.
    Maybe blindly, I feel secure and safe. There is way too much to
    worry about and building a bomb shelter is not one of my

    November 17, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  57. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN


    We should all remember that there are both foreign and domestic terrorists. I am much more afraid of domestic terrorism aimed at the Obama administration than I am of foreign terrorists. Remember that our first major successful terrorist attack was in Oklahoma City and it was perpertrated by white, supposedly Christian, right wing radicals who disagreed with the direction the country was taking. If these persons can not with at the ballot box, despite their attempts at intimidation of the voters, then they will probably resort to terror tactics again to get their point across.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  58. Lillian in Tallahassee

    Scared? Yeah, although it is not affecting my everyday life. . I do believe the world is a more dangerous place, for many countries are arming up, religious zealots are bent on ruling and imposing themselves and people are in general, more dangerous to each other. Russia and China are mighty military powers. India, Pakistan, Israel, Iran..... wanting to show their strength is causing paranoia to other countries which fear attacks by them. Yeah, it is getting dangerous here.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  59. vern-t anaheim,ca

    i don't woory about a terrorist attack but i realize there could be another at any time.i hope our sway of preventing these attacks have improved since 9/11.george w. bush and his bully like tactics was responsible for 9/11 and we were not prepared for the attack which i hope the obama administration will be.we must always be on the alert for terrorist attacks and think of better ways to combat them.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  60. Tasha

    Not at all. Terroists hit the cities. I live in Mississippi. So what am I scared for?

    November 17, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  61. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    I am no more concerned now, than I have been the last 7 years, about another terrorist attack. We can't live our lives in fear. We must do what we can legally to prevent them, but I am not fearful.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  62. George in South Florida

    Not scared at all. I'm more worried about other things in life – like my wife getting wind of my impulse technology gadget purchases !!!

    November 17, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  63. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    Not at all. If Bin Laden wanted to "physically" attack us he could...just look how porous our southern border with Mexico is. Terrorism will NOT go away even if we wipe out Al Queda....terrorism has been around for centuries. We probably need to worry more about "financial terrorism."

    November 17, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  64. Maggie in NY

    Hi Jack, I agree with David, San Bernadino, CA.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  65. lisa from FL

    Domestic terrorists have been attacking this country for the last eight years. I am resting easier now knowing that they are leaving on January 20th. As for foreign terrorists I choose not to worry about something that I have no control over....i just pray.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  66. Janis, Lafayette, IN

    I am concerned. If a terrorist attack would be localized like the attacks of 9/11 were, we would recover much like we did then. But, if the attack would involve a much broader portion of the population, it could be devastating. The fear I would have would not be if and when, but how. Biological warfare is much more terrifying than bombs. You can't see the biological agent and it does not discriminate. We would all be subject to the attack and we would have little or no control over it.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  67. mac from traverse city Michigan

    of course I'm concerned about a terrorist attack Jack they've done it before and I'm sure they believe their cause and membership would be enhanced if they could do it again. I would fear them less if they feared us more. I think this administration needs to lay down some harsh, hard, and fast rules for retaliation should another terrorist attack occur before it occurs, and direct them at the countries that support the terrorists I ain't talking about sanctions. No more wink wink towards Iran and Syria and even Venezuela, I want them to know we consider their terrorists, de facto military and if they attack us or our interests it's an act of war and we are going to hold them responsible for their terrorists and make them pay.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  68. smooches

    For the last eight years we as americans have been attacked by our
    own government, look at gas prices, bankrupt mortgage companies,
    homes being foreclosed on, food prices, and a lack of health care.
    If you don't consider these actions as a terrorist attack on this country
    then I don't know what is. Other countries don't have to do a thing but sit back and let the current gov't continue until January 20,2009 attack
    us from within.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  69. Joey from St. Pete

    With the Economy on everyones mind, is it possible for new domestic terrorism? Yes, but President Bush has many agencies and safety measures in place that have prevented any domestic terrorism since 9/11. Many of those safeguards have diminished our rights. Just because President Bush is on his way out does not mean that entities like Homeland Security are packing up and leaving with him. It remains to be seen whether President elect Obama can walk the fine line between protecting our country and maintaining our civil liberties.


    November 17, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  70. andrea from foxborough, MA

    no i am not worried about an attack on the usa but there will be missiles in cuba if the usa goes ahead with bush's planned missile defence scheme !!!!!!!! it must be changed !!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  71. Christina in Chicago

    During the last leg of the election, I found myself more and more worried about a terrorist attack. More so than I have ever feared before. Since Obama being elected, I find myself a little less worried. However, the state of our country is not good, and as far as other countries who hate us are concerned, they probably see this time as the perfect time to attack. Our economy is already in the dumps, and an attack would send it into a downward spiral that we may never recover from. So, yes Jack, I would say I am worried about another attack. Now more so than ever we need stay alert for potential terrorists.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  72. elyce

    Yes, I am concerned. They are already warning us. It is the people that are unconcerned that are in complete shock when something does happen.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  73. Neatha from Kansas City

    That fear certainly does not out weight the fear of layoffs, or college expenses or many of daily issues that concerns all of us. I do not get up everyday and wonder if I will be attacked today. I don't get in my car and worry about terrorist. I don't head to a crowed football stadium on Friday night and wonder if evil is around. I live my life to the best of my ability and hope those around me do the same.

    I have had enough of fear. Bring on the hope.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  74. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    I'm more fearful of the terrorists that occupy the White House at the present time. They have been attacking our democracy for 8 years.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  75. Pat in MIchigan

    I just hope Bush is out of the white house by the time the next terrorist attack happens...........I don't want to give him a chance to send our troops to Moscow looking for Bin Laden before the new administration gets into office

    November 17, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  76. Billy G in Las Vegas

    MORE worried until January 20th of next year, then LESS.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  77. I. B., Rocky Mount, North Carolina

    As long as al-Qaeda can still take a breath, we should be concerned and on the attack.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  78. Lenore in Kansas

    It crosses my mind only once in a great while, since I have zero control over it. Kind of at the bottom of my list, along with killer bees, and invasions by Martians. Is a terrorist attack possible? Sure.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  79. Willow, Iowa

    The last 8 years have pretty much been a cold war era. Bush and all talking about "enemies" and baiting other countries. I am hoping with the incoming administration and the hope of diplomacy that a lot of the cold war feelings will dissipate. Sure there will always be terrorists out there, wanting to take away from others. But I'm hoping if we can get honest decent talking going on a lot more of the risk will go away.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  80. Annie, Atlanta

    I'm more concerned about the attack on us by Bush & Co. He took advantage of us as a result of 9/11, thereby letting the terrorists from that terrible day win, ultimately. Heck of a job there, Mr. President.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  81. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    I'm more worried that Bush will pull some bone-headed scheme at the last minute. The terrorists have already succeded by making America the land of the paranoid and the home of the scared. As long as we continue to think that we can put our troops anywhere we want, and impose our will, there will always be fanatical people ready to drive us off of their soil any way they can.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  82. Karen - Nashville

    Jack, we both know the world is full of nuts and extremists, and always has been. Attacks are inevitable, and unfortunately the weaponry and organization has become more sophisticated. Calling them "terrorist attacks" heightens apprehension, and we'd be foolish not to be alert, but paranoia isn't the answer.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  83. Anthony Maffia

    It's not something I think about all day. It's more like something I think about from time to time. To be honest I worry more about the lettuce in my fast food being contaminated, I worry more about getting hit by a drunk driver or just getting into a car accident. There's so much to worry about on a day to day basis that there’s not a lot of time to worry about a terrorist attack.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  84. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    If the Bush Administration is as nasty as it has been during the past eight years, it will, once again hide from us what it already knows about pending attacks.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  85. John, Fort Collins, CO

    The economic crisis as currently being managed by the lamest ducks in history has me most concerned right now. I put terrorist attacks in the same category as earthquakes: there will be more, but when, where, and how severe are all almost impossible to know, so they don't worry me as much.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  86. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    I'm not too concerned about terrorist attacks, at least for the next year or so.

    We're in such a deep recession, that even the Taliban is laying off suicide bombers!

    November 17, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  87. Steve , NY

    With Obama in the office I'm not worried. He's going to shut down Guatanomo and let all the terrists out. They are going to be so glad to be out that they are going to like us. They'll spread the word out do not attack America while Obama is in office. Obama is a good man, he's our savior. .

    November 17, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  88. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Carpe diem Jack.

    We must not live by assumption nor judgment, neither for yesterday nor tomorrow, but to the fullest at this moment.

    And right now, at this moment, life is great.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  89. Gina in Racine, Wi

    Very , Jack.....we all learned how vulnerable America was on September 11, 2001.

    The Iraq war and Bush Policies have only made us more hated (and more of a target).

    What scares me even more though is the state of our Economy..... the forclosures, jobs leaving our Country, escalating Health Care costs, unfair Trade deals that put American's at the short end of the stick and a disappearing middle class.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  90. Rose in Az

    I don't lay awake at night and worry about a terrorist attack however, I think it is something we should not dismiss as a reality. We should never forget 9/11. These people that hate Americans are very patient people, they plan their plots well in advance of the actual attack. We should never let our guard down.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  91. Bob D, Morristown, NJ

    Our administration has been so accurate and on top of terrorist activity prognostication up until now, so why would we question their judgment at this juncture? Just because there are absolutely none of the traditional signs that an attack is pending is no reason to doubt the people who allowed 9/11 to happen by their total indifference when there were clear warning signs.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  92. Mike - Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Living here in the hills of Arkansas – I am not really that concerned.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  93. Chris, Centennial, Colorado

    The possibility of terriorist attacks remains around the world, but I think the U.S. has been over-reacting. The fear generated by 911 and those who used it to further their ideology has been doing far more damage to this country than the physical collapse of the Twin Towers.
    Osama bin Laden has been getting a lot of mileage out of the fear aftermath. Fear, not planes or bombs, are his greatest weapon.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  94. vivian

    i am not that concerned, i think that we have more concerns like the economy, and jobs i feel that, is what most of the worlds concerns also. it is at the back of my mind but, i have alot of faith in our new president that he will do his best to keep us safe from any attack, from anyone that whats to harm us. keep up the good work jack, and your as handsome as ever, and dont let anyone tell you diffrent. god bless!!!!!

    November 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  95. Kevin, Punxsutawney

    Not in the least. Alrhough terrorism is a reality, and a threat, it is foolish to be so unreasonably afraid of it. This is one of the primary examples of how Americans are so frightened into absurd action or inaction. Add to it: the fear of the right to buy automat6ic weapons; the fear of same-sex marriages; and the fear of change. Just how did we get to be such a powerful country?

    November 17, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  96. Kerry Diehl

    More so (very very concerned) when Obama takes office!

    November 17, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  97. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Not too concerned. It would be a waste of their resources to attack us at this point in time.....economically we are collapsing under our own weight......all they need to do is sit and watch.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  98. Alabama Angel

    As far as I"m concerned, the 8-year Reign of Terror will end in a couple of months when bush leaves the White House. He's held our freedoms hostage for two terms. Once he's gone, I won't be nearly as concerned about terrorism.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  99. L.M.,Arizona

    There are always going to be a few crazies wandering around,but I am not worried about some large organization putting together another 9/11 type attack. That is unless Iran,Iraq,Syria,North Korea and some others corners the market on solar,wind,bio,and all the other alternative energies that gets the world off of fosssil fuels.


    November 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  100. DebM, Allentown, PA

    Rod in Allentown...you're embarrassing your neighbors.

    Seriously Jack, I'm not that concerned. There are more pressing everyday concerns on all our minds. Sure, the risk is there, but it's about as likely as being struck by lightning or winning the lottery. I don't plan for either of those occurrences either.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  101. Uncle Whitey

    If terrorists attack my neighborhood, I am prepared to return fire.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  102. LYNDA WALKER, Ridgefield, CT

    We only have 64 more days to worry about anymore terrorism, done by Bush/ Cheney.

    They have done so much of it, all by themselves!!!

    November 17, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  103. mary

    The economy is terrorizing enough!!! Who can think of anything worse!!

    November 17, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  104. Eleanora Feucht, Mt. Laurel, N.J.

    Not much. I think that was something cooked up by Bush. Every so often, he had his friend, Bin Laden come up with a threatening message to make us think he, Bush, was an effective president – that6 he was keeping us safe from attacks. (LOL)

    November 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  105. George

    Have you heard the old story about stiring up a hornets nest. This whole thing started when we first bombed Iraq almost twenty years ago. We stuck our nose into a part of the world where we didn't belong, and now we are paying the price for it. Going to bed every single night thinking that we might well be invaded by terriost isn't a good feeling. We can thank the Bushes for that.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  106. Ray, Florida

    I'm not too concerned Jack.

    We got blindsided on 9/11, and we will never forget that terrible day.
    Before that day we didn't have our guard up like we should have.
    Since that day no matter who is in the whitehouse, now, and in the future, will never let us get blindsided again!

    November 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  107. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    I'm more concerned that Bush hasn't left office yet since he still may want to start one more war on his way out.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  108. Differ in Maryland

    Jack – I am scared to death. Its not a matter of if but when a physical attack will occur in my opinion. As someone who travels by Air frequently the TSA in some Airports is quite frankly a joke. Its one thing to create jobs but its another to take security seriously. I still see cockpit doors open on planes without any clear protection. I also travel Amtrak which can be compromised in many places. The Ports are probably the most vulnerable along with unprotected shorelines. People and technology in the form of Jobs can resolve alot of this problem.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  109. John, Long Beach CA

    Jack, we've been under a domestic terrorist attack for eight years. It's called Bush and Cheney.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  110. Kathy N. from Omaha

    I live in a red state that just got rid of affirmative action. I'm more concerned with the people I'll encounter if I wander outside Omaha (or, as I like to refer to it, Obamaha). But seriously, if we raise the world's opinion of our nation, as has already happened with the election of Barack Obama, more of the world will be pulling for us, not trying to bring us down.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  111. LYNDA in CT

    Our son works in the financial area in NYC, so the thought crosses our minds once in a while.

    But, the fact, that there are 64 days left for Bush/Cheney, to do anymore damage, is of BIG CONCERN!!!

    November 17, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  112. Tim in Texas

    I thought for awhile that the terrorists had already won. Our willingness to give up our rights as citizens, to treat our allies like enemies, to break our own laws, and to give unfettered powers to Bush & Co. were what worried me. We won our first real battle against terrorism on November 4th by using our votes to say that we are better than that & we're not going down without a fight. A fight that uses the best resource we have - the power of our principles and our unwillingness to give them up.
    Tim in Texas

    November 17, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  113. Robbin SC

    the Bush/Cheney administration along with his Republican friends have been doing terrorist attacks on us for years...i have gotten used to it

    November 17, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  114. Lynn, Boise ID

    I think that the likelihood of another terrorist attack is great, but I am not worried too much about it. Partly because terrorists attacks are random, rarely foreseen, and take place in much more populated areas than mine and partly because I became descensitized after Bush raised dire alerts every other for a year to get reelected.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  115. Mike Ryan

    I’m not concerned at all due to Bush administration has already milked this issue more than enough.
    Snellville, Ga

    November 17, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  116. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    As far as I can tell, our own government is more dangerous to us than the Islamic extremists hiding in caves. We are suffering from a financial terror attack by our own government agencies and corporate cimminals. Al-Queda themselves couldn't have done a better job than those clowns in Washington.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  117. Nancy from Indiana

    I am very concerned about another attack but even more concerned about the gangs and murderers we have in our own country! I live in Indiana and every day on the Indianapolis news is a report of one or two or more people being shot and/or murdered in our state. With the economy being so bad it seems like now the robbers just walk into a person's home in the day light and shoots someone just for some money!

    November 17, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  118. Randy in New York

    Another attack is always a concern.

    After the first World Trade Center bombing it took almost 8 years for the next more devasting attack.

    Since we haven't captured the master designer of the 9/11 attacks it's probably just a matter of time.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  119. rondoe47

    Jack, I'm less concerned about a terrorist attack than I am about our rogue government where our elected representatives seem to have choosen a course of ignoring the will of the people of this Nation on the issue of bailouts. I once swore to protect my country from enemies foriegn and domestic, and at present it appears there are more enemies to the "People" in Washington a few miles away, so I'm not as concerned with enemies a thousand miles away and across an ocean in another hemishpere. We need to tend to our own house first and secure it!

    November 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  120. Matt CT

    Everyone should be concerned with terrorism. Americans seem to be complacent again, as we were before 9/11. (Recent polls suggest terrorism is not a high priority for Americans). As a country we should never forget what happened on 9/11. Terrorists are always planning a way to strike in our country. We need to not let our guard down, especially know with the economy being foremost on our mine.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  121. Scott - Kansas

    I'm not so worried about attacks against myself, and I do feel that we're better prepared now than we were 7 years ago, but it has been a long time...

    November 17, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  122. Don (Ottawa)

    Not at all Jack. The terrorists are achieving what they want without lifting a finger. We are destroying ourselves from within.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  123. Martyn Bignell

    I know we have not been attacked since 9/11 under the present administration, however, I do believe that had McCain won the election then another attack would have been inevitable.
    The fact that Obama has been elected means that Our foreign policy will change for the better, thus making an attack less likely, but to answer your question, then I am always wary and have been since before 9/11.

    Martyn, Fort Lauderdale

    November 17, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  124. Tom Ft Lauderdale


    Not concerned about terrorist or their threats.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  125. Bruce St Paul MN

    I'm not worried. After all, we have to take our shoes off and surrender our shampoo at the airport. We have a partial fence seperating us from Mexico. How could terrorists possibly penetrate a system like that?

    November 17, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  126. James in TN

    I'm not as worried about a terrorist attack as I am, the protest and hatred because we have our first african-American President. A lot us have excepted it but I feel some have not. Oh yea and there is a difference between criminals and terrorists.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  127. SG

    I'm not that concerned or expectant of seeing a terrorist attack in the near future. That's not to say we should stop being vigilant – just that we shouldn't run our lives in fear of the possibility of an attack.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  128. tom, madison, wi


    I seriously doubt that Middle East terrorists will attack. They don't have to.

    The Republicans and Democrats have attacked us constantly. Just look at the economy due to their actions or inactions as the case may be. Then look at the loss of life, high death rate of new borns and other health problems because they have neglected to inact a responsible health care system.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  129. carol in Oregon

    Not at all...I'm more afraid of our ecomony and the fact that no one has been indicted for robbing millions out of jobs and homes.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  130. Chief OKC

    Looks to me like the attack is underway and rather than guns they have chosen a much more effective "War Machine" the Economy. Hiding out as CEO's and Crop Execs they have stolen our National Identity as the "Good Guys, the Honest Guys". We may never recover totally from this attack. No foreign attack could be so effective at undermining our National Security.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  131. David in San Diego

    Not. We have no reliable way to prevent one (as Secretary of State Rice says: We have to be perfect; they have to beat us only once) and will survive anything that happens.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  132. D. R. Texas

    Not at ALL !!!

    November 17, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  133. Tom Pa

    My 401k is missing. I don't have time to worry about Al Qadea, I have to go to my other other job.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  134. Jim

    NO, Why should we be concerned. GW Bush has provided the terrorists with want they wanted. He has spent all our treasure on trying to fight them. We are now fighting among ourselves over support for our own American made products (that are the life blood of our economy).

    November 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  135. Ken - Hudson Florida

    Jack: Now that we will have a President that will talk to the leaders of other nations, I feel that a terrorist attack is one of the last things that we need to worry about. Securing our borders, Fixing the economy, and Better health care for our citizens should be the main thing people should concern themselves with.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  136. maryann wethersfield CT

    I am VERY concerned at the general lack of concern by politicians and the general public about terrorists.....after 9/11, any level of complacency is cause for concern. We Americans have VERY short memories...about terrorism, gas prices, the war, you name it.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  137. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    It isn't a question of if an attack will happen; it is a matter of how, when and where. Osama has warned us. With open borders, unmonitored visa policies, and unguarded ports; America is a sitting duck AGAIN. The next attack will make 9/11 look like a picnic.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  138. Bill from MI

    You need to be more specific Jack. I don't know which Terrorists you mean; The ones in the Middle East or Wall Street?

    November 17, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  139. James in Trubble Again

    Yes concerned some what, much more concerned about the rate the US is losing jobs!!!!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  140. Diana NJ

    Less than before, GW Bush and McCain kept us a target of hate and anger, so it is less than before.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  141. Pat,Clearwater Florida

    Less concerned after the 20th of January. A little concerned now
    as Bush has been a real Bully!!!!!

    November 17, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  142. kim r from Canada

    The USA has no reason to fear a terrorist attack, as the terrorists have already accomplished their goal.
    Osama Bin Laden stated right after the 9/11 attacks that their goal was to financially bankrupt the US
    They have already won!
    All they need to do is send a video, or e-mail that may or may not contain a threat of terrorism , and the US Government will do the rest
    The use of fear and paranoia by your government has you believing that a threat lies around every corner.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  143. Doug in New Mexico

    Unless we can change how we relate to issues in the mid-east the radical Muslim population is going to remain angry at us. We have a history of exploitation that needs to be changed. The war in Iraq is a perfect example. We pay little heed to the issues facing these countries. Why shouldn't they be angry with us. We have followed in the footsteps of the French and English in how this area was exploited after WWI. Actually, the true conflict is even older. Israel, is also an issue. The truth is that they got their homeland through terrorist tactics. As long as they run rampart over their neighbors the conflict will stay. Even then the Israeli's have a right to be there so it is a very complicated issue. Will the terrorists attack again? Sure, unless something profoundly changes. They may be beaten at the moment but there is always time. When you have a purpose and are on a crusade time is nothing.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  144. Terry from North Carolina

    Why would anyone want to attack us the country is in chaos and were broke, we have become a third world nation.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  145. Cynthia

    Right about now the economy is first on everybody's mind.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  146. Jamie

    Not to minimize the severity of the possibility of another foreign attack on American soil, but I'm more concerned right now with the domestic terrorists we have RIGHT HERE AT HOME...namely the greedy folks on Wall Street. They may not be bombing us physically, but with the unbridled greed of captialism they have certainly managed to blast a gaping hole right into the fabric of our nation's security.


    November 17, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  147. Jim


    A terrorist attack on the U.S. would instantly unite the country and further strengthen our resolve to make any sacrifice needed to excise al Qaeda and any other terror group from this planet. The whole purpose of terror is to destroy the will of a people to resist and to cause them to bow down, accepting the rule of the terrorists in exchange for benevolent treatment. The American response to 9/11 proved that violent terror attacks on the United States will not and cannot ever achieve that goal of national capitulation. Unless the leaders of terror organizations are complete idiots or have a death wish (and just how many of THEM blow themselves up in the market square) they will abandon violent attacks on Americans in favor of more subtle strategies, such as disrupting our financial system. On the other hand, could they really do a better job of that than our own corporate executives?

    Reno, Nevada

    November 17, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  148. arlene rannfeldt

    i'm very confident obama will be as good at keeping us safe as bush did..wait a minute, he dropped the ball there too huh..i guess i'm very concerned.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  149. james

    The so called 'terrorists or islamic loyalists' are not a cohesive unit anymore and an attack would be highly unlikely. We, as a country, have done more to increase the number of islamic terrorists with our blatant abetting of Israel, our invasion of Islamic countries, and our now apparent lack of making religion a freedom of choice for all in the USA.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  150. Debora I from Nauvoo, IL

    Personally, not so much. Downstate, rural, Mississippi-area Illinois is just not on the prime target list. If Bin Laden is smart, he will sit back and watch this entire financial mess tear the US apart without his spending any of that big oil money he has sitting in Saudi Arabian banks. He should be very careful right now–it looks like we are getting out of the Middle East and that will lead a vacuum for him to use his money and men more effectively.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  151. Leonard Krivitsky, MD, D. Div.

    Of course I am worried about a potential terrorist attack, just like all the people around the world that now has new realities which include this possibility. I also believe that we are safer now that Barack Obama was elected President because he pledged to conduct a strong diplomacy aimed at restoring a semblance of balance and stability in the world.

    Leonard, Philadelphia, PA

    November 17, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  152. April in Hoboken, NJ

    Having been at the World Trade Center on 9/11, I am always concerned about another attack. But it hasn't stopped me from living my life. You just have to be prepared for it. Before I go into the city I always think of the fastest way to get off the island just in case "that" happens agains.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  153. Mary - Minneapolis

    We should always consider it a possibility especially in
    densely populated areas..but with the Obama administration I
    do have faith competent intelligent people will be placed in those
    agencies with the burden of safeguarding our country...unlike the
    Bush administration which is a circus when it comes to
    safeguarding this country.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  154. Ray Kinserlow

    Jack, everybody eventually dies. I have a better chance at winning the lottery than I have of being injured or killed in a terrorist attack. The odds are minuscule.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    November 17, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  155. roman nakonechny, corbin, KY

    You know, sometimes I wonder if Bin-Laden is just a videotape that gets changed and/or enhanced every once in while as the powers that be decide to manipulate events in order to control our responses. We may get "dinged" in the future, but it's pretty hard for me to visualize a scenario that will end our society short of nuclear weapons and I'm not going to live like a scared rabbit and allow terrorists the satisfaction of thinking that I fear them. Living in fear plays into thier hands and satisfies their agenda.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  156. carol, from pittsburgh

    We've had 8 years of power based on fear. Stuff can happen but I want to live with hope , not fear. My daughter lives and works near Wall Street so it's a constant awareness. But, even she goes on and enjoys her life.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  157. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    It was "intelligence leaders" that got us into Iraq and didn't stop 9/11, so not so much. I hope I'm right.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  158. Steve Peach - Indiana

    Not really Jack. I believe that with Barack Obama as President we'll have a much safer USA because he will be able to do something Bush could never do, talk to our enemies. Over our 230 plus years as a country, our ability to talk to our friends and foes has been one of our greatest assets. Bush actually made our country more unsafe with his "Your either for us or against us" mentality. By talking directly to our would be enemies, Obama will be able to lay out what could happen to them if they try to attack us vs. what could benefit them if they try to work with us and instill a sense of goodwill between both countries. We did this with Russia, and they tore down the wall. Bush has made things worse, Obama can fix this mess if we give him time.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  159. Liz in California

    Concerned? Certainly. Worried? Not so much. Aware? you betcha.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  160. Johnboy from Illinois

    Jack the damage has been done by our own wall street genuises. Terriorist onsit would be a situation that would dull the fact of all the loss of jobs,money and homes lost. I'm more worried about affording healthcare payments and roof over my head.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  161. Pat in NM

    I'm very concerned about another terrorist attack since, in my opinion, we are still very much feeling the effect of the 9/11 attacks. Besides continuing to spend large sums of money in Iraq and a weakened military, I link the current weakened economy to 9/11 since the Bush administration, at the very least, ignored everything else except Iraq. Any kind of moderately successful attack in the continental U.S. would further demoralize us and who now is able to "spend, spend, spend" like we were urged after 9/11?

    November 17, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  162. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    I'm concerned and aware. But not anxious or hysterical or paralyzed by the possibility/probability. I don't know what to do to help prevent an attack, and I'm certainly not going to stop everything and hold my breath waiting for it.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  163. Peter M

    I am not concerened at all. If anything, I am more concerned of the skinheads and domestic terrorists who have decided to respond to the Obama win with bigotry and violence against visible minorities. The Middle East and all Islamic country are more excited about the prospect President-elect Obama offers for peace and global co-operation.

    We need to be more concerned about what will come from our own folk here, the confused bigots than the world out there. The world is with us, not against us. They are celebrating the Obama victory with us.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  164. Laura

    Why bother to plot an attack when they can sit back and watch this country financially implode?

    George Bush and his crew have been the ultimate gift to Al Queda.

    San Angelo

    November 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  165. Glen in Laurel, Maryland

    I have family in Manhattan, Jack. When I think about it, I'm concerned. But if I thought about it in proportion to the threat, I wouldn't have slept a wink in the past seven years and two months.

    Sometimes what looks like apathy is actually survival.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  166. Mike, Syracuse NY

    With the economy already reeling, an attack now could very well push us into a depression. They will test Obama, and soon.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  167. Laurel

    I am far less concerned about terrorist attacks (low frequency) than I am about the following:
    Drivers under the influence of alcohol, drugs, cell phones, text message devices, and/or their own adrenaline (being a pedestrian myself).
    Emotionally adolescent people (of any chronological age) assaulting my ears with very loud music.
    People with severe mental illnesses who do not take their medications being out on the street instead of in appropriate care facilities (which doesn't mean jail).
    Terrorists? They are few and far between. These other characters mentioned above are daily hazards.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  168. Ed in East Canaan, CT

    Jack: I'm not nearly as concerned about another terrorist attack as I am that neo-conservatives will use any apprehensions we do have about terrorists to further erode our constitutional rights and the balance of powers in our government.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  169. Bob Hession

    I'm not as worried as I was Two weeks ago. I think that terriorst of the world will be coming to the New President after jan 20th, and wanting to talk. That is going to be the biggest change in the world. At the G-20 summit all the leaders of the world wanted to talk to Obama and not george Bush. If Obama had gone to that summit Bush wold have been setting in a conner by himself waveing his arms yelling "I'm over here"

    Bella Vista Ar.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  170. Happy in Arizona

    I'm not worried. I believe in Barack and should they do something, he will take care of it. With Bush I would be worried because of Chaney.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  171. Amie - Indiana

    Anything is possible, but I think we're headed into an administration that will take intelligence briefings to heart and leave the fearmongering and bullying on the playgrounds.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  172. Tony Bourbonnais Illinois

    Aware that the possibilty exsists, not concerned though, its beyond our control. The current administration has used that idea to give us the feeling that they were doing something for us...it was used to try to defeat Obama also. I am more concerned about the wilfires, tornadoes, hurricanes , alcohol and tobacco which are claiming far more lives of Americans these days.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  173. Brian from Milwaukee

    Somewhat concerned Jack, but I truly believe that the strongest defense we can have is to strengthen relations with other nations in the world. I believe other nations will see America's electing of a black president as a step towards diversity, honesty, and equality.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  174. Fallon, Los Angeles

    I'm still dealing with the effects of the 911 attack!

    The terriorists found a willing accomplice in Bush to spend us into financial ruin, while keeping us pinned down in two wars.

    Heaven help us if they've got any better ideas up their sleeves.

    November 17, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  175. Mike

    I'm not overly concerned it continues to be a problem for the incoming administration. Al Qaeder as Rummy called it is going to be around for a while I'm not sure they can be completely eliminated only weaken. Someone or group bent on causing harm will find a way if they are determined enough.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  176. JW Georgia

    I'm VERY concerned for this reason: we don't have leadership wise enough to know how to respond. Instead of the English model of intelligently going about the quiet business of finding terrorists where they live and bring them to justice, we have a President (I think he's still there) with a bring-em-on hair trigger ready to take on an country Viet-Nam style using the full blunt instrument of a military more styled for world conflict than surgical clandestine operations. In short....I'm more afraid of US than I am of THEM.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  177. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    I'm more concerned about Bush attacking another country that isn't a threat to us before he leaves office.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  178. Ron from SF

    I’ve been more concerned about the damage that has been done to our freedom’s in the name of fighting terrorism, than in what these idiots can actually do. If you look at the reality that Bush was warned that “al Qaeda is determined to strike in America”, you realize that they were successful because of Bushs’s incompetence. I’m actually optimistic that Obama will check Caryle’s board room, looking for Osama.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  179. Joyce


    When Osama Bin Laden attacked us on 9/11 his primary goal was to bring this country to its knees financially. With the help he received from the current administration he succeeded.

    That's the only mission that has been accomplished.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  180. Janice Illinois

    If all are doing their jobs correctly most any threat could be caught before it happens. We need to be on high alert and watch around us.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  181. Nuwan

    I am aware of the possibility but not hysterical about it. Even if Obama is in the transition period, our intelligence agencies are not. I think Obama will pick experienced people to his security team which will react properly to any indication of an attack. Now that we are in alert mode, I don't think they would sit idle like Bush's security team did prior to 9/11.

    – Nuwan from Houston, TX

    November 17, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  182. Sandra fromTexas

    I am not concerned at all. After 9/11 al Qaeda did not have to do anything else, George Bush did it all for them. He destroyed our goodwill and our economy. I think they know Obama will not be so stupid.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  183. john ..... marlton nj

    Not worried – more afraid of the rights that have been taken from citizens.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  184. Atilla DeHunn inner Mongolian dessert

    I get more scared By Terrorist Watchdogs, than Terrorists

    November 17, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  185. Richard Williams in Larchmont, NY

    Not overly concerned. If it happens, it happens. We have no control over it.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  186. Chris in Durham, NC

    I'm actually not too concerned about a terrorist attack in the U.S. I am, like others, very concerned over the economic problems the outgoing administration has gotten us into.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  187. Linda in Bisbee, AZ

    Not at all concerned. The only group that has ever worried and scared me is the bush administration. They have done more to end our way of life than any foreign "terrorists". I won't breathe easily until they're GONE.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  188. Mary in Villa Hills KY

    I am concerned more now than ever because our present administration spent a lot of money but have not secured our borders, our ports or anything else. That's all I've heard is how people trusted the Republicans with our security, they should have been more worried about our economy. Also if Bush would have told the truth, one war would not have happened. We are in two wars and are spread thin with our troops, money and everthing else. .

    November 17, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  189. Tolu - Chicago, IL

    I don't worry about a terrorist attack in an Obama administration. Once we do right in the Middle East in a diplomatic manner, rather than forcing American policies down their throats, I am sure they will leave us alone.

    These are things I expect Obama to do to keep us safe, rather than showing off big guns like Bush.

    Remember, violence begets violence...

    November 17, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  190. Tom - Las Vegas, Nevada

    Those who would trade liberty for safety deserve neither. Am I concerned, considering I live in a part of the country that symbolizes excess to a lot of religious fanatics? Yes. Do I believe that we should trade our personal liberties to make us safer? No, because then we have already lost.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  191. Jwal

    Absolutely concerned, however knowing the history, I'm confident that the U.S. has a keen awareness, improved security, and unspoken public security system in place.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  192. Rick - Nashville

    I've survived a California earthquake (Northridge), a Sacramento flood, an Illinois house fire, and the '2006 tornado that scalped my new Tennessee home down to the dirt. I've even survived 8 years of Texas Two-Step – Bush style. No terrorist can scare me now.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  193. Brett Milam

    Well Jack, considering Bush has done a horrible job on actually securing America since 9/11 and going after the terrorists, I'd say we the plausibility of another attack is definitely there.

    Cincinnati, OH

    November 17, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  194. David


    November 17, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  195. Tanya, NJ

    I'm always concerned, Jack. Our borders have not been secure for years and I hope the new administration will do something about that.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  196. Charles B from Warsaw, VA

    I am a firefighter emt, and to be honest I am not worried. Besides, if we stay afraid, doesn't that mean they got what they wanted? However, I believe vigilance should be a constant, not just a coincidence.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  197. Nick

    Jack, now that the election is over, and Obama is in power i am more worried about an attack on this country then i was before. George Bush has one REALLY good thing going for him and that's keeping terrorist off U.S soil sense 9/11. I feel Obama will be tested within 6 months of taking oath.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  198. Ameer

    I am not concerned about a terrorist attack. I believe and trust that the US government has done what is necessary to protect us for the time being. How would they attack the mainland United States anyway?

    November 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  199. Marge in New Port Richey, Florida

    I am unconcerned. Terrorists are so unpredictable that to spend any time stressing about an attack is a total waste of time. There's nothing you can do nor is there anywhere you can hide. Plus Homeland Security has it all under control because we have to take our shoes off at the airport to walk through the screening device.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  200. Peter de Jager

    I am FAR more concerned about being in a car accident tomorrow, than I am about being involved in any terrorist attack over the next year.

    I buy insurance for the former, and don't lose sleep over the latter.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  201. nananyame

    If only we could for a short time concentrate on internal security and stability, then we can be sure to be sound. As for concerns of terrorism, we must always be...no matter who is president as long as terrorist are never afraid to die themselves. But we shall be safe

    nananyame, pasadena- CA

    November 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  202. Al - Las Vegas


    I think for the first time in 7 plus years, the U.S. has Al Qaeda and others on their heels and they are not sure what to do. If you listen to the comments made by the top Al Qaeda operative that was interviewed last week, it sounds as though they are going to give President Elect Obama a "burn in" period. However, we have to be careful that our "Lame Duck" isn't given a farewell gift from our Middle Eastern Bretheren.

    Las Vegas, Nevada

    November 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  203. Dave

    Of course I'm concerned but I'm not going to live my life in fear. We've always been a target and we will always be a target. History has shown that you cant fight an -ism. The buildings fell, get over it! Life goes on.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  204. dillon, Canada

    I don't think there needs to be an overt concern. Just keep your eyes open and go about your daily lives. If it's your time, it's your time.
    Just live the best way you can.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  205. Dicky Neely

    Hi Jack,
    I am very concerned about another terrorist attack. This is a threat we will likely never be rid of. Hope for preventing future attacks will largely depend on the kind of intelligence we can develop and how well we use such intelligence. Perhaps the new administration will be able to improve relations internationally and get much improved cooperation from foreign intelligence services and governments.
    Dicky Neely
    Corpus Christi, Tx.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  206. Kathleen, Virginia

    I'm not too worried about an attack, although I know that the threat is still there. At the same time, I can't help but wonder what my and other people's feelings would be now if we had been in the right place to begin with, as far as the war goes. I just heard them say terrorists are in Pakistan. I don't think the word Iraq is in there.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  207. Jim from Wallingford, CT

    I'm extremely concerned about a situation in America.. If you just look at the grave warnings from the likes of Joe Biden, Colin Powell, Madeline Albright, They all point to some event possibly happening in the coming months. This is one reason why gun sales have spiked so recently.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  208. Andre

    Jack, Barack Obama has been telling us about Al Qaeda's strengthening for two years now, and little attention has been paid to it. I am genuinely worried that they will attack America again. Hopefully we have the security measures in place to protect innocent Americans. What I am not worried about, however, is any potential response to the attack. We currently have a President-elect who is not impulsive, and has a great deal of intelligence. I don't see him making the same mistakes that President Bush did. Hopefully it won't come to this, but I feel a lot safer in the hands of Barack Obama.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  209. Tracey

    We can't control with other might do, but I'm confident in Obama's ability to handle it. I get a confidence and assurance when he speaks that I never got from Bush.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  210. Sarah

    Another terrorist attack is probably not going to happen. Could it? Of course... but it could happen no matter who is President. The little chance of a terrorist attack won't cause me to live my life in constant fear.

    Kent State

    November 17, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  211. Colin

    Short answer, no. If they're truly determined enough, terrorists could launch some sort of attack no matter what our defenses. I prefer not to live my life in fear, and I can only hop that our next President will raise the world's opinion of our country.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  212. Barry

    Our own vice president elect says the attack is coming. I'm a teacher. What should I do with my students when the attack comes. Should we take the ostrich approach and just pretend its not coming?

    November 17, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  213. Becky

    I am very afraid. Thanks to our unnecessary war with Iraq that made even more enemies for us than we already had.

    Murfreesboro, TN

    November 17, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  214. Aimee, STL, Missouri

    I think deep down everyone is concerned about a terrorist threat. Howevere, I think by continuing to focus on Osama Bin Laden is a mistake. From the way it sounds Osama is just a figurehead in the group and taking him out will only mean there is one less head on this multi-headed monster. I think there needs to be a better all-inclusive plan when it comes to trying to prepare and fight aganst terrorists. I mean, capturing and executing Saddham Hussein didn't stop the extremism in Iraq, so how can we be so narrow-minded?

    November 17, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  215. Tyler from Oregon

    Jack, despite the work by the republican scare machine, a terrorist attack is not something thats on my mind from day to day. However as long as we continue to occupy Iraq and blindly support Israel, making recruiting for terrorist organizations easier than ever, I think it's just a matter of time.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  216. Vig

    This is another failure of the Bush administration. Instead of focusing on Osama and his band of terrorists, he starts a war in Iraq. So now every time there is a transition people have to worry about an attack. You don't think Osama has been sitting in his cave twiddling his thumbs do you?

    November 17, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  217. Corey in California

    Jack, the problem with being worried about a terrorist attack all the time is that by always showing fear, they (Terrorist fanatics) end up winning. we have so much to celebrate right now as americans that its easy to see why Terrorist would wan't to attack us and put our Moral down. Am i concerned? Naturally, but it won't stop me from living, and i trust the administration that i voted to replace these 8 years of tyranny to protect me and keep us moving forward.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  218. Dereck B

    I am not concerned. The changes made in the last 4 – 8 years concerning preventing attacks have been successful. Although that doesn't guarantee that there will not be another attack on American soil, it does provide a level of confidence. President-Elect Obama is good to assemble his National Security team early, as it will be paramount that we do all we can to prevent future attacks. What is most important is we do all we can to protect America from those who wish to do us harm. Every one of us.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  219. Kevin Owens

    I am still concerned about terrorist attacks. But I have a feeling that Obama will capture Osam Bin Laden within 1 1/2 years because he will be more aggressive.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  220. Wesley from Groves, TX

    I'm somewhat afraid of another terrorist attack, but I doubt that it will be anything like 9/11. Al Qaeda is quite disorganized, and lacks the resources to carry off anything on that scale. I am more worried about a major terrorist attack in Pakistan to weaken the Pakistanis already weak support for US in the War on Terror.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  221. ED

    I'll always be concerned as long as Cheney and the PNAC are loitering around the beltway. The idea of a new Administration, perhaps, removing these ideologies, is of immediate concern, and should be to all americans.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  222. MH, Hamilton, ON, Canada

    A lot!! Because your country tends to want to rule the world and almost nobody out of US likes that, especialy those in the middle east. That people in mid east don't talk, they do crazy things instead!

    November 17, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  223. Teresa Bernier

    Extremely concerned. I believe that we all know that it will happen again, and what better time, from Al Queda's point of view, than when a new President takes office, and is still "new" .

    November 17, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  224. ET

    I am concerned considering we have satellites in space that can read the news paper you read while sitting on a park bench, yet Bin Laden is still on the loose. Makes little sense to me...

    November 17, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  225. Rick

    Jack, I am more concerned over the American citizens that have since 9/11 gone back into their plastic bubble way of thinking. Regardless of their political views we are in a new age of war against Terrorism and unless the American citizens are vigilant on their observations and supporting our governments efforts to combat terrorism everyone is SOON going to be in for a rude awaking!

    November 17, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  226. Bob from Texas

    I'm very concerned about another attack Jack, but I'm more concerned that we're targeting the wrong enemy. The real enemy is the wealthy financiers of Al-Qaeda like those rouge members of the Saudi Royal Family and certain Saudi and Syrian clergy that have been providing moral justification and financial support to the terrorists like Hamas and Al Qaeda since the end of the Six Day War. These are the real enemy and must be taken out.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  227. Juliun

    I am very concerned about the likeliness of another terrorist attack on the US in the months ahead. However, I have confidence in President-elect Obama's transition team that if such should occur, it will be handled while it remains just a threat.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  228. James W. Blevins

    Not nearly as concerned as I am about the common flu nor accidental slips and falls - both have killed far more people than terrorist attacks. For reasons beyond my comprehension, terrorist attacks receive far more attention than their real danger justifies. Yes, more terrorist attacks will occur, but their cost is not nearly as high as the cost of trying so hard to prevent them.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    November 17, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  229. G-Ma from Lake View, SC

    A transition is the perfect time for terrorists to try to catch the USA not paying attention to attempts to cause chaos is the US. The past should be a warning that those who watch for terrorists should be on high alert during the next six months.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  230. Rick Altman

    My concern about terrorism centers around how ill-equipped we remain to protect our air traffic. We have turned our airplanes into fortresses, but airports themselves are open sieves.

    One suicide bomber at the security checkpoint would kill more passengers than onboard a flight and would likely grind the entire industry to a halt. A coordinated series of such attacks could paralyze the industry with fear for weeks or months at a time.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  231. Steve Martin, Vernon Hills, IL

    Very, the thing to do next time is not play into their hands and over react. Imagine the newscast that goes "...and this was blown up today, the administration is on it...in sports today...."

    November 17, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  232. Darren

    You mean another terrorist attack falling in Bush's lap and him deciding not to leave office in January? TERRIFIED!!!

    November 17, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  233. Chad

    I am extremely concerned about another attack. After nearly losing my father on 9/11, I believe our top priority should be to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden. It's only a matter of time before he has enough infrastructure in place to hit us again. The more time that goes by, the less likely it is that we will catch him. I'm not sure why some Americans seem to have such a short memory??

    Chad T.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  234. Marguerite

    Yes, of course i'm concerned. Wait. Didn't McCain say that if HE were president he would find Bin Ladin? So...maybe that's what Obama was talking to him about today. After all, don't you think that McCain would do Obama and the rest of us at risk Americans the great favor of finding Bin Ladin even though he didn't win the White House? Or was that just something he would have done if, and only if, he was elected president?

    November 17, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  235. Albert from Connecticut

    Jack, I am very concerend. As history shows it will happen, these terrorist are patient and see this as a long term mission rather than a short term one. It's kind of like dog years, we live in one year periods and the dogs (the terrorist) are in 8-10 year stints for major attacks. We need to be focused and ready to deal with what will come but lets be strong!

    November 17, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  236. Paul Anthony Maglaya

    I am so concern about a terrorist attack. Who would not be concern?

    November 17, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  237. Myra Becnel

    Personnaly, I think we have already been attack through our financial melt down. While Bush had all his attention as well as spending our money on 2 wars, one which he created, he failed to keep and eye on what was happening at home.

    Nothing better for terrorists then US losing their money and hence power!

    Myra from Hawaii

    November 17, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  238. Dan Buckley

    Since we've seen report after report calling into question the Bush Administration's record on preparing "soft" terrorist targets for an attack - targets like shipping ports and public transportation - we clearly need to consider the transition period a very sensitive one in terms of our susceptibility to a terrorist attack.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  239. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    I don't lose sleep at night worrying about another terrorist attack, but do think it very likely another one will occur – naturally I don't know where or when but do try to be vigilant in paying attention to things going on around me. I would not hesitate to notify authorities if I got that gut feeking that something just didn't seem right. I think that if all of us do this we may be quite safe for a while longer. I still think a kill or capture is key though to minimize terrorist attacks in the foreseeable future

    November 17, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  240. Michael watching from Canada


    Its the "dirty bomb" that worries me the most. There are increasing opportunities for rogue groups to get their hands on radioactive materials (not necessarily weapons grade). Terrorists are becoming more adept at attacking in discrete ways where dirty bombs can be placed in highly populated areas without notice until its too late.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  241. Christian

    I am a bit concerned about a terrorist attack after President Obama takes office, but nowhere near the level I would be if McCain had won. Any new president would be tested by anti-Americans, that's a given, but Obama will be far more prepared in terms of response and calming situations, McCain would simply get us deeper into a larger and more costly and bloody war... and we cannot afford that in these troubled times.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  242. Tom Mitchell

    Jack, I'm no more concerned about it as I was before the election. I'm always surprised at the notion that people think the president could do something that would put this country in danger of more attacks. He is surrounded by people monitoring his every move, and if he presented something that would open the country to attack, far smarter and more diligent minds than mine would not allow that to happen.

    If he dropped the terror alert from it's current position of "Elevated" to "Low", how long do you think it would take the establishment to move into action?

    November 17, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  243. Mark Lisath

    I am very concerned, this issue should have been dealt with long ago instead of the war in Iraq, by the way did we ever find those weapons of mass destruction?


    November 17, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  244. Sal Greco

    I'm VERY concerned about another terrorist attack, but from within the USA, not outside of it.
    It's "terrorists" who commit local murders, defraud people of their life savings, or commit other horrible crimes against humanity.
    US citizens are so fearful of external threats that they're often blind to the terrors citizens exercise against each other when they focus on Capital (money) instead of People.
    We need more HUMANism and less CAPITALism.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  245. Billy

    I have rising concerns that the longer the Afghanistan conflict continues we should expect more terrorist attacks on both USA/Canada. Given how we have escalated the conflict with military in Iraq we can really only expect that any future attacks from these terrorist would be more savage before. We must win in Afghanistan. I don't have a clue what to do about Iraq.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  246. Bradley- Louisiana

    I am as worried as I have always been. Very worried. Terrorist attacks are still a very big threat on national security. The last thing our economy needs is reasons to worry. We are in a crucial time in America's history. Another attack would be detrimental. It is incredible how CNN only brings this issue up after the election. A Republican was the stronger candidate on this issue, which makes me question why it was downplayed so harshly.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  247. Chris

    I am very concerned,Jack.These scumbags have a lot of patience and live by a different set of rules.The fast food culture of America lulls us into a sense of complacency.They do not need to attack us every year to achieve their goal of spreading fear amongst us.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  248. Kathy in Chicago

    Terrorist attack vs. another bailout by congress? Hmmm, I am more afraid of congress these days.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  249. Robert Wilk


    Another attack is inevitable. The question is, will Americans cringe in fear once again, as they did for four or five years after the first attack, or will they stand up and go on with their lives, like sensible citizens.

    My daughter was in England during the IRA troubles. They seemingly had bombings quarterly, two in one day while my daughter was there. Did the British close down the country, invade Scotland or depose the President of Ireland? No. They calmly and heroically went on with their lives.

    As happened on 9/11, 2,500 or so lives lost is an horrific price to pay for any country, but the 300 million still living need to stand up and do their duty by going to work, supporting their fellow citizens, and living their lives to the fullest.

    Bob W.
    Conyers, GA

    November 17, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  250. Janet - Armstrong, Illinois

    I'm more concerned that the threat will occur with Obama being elected. He's raising the white flag before any action takes place. How weak is that? Then again, if they think he's "one of them" then they may just sit back and wait for America to fall from within which is where it's headed. Bring back country loyalty and patriotism and not "me first" attitude. Are you listening President Elect Obama???

    November 17, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  251. Lili R.

    Part of bin Laden's plan way back in the 90's when he declared war on us was to bankrupt our country. Seems to have worked, wouldn't you say? As far as a terrorist attack on our country, Bush and company certainly haven't done anything to make our country safer what with our porous borders, etc., so I think anything is possible. But I feel a lot safer with Barack Obama coming into office as I think he will handle negotiations with our supposed enemies much better.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  252. Jay in Texas

    I'm not concerned at all about the possibility of me being harmed by a terrorist attack since I live in a rural Texas town where most of us know each other, I don't fly, I don't work in a high-rise urban office building, and the nearest nuclear power facility is over 100 miles away. I am concerned that Al Queda will try to take advantage of the change of power in our government by trying something here in our country but they run a great risk of being apprehended before they can pull anything off. I am confident that the Obama Administration will be fully prepared for anything and that they will continue to put the squeeze on the terrorists that will make it even more unlikely they can succeed in striking us.
    Brownwood, Texas

    November 17, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  253. Gizelle Zoeller

    Concerned is the operative word. It doesn't prevent me from living my life in any capacity. I think something with even greater repercussions than 9-11 is in store for our country. I think President Elect Obama will handle it in the best possible manner but face it, the damage was done on 9-11. It never should've happened. We will be digging ourselves out of that hole forever. I am definitely concerned. Let's not feed the thought any more energy and carpe diem.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  254. Irv Lilley

    Hi Jack, We have one person to thank for the fact that Ben Laden and Al Qaida are still a threat. Obama knows this and he seems to be on top of it. I think he will do everything possible to rotect the country.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  255. Jim from Chicago

    What do you mean, Jack? A few terrorists have caused the current administration to violate our Constitution, take away many of our rights and crash our economy with an illegal and greed-filled war. Our reputation in the world is in tatters. By causing us to turn over responsibility for our country to a few incompetent idealogues, it's clear the terrorists have already won.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  256. Joan M

    Well Jack, I'm not really worried a about a terrorist attack from the outside, but the terrorist that are right here in the United States. The racial terrorist!!! Worried about there forefathers, that stole the USA to begin with.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  257. john

    We should not be so afraid of foreign terrorists when so many of the real terrorists are in Washington, the White house, and the no-bid contract corporations that profit from terrorist attacks!

    November 17, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  258. Don Fall

    Well Jack,

    Let's justsay that i am more concerned about the economy that is killing us now than terrorists that might or might not kill us in the future.

    Don, Indianapolis.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  259. Steve - Oak Creek

    Worried? No. If it's going to happen, it will happen, and there is not much that you and I can do to prevent it. What I do worry about is the GOP trying to spin it to their advantage and politize an attack against Obama instead of uniting with the rest of us for our common good. I would find that much more disturbing and destructive.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  260. Tim Leeny

    If we do have a terrorist attack, it will have Republican finger prints all over it.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  261. Eric Rogers

    Not nearly as concerned as i am that we might be scared into action that would be far more costly in terms of both lives lost and money squandered than another terrorist attack could ever be. 9/11 cost us far less than our reaction to it was. The only reason for such action was because Bush needed an enemy to justify shredding the constitution and becoming a dictator .

    November 17, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  262. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Nope..... because the 'lighting rod' Bush is almost out of office. Also, I do not believe in living in fear.

    Its sad that for the last 8 years the Republicans have scared the American people. We are "the land of the brave and the home of the free" we should not ever live in fear!

    November 17, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  263. Al S.

    I am very much afraid of an attack. It didn't help that our new VP to be said there probably would be an attack? These are very scary times and I am truly afraid there will many casualties, both business wise, home wise, personal wise and I fear the worse type of casualty, loss of life. In the end The US will come through this but it won't be without a stiff price! I hope I am wrong.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  264. Alan, Buxton Maine

    The worlds biggest terrorist is leaving office in January. I have little concern that anyone else will do us harm.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  265. N. Manetavat

    I'm not concerned about Terrorists attack America but I'm concerned about Americans kill Americans. We have about 15000 to 16000 Homicides every year and no one cares.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  266. Sonny

    Seeing as some white supremists' have local terrorist cells, yes. We need to target them and snuff them out before they continue attacking and plaguing our nation.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  267. Brian M.

    I'm more concerned in the remaining months that President Bush is in office. When Obama takes over, I won't be concerned at all. I think he is more open to talking to other leaders of the world than Bush is, and I believe this will help tremendously on terrorism. The future is bright for America.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  268. Rick

    I am not that concerned at all. No credit to the president or the adminstration's efforts. I am more afraid of our own government continuing to take away our freedoms as Americans. I believe they have been using "fear" to accomplish just that! We will always be a target for more terrorism. We just need to be better prepared for it and do what is necessary to prevent it the best we can.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  269. Ty from MI

    Hasn't the Bush/Cheney Admin filled in Barack Obama yet on the fact that the Bush's protected Bin Laden's family?? Look it up – the Bush family are friends with the Bin Laden's and after 9/11 they were flown out of the country. Although you probably wont post this because the media is afraid to report the REAL news – it's good to let you media folks know that WE THE PEOPLE actually do have a GREAT understanding of what's REALLY going on and we're hoping you're only censoring the real news because the powers that be have threatened your job, etc. if you actually spoke the truth

    November 17, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  270. Sydni Turnbow

    After seeing this administrations failures from Hurricane Katrina, capturing Bin Laden, to this $700 billion bailout that was going to make the US disappear from the map if it wasn't passed, I don't think I can trust anything they say about another terrorist attack. I'm more concerned about what they will do (or fail to do) than an outsider causing our demise.

    Sydni from New Orleans, LA

    November 17, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  271. Brian - Trinidad

    I'm more concerned now,because Obama has a more relaxed stance in his attitude towards our enemies.He seems to believe that our enemies are only responding to our country's bad behavior towards them.And that his 'reaching out' philosophy will win them over.That naievity worries me,especially now that he's elected as I don't think he has any kind plan for our national security.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  272. Diane Townes


    How are we going to address the concerns for safety of our fellow citizens against attacks from "home grown terrorist" I looking forward to President Elect Obama's administration to hold C-Span forums addressing hate crimes immigrants and fellow citizens.

    We need to look in our own back yards...

    November 17, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  273. Chris from Illinois

    I am very concerned about a terrorist attack. I think Al-qaeda will attack a major US building, such as the Sears Tower or the Empire State Building. They might attack a US ally, such as France, Israel, or Egypt.
    I would expect an Al-qaeda attack every time a new president is elected.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  274. Janet, Canada

    NOT AT ALL. It's a ridiculous thought. Terrorists didn't even conduct the attacks on 9/11. Bush did. You know, I know it, everyone knows it.

    They can change the terror-meter colours all they want, there will be no terrorist attack. It's just another way to manipulate the American people.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  275. Thomas Jutkowski

    A terrorist attack has already happened and it came from within. The financial crisis and its 700B bail-out. Now , the people are fighting over the auto industry bail-out for a meger 25Billion. This country is already under attack...by the greed that makes the world go around..

    November 17, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  276. Drew Simonovich

    Terrorism, in some form, will always exist. Therefore, I will not fear what I can not control. I do however, fear a government that operates without considering my best interest, and repeatedly attempts to force-feed democracy to countries residing in the Middle East who display no desire to restructure their lives to appease those in the West.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  277. Soraya Sheppard

    I am concerned with another attack I am concerned that they are plotting to further cripple us economically. I am concerned that they may be under the illusion that the attack of 911 was a huge success that hit us in the financial underbelly and another would wipe us out. If they did attack who would we go after and what country would we blame/attack to wipe them out.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  278. Ginger H -- West Melbourne, FL

    I'm not afraid of outside terrorism. As unfortunate as 9-1-1 was, our administration used it and its associated fear factor to get what they wanted in Iraq, payback for a wronged daddy in the 80s. We have enough terrorists as natural-born Americans to worry about, and I consider the President and especially the VP of the past 8 years the top two jokers in that deck of cards.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  279. Mike McKibben, lady lake, Fl

    Where I am always concerned over another terrorist attack, I don't live my life in a state of fear. Right now, I'm more concerned over any more Wall Street – big business – trade policy – Republican obstruction shenanigans than I am a terrorist attack.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  280. Bob saunders

    Hey Jack, I'm fairly concerned about what the terrorists are planning. Those cowards have been brainstorming for years on what they can do to the American people and I'm sure the Bush administration has one last trick up their dirty sleeves. Oh wait...do you mean al qaeda?

    Bob, Canada

    November 17, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  281. Sarah

    Jack, I am too busy worring about my Social Security check covering my Food and Medicine rather than ruminate about another terriost attack. I might survive and still have to eat.

    Sarah From Texas

    November 17, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  282. Ralph Nelson

    I am most concerned about a Kennedy type attack. It would break the nation's heart. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  283. Daniel Covello

    President-elect Obama needs a competent Secretary of Defense, someone like former Nebraska Senator and former Navy SEAL, Bob Kerrey.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  284. mike murphy North Port Florida

    As Americans we should all be concerned. Unfortunately our society is very short sighted. As long as the Patriot Act and other tools put in place by the Bush Administration stay in place I beleive our intelligence agencies and law enforcement can keep us reasonably safe, however our weakness is our southern border and none of our leaders care to to do anything about that open sore.

    I wonder how quick they would move to action if a terrorist attack occurred and it was learned that the terrorists crossed into the US from Mexico?

    November 17, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  285. Rod Beaton

    Hi, Jack – great show!
    Terrorism during a Presidential Transition?
    Wait, let me check the horoscope!
    You know, we got 'fires' in California- Terrorist' don't have to
    attack. We are our own worst enemy.
    Fires burn Houses down, Insurance pays the owner- rates
    go up and then one day, the insurance compant goes out of
    And then more houses catch fire!

    November 17, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  286. Valarie in Castro Valley,California

    We have had the biggest terrorist in the White house for past 8 years G.W. Bush and his fellow terrorist. Attacking a country who has done nothing to us. Torturing and killing Iraqi people looking for none existing Weapon of Mass Destructions. Lying to the American people. Stealing our money calling it a bailout. Not securing our borders. The list goes on and on. The sad part about all of this is that he may never be indicted for treason.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  287. Lynn Reed

    I am afraid that I am not as afraid as I should be. Being from Chicago specifically I am totally caught up in the Obamamania and have allowed myself to put my guards down. I pray our leaders are not making the same mistake.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  288. Terry in Hanover County

    I'm more concerned about complacency among Americans who believe we won't be attacked again and about the halfway measures to protect us put in place by the Bush Administration. Obama's inherited a big mess to clean up on all fronts.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  289. Sharon Naismith

    My concern is about homegrown, USA born and bred terrorists, fueled by hatred for president-elect Obama, and anyone not on their "real Christian" list. Those news organizations that allow hate-spewing nut-cases to voice their lies and distortion of facts, are actually a big part of the problem. This goes way beyond freedom of speech, or freedom of the press. It is dangerously close to inciting to riot, or sedition.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  290. janice aaron

    I have a far better chance of dying from cancer or losing my home due to high medical bills. Let's spend our money on health care.

    Port Republic, NJ

    November 17, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  291. Lyndon P

    I am more concerned about our government’s response to a terrorist attack. Each time an actual or perceived terrorist attack occurs the government becomes more Orwellian, the Patriot Act, the repeal of Posse Comitatus, listening to our phone calls, opening our mail, etc. What next, check-points on the highways? Oh wait…we already have those.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  292. Brian

    I'm very concerned Jack. I believe it is "prime time" if history serves us right. Terrorist like (Al Queda) may plot or attack knowingly where in this economic crisis and perhaps thinking we have let our guards down. Some expert Intellegiance and a high-alert status can divert such attacks especially on Inaguration Day.

    Brian from NC

    November 17, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  293. Susan in Maine


    Yes, I am very concerned about a terrorist attack. The terrorist trade mark of striking after an election is an historical pattern. If it does not get intercepted by our government, than we wont know the depths of the terrorists plotting until after the attack. America is fighting a new war, not just a ground war against terror in America but a war in which terrorists are living, raising families, getting educated, getting high paying jobs right here in our country. One of the 9/11 terrorists stayed in a hotel right down the road in Portland, Maine from us and lived in New Jersey with his wife and children for years prior to the attack. That terrorist never lost sight of his mission, " to kill Americans" and was willing to die to do this. We should NOT live fear, but evil is plain evil, anyway you look at it. Americans SHOULD although, prepare themselves to help out others in america who are hit by these terrorist attacks.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  294. Justin, Alexandria VA

    Jack –

    This is long but I hope you'll post it: it's like getting struck by lightning or attacked by a shark: the chances are slim. However, while some people say, why worry, I say, why not worry? So I do worry. About shark attacks, lightning strikes, and terrorist attacks. But to me, the question is, are you concerned enough to let it affect how you live your life, or who you vote for? My answer is no – I voted for Obama because Bush's policies, which McCain would largely continue, are unconscionable and unconstitutional. As Ben Franklin said, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." And Ben Franklin was one smart guy.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:32 pm |

    tampa, fl. i live across from busch gardens, so i am always living in fear of invasion by relatives who want to stay here for free, eat all my food, use up all my water rations, and want me to pick up the ticket for every meal out. afraid, yes i'm always afraid of these terrorists, while. arab terrorists i can shoot so i'm not afraid of them. or are you talking about the terrorists in dc that screwed medicare benefits again so that i'm going to pay more than last year for less?

    November 17, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  296. Jolly Potter, NY

    It's good we are talking about the possibility because when we don't that is the time they normally strike. So, authorities are on alert – a bit like the guy who looks out for the Shark. I would be more concerned though about an internal threat from extremists who might want to harm the President Elect – that is a much bigger threat

    November 17, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  297. Loretta

    According to Sen. Joe Lieberman, the United States will likely face a terrorist attack in 2009. This was in regard to remarks made by John McCain's adviser Charlie Black that a terrorist attack leading up to the general election would probably help the Arizona senator's White House hopes. Lieberman went on to say that "our enemies will test the new president early". Maybe Joe Lieberman who calls himself an "independent Democrat' knows something the rest of us don't.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  298. Victor

    Oh, I'm worried about terrorists. But not the ones overseas. I'm more worried about the domestic ones...
    The flames of hatred and bigotry have been fanned. And they're not easily put out. Rage needs an outlet. I fear for our country.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  299. jerry healy california

    I am very concerned about another attack and am concerned that the american people have forgotten the evil of 911. This complacency is a prime breeding ground for another attack. In every day lingo, 911 means emergency/help. There is evil in the world that wants to destroy us just because we are americans. Our national security apparatus has kept us safe from another attack. We are taught to fight and destoy evil. We must not negotiate with terrorists.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  300. miguel gonzales

    Based on some of the negative,uninformed and malicious responses to the victory of President elect Obama,i think people should be more concerned about the terrorist within the country. It is not inconcievable that they would deliberately try to undermind the new president by doing something morbidly stupid against their own people.Heaven forbid.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  301. stefan

    I'm mindful of the threat, but not overly concerned about it. I believe the level and the vehemence of any such threat will be directly impacted by our foreign policies. In the past 8 years, we have believed that flexing our muscles and starting one war after anotherwill deter our enemies; instead, we've learned that even the biggest behemoth in the field is prone to snakes hiding in the grass. If Obama does really chart a new course in foreign policy based on respect and dialog, then those who wish us ill will find themselves outlawed and outnumbered as the world re-unites behind us once again as they did after 9/11.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  302. Jane of NH

    I fear for radical groups vs President-Elect Obama more than terrorists but we can never be too careful. I agree with Obama that we need to find Osama Bin-Ladin and bring he and his followers down. That's why I want us out of Iraq and concentrate on US enemies instead of losing our men in Iraq.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  303. Pete

    Terrorists can attack us at their will. They are here and are just waiting .Bin Laden has beat us. Even if we kill him, and raise him to higher martyrdom, look at the way we have to live now. Look at the wars we started, the lives we lost, the cost of all this, etc. Take off your shoes to fly? Id requirements to get a driver's license, unless you are here illegally! Next time maybe the terrorists will hit our useless government officials that got us into all this mess.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  304. Jonathan W Zeglerman

    I’m more concerned about further attacks on our freedom, justified by a “need for more security” if we have another false flag terror attack on our country.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  305. Phyllis from Pittsburgh PA

    At this time, I am more concerned about the economy than a terrorist attack.

    If by chance, there is an attack, I have confidence that the Obama administration will handle it better than the Bush administration.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  306. Lesley, Lighthouse Point

    Not concerned. Don't allow myself to be taken in by the politics of fear. Hopefully we will make it through the transition without incident.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  307. Joe Benson

    Not very
    Unlike George Bush, President Obama will listen to his intelligence advisors and take the necessary steps to stop the attack from happening.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  308. Lisa

    I cannot worry about things I have no control over. Therefore, I pray nothing bad comes to pass, I pray for the innocent victims if something bad does happen, and I pray that if something bad does happen I know where my family is and they are safe.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  309. Marie Kona

    One of the terrorists biggest weapons against us is our fear of their next attack. And while It's true that we've lost thousands of lives in terror attacks as well as defense/offense against more terror attacks over these past seven years, we've probably lost just as many if not more lives in traffic accidents each year. Both are examples of things beyond our control. We can elect government officials who we expect will do their best to keep us safe from terror attacks. We can buy safer cars. But we can't control what the terrorists do any more than we can control car accidents. So why worry about it? In other words, don't worry, be happy.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  310. George from NYC

    I'm a bit more concerned than usual given the transition. The changing of the guard is a more vulnerable time. However, law enforcement agencies are still opperating the way they always have, sniffing out threats and making dents in the terrorists. The legwork of finding Bin Laden depends on who is doing the searching, not who is presiding over the country.

    Constable Odo from Star Trek would say "Laws change depending on who's making them, but Justice is Justice." As long as the FBI, Interpol, the CIA, and the military continue the search, and we keep up our security measures, I don't think that anything catastrophic (9/11 or worse) will happen in the near future.

    Obama will do what he needs to to keep us safe. But more importaintly, the agencies we have established to protect and serve will continue to do so.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  311. mike murphy North Port Florida

    I am more concerned about attacks on my paycheck by the left wing of the democratic party to pay for all the new social engineering and welfare programs.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  312. Bill from Maine


    Thanks for asking! I don't worry about it in the sense that it dominates my thinking, but its happened before and likely will again - if not at home, then somewhere abroad where we have American interests. I think President-Elect Obama is correct in his assessment that his team needs to be on the alert. With Islamic terrorists we're dealing with unstable people in an unstable situation and that's like having a monkey on the loose with a matchbox in a powder factory. But I'll tell you this: I feel a lot more comfortable knowing Obama will be at the healm than I ever have with the current administration.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  313. Derek

    This is why border security should have been talked about in the debates. You never know if an attack can come from someone that went over the border. Our intelligence and foreign policy need to be very strong and we must learn from the past attacks so that we can prevent another attack from coming.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  314. circy in New Mexico

    Too much has been made of what terrorists want to do to this country. The reality is that terrorists don't wan't to bring this country down, as the Bush administration has endlessly proclaimed. 9/11 was a response to Desert Storm, not the first in a series of attacks on this country. The first President Bush put half a million troops in Kuwait and Iraq, both Muslim countries. Did he think the Muslim world would not respond to that? And this nonsense about not talking to our so-called enemies only added fuel to the fire. The reality is that the Muslim world wants us to stay out of their territory. No one on this planet wants foreign troops on their soil. I hope Obama understands this or the so-called War on Terror will continue forever.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  315. Frann Altman in Los Angeles, CA

    There are so many things to be concerned about and to take either protection actions or corrective actions on. That is the reality of the world we live in. Terrorism is an ongoing priority.

    I also feel like we have elected a very smart man who is surrounding himself with a strong team. I really liked last night (60 Min) in that he spoke to reading histories and writings (FDR & Lincoln) and applying whatever programs are needed (Reagan) with today's variables, irrespective of partisan views. That is solution based thinking.

    Thanks, Jack.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  316. Dave in MN

    Not worried about myself, just worried about how any attack could really break the economy, that seems to be hanging on by the thinnest of threads.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  317. tom anderson

    I doubt if the terroists have Rockford Ill. on their radar !

    November 17, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  318. Kevin

    I am much more worried about the growing unchecked gang violence that is going on everyday in most communities around our nation. They account for more terror and death every year than any terrorest attack. Why don't you shine the light on this. Everytime there is a war, our kids come home, trained by the milatary and many join gangs. There are active gang members in the military right now. Who is going to keep that in check.


    November 17, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  319. Carmelo NJ

    Jack not at all concerned I have a greater chance of getting killed by lighting or crossing the street then being killed by terrorists.
    This so called war on terror is a way to instill fear on the American people by the neo cons in order to maintain power.
    The war on terror cannot be fought by invading countries because some of their citizens have expressed hate toward our government due to our misguided foreign policy in the Middle East.
    One way to difuse this hatred is for our new president Obama to do justice to the Palestinians cause in ending 41 years of Israel oppressive occupation

    November 17, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  320. kenneth sibbett

    Concerned enough to vote Bush and his gang of people who can't shoot straight out of office.

    Kenneth Chadbourn N.C.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  321. Rachelle

    I don't believe people when they tell me to worry about terrorists threats or worry about a recession. Why worry about something that is just a thought and hasn't even happened?

    So, no I don't worry, but I also no longer work in New York City! But if you ask most New Yorkers, they don't worry either.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  322. rpb Viburnum Mo

    Terrorist attack? You don't think we have just been hit by a terrorist attack. Paulson and the rest of the crooks just hit us.Wait till the TRILLIONS to the real crooks BOMB goes off. You thought a nuclear attack would bad this will be much worse.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  323. Richard Green

    Yours would be a valid question if a terrorist attack could wreak more havoc on our country than what Bush has already done. Terrorists haven't attacked the US since 9-11-01 because they don't have to. Bush has done and is doing the work for them. I'm more afraid of what the ideologues in gov't and religion have done than what any terrorist might do.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    November 17, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  324. Susan Haught

    Not too concern. We havent been able to close our borders or our ports. So if the terrorist wanted to come again they know they can. I only feel safer when I fly but that's as far as it goes.
    Sue,Olean, NY

    November 17, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  325. Elizabeth

    Well, our new president elect goes around saying one of his priorities
    is to KILL Osama Bin Laden. If that doesn't get al-queda in an urgent
    need to strike out at us I don't know what would. Get us before we
    go after them. All of our security will be placed around the new president
    and HIS family. The hell with the rest of us.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  326. John

    jack there is almost zero chance of that happening yes the neo-cons got in everybodies head after 9/11. This is a different time and we aren't scared anymore from their trumped up lies. Even if the terrorist smake it to our shores, i doubt they will even attack us. If they do we will get them. and not loike the neo-cons didn't get bin laden. we will send our special forces to kill them, not let somebody else get them like pakistan or the iraqies. Our special forces will get Bin Laden when Obama is president, just wait.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  327. Ed

    I'm not worried about a terrorist attack by al Qaeda after all isn't that what Homeland Security is in place to prevent. I'm worried about the terrorist attack we are currently under by the UAW and GM threating us with economic ruin if we don't bail them out with taxpayer money. It's a shame that the US Congress is negotiating with these terrorist and will get nothing for our money not even a plan. It just goes to show you that the US policy of no negotiation with terrorists only applies to the non domestic, non voting terrorists.
    Branchville, NJ

    November 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  328. Stan, Fresno CA

    Pretty damn scared.
    Let's see Jack,
    1. Osama Bin Laden is still roaming the earth.
    2. I haven't heard much about securing our borders since the primaries.
    3. Oil anyone? We've pump billions of dollars over seas to countries who don't share our ideals.
    4. Last but not least. George Bush is still in the White House.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  329. Dale Duke

    The timing would be to their advantage, while Bush still remains the "figurehead" of the USA. But if they hope that conditions will improve, they could. I have wondered why they just don't shoot one person in Albany, Oregon and one in Plymouth, In both towns I lived in, small and start to watch the panic. On the other hand, with the stock markets at this point, a tall building would really mess things up.
    Worried. No. Realistic. Yes

    November 17, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  330. nina from the north

    What makes anyone think that Bin Laden is alive?

    November 17, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  331. Phil Alger

    I think it's a real issue. They are planning something, no doubt. Figuring out what is the key. If we live our lives afraid of the next attack, they've won already, that's "TERROR". Be aware, but not afraid.

    Phil Alger
    Riverside, CA.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  332. Bill, Minneapolis, MN

    I'm not worried. I think Iran should be worried, since we need a pretext to invade that country too.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  333. Roy

    Jack: The threat is real and all Americans would do well not to ignore it. All of us, especially those in positions of responsibility for public safety, need to be extra vigilant and encourage all our employees and customers to do the same. We all pray that it won't ever happen again but we have to be prepared for the possibility. Thanks for raising the question.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  334. Don McCollum, WI

    Live in fear of something I can do nothing about? Give me a break.

    Thanks W

    November 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  335. steve a, texas

    I'm more afraid of the scumite CEO's on wallstreet then I am of any terrorist.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  336. Jim Keller

    Frankly, driving to work in my car is more dangerous. Obviously, we shouldn't ignore threats by people who want to do us harm, but heart disease kills far more Americans than terrorism.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  337. Chryssa

    This administration has cried wolf so many times – even if we were attacked I probably wouldn't believe it.

    Boise, ID

    November 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  338. Alan Henderson

    Re: Terrorist Attack Worry

    In general, I expect that there will be a terrorist attack affecting us, whether at home or abroad. We certainly have had enough experience. My concern is the overall climate of fear that has been promoted by the Bush administration since 9/11. Mr. Bush, and especially Mr Cheny, have fomented fear among the public that permeates society. I am tired of this same-old-same-old. Yes, we can expect attacks, that is the nature of terrorists. But, we should be proactive, as opposed to reactive, in efforts to understand causes (to the extent that is helpful) and carefully plan and implement steps to minimize their occurrence. Creating a "war" mentality does not help.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  339. Clyde Luther in Charlotte, NC

    Jack, worried, no, concerned, yes. I think most Americans understand that the terrorists are already in this country and that an attack is always in the works. However, we are also armed and ready to defend ourselves in the event that the attack occurs. That is one thing the terrorists don't ever take into account. I promise that if I personally catch terrorists attempting an attack, I'll make sure they don't get another chance. Americans have had enough.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  340. richard from rhinebeck

    Domestic terrorists have done a pretty good job of blowing up my retirement plans, so frankly, I'm just not that threatened about someone coming along and putting me out of my misery.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  341. David McBroom

    Terrorist will always pose, a great threat, to our nation, because of freedom.But I think, after 9-11 we have, home land security ,in place now, with lower threats, to the U.S., and other countries. David McBroom

    November 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  342. Karen McNulty

    I am most concerned about "terrorists" in our own country. Those being the individuals that have voiced to others " we will not let him live to be President," burning crosses in Obama supporters yards, and other acts of racism that have been reported since the election. Since the election my greatest fear lies with the prospect of domestic terrorism.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  343. Agent_C

    Very very afraid! I'm hiding under the bed as we speak...


    November 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  344. A, Boston MA

    Please, terrorists are shooting up my neighborhood daily. People are getting killed everywhere in the U.S. What's more to worry about?

    November 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  345. Lou in Miami


    Terrorism= the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.

    The real terrorists are George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and all the other working in the present administration that used terror in order to get away with all the shenanigans that got us into this hole... they should be prosecuted for crimes against our country and humanity itself.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  346. Bill in San Francisco

    I'm not concerned and never have been concerned.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  347. Kathie, Houston, TX

    Yes Jack, I am concerned about terrorism. Especially when the biggest terrorist of all is moving back to Texas the end of January. This country has suffered greatly under this moronic administration. I will be glad to see it end. As for the "other" terrorists, I am not concerned at all. Why should they attack us now? We have already imploded on ourselves. The economy is crumbling, jobs are being lost, homes are being lost. In a sense, they have already won.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  348. Jim

    How can anyone not have some concern. How quickly we forget about 9/11 and everything that has happened worldwide since then. For all who are not, continue to bury you heads in the sand and just hope it does not happen to you. Thankfully nothing has happened in the states since 9/11. You may not support the war on terror but its a war that will never go away.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  349. Wayne Nielsen

    Why would they come here to attack us when Bush has placed hundreds of thousands of our best right in their back yard where they can attack our people at their convenience which they have done to the tune of tens of thousands of our finest killed or wounded-

    November 17, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  350. Donald

    Yeah I'm worried and about a lot of things. It is very disheartening
    when you see our government leaders sitting with other world leaders
    sipping the most expensive fine wines and couisines while so many
    American families do not have any idea if they will have another meal.
    Our governments compassion reaches so far into other countries yet never sees what is happening just down the streets of America.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  351. Ernesto

    I haven't felt safe in eight years; especially, with the bully tactics of our Republican president. He has not done anything around the world that has made me feel safer. All he does is stir up the pot! Feeling safe in the United States is feeling safe anywhere in the World; somehow, I don't feel that our service men feel safe in other parts of the world; especially, when they go on liberty in these foreign countries!

    November 17, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  352. Jeff

    I'm more concerned about domestic terrorism perpetrated by radical groups in the US like the KKK or Evangelical Right extremists.

    Not at all concerned by terrorist attacks from outside the US.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  353. Matarr Sillah

    I don't like Bush, I never voted Bush and I will definately not miss Bush. However, Bush did keep us Safe....As far as being concerned of a terror attack , i think Obama should maintain some aspects of the Bush doctrine that have kept us safe for 7 Years...only that Obama will actually attack those that actually terrorize the US. Keep them on defense at all times.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  354. Justine

    Yes, I am concerned...and all American's should be. Concern makes us aware. Being aware makes us watch. Watching increases the possibility of seeing red flags. We need to be diligent. The government isn't trying to frighten us. The more eyes the better. Let me ask this. Who does it serve when we are in denial, ignorant or believing the government is trying to scare us?

    November 17, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  355. Tom

    I'm not to worried about another attack, the terrorists don't need to attack us, we are destroying ourselves from the inside. Look at the amount of money we have spent on counter-measures since 9-11. We could have spent some of that money to try and fix this country for the citizens of this country. This country needs a government that works for the people like it was meant to be. I think it will take several years to undo some of the things that have happened in the political system over the years. Lets hold the politicians accountable for what they do. That is the place to start.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  356. Drew

    I think we are all worried somewhat about terriorist attacks, however I believe terrorism is inevitable. It has existed since the dawn of man and we can not end it. The problem is there are politicians who believe it is something that can be stopped. They use the fear of terrorism as a means to control us and further their agenda. I know, let's react with extreme prejudice against the terrorists, spend trillions and kill and send millions into excile! Oh, that's right we tried that.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  357. Ray Mayer

    Did you say Terrorist Jack? No worries here! It does not matter who kill us, since most of us will die of hunger anyways.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  358. Blake

    Everyone should be concerned. The major threat of any terror attack would be assumed to take place in the cities of America, where i have family living. Even though my rural suburban town may be out of risk, my family and/or friends would be at risk. Not to mention, i would be disturbed if any American was killed. . .

    November 17, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  359. Greg From Ohio

    I'm certainly worried; Obama is inexperienced, young and, at times, naive. If a terrorist attack does occur, it won't be Obama's fault, and I believe that he will react strongly to it, but I am fearful that Americans could die. However, I think that we have learned a great deal from 9/11, and I believe that the Obama administration, and to a lesser degree the Bush administration, will detect and eliminate any real threat. He's a smart guy "that one."

    November 17, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  360. Joshua -Fort Worth Texas

    I am not worried about an attack. No, I do not want to die. I have two children who need me but I am not scared to die. It's one of those things you have to accept, accept that the enemy hates us and wants us to die. I still don't want to give up my freedom over the fear of death. Any terrorist that thinks about attacking us must remember that we will strike back, so unless they kill us all then they better think twice! Border security is fine. Warrantless spy operations upon American civilians is illegal and unconstitutional and should be stopped immediately!

    November 17, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  361. JAck

    No, I'm not afraid of another terrorist attack because I don't think Obama would authorize another 9/11, just like Kennedy didn't let Operation Northwoods go through. No, those guys who attacked us are leaving office now.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  362. Jennifer in Atlanta, GA

    Jack, I figure it won't be as easy to recruit people into terrorist organizations with Obama as president. Remember, it is Bush who stomped around the world not caring about human rights and threatening anyone who he felt didn't share his beliefs. You're either with us or against us, right? Hopefully, Obama will be able to quell the hatred Bush has produced throughout the world. If we start acting like other countries on this planet matter other than ours, if we start respecting other cultures, then perhaps that can happen and hopefully the recruitees will say, "Why would I want to attack the United States? They helped my brother."

    November 17, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  363. Pete

    Japan would never attack Pearl Harbor!!!!

    You guys should be thankful to George Bush for protecting America with strong tactics. What some of you guys saying is G. Bush is not a patriot and trying to do things to destroy this country? Come on, wake up and love your president which maybe the greatest president in the history of America who tries to spread democracy in the world.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  364. Lacey

    I'm a little concerned we are in the calm before the storm. I believe the terrorists who were responsible for 911 are choosing their battles more carefully now. I am placing a lot of faith in Obama's administration. He didn't ask for the legacy Bush left him. I'm just grateful the GOP isn't manning the helm any more.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  365. John / Chicago

    You bet I am. After all, we have a President-Elect who has no experience in national security, defense, or foreign policy. While he will put experienced people around him we are very vulnerable at this time and point.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  366. Aldo

    Honestly, I don't really think about it on my own. I only do when someone brings it up. It is scary though. I don't want our country to go through something horrible again especially at a time when we have other problems to deal with.

    I just hope when Mr. Obama takes office that he'll be able to protect us. Then be able to handle it properly afterwards. No Patriot Act please.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  367. Preston of Denver, Co

    Quite frankly I'm more worried about getting hit by a car while I'm crossing the street than I am being caught in the middle of a terrorist attack. There's far more lousy drivers in the world than terrorists.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  368. Paul

    I have never been concerned about terrorist attacks since 9/11. This was a one time event and we cannot live our lives or curtail our freedoms out of fear for what was a random act.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  369. PJG

    Well no Jack I'm not. But then again, I wasn't worried about a terrorist attack the morning of September 11, 2001 either and look how that day turned out. So, unless you know the date and time of every terrorist attack I would say that in this day and age you probably should give it some consideration.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  370. Michael in Houston, Texas

    I'm not concerned at all Jack. I don't think that Al-Qaeda is as strong as they are made to believe. I feel they are being hyped up by our governement to justify why we are still there. When we pull out of that mess, they will leave us alone. When was the last time you heard Russia being attacked by Al-Qaeda or the Taliban?

    November 17, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  371. Adrian, MI

    Being afraid has never accomplished anything. If you want to do something useful then question religion. Dogmatic belief systems come to power with ease when the opposing views remain silent. We have seen this happen in the middle east – lets make sure we don't see it here. Saying, "Thanks, but no thanks" to Sarah Palin was a good start.

    Adrian from Detroit

    November 17, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  372. Rob - Houston, Texas

    I am not concerned about an attack at home as much as one abroad.

    Funny how some think the war on terror is just a ploy by the US government. Crazy as that sounds, Obama will continue the war on terror, just in different places. So if you voted for Obama and you think the war on terror is just a ploy by the government. It seems you have a huge conflict you need to resolve.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  373. Todd

    I get on an airplane around 150 times each year. Every time I get on, I wish the plane had anti-missile technology. Every time I pass a chemical or power plant, I see how easy it would be for a small group of heavily armed men to get through the flimsy defenses. Every time I hear of a bombing in Iraq, I think how easy it would be to blow up a mall here.

    And now I have a President who thinks talking to nutcases like our friend in Tehran is a good idea. I guess Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad are just a social services organization the Iranians bankroll and train. I feel so much less concerned now that we have a popular President.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  374. David Richards

    A terrorist attack has never been a concern of mine. I don't think where I live is a big target for terrorists.

    Athens, Tx

    November 17, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  375. Cayla

    Concerned? Yes. Confident in the new administration? Yes.
    A change in administration is inevitably a weaker point no matter who is elected. I hope the attacks on 9/11 were enough of a wake-up call to put us all on our guard to report anything suspicious and take every potential threat seriously.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  376. redd

    I am not concerned at all about terrorists.I am more concerned about what I have in my wallet.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  377. Susan, NC via LA

    Nope. I'm tired of a country living in fear. Most of the world has violence occurring against its citizens every day, and when it happens to us once every blue moon, the world is coming to an end.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  378. Jean OK

    The only fear I have right now is what this Bush administration could possible do before I feel the relief and thrill that they are GONE !! With Obama on board things will slowly turn around for the better, the world respects him with his willingness to discuss problems rather than lie and attack.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  379. Jason

    The last 3 presidents have all faced a terrorist attack on Americans. Who says this one will be any different.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  380. Dave P

    Very Concerned Jack,

    Last time I checked we lost almost five thousand Americans on September 11th 2001. I would consider myself blessed to live the rest of my life neverseeing so many innocent people die because of an evil we could have avoided.

    Of course then again I'm also the type to watch my diet and excercise because I'm also very concerened about the more likely avoidable causes of death.


    November 17, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  381. Mike C

    Very concerned for a lot of reasons...Those that say that they are not concerned seem to think that they can not be affected if they do not live in the middle of a big city. Aside from the obvious reasons that one should be concerned about a terrorist attack, what about it's potentially devastating affect on our already fragile economy?

    November 17, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  382. Neelie

    To think we are safer from what we learned from 9/11, is really being ignorant. We never thought the World Trade Center would be attacked a second time. Just when we think we have it figured out the terrorists will thing of something we can't even put our minds around. Their thinking is so extreme. We also need to be concerned about the Timothy McVey's as well, right in our own backyard.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  383. Chris

    I think it's interesting that the threat of a terror attack has tapered off to a whisper this year.
    It's also interesting that the end of the Bush administrations run in office will also come at a time when oil is as cheap as it was when they took office.
    Threat of terror attacks will always exist, but the threat of the threat will be less stressful on North Americans.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  384. C.W

    They might as well attack us while were on the ropes,dont you think Jack?

    November 17, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  385. Cheryl

    Yes, I am very concern, and how quick the american people forget. As I read these comments, I must laugh at times. When did the President of the United States start running this country all by himself? I guess no one looks at Congress!!

    November 17, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  386. Rob

    Why should I be afraid. We elected the terrorist sympathizer to office. It is only a matter of time. They tried Bush and he retaliated. They tried Clinton and he did nothing. They will try Obama and people will cry racist.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  387. Nuno

    Yeah, well. If you live in the terrorists' house, of course there's always a threat. The best we can do is try to go on with your life without giving it much thought. The people who comitted the 9/11 crime are always vigilant, they have access to our homes, computers, means of transportation. It's only a matter of time before they use that access and commit a crime like that again, then put in place a complicated ruse to have us look outside our house for a fictitious enemy.
    We could regain control of our own security. We simply choose not to.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  388. Gigi in Alabama

    Certainly it's a concern, but if Pres. elect Obama can put together a good team, it may make al Queda think twice before messing with him. My biggest concern is that someone here in this country will try some home grown terrorism and try to kill our new president. He is exactly what our country has needed and I worry for him.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  389. Aftab Ahmed

    Most Americans understand that the 'objective' of the 9-11 terrorist attack was achieved many times over for the terrorists. It's the politicians here who are busy exploiting that issue and they will continue to do so for a long, long time. A second attack inside the US does not serve any purpose for the terrorists and is not likely to happen, at least not any time in the foreseeable future. However, I bet you they like to watch us squirm.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  390. Ken

    I'm less concerned about a terrorist attack and more concerned that I've been looking for a job for 10 months now. The last time I was out of work it only took me 6 weeks to find a new job. And now more and more people are losing their jobs. I think this country learned a lot of lessons as a result of 9-11 and we are safer for it. I'm not sure I can say the same about the savings and loan crisis and the current situation we find ourselves in.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  391. Chuck, Geneva, IL

    I am very concerned. There have been terrorist attacks on the US at home and abroad, by both foreign and domestic terrorists, for decades. It is a war without uniforms or borders. There is no nation to surrender or Geneva Convention which they follow. We need to have continual situational awareness without going over the line into paranoia or rejection of the different just because it is different.. We must guard against becoming what we are fighting.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  392. Jim Handy

    I am very concerned about a terrorist attack. I told people a year ago that we wil have another terorist attack within 6 months of a new president taking office and I believe electing a Democrat increases the liklihood of that happening.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  393. Hannah Stevens

    I do worry since I truly believe it was the bush administration that brought about the 9-11 attack orchestrated by cheney himself and they could easily do this again to gain power again over the people by saying look at what happened when the democrats are in control, they cannot keep you safe. So I worry very much. I think the likelihood that a man in a cave was able to pull off an attack as sophisticated as 9-11 is very far out there. It was a well coordinated effort and very successful as well as the cover up.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  394. devil dog palos park ill

    we all ready had a attack its the economy attack and another one is coming the bail out attack

    November 17, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  395. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    Nobody was very concerned on 9/10/01.
    Everyone was concerned on 9/12/01.
    Now we're back to focusing on ourselves again.
    Besides, didn't Obama make clear his top priority was the economy?

    November 17, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  396. Dennis North Carolina

    why worry about bring hit when you can not control it. you can not stop living. if we are hit than our leaders should hunt them down and make them pay and any one that helps them.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  397. Mike - Boston

    Well Jack since I have a better chance of winning the lottery and getting hit by lightning in the same day then I do of dying in a terrorist attack I'm not worried at all. Plus I have a brain and can see though the fear mongering.

    People are fools, we just elected a man for "change" too bad both parties are the same....... they screw the average american.

    Please protect me from everything, I know I can't be trusted to think for myself, god forbid......

    November 17, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  398. Gilles Jones

    I am not concerned at all. Now that Bush and his goons are out of office we do not have to worry about having a Government that makes money off of killing Americans.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  399. Idaho Ed

    Not from foreign terrorists but yes from the domestic screwballs that have some idiotic agenda from racists to anti-abortion activists.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  400. Michael Shea


    Like most people I am concerned but I don't dwell on it. I have lived most life under the "Nuclear Unbrella".

    However the happiest and most hopeful time of my life was when John F. Kennedy was President and we were looking down the Nuclear Missle Barrel during the Cuban Missle Crisis. Hopefully we will regain that period with Barack Obama.

    When I face challenges that are bigger than me i.e nuclear war, terrorism or a crumbling economy I stay pretty calm because those are things beyond my control.

    I was also raised as an Irish Catholic and was taught by the good nuns that when God wants us to come home its my time so I really don't worry about my potential demise on this earth.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  401. Lorie

    Thanks to President Bush, we have been safe for the past seven years. You people forget very fast the horror of 9/11. Maybe because you didn't have someone you loved killed that horrible day. Maybe you don't realize how many attempts have been stopped by the Bush administration. Obama is seen as a weak and naive man who has not made many decisions. As President Reagan said, you get "peace through strength".

    November 17, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  402. Lindsey in Michigan

    I pray for our nation, there are scary people out there with scary beliefs and I think that it's only a matter of time before one of them tries something. I do have renewed hope though for America, we're taking exciting new steps in our government with President Elect Obama.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  403. William

    You know the odds of dying in a commercial airline flight is around the same as your odds that an extinction asteroid hits Earth in your lifetime. I would put my odds of being a victim of a terrorist attack in that category.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  404. Ryan

    How about the fear for our country and our economy? I don't think being afraid of another attack has anything to do with whether you like Bush or Messiah Obama. \We stand for freedom, and bad guys will attack us at the very foundations of our society to shake us and to diminish our prosperity.. Be afraid of that. I'm afraid that not enough Americans, anymore, will have the backbone to get back up and seek freedom They might expect another Government handout (i.e. stimulus) if the country halts, due to another big attack. I'm afraid the people of our country are not as worried about another attack on our way of life as they should be!!

    November 17, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  405. Frank

    I'm concerned more with the people of this country and their lack of concern than an actual attack. I see so many threads that say not in my back yard. I thought the attack was on America and not NY? Not anymore I guess. People forgot. People now considerate it a random attack. They forget the attack came at the conclusion of a Democratic Administration. I'm not blaming the Democrats, I'm simply saying they don't give a rat's behind who is in the White House. They hate Americans. Not because of Bush. Because we are free. How people can be so ignorant to that fact is what scares me. Arabs don't even have the right to think adverse thoughts about their leaders. Imagine America being like that? Obama will talk to them. Yeah....they'll listen. Good God, help us all.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  406. William

    Well, first off I believe the 9/11 attack to be an inside job. The best way to fight terrorism is to say "I'm not afraid of you." An impending attack is possible and is something that shouldn't be taken lightly, but am I worried about it? Do I let that fear take ahold of me and allow it to control my every emotion? No, and neither should you. If you remain in fear of an attack, then the Terrorists have won.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  407. bob

    I’m not that concerned now but that changes next year every one on here is saying they were scarred when bush was in office but the last attack on US soil was planed before he was in office and it is the man that they bash that has kept the attacks on foreign grounds and keeping those same people winning about why they are loosing there money on bad investments and poor decisions safe at home. And if so many people are scared of losing there jobs I know a company that’s always hiring US military.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  408. Bill - Atlanta

    I am very worried about an attack by many different terrorist groups on an Obama government. With Obama's lack of military service and not having any government management experience, along with his milk-toast personality and style, he will certeinly be tested by MS13 illegal alien gang members, gay pride marchers, Mexican durg lords and possibily the KKK.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  409. Anthony

    Yes, I'm afraid of another attack. Let's be real people. The 9/11 plots started during the presidency of our very well liked Bill Clinton. Terrorists don't care who the president of the United States is. As long as they hate the U.S. (which is a different discussion) we are in a threat. Terrorists will NEVER forgive and forget regardless of who the president is.
    The only thing we can do is secure our country and if that means a little bit of inconvenience on our part than it's worth it. So stop complaining about the airport check-in woes. The WHOLE world needs to recognize the Al-Queda threat and eradicate them.
    Thanks You

    November 17, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  410. George Thornton

    Hey Jack , what happened to the intel community thats has all the info/ have we slid in to the dark and if the most of the world is fighting terrorist why do we worry about attacts? We can find a neddle in a hay stack but we cant find bin ladin thats very sad about or c.i.a. sincerly George from Defiance Ohio

    November 17, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  411. James Allen

    I'm not too concerned. Our country is facing enough challenges and we are right where they want us, unfortunately. Another major terrorist attack would most likely lead to a full scale armed conflict. This would not serve our enemies.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  412. Dayton Dave

    Well if the economy gets too bad we might get hit again, nothing helps a strugling economy like a major war.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  413. Ricky667

    I am not worried about us being attacked whatsoever. I think if an attack happens it happens, if they get me then it is the will of the known, unknown. As in, there are thing that we know, and there are things that we don't know, but should know. Although, they are yet unknown. So no I am not worried about it. The only people who can prevent a terrorist attack is the CIA, and really clever people who keep their eyes open, and watch for things out of the norm. If all of us stay vigilant, then no an attack won't happen.
    Minnesota Ricky

    November 17, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  414. Erin

    I am concerned, simply based upon the past strikes (terrosists 'show of force' to a new president), and for the mere fact, that we still have areas of great importance within the US that holds little security. As Americans, I believe we should be resolute and live our day to day lives, while remaining cautious and aware.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  415. Joe Black


    As the brave passengers of UA fligth 92 demonstrated on 9/11, once people know about a terrorist's plans to crash a plane into a building, they will take action.

    So, no, there will never be a 9/11 like that again. As soon as some terrorist tries to hijack a plane, the passengers will be all over him – what have they got to lose?

    If the FBI had DONE ITS JOB, 9/11 would not have happened. Reports of terrorists training at flight training schools sat on agent's desks gathering dust, while 90 AGENTS examined Monica Lewinsky's dress.

    Perhaps if we had really put "COUNTRY FIRST" instead of obsessing about other people's moral values, we;d be in better shape.

    There is a lesson there.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  416. Beverly from San Diego


    I'm a military spouse and recently had the opportunity to sit in on an ops briefing by someone "up there" in the ranks. It's only a matter of time until another attack succeeds (they're attempted more than we're aware of). I'm very concerned, for our new president has put spit and shine on the badge of hope of the American people and the enemy can't stand for us to be strong. We all have to become aware again because awareness is readiness.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  417. Jeffrey from LA, California

    I am worried about another terrorist attack within the next few years because our economy is weak. If terrorists decided to attack us soon then our crumbling economy would suffer even more due to the damage of our infrastructure.

    November 17, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  418. ken

    While not "concerned", per se, I believe a terrorist attack will happen during Mr. Obama's 1st year as President: Like Presidents Carter & Clinton before him, terrorists may see his calls for appeasement, reduction in US military spending (to fund his social promises), and desire to close Gitmo as weakness, and want to take advantage of it. (Consider the terrorist attacks during Clinton's administration, the hostages crisis during Carter, and Pearl Harbor during FDR). People do not give President Bush enough credit : We may never know how many terrorist acts were stopped - maybe none, but probably hundreds. Regardless, Mr. Obama certainly knows by now, and may have to adjust his campaign promises accordingly. Thanks for reading!

    November 17, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  419. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    With Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld joining the rolls of the unemployed this coming January we have a chance of avoiding another terrorist attack. However, I wouldn't want to bet on how long the aforementioned three will live. They have every terrorist in the world pissed at them.

    November 17, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  420. Jennifer Young

    While I am concerned about a terrosist attack I don't let myself be overcome with fear like after 9/11. I feel it's like those people living under a dorment volcano or near the fault in California. You know at some point that it's going to happen; it's just a matter of when.

    November 17, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  421. Mark, CA

    There will always be a threat of attack as long as radical terrorists exist. They don't hate America because they are mad at Bush. They hate us because we are a free country! As soon as Obama has to make a difficult decision, the terrorists will be "pissed" at him just like many claim they are "pissed" at Bush.

    November 17, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  422. josh from minneapolis

    not at all. if someone was going to commit a terrorist attack there probably isnt much we can do about it. its like the war on drugs, a fantasy . if someone wants to strap themselves with bombs and walk into a crowd and blow themselves up, how do you stop that? you cant.

    November 17, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  423. molly

    Not concerned at all. It's out of my hands and I have more important things to think about.

    November 17, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  424. Mike Rose

    We need to go to Orange alert now. I know it is tough for people who fly, but send a signal to Al Quida we are ready and they won't get away with it. Get our military in a defensive position with more military planes in the air, ships strategically positioned, tighter security at our borders, and the CIA and FBI on overtime alert and monitoring. We need to do that NOW, not the month after.

    November 17, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  425. Karen

    Of course not!

    November 17, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  426. Donna

    I haven't been worried about an attack but now I believe we are already being attacked by an unseen force. It seems like there is a plan to destroy our economy, the dollar, our American way of life and more, right under our noses. Why people can't see it and why our government is doing little or nothing about it is scary.

    November 17, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  427. Jim/ Fresno


    There is always concern, since no one wants to see innocents maimed and killed. But as we have learned so many times in the past, if someone is willing to give their life to kill others, it is almost impossible to stop.

    November 17, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  428. Dee in Florida

    What worries me is the inability of the government and the 'intelligence' agencies to even locate those who already attacked us! How can they not find bin Laden? Isn't he about seven feet tall? And don't we have satellites that can see a fly on a horses ass from the sky?

    The thought that there were warnings, and those warnings were ignored scares me more than the possibility that some terrorists will attack us again.

    In fact, our government scares me more than potential terrorists.

    November 17, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  429. SAM in NH

    yes. but what scares me more is how our government will respond. The hysteria of 9/11 created even more problems.
    Again, "speak softly and cary a big stick.: Don't declare war on something you can't reach out and wack.

    November 17, 2008 at 6:41 pm |