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Originally posted by Helmkat
The very moment we let the Terrorists change our way of life, we lost the battle. We have compromised our beliefs to support our fears...
Originally posted by defcon5
Personally I think what you are seeing is the result of Military Preference in the hiring of police officers. Military personnel are trained with a Us/Them, Good Guys/Enemy mindset. You are either one of them or you are one of the enemy. It very definitely shows up in their attitudes toward civilians. As long as Military personnel are preferred in the hiring process of Law Enforcement, expect the situation to get worse, and the police to act more like Military Units rather then Police.
I have always been very supportive of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies and if they decide deploying snipers on rooftops and four police cars every street block is the way to protect America, then fine so be it
Originally posted by lunarminer
First of all I disagree with the premise that we are "losing the global war on terror".
Including those killed on 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we have lost what? About 7000 people.
How many have the bad guys lost? Al-Qaeda and the Taliban have lost about 50,000 by their own admission.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq, the insurgents, and others, have lost hundreds of thousands, if you believe the UN and Amnesty International.
If we accept the idea that militant Islam represents only a small fraction of all Muslems. Let's say 1 percent, then they have a pool of about 15 million t draw from.
The Free People's of the World on the other hand number over a billion and together we have lost less than 10,000 in this fight.
So by any measure it is the terror organizations who are losing.
On the rest of the article about attitudes of the DC police. Right now they are way out numbered and highly stressed. After the Inaugurals are over they will get back to business as usual just like the rest of us. I don't think that there is anything abnormal about it.
Before you ask, yes I have been to DC many times since 9/11.