posted on Aug, 4 2004 @ 09:44 AM
If these threats are so credible, wouldn't the wise decision be to lockdown the city and move the convention to a safer location to potentially save
thousands of lives? As a New Yorker living in Manhattan, the contradictions in the messages that are given to us are mind boggling.
On the one hand, we are told that we can't ignore this information--it is extremely credible and there is a high probability that a disaster will
occur. We are told to "be careful" and "heed these warnings" because our lives are in danger. However, on the other hand, the government tells us
to go to work, use the subways, "be vigilant" and live our lives as if nothing is wrong. I don't know about you, but when I am told that someone
is coming to kill me, I don't want to be in the vicinity. If I am told that a building a few blocks away might explode in the next few weeks, I am
taking a big risk walking past it and taking the subway under it every day, much less going to work there.
Perhaps it is easier for the powers that be to make these kinds of remarks because it isn't their lives in danger. They have constant protection,
access to accurate information and handlers that will ensure their safety. When George Bush gives his speech at the RNC on September 2nd, if
something goes wrong, his life is the first that will be considered and I'm sure that there will be multiple means of escape available to him and the
other high-ranking officials in attendance. The rest of us poor slobs will basically be left to fend for ourselves--we have no bodyguards to tell us
the safest escape route. We won't have helicopters or planes waiting to help us get out of danger. We don't have gas masks and protective gear
readily available to us in case they are needed. Seeing Laura Bush at the Citicorp building made me ill. She would be the first person whisked away
if anything did go wrong while the building collapsed on top of everyone else.
I realize that "the terrorists win" if our way of life is changed if they keep us from living our life, but there is no way that any rational person
couldn't change their life when you are told that you could die at any moment. How can you tell me that my life is in imminent danger and then tell
me not to worry about it in the same breath--and then expect me not to be afraid and to not want to relocate to some deserted island? You are damn
right that I am leaving town the week of the RNC, but what about the rest of my family that will still be here in NYC? Its not like leaving town is
the solution to everything as I will not be leaving my worry behind.
What puzzles me the most is that we are not offered any means of personal protection when these alerts are issued. If a chemical attack is predicted,
tell us where to get protective gear. If a dirty bomb is the alert of the day, tell us what the proper dose of iodine should be and where we can
obtain radiation detectors. And if a building is in imminent danger of being blown up, tell us to stay home and be safe instead of risking our lives
just to go to work. Close the damn building. As far as the RNC is concerned, if there is credible evidence that the attack is to occur on 9/2, it
would be irresponsible to continue with plans to hold the convention in New York to potentially risk the lives of thousands of people.
Personally, I question why these alerts are released without proper precautions taken. Putting an army of police officers with automatic riffles in
front of the NYSE or closing tunnels for a few days really does nothing to allay my fears. The subways are wide open and vans are all over the
city--I'm sure that a bomb could be constructed in Manhattan with materials brought in piecemeal. I see people with huge boxes on the train all the
time--air conditioners, televisions, speakers--and no one checks anything. Flooding Madison Square Garden and the surrounding area with security is
meaningless when 10 suicide bombers can get on a 2 train in Brooklyn each with boxes the size of a washing machine. Pull the emergency brake when the
train is under MSG and boom! Perhaps my imagination is running wild here, but it seems like there are so many vulnerabilities that could be
If this intelligence is real, I can't help but wonder why there are still so many holes in security. Either the powers that be are just not
competent enough to adequately protect us or these alerts are just politically motivated ploys to keep us afraid and our attention diverted. I don't
really have any answer, but living in fear is taking its toll on me and my family and I have become resentful of politicians telling me to "be
vigilant" when they aren't the ones in danger.