Guarding the border
A new poll by the Associated Press finds that Americans are not confident about the government's ability to secure the borders against terrorist attacks.
The poll also finds that Americans are not confident that the government could adequately respond to an infectious disease outbreak.
The results are hardly surprising. The Mexican border leaks like a sieve. And there are wide open spaces along the Canadian border as well.
This all means that the first line of defense against terrorism rests with the population. Citizens should be trained to identify suspicious acts. And then report them to authorities.
Local police should also be trained on how to properly approach, and investigate, these potential hazards.
Outreach into the Muslim community is important as well. The vast majority of Muslims in this country are law abiding citizens. They are, however, best positioned to report those people bent on harming others.
Case in point: the planned bombing of a Brooklyn subway station was thwarted at the 11th hour when a roommate of the terrorists flagged down a passing police car to report the plot.
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