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September 11th, 2009
08:20 AM ET

Is The U.S. Secure?

Friday marks the eighth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

What are the lenghts the U.S. has taken to insure our saftey? How safe are our roadways, bridges and ports?
We'll take an in-depth look at the state of U.S. Security.

That's Saturday, September 12th during the 4 pm Eastern hour of newsroom. So, leave us your questions or comments.


Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Chrissy

    We're as safe as the government lets us be. I believe that they did it. I don't believe in any of the BS terrorist stories. It's a joke to take away our rights, control the money, etc. Do you actually think the recession wasn't planned? How about the TARP funds? Any accountability??

    September 6, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  2. Lenny

    Is the U.S secure? No. It is under attack by "birthers" and rightwing lunatics.

    September 6, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  3. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Our security has been betrayed by human rights activist and democratic whistle blowers bringing the C.I.A. to there knees releasing what should have been post war information yes we are in grave danger now the hate for Americans is three times as before 911 and the only means for collecting information that was quick and worked has been infiltrated by Nancy Palosi and otheres who have no idea of military stragedy and no reality on how much they have put America at risk for another 911.

    September 6, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  4. Ms. M

    In regard to the uproar over the President's speech to students...I do not see any difference in his asking their opinion on how they can help him to the "Kids Vote" campaign of 20 years ago. He is attempting to encourage community awareness and trying to instill enthusiasm in achievement through education. We sorely need both. Have you worked side by side with what our current system is producing? It's downright scary and embarrassing.

    September 6, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  5. suhail khan

    U S has always been secure its never been vulnerable as such.So is it secure as if a fly will not enter or cross over,i guess that hard to achieve,or beyond reach.What can be done and should be done because America has capability and the infrastructure FBI CIA home land security is take threats seriously , saying that i know how cumbersome it is that a normal air passenger can not carry his or her shampoo in the hand luggage but for security reasons we have to do it,check this out if back then if 9-11 plot if it had been taken seriously 80percent chances were it could have been avoided.
    now after all that home grown terror is a bigger threat and only if media stands up and educate/inform and sow the seeds of love and understanding among americans,we have to understand america is just not christian and muslims there is all kind of race/culture that makes USA and only americans can make USA more secure

    September 6, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  6. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Heres the honest to gods truth our country was more secure before then it is now .

    September 6, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  7. natasha w.

    Our enemies will be much more deceptive by using another calendar date to potentially attack the U.S.A. and/or American interests. They already know we automatically beef up our security around 9/11.

    September 6, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  8. Jamie

    When it comes to a large number of deaths, I think we have more to fear from the racist right wing crazies than from any outside terrorist attack.

    Both groups are equal in their vile hatred of the government and the home grown wackos are already here and buying up amunition like mad.

    September 6, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  9. Mrs. Eileen Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    It is my view and interpretation that the lengths that the U.S. has taken to insure our safety is on scare tactics. My cooling vest became a subject of fear at the Orlando Downtown library in July 2007 when the policewoman just went bizarre when someone point out my cooling vest as a bullet vest and I use it for my Multiple Sclerosis due to heat intolerance. I also use an earmuff since sound gives me seizures. The only thing that I could see was the policewoman reaching for something on her waste. I told myself she is ready to shoot me but later I had a chance to talk to the officer and she informed me that she was reaching for her stun gun. What a relief? She did not want to put a bullet on me but electrocute me. What a relief I told her. Eileen you are so funny after a long search for this conversation on my part and Multiple Sclerosis Association of America help me. I even contacted the manufacturer. Certainly this was not a relief. I am being just sarcastic. It is a nightmare. How safe are our roadways, bridges and ports? I do not have an idea because I am a Person with Disabilities and I do not have a chance to come out too much. I stay most local and the furthest that I have gone is to Venice, Florida but scaring the living lives of citizens and consumers should not be the way to ensure the safety for the United States. I hope that CNN can consider this topic on their in-depth look at the state of U.S. Security. I hope that the U.S. Security can incorporate the input of the Community of Persons with Disabilities. Citizens and Consumers should be allowed to do their daily life activities and I use a Cooling Vest when it gets hot. Multiple Sclerosis Consumers cannot handle heat well.

    September 7, 2009 at 8:42 am |
  10. Robert Lake,MI

    The more we ally ourselves with Israel the more danger we put ourselves in! The American people seem to have a hard time understanding why the "other"people who live in the middle east hate us so much, its a simple one word answer, it really is........and that word would be Israel! As long as we show the Islamic middle east that Israels interests are more imporant to us than they are we are always going to be under threat! Its a strange pheonominom that throughout the Jewish history they have been thrown out or simply exterminated from any country they have inhabited except for the United States!

    September 7, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  11. Clint

    This morning David Frumm called Van Jones a "terrorist". Your news anchor John Roberts just sat there like a bump on a log. I can't find Mr. Roberts web site, so hopefully this will be passed along to him.

    September 7, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  12. Jeremiah the Prophet

    As someone who has been intimately involved in anti and counter (yes there is a difference) terrorism operations since before the tragedy of 9/11, I can say with great confidence the answer should be a resounding NO, America is not safer!

    Why? Because the FBI (and other DoJ entities), DoD, CIA, DHS, and others charged with protecting us are still NOT getting along behind the scenes due to budgetary concerns, mis and distrust issues, and departmental customs and traditions.

    I know what the Department figure heads tell you in the public eye, but why don't CNN, Fox, MSNBC, AP News, etc make a joint consorted journalistic effort to speak to the worker bees in the field more concerned with the ideology of protecting the country instead of always touting those who are concerned with protecting and advancing their by toting the party lines?

    September 7, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  13. Scott Stodden

    Honestly Im not sure what lengths we have gone during the Obama administration to ensure the safety of Americans in the United States. I believe our roadways, bridges, etc... are fairly safe but I dont feel that we have that good of relations with other countries that would prevent an attack, lets hope for the best during the rest of the Obama administration if we make it to 2012.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    September 7, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  14. Chris Giacomaro

    Is the U.S. secure? While I tend to disagree with Mike's opinion that the country is less secure today than it was before 9/11, I do think the U.S. is still vulnerable to terrorist attack. I just looked up the definition of secure and here’s how Webster’s defines it: “1. free from fear, care, doubt, or anxiety; not worried, troubled, or apprehensive. 2. free from danger; not exposed to damage, attack, etc.; safe.” I don’t think we could ever completely satisfy this definition of secure. No amount of security could ever be implemented to keep the country totally free from fear, danger, and exposure to attack. However, I believe the security measures that have been and will be implemented do mitigate our exposure to attack and danger and make the U.S. safer than it was before 9/11, but only to a degree. Since we can not inspect everything, guard everywhere, and search everybody the best we can do is develop and implement comprehensive security measures in the areas where we are most vulnerable and then accept risk in the areas where we are less vulnerable; where we are less willing to give up our freedoms and conveniences; and where the cost of implementing measures are too prohibitive to out weigh the possible risk of terrorist attack. Security measures such as background checks, watchlists, x-ray inspection of selected cargo and baggage, biometric identification systems, laws that increase law enforcement reach and improve intelligence gathering and sharing, first responder training, etc., while comprehensive in many ways and help to secure the U.S. against futire terrorist attacks, they are still works in-progress.

    September 7, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  15. Jannise Mora

    Threats will always be part of American life if we continue to believe that we have an obligation to "police" the rest of the world. Having once lived for over twenty years in an area where you were constantly "policed" as to your actions, I have empathy for those countries we are currently forcing our will on. And, don't think I lived in a foreign country, I was living in a US city along the US-Texas-Mexico border. If all Americans had a taste of what it is like to live like a rat in a cage, they,too, would have more empathy for nations living under the control of an "all powerful" nation like ours.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  16. Sue in Newotwn, PA

    I have not felt safe ever since we went into Afganistan and Iraq. I feel like we are spending so much money and losing so many American lives outside of the country, and not doing enough here to defend ourselves. I think we need more defense and less offense. That will make me feel more safe.

    September 7, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  17. Rhona Ottolina

    There is but one answer to rapists, pedophiles, sexual offernnders and sexual abductors : CASTRATION .

    And if you have ANY doubts whatsoever on it, just ask : Jaycee Dugard, Katie Callaway Hall, Elisabeth Fritzl , and the thousand of innocent trusting boys raped and destroyed for life by Catholic Priests; or the thousand of kids abducted, tortured and killed by child molesters, porn rings mafias, that still roam the streets like normal citizens, but who really are SEXUAL PREDATORS waiting to assault YOUR child or mine!

    CASTRATION !

    September 7, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  18. Ryan

    California's govenor is The Terminator, how more secure can we get?

    September 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  19. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Obama has restricted our protection we will be attacked again.

    September 7, 2009 at 7:35 pm |
  20. Bill

    Fixing Bridges and Roads by employing not only existing road contractors, but all those from the depressed housing industry would not only make roads and highways SAFE, but stimulate the economy to full employment in only a few months.

    Treating other countries how we would like to be treated would create the opportunity for a SAFE HOMELAND. Distroying other countries and killing its citizens is going in the wrong direction.

    All we need is the desire to make a fair and honest approach rather than attempt to justify the End by the MEANS and you cannot please all of the people all of the time, but you must please most of the people all of the time.

    September 8, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  21. Wild Bill of the West

    Mike Armstong Tx. On this one I cannot agree.

    The CIA has been let out of the box like no time before. They have free reign to send Drones into any country of their choice. They are involve with internal American activities which use to be restricted and only allowed for the FBI. Their track records sucks (WMD, Alquida Links, 911, etc.).

    What happens when any man has a cart blanc credit card and no over sight. Add to the fact that they come from the best trained killing fields and you have a very dangerous situation not for the world, but America as well.

    When does sneaky observation become ruthless self motivated activity. When you do just what we have done with the CIA over the last 10 years. NO MAN IS AN ISLAND we must live together or perish

    September 8, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  22. Mike Armstrong TX.

    WILD BILL OF THE WEST Only the futhure will tell the tail of the decisions made today lets wait and see how your thoughts play out in reguards to American lives.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  23. Stephen Takach

    I am so disspointed with these parents that feel thier children shouldn't listen to the President of the United States. I feel those that are not allowing them to listen are predjudice biggots. They might like all of Mr Obama's polices, but then again what President ever had every person in this country liking thier policies. I can't think of one, but he is still the President of the United States and the office should still hold respect. If they feel he can brain wash thier children in one hour it just goes to show these parents haven't brought thier children up right in the first place. Every side of every story should be taught to our children and future leaders. I am just sickenend that parents would go into such a frenzy over the President talking to children and telling the learn all they can and stay in school so they too can live thier dreams. These parents that kept thier children home in my opionion are not true Amercians. And the schools that refuse to show it well that shows me they are not giving the children in thier schools a proper education in the first place by not allowing them to hear our President speak. Its a form of current events those schools not airing the talk to the children are even worse than the parents that don't want thier children to hear him speak. Thanks for letting me vent as this bruhaha over this really got to me.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  24. Thomas Baird

    More secure than it was back before 9/11. We cant build a wall around our country along the borders and have gates to enter in at.But increased homeland security is helpful.To know more about who is in our country/within our borders other than registered American Citizens actually would help make it more secure. Its like being on a huge ship and you dont know for sure who is on board and who is coming on and off the ship at will without checking in.So better homeland security is what I would use.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  25. cece

    The US is as secure as a free country can be. I understand that 26 European countries have a borderless agreement of travel while we are losing our minds and tightening the borders to keep out what bogeymen?? While we tighten the borders with Mexico, Middle Eastern types come into the country thru Canada. We can still walk over the border if we want to into CAnada. I am noticing the new enhanced drivers' licenses being produced that will beep when we get close to the border. Is that to keep us in the country ? How will that keep us safe? Sounds like a US- style type of Berlin Wall situation coming up into our future. IN a free society, to enjoy our freedoms, there will be dangers around. I don't want a Isarel -type existence, walking around with guns around us, bombs blowing up in the malls, with looking over the shoulder being the norm. I am curious to know what others think about my concerns.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  26. HAWK-EYE BUSH

    THE SPEACH TODAY WAS VERY GOOD AND IT SHOULD MAKE AMERICA PEAPLE WAKE UP AND BELIVE IN THE PRESIDENT, BECAUSE WE GAVE OTHER PRESIDENT THE CHANCE TO PULL US TOGETHER AS ONE.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  27. Jonnye Stewart, TX

    As long as our country is open to anyone and everyone, we will never be secure. As long as we continue to capitalize on capitalism with weak assessments we're simply not safe.

    September 8, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  28. TC - Daly City CA

    I believe we are certainly safer.

    I also believe we would be safer still if we begin to get over 9/11. I'm certainly in sympathy with the victims and their families and I believe the acts were horrific and terrible beyond description. However, as long as we continue to beat that drum and reinforce its affect we will continue to be plagued by terrorism. We are in effect terrorizing ourselves every time we "honor" the event and use scare tactics and such. I'm always amazed at "christians" who can't forgive.

    We'll also be safer still when we move away form the eye for an eye mentality that seems to be overrunning my beloved country. We won't become safer with more weapons no matter what, the more of that, the more we get responses in kind – what we put out we will get back multiplied.

    September 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  29. Joyce T. Lindsay

    Healthcare:
    I have been watching and listening to what is being said, and I'm shocked to what is being said. I have a solution to your problem. Raise the price of cigaretts, booze, and the tax on gasoline, this is one way to pay for the healthcare. Also we also use the money of the lottery sales to pay for heathcare. We also have special lotterys for the Cheo hospital, (children with cancer hospital) the tickets are 100.00's. the money gose to the hospital for funding. and so on if you would like to know more e-mail me and I'll be glad to help. by the way I'm an AMERICAN living in CANADA and who knows more about the way things work than any of you. I've been in the hospital in both contries, and beleive me if I just lived in the states. I would be dead. I moved to Canada so I could live. And that was in June 1985 and been here ever since.

    Thank You
    Joyce Lindsay

    P.S. We all think you people in the statesw are NUTS.

    September 9, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  30. La'Shari Mann

    we are only as safe as our government let us be. To be honest nobody ever aspect terror to happen their country but just like life things happen and we as a country just have to deal with it.

    September 9, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  31. TC - Daly City CA

    Thank you Joyce, I too have relatives in Canada who are being treated for cancer and one for diabetes. They are getting excellent care and are very happy.

    Paying for health care by raising taxes on tobacco, etc., isn't working in California - having a deficit in the Billions of dollars - and they're cutting almost every social service for things such as for my niece with downs syndrome who had her meager disability payment cut by $50.00 per month, as well as her 80 year old mother recovering from a broken hip and both wrists had her benefits cut by $50.00 per month also. Yes, California is nuts - If I wasn't laid off in August 2008 and entrapped here with the lack of funds to leave I certainly would. Now, they're raising my taxes. This is nuts.

    September 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  32. Steven

    The biggest threat to America today is China!!!! What the republican/corporate free trade advocates haven't already sold them(our jobs,technology etc.) the Chinese are stealing, see the other story currently posted on cnn.com . The threat of terrorism is very small compared to the 800lb gorilla in the room – Chinese communism. They have one goal – world domination, and it is being financed and equiped by republican/conservative/corporate philosophy of "free trade and globalization". Todays corporate greed will bring tomorrows domination by communist Chinese.

    September 9, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  33. Joyce T. Lindsay

    The only thread to the U.S. are American who listen to Jack Van Impi, Glen Beck, any republicans you talk too, the KKK, need I go on. The man in office is HALF BLACK, get over it, he is doing a good job, stop cutting off you noise to spite your face..... Let the man do his job. We let the guy who couldn't put two words together stay in office, so he could put the country in peril. Give him at least two years before you continue this. Beleive me the rest of the world is watching you people make fools of yourself. WHY would the terrist, touch you, you are doing it....(LOL) but it's not funny. Yes he had to spend money, but so did the monkey who left office, he put the first one out, then President Obama, had no choice to do the same. And hold your breathe- it seams to be working so far. ( I'm an American living in Ottawa, Ontario Canada, white woman, I'm not (R) or (D) I'm an (I) so if I think this President isn't doing his JOB I will be the first to say so. I think I have a way to pay for public health care if anyone wants to know, if you want to know e-mail me and I will give you my number, OKAY this will only to ONE person who can get my idea to the Pres. and you can have the credit All I want is for the IDEA to be heard and a BEAN Counter can see if I'm right.

    Thank You for your time.
    Joyce Lindsay

    September 9, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  34. Scott Stodden

    I feel plain and simple that our country is now more safer than we were 8yrs ago. We have safer roadways, airports are safer, and we are succeeding in ways over in Afghanistan. Keep up the good work President Obama.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    September 10, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  35. Ron Coleman

    The biggest threat to our safety is the U.S. military/industrial complex.
    The greed of this industry will destroy us.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  36. Joe May

    I am sick the reasons that the Republicans give for not voting for health care reform. Just sour grapes because they're not the majority.
    Do we have to sacrifice health care reform in this country because
    some illegal immigrant might get access to health care in this country? The Republicans had years to do something. They did NOTHING! Most of those doing the shouting town halls and emailing negative and false statements are on Medicare. DUH.
    The add that you ran about possibly not being able to keep you doctor is probably paid for by the insurance lobby.
    My favorite doctore retired. We can't always keep the doctors we want.

    September 10, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  37. Joyce T. Lindsay

    Hell Yes!!! this country is the safest because of who is President.

    September 10, 2009 at 9:38 pm |
  38. James of Houston

    Are we any safer now under Barrak Obama? I don't think so! It will take another 911 event before the Democrats finally realize just how evil and hateful these radical people are!

    September 11, 2009 at 8:49 am |
  39. Jacob Keating

    So, we stopped an Iraqi in Chicago and deported him on a visa violation, just so he could go back to Iraq and kill 166 people in a suicide bombing. Since those lives lost weren't American, it's a win for anit-terrorism? No way. That story is ridiculous! If Homeland Security and inter-departmental communications were successful, that individual would have been detained, or, at least, the Iraqi government and the U.S. Armed Forces would have been warned and possibly been able to prevent such an attack. Thanks, Tom Ridge, for devaluing human life and once again putting America above the rest of the world. And we wonder why there are radical terrorists.

    September 11, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  40. James of Houston

    This September 11th, are we any safer with Obama at the helm against terror? The answer, of course is "No, we are not!"

    Unfortunately, it will take another event like 911 before the Dems will understand just how evil and cruel these “radical believers” really are. Until then, the Democrats will continue to grant these horrible, misguided people special legal considerations and transfer them onto American soil and out of the special prison cells where they belong as “armed combatants” in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

    September 11, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  41. Gary B

    There will be more Americans killed by drunk drivers in the next six months, than have ever been killed by terrorists.
    There is not a scintilla of a chance that any nation on earth could invade or occupy or otherwise defeat the US. All of your most dangerous enemies live within your borders and tend to think Joe Wilson is a good guy.

    September 12, 2009 at 7:59 am |
  42. A.Mccloud

    Are we Secure? Before Bush became President i felted there was going tobe a war once he became swored in. I felt Bush was going to finish what his father didn't get to finish; and i was right. When the war started; our Soldlers was killing each other flying the planes. If you go back and watch the video durning the start of the war you will see what iam talking about. For as being Secured; I don't know; because, i feel we are loosing alot of Solders. I feel this war need to end. Other Countries are watching and see over Army getting small. This i worry about. Bring the Solders home. The Chiness Army is large and beleave me they are watching.

    September 12, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  43. A.Mccloud

    Bring our Solders home. Other Countries are watching and waiting for a chance too take over. Let's not give them the chance too.

    September 12, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  44. True

    Hi! I was looking for a place to send email to Fred.
    Pity you're covering the ignorant shrilly rabble in Wash DC – so called tea whatever...we can't hear your reporters. In covering YouLie Wilson, you forgot to indicate his Dem. opponent raised more money than YLW. Also, the tea thing is not about health care, it's about southern bigotry against those of us who have moved the country to the 21st century. One of your clips had a man saying "they don't want to move the country "backwards", and in the next breath he says he wants to take the country back to its "roots"...those were over 200 years ago...that's called moving backwards...a pity there's no one actually challenging ignorants demonstrating... they can't even spell medicine correctly; their sign said "MEDECINE". No wonder they can't understand what is being discussed or what is at stake. And of course being so called conservatives, it is the Rep. party who prides itself in having this people under their banner...figures! Bye.

    September 12, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  45. Edward

    No, we are less safe. Why is the worst attack on the U.S. a day of service? This merely muddles the event and takes away from the severity of the issue. It's an attempt to put this attack behind us and gives us a false sense of security. It keeps us vunerable.

    September 12, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  46. RoBoBrain

    Is the US more secure? What about the world? We all live on this planet together and at times we forget that it doesn't have to take something rather catastrophic to occur in the US to effect the US. Ultimately the shared expressed value of security comes from happiness, accomplishments and a feeling of self worth for an individual creating a safe environment for all. At any time a person can do about anything they like positive or negative and it would be hard to stop them. A sense of normal-ism (whatever that is) comes from the sense of satisfaction in ones environment. Therefore the focus on removing privacy and using unbelievable ease dropping techniques on our own citizens and abroad may not be the entire solution to security and only a small means to combat it. It also can create a more unsafe and unstable enviorment for our selfs or others. I feel security Domestic and Abroad lies within humanity "all of us". Our education, love , compassion and respect for one another is the key to that security. So in order to be safer we must act safer not just in the US but around the world. If you show you care as an individual and you show tolerance you also create safety and friends. Sharing and helping is a big factor too.

    September 12, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  47. steve dockeray

    Lastnight MSNBC reran the 911 attack & I learned something I did not know ie: Binladden said they would attack the USA in a massive way ie: I knew the terror warning was given 3 weeks prior to 911, but not why it was given .

    People should not have been surprised by 911 .

    On 911 I got up at 7:AM Pacific then turned on CNN & I was not surprised ie: 3 weeks prior to 911 I heard the warning put out by the USA Gov ie: They warned people of an inside America Terror attack etc.

    steve dockeray

    milner bc

    canada

    September 12, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  48. Richard Coleman

    Since the sad awakening on September 11th it's been necessary to implement safeguards and controls that seem mostly to be directed at international travel. An increase appears to be needed in safeguarding commercial goods coming into the US. To the people that feel that their "civil liberties" have been infringed upon I'd like to remind them that personal liberties and freedom have bounderies. These bounderies extend to the bounderies of others. If controls are necessary for most of the people then so be it.

    September 12, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  49. Chris

    Fredericka,

    The airport security checks would not be complete without saying that the x-ray screener has sole power to call for additional security screening which are pat down searches. The do so indiscriminately.

    I went through pre-boarding security at SFO last weekend and while I complied all four times with the screener and without setting off alarms, he said I had to go through the pat down search. After the screeners gave me a half an hour of hardship, they offered me the Trace Portal machine which sniffs for chemicals. I passed the test which I knew I would.

    Next year, the naked machines will hit more airports including Europe.

    Chris

    September 12, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  50. P. Clark

    Obviously your people did not have any answers for cyber terrorism which has been going on for quite a while! Something can be done, it's just that no one wants to do it – and that makes you wonder why!

    It's not just "the little desktop people" but multiple MILLIONS who use the computer and internet for their businesses (which produce income for the economy you know?). How about asking cyber world for help, many of us have ideas, and it seems when they really want to find someone via their email path, they can.

    Maybe we should start by having a personal identifier (that can't be changed), a foot print so to speak, of all internet activity, especially on EVERY email that goes out. You could wipe out the spam and virus problem in no time, but that might help us so we can't?

    Solving this problem is WAY overdue from cyber bullying, cyber theft and identity theft and business damage in a huge way.

    I too am waiting for Obama to prove his leadership here.

    September 12, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  51. Donald Howard

    If you make everything that the public uses a strategic vulnerability, then you are forcing the government to move into anything they consider important to them. Orwell's fiction is becoming more of a reality then a fiction.

    September 12, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  52. Derrick Lewis

    I just want to thank you Fredricka for the excellent reporting and professionalism on your reports, I have been watching you a lot lately and I think you are in the top notch as far as reporters are concerned not to mention you are a piece of eye candy for us men who enjoy watching the news. Well you have a good day and thanks for all your great service.

    September 13, 2009 at 3:27 pm |