The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Fighting Terror:
Actions speak louder than words

Dec 15, 2003

In the past month, Congress's General Accounting Office has made a lot of noise in issuing several reports on "terrorism." From the Air Marshal program to the tracking of terror financing, Congress has sounded a shrill alarm, warning about the danger of terrorist acts to the population and the need to step up the pace in addressing that danger.

On the other hand, just last month, that very same Congress ordered the Transportation Safety Administration to cut back on its airport screener force, from 60,000 to 45,000 by September 30, 2004 – a 25% reduction.

The same people who say we're at risk are cutting back on the very people they say will protect us. In other words, they don't even believe their own propaganda!

When it comes to "terror alerts," Congress can scream all they want – but actions speak louder than words.