2002-09-21 / Letters

Are We Stupid Or What?

Are We Stupid Or What?

Dear Editor;

I hope that some day we will learn to keep our mouths shut and not disclose information that is harmful to the security of the United States. According to the media, the people have the right to know, even if released news does harm to the war effort.

In the investigation in the anthrax case, it was disclosed that the contaminated letters originated in a Trenton, NJ post office. Did we, the people, have a need to know the location of the origin? Of course we did not. What it did was to tip off the perpetrator to move to a different location. 

When the terrorist with bomb-rigged shoes was apprehended on a flight from Europe, Mr. Owen Moritz in his article in the Daily News of December 26. 2001, wrote that this might have been a trial run to test a new technique. Mr. Moritz concludes that if a match instead of a lighter was used the bomb would have exploded. Was this not telling future bombers to use a match instead of a lighter? 

Was a lesson learned? No not at all. Who remembers the video of Bin Laden with the landscape in the background? As soon the video was aired someone recognized the location by the geological formations in the background and that information was revealed too. No more Bin Laden videos with a landscape in the background. Is it any wonder that Osama is still roaming the mountains of Afghanistan or Pakistan? 

Was a lesson learned? No not at all. Just a few days ago, Ramzi Binalshibn, a key player in the 9/11 attacks, was located in Pakistan. Even before this dangerous terrorist was taken into custody, it was publicly revealed that tracing of a satellite phone call gave away his hiding place.

We can be sure that next time those killers will use tom tom drums or smoke signals to communicate with each other. Unlike us, they are fast learners. 

JOSEPH CEDER


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