Personally, I don't think ANY governmental agency, local, state, or federal, is any more capable of preventing a terrorist attack today than they were 10 years ago. Insofar as I can conclude, all the government intrusions from shoe removal at airports to hassling photographers with tripods (pros or not), to illegal, unconstitutional wiretaps and e-mail snooping, is merely a pretext for gathering information about the people who live here, regardless of their nationality or citizenship. National health information database? For our medical benefit? ROFLMAO !! How about just national health insurance and let us maintain our own health records, let us read our own e-mail without invasion of that privacy, and speak openly and freely on the telephone and elsewhere. Personally, if I want an audience, I'll send out invitations. <G>

I relinquish the soapbox now and return control of your monitors. <G>