How worried are you about another terrorist attack?

Today’s the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Back then, Americans feared that another such event might happen any day. Eight years later, do you worry about another terrorist attack?

  • Steve

    I’m a lot more worried about texting drivers than terrorists.

  • Laura Ross

    I’m much more worried about our image in the world, which should be as a compassionate leader, a country which aides other countries in learning technologies to become more independent and self-sufficient, and promotes human rights in all forms.

  • howard

    how do we validated the number of innocent Americans killed on 911 compared to the countless innocent people killed in Iraq and Afganistan…are Americans lives more valuable than than other people in the world.This day makes me sad for humanity to see how arrogant an destructive we are, how little regard we have for life and the planet.

  • Dave

    I’m a lot less worried about terrorism, now that we’ve stopped making enemies faster than our Predator drones can kill them

  • Scott

    A’m I worried? That depends on what you mean by worried- Do I think there will be another terrorist attack on US soil, yes-either international or domestic in origin. That being said, I don’t sit around think about or dwelling upon this, so in that way I am not worried about it. I have not changed my habits because of fear of an attach, but I have changed my travel habits due to the regulations that have been put into place to prevent another such attach.

    That said, there seem to be so many pressing issues that are a reality today- poverty, homelessness, education, healthcare to name a few that I am much more concerned about than another terrorist attack.

  • brian carlson

    Terror does not always come from overseas. Terror does not always manifest with a bomb or a bullet. The intent of terror is to create Fear and Distrust. The State of Minnesota is currently under attack from a racist, homophobic, socially repressive Governor who, in his pandering and culling of favor from the moneyed far-right is willing to terrorize the people of this State with his hard-line policies. By showing the Washington elite that he is worthy of their respect, Gov. Pawlenty’s hateful heart burns brightly with spite and fear and paranoia and pettiness while the State of Minnesota suffers. We have our own own brand of crazed, religious fundamentalist wingnut right here in St. Paul, MN.

  • whitedoggie

    The far left democrats like the Brian Carlson above are the main reason terrorists will again strike at the US. These America haters would rather throw Bush in jail then Osama Bin laden as we “violated his rights”.

    It will happen and will likely happen when Barry and his far left democratic friends worry more about the rights of terrorists then they do about the safety of Americans.

  • Janet Humphrey

    I am more concerned about the long-term effects of the actions we have taken out of fear of a future terrorist attack than I am of another attack. We have gutted our civil liberties of our precious constitution and engaged in torture and tremendous violence. Vicious and prejudicial ideas that do not represent the best of our history of openness to new people and ideas are openly articulated by politicians. Daily, we are encouraged to act out of fear and prejudice. We are giving away and giving up the nobility of our civil liberties and traditions that have made us a nation that was a beacon of liberty and led the world in respect for human rights. Our response to the 9-11 attacks has endangered us rather than provide security. We squandered the sympathy and admiration of the world after that tragedy.

  • Chad

    Not worried enough to justify civilian casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq. My fear isn’t worth their lives.

  • garvin

    I think more of us will be killed by weather related issues…we should be more concerned about global warming than being attacked by terrorist.

    I agree with the earlier comments of others here. the money spent on the war on terror ..with just a fraction of it we can address scores of issues right here in these united states. some times i think what we should fear is ourselves and how at comfortable we are in this endless state hood of fear.

  • Tom Noerper

    I am somewhat worried about terrorism, but I am more concerned about the suspension of Constitutional rights in the name of safety. Terrorism is frightening, but is not a direct threat to our nation’s existence; however, the suspension of privacy rights and of habeas corpus rights – these are very real threats to the existence of American democracy.

  • Mike R

    I don’t worry over it, any more than I “worry” over being struck by lightning. The chances that I, out of the 300 million people in the U.S. , would be directly affected by some future terrorist attack are so infinitesimal that I rarely think about it. I have many more pressing concerns.

  • Tara, Edina MN

    I worry about a terrorist attack in the same way I worry about a fatal car accident or other unpredictable, uncontrollable and unforseeable event. I simply hope that at the end of the day, my loved ones will be safe and well at home, and not fall prey to something they had no control over (car accident, weather, bridge collapse, random act of violence, terrorist attack).

    I was actually disappointed by today’s question, as I hoped it might address something that I think is more relevent, such as the phenonema of people not remembering 9/11.

    I am now 30, and this is the single greatest national tragedy I have known. I was fortunate that I knew no one who died then or since as a result of 9/11, but I don’t forget. I remember when I am planning events in the spring for the month of September, or when I hear of an event or a sale that is adverstised as being on 9/11, and I remember when I happen to look at the clock and it says 9:11. I remember when talk turns to our war, when news of the inadequate and unacceptable attention and treatment provided to those who fight for our country, to our veterans and to those who responded during 9/11 (fire fighters, police officers, healthcare providers, etc). I remember as I cringe to listen to morning radio on 9/11, especially at the exact time when the towers were hit and when they fell, and hear the morning show hosts chat about concerts, or laugh at a silly joke or play an adverstisement – as if there is nothing of any signficance about today, nothing worth reflection, nothing worth a moment of thought and silence. I remember as I engage in my own person rituals of memorial, that I do every year.

    In summary, I remember now and I will always remember 9/11.


    We find ourselves at point in history where we are encouraged to believe that domestic terrorism, as demonstrated in carrying weapons to town hall meetings, is patriotism.

    I fear that the Limbaughs, Becks and the Hannitys are stoking the flames of the extreme and calling it patriotism when it is terrorism. I am more fearful of the extreme within the United States than I am of the extreme outside of the United States.

  • begegi

    I would write a long answer but I couldn’t improve on Janet Humphrey’s…

  • Sarah

    I’m not worried about another attack at all.

    We are doing an order of magnitude more damage to our people and our culture by not fixing health care.

    More people die every year, more people suffer trauma, both physical and mental, from our lack of health care than could ever be affected or killed by an attack.

  • http://n/a LAE

    In our shallow day-to-day mode on opportunities and issues, discussions focus on the likes of climate change, diversity and health care. Yet, it is rarely recognized that the absolute first role of the federal government is to protect its citizens from invasion both foreign and domestic. Failure in this fundamental principal results in failure of the nation. Our history would indicate that to accomplish this both overt (e.g., military) and covert (e.g., CIA) actions have, are and will be used to meet this challenge. Will the future yield some unknown hedious act? Perhaps. But today is no different than when the British attacked to trigger the War of 1812. The attack on Fort Sumpter triggering the Civil War or the attack on Pearl Harbor triggering the U.S. formal entrance into WWII. The freedoms we take for granted come at a price.

  • Krista Denn

    I work in the aviation industry, so I’m constantly surrounded by reminders of 9/11, from signs letting me know what the threat level is today, to constantly changing TSA regulations.

    I am not very worried about another terrorist attack, but it isn’t because of any of those things. I am not very worried because worry would be useless.

  • James

    Our current politicians lack the backbone to protect us.

    Just look at current gun sales,,, people don’t trust our leaders to defend us – we are taking maters into our own hands.

  • kennedy

    I do worry. I worry that our exposure to hatred and violence on September 11 has tainted our nation. It seems that we increasingly respond to disagreement by lashing out and demonizing those who disagree with us. Both President Obama and former president George H.W. Bush have been portrayed as destroyers of our national fabric.

    My worry is that the next act of terrorism wil be demostic. If that happens, the terrorists will have succeeded in teaching us to use violence to solve our problems.

  • Vicky

    I worry more about the terrorists we live amongst every day rather than another attack such as that on Sept 11th. We have had well know terriorists living among us throughout the years; such as Timmothy Mcvey who bombed the government center in Oaklahoma and killed many people. I also think the thugs that terrorize our citizens on the streets in our inner cities should be thought of as we do other so-called “terrorists”. If I were to worry about things that I have no control over, that is whom I would worry about. However I do not plan on living my life in fear or worry.

  • Jim Gust

    I worry about more probable threats to to life. Hundreds of our friends and neighbors were killed on our roads last year, yet we refuse to get serious about intoxicated and reckless drivers. Hire more traffic and highway patrol officers to police our out of control reckless drivers. They will save more lives than any anti-terrorist policy. I worry about real threats.

  • Stephanie

    Not at all.

  • flo

    I am more worried about the crazies running around and being heard on the media urging we may lose our rights to own a thousand guns. Or that Obama will turn us into Moslamic fascists.

  • Paul Ericson

    With the millions of people flying and moving across our borders daily I think that a terrorist, especially a suicide terrorist, could bomb or assasinate someone relatively easily. The fact that they haven’t tells me that we may be a little paranoid. I still think that we should do our best to be on guard

  • Jack Goldman

    I fear my government, not terrorism. My government has debased my currency, taxes my income, sells my children into debt slavery, and subsidizes the racist, terrorist, empire of Israel. That is terrorism I fear. I fear for my children traveling abroad encountering blow back from our foreign policies and subsidies.

    I can reason with a terrorist, one on one. I can not reason with my elected or bureaucratic government employees. I fear my government provoking blowback in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, and around the world. Terrorists are brave people who will die for their cause because it is righteous. How many Israelis or Americans will die to promote their cause?

    I fear propaganda keeping alive dead obsolete events like World War Two and the Pentagon counter attack on our global war planning center. Our government should be feared because it is out of control spending over 50% of the global military budget on less than 6% of the population. Something is wrong.

    I think terrorists are justified in attacking empires in suicide attacks. Empires refuse to negotiate or communicate. What else can terrorists do? The world needs terrorists like it needs predators to keep the prey in check. It is not “9/11” or the “Twin Towers”. It’s the Pentagon counter attack and the World Trade Centers. Propaganda sickens me.

    I am saddened at the level of propaganda America has endured to justify the fake, illegal, immoral attack on the innocent nations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Please stop provoking attacks on the US and get our money, income taxes, and debt in order.

  • Thomas Shaw

    I have no more fear of another terrorist attack then I do of being in a car accident. The egregious infringements to our civil rights that we have acquiesed to do not make us safe and have seriously diminished our quality of life. We are never completely safe and we should accept it. The terrorists do not have to attack us again – they have already done more damage by giving those who would limit and control us and excuse to do so.

  • Jack Goldman

    Number of Americans killed by terrorists in past ten years? 3,000. Number of Americans killed by cars in the past ten years. 400,000. Cost and money spent on war against terror? One trillion dollars. Over 3,000 dead Americans and thousands permanently injured for life. Number of Americans injured for life in car accidents, 20,000,000.

    The Feds have used the Pentagon attack to expand their powers and ignore the citizens. The Feds provoked the attack and failed to protect the American people. The Feds are a failure at protecting America but sure spend a lot of money protecting Iraq and Israel.

    I fear our government is irrational and interested in their own incomes and pensions. The rest of us are simply sheep being protected for the benefit of the shepherd, not the sheep.

    That is the point of health care. The Federal employees want to take over the best health care system in the world and ruin it by bleeding it dry. America is being turned into a Communist nation.

    Protect yourself. No one else can or will.

  • Steve the Cynic

    Sounds like we should be more afraid of conspiracy theories than terrorism.

  • Peg

    Not at all. I was not in the US on 9/11/01 so I have a very different feeling about the day. I think the Bush administration sold fear of future terrorist attacks very well, but I never bought it. Bush’s tenure in office is a shameful era that I am glad is over.

    Thankfully, President Obama is intelligent and focused on what is good for all Americans, like health care reform and regaining our stature in the world community.

  • Jeanne Burns

    I’m much, much more worried about health care than terrorists.

    I’m going to be one of the 18,000 people who die every year because of lack of health insurance if we don’t get a public option sometime before 2013, when I’m expecting to hit my lifetime maximum coverage.

    I have health care. I pay my bills. I own my house. I’m a responsible citizen doing everything right. But I have leukemia and the drug that keeps me in remission costs $6,500 every month. When my insurance runs out, I’ll have to, in short order, dive head-first into poverty.

    Our poor health care system impacts far more Americans than terrorism ever has or will.

  • cinthia

    I think obamma is the terrorist