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  •  How many people have been killed in the (0+ / 0-)

    past by terrorists pales relative to how many would be killed in a single nuclear bomb explosion. Do you really think that if terrorists had access to a bomb that they would be morally opposed to using it? That is the real danger, and one I think we need to be ever-vigilant against. It is only a matter of time before some terrorist group gets their hands on a device. Let's hope we can stop it. Giving the NSA some leeway is the least any of us can do to support this effort.

    •  you're pants-peeing again (9+ / 0-)

      You tough-guy national security types sure do scare easily.

      BOO !!!!!

      •  The danger is real. (0+ / 0-)

        Whether you believe it or not, or appreciate the efforts of anti-terrorism efforts or not, you would be just as dead in the event your city were hit by an attack. Luckily, people like you are not in charge of our country.

        •  the danger of a meteor destroying the earth is (6+ / 0-)

          also real.  I don't stay up at night worrying about that either.  Nor do I think we should destroy our civil rights and waste billions of dollars on huge security programs over it.

          You are welcome to your paranoia. But me, I don't think the terrists are gonna nuke your local shopping mall.  (shrug)

          •  Except the Mall of America, that's so big that it (0+ / 0-)

            would require them to "take off and nuke the site from orbit... it's the only way to be sure."

            But now you've got me worried about meteors... Maybe we need PRISM spying on scientists to make sure they're not using Dr. Evil's "Preparation H" to crash a meteor into the ice caps to cause global flooding.

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            by JPax on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 03:31:49 PM PDT

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        •  Do you even know how many people a nuke might (0+ / 0-)

          actually kill?

          Nuclear weapons are vastly over-rated in their effects on cities, as declassified reports from WWII and weapons tests have shown.

          Terrorists are unlikely to get access to big booms because of security features on the weapons themselves, which they are probably unable to work around. A basic bomb will be low yield, and they are unable to construct an advanced bomb from materials without advanced knowledge. Not to mention a big bomb will be physically large and hard to move.

          If it's state-sponsored terrorism, then they'll have spate-sponsored and secured communications, which means they're even less likely to be caught via PRISM.

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          by JPax on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 03:26:49 PM PDT

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    •  I should go post on RedState (1+ / 0-)
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    •  The smoking gun could be a mushroom cloud (5+ / 0-)

      Now where have I heard that before?

      We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

      by Dallasdoc on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 02:43:13 PM PDT

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    •  Shit like that would've had you called a "Commie" (1+ / 0-)
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      back in the day, you know. The right-wing jingoists had a slogan, "Better dead than Red", and claimed that "the Left" believed "Better Red than dead".

      Sad, sad to see the same old shit rearing its ugly head yet again.

      The whole point of terrorism is to terrorize. The terrorists have terrorized YOU. Therefore they have beaten you.

      THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.

      -- Thomas Paine, opening paragraph of The Crisis.

      Note: this was written just before Washington's surprise victory at Trenton turned a dismal year into a hopeful one.

      If it's
      Not your body,
      Then it's
      Not your choice
      And it's
      None of your damn business!

      by TheOtherMaven on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 03:15:52 PM PDT

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    •  Because terrorists who can get a nuke are stupid (1+ / 0-)
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      enough to use communications methods and systems that can easily be picked up via PRISM.

      Logic Fail

      -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

      by JPax on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 03:20:40 PM PDT

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