9/11 reaction was disproportionate

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Monday’s guest editorial on the Paris attack struck a chord with me. Most particularly, I quote: “The lessons of our American cousins and the post 9/11 Patriot Act as a response to terror should remind us that threats to our freedoms can come from many directions.”

The hugely disproportionate reaction to the 9/11 attacks have given us the world’s largest bureaucracy (the Department of Homeland Security) and the masher of the Constitution, the Patriot Act.

If there is an afterlife, I bet that Osama bin Laden and his cronies are rolling on the floor as they watch the citizens of the “free” world deal with the TSA checkpoints and the news of NSA wiretapping. The results of their actions exceeded their wildest dreams of what they would accomplish with a few bombings.

On another note, I first started reading AM Costa Rica in 2003; when you always had two pages and occasionally three. Look at you now! Congratulations!

Pete Todd
Fort Collins, Colorado

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