Scare Tactics

The Feds Have Issued a Slew of New Terror Alerts. Jittery?

GISELLA INGRAFFIA
Age 36
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Self-employed

Are you freaking out about the new terror alerts? No, not really. But it is curious that just two days after the headlines said "Bush Knew," the administration is saying that Bush now "knows everything."

Did Bush drop the ball in the months leading up to 9-11? Not to the extent that they allowed it to happen. The origins of September 11 probably exist on a much larger scale than simply the American government. I think it probably involves every country on earth.

Are you changing any of your habits in light of the alerts? Not at all. I'm more afraid of bikes than bombs. I've risked my life a couple of times already.


ANTHONY PAUPAW
Age 43
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Supervisor

Are you freaking out about the new terror alerts? No. I've always thought that they were issuing warnings now because they should have done it before September 11. I think the CIA knew about the attacks earlier and forgot to tell us.

Did Bush drop the ball in the months leading up to 9-11? I blame the government for not alerting people.

Are you changing any of your habits in light of the alerts? No. Growing up in Brooklyn, you have to develop a kind of third eye about what's happening. Otherwise you're going to be behind bars or dead.


CHRISTIAN ALEXANDER
Age over 21
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Artist

Are you freaking out about the new terror alerts? No, not at all. Everything that's happening now has been happening since the beginning of time. George W. Bush is a terrorist and the U.S. is a terrorist nation built on the blood of Native Americans, African Americans, and others.

Did Bush drop the ball in the months leading up to 9-11? I think that September 11 was actually Bush's doing. It allowed him to justify huge increases in military spending.

Are you changing any of your habits in light of the alerts? I'd never go to the Statue of Liberty anyway, but you can't run from the future. Your mind is a database that will eventually

crash, but your spirit lasts forever.


SERGE APPEL
Age 29
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Architect

Are you freaking out about the new terror alerts? No. I think members of the administration are trying to cover themselves because they were so unprepared for September 11.

Did Bush drop the ball in the months leading up to 9-11? Bush personally? No. I think it's due to an organizational and bureaucratic mess which they may never be able to untangle.

Are you changing any of your habits in light of the alerts? No. What can you do? I can be aware, but I'd walk across the Brooklyn Bridge now.


CHRIS DEROSA
Age over 21
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Musician

Are you freaking out about the new terror alerts? No, not at all. I think they're issuing disclaimers so that if something does happen they can say, "We told you."

Did Bush drop the ball in the months leading up to 9-11? No. They were probably overwhelmed by information.

Are you changing any of your habits in light of the alerts? No. I wouldn't go to the Statue of Liberty anyway. I was in Malaysia in December and Muslims came up to me and told me how sorry they were about the attacks. There are good and bad people everywhere.


DANIELLE AMEDEO
Age 21
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Intern

Are you freaking out about the new terror alerts? I think they're just trying to cover their asses.

Did Bush drop the ball in the months leading up to 9-11? They knew a whole lot before the attacks, but Bush had just come into office. Not acting on the FBI memo from Phoenix was a fuckup.

Are you changing any of your habits in light of the alerts? I'll probably save my trip to the Empire State Building for another time.


MARIA RIVERA
Age 27
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Social worker

Are you freaking out about the new terror alerts? Yes, of course. I lost two friends in the World Trade Center attacks, but what can we do but live our lives? You have to live day to day and have faith in God.

Did Bush drop the ball in the months leading up to 9-11? Yes, obviously they had information. They probably thought it was a hoax.

Are you changing any of your habits in light of the alerts? No. I've never been to the Statue of Liberty. I never even went to the top of the World Trade Center.

 
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