"If Americans were more thoughtful and less gullible, they might wonder why all the emphasis on transportation when there are so many soft targets. Shopping centers, for example. If there were enough terrorists in America to justify the existence of Homeland Security, bombs would be going off round the clock in shopping malls in every state. The effect would be far more terrifying than blowing up an airliner. Indeed, if terrorists want to attack air travelers, they never need to board an airplane. All they need to do is to join the throngs of passengers waiting to go through the TSA scanners and set off their bombs. The TSA has conveniently assembled the targets. ... Make up your own mind. What terrifies you the most. Terrorists, who in all likelihood you will never encounter in your lifetime, or the TSA that you will encounter every time you fly and soon, according to Pistole, every time you take a train, a subway, or drive in a car or truck?" - Paul Craig Roberts - rest at www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26902.htm At the start of one the seasons of the TV series, "24", hitting soft targets was what was going on. I thank God that it hasn't happened here like in the TV show. The existence of "Homeland Security" sounds like something from a George Orwell novel. It should be one of the things that is cut from the federal budget and anything that is does that is truly useful and needs to be kept should go into other agencies, such as the FBI, Department of Defense, etc.