How paranoid are you of another terrorist attack on the US?

Guess I'm just paranoid! - the terrorists
United States
March 16, 2008 6:44pm CST
I was sitting in my living room watching tv with my granddaughter and heard a series of BOOMS that nearly knocked me off the couch! I live in a city and not too far from a General Electric plant that makes airplane parts and there are big oil tanks not far from me near the beach. Not to mention that Boston is not far away and I'm always fearful that they'll want to hit the financial district there. I started thinking I should check the regular tv stations to see if there were any warnings and wondering what I was going to do ( don't panic too fast huh ). So, I decided if anything were to happen I was going to grab Vicky and Bigguy and head for the basement! Are you still "anxious" about possible terrorist attacks? Do you ever hear things and worry that we're being bombed? Do you have a plan of action in case it ever happens?
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@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I am not that worried about it even though I live right outside of New Orleans. If I had heard the booms you heard, I would think "Gee, ANOTHER refinery explosion!". Living through a few of those tends to cause a person to be jaded. On top of that when my ex was in the military, if they were doing live fire exercises on a certain field and the wind was blowing the right way, the howitzers would occasionally shake out entire apartment building in the manner you described. When I lived at my moms the air force base pilots would do sonic booms occasionally over the houses. The last place I worked, every time a large truck rolled by the entire floor would shake in my office (scary thing - we were on the 3rd floor with nothing below us!). I am use to loud noises that shake buildings.
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• United States
17 Mar 08
That's the thing of it. These noises weren't something that I hear often. It was just a quiet Sunday afternoon and all of a sudden these big booms. I asked around and so far nobody knows what they were.
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
17 Mar 08
Could it have just been sonic booms from a jet?
@di1159 (1580)
• United States
17 Mar 08
Hello, I think its a normal thought these days. Here in Florida,we recently had a large power outage and the first thing that came to my mind was a terrorist plot. Sadly, this the first thing we think of now as a possible explanation when something happens that is out of the ordinary. I really don't have a plan of action, (I suppose I should starting of one.) beacuse I just leave my faith in the Lord and know he will guide me. Maybe one day, we can get over these thoughts!
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@goldeneagle (6776)
• United States
17 Mar 08
It isn't a question of IF we are hit again, unforetunately, it is a question of when and how bad. There is no doubt in my mind that we are going to see another attack on Americans, both at home, and abroad. The really sad thing is that it could come at any time from any where. This types of attacks are extremely hard, if not impossible, to defend against. It is usually pure luck when an attack of this sort is discovered in time to be stopped. I cant say that I know when we will be hit, but I do know that it is coming... Improvements in security have been made since 9-11-2001, but I fear that it is too little, too late. Our "Open Borders" policy has basically allowed the very people we are fighting to position themselves in our country with ease. The men (and I use that term loosely in this case) who flew those planes into our buildings were trained at flight schools IN AMERICA, BY AMERICANS. The billions of dollars we spend for oil from week-to-week go to countries that use the money to fund terrorist training camps around the world and to fund terrorist cells who do nothing but train for the opportunity to kill Americans. Surely I am not the only one who sees this happening, yet our government (again, I use that term loosely as well) allows it to continue. I could go on and on with examples of what is wrong, and even list solutions to a lot of the problems. However, the list would be long, and I dont know what good would come from posting it anyway, because I dont think that many of our political "officials" post here in our forums...
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@lexus54 (3577)
• Singapore
17 Mar 08
I don't live in the US, but as an observer of world events, I do not think that there will be another imminent terrorist attack on US soil. You may think that I am being complacent here, but I do not think so. Before the days of 9/11, no one would have thought that terrorist groups like the Al-Qaeda would have the courage, organization and resources to mount such a multi-pronged attack on the US. The security situation against a massive terror attack was practically non-existent then because no one really expected such an attack. With hindsight and significant loss of lives, the world now knows, but since that incident, the security situation in many countries especially USA, has been greatly enhanced. I dare say if terrorists try another similar attack on any US city today, such an attack will be twarted. Terrorist groups still have the intention to target Western interests in this terrorism war, and the advantage they have is that there are many targets they can aim at all over the world where US interests, citizens and troops are situated. They don't have to choose New York or other major US cities. Scary to say, there are many other places in the world where the US is vulnerable, and all terrorists have to do is to choose countries where the security situation is more lax and less likely to be thought of as potential targets. Already this is happening in various parts of the world, and I don't see this letting up anytime in the near future. But a major attack on US soil? I really doubt it.
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
17 Mar 08
There is really no point in being paranoid about this... although we do need to be mindful that the possibility is there. As to the sonic booms, we hear them often as well, which can be somewhat unnerving at times. I was used to hearing them as a kid back in the '60's when the cold war was at it's height... then they ended, and I never heard another one until just after 9-11. Since we are not far from Ft. Leonardwood we were hearing a lot of low-flying jets although that has become a bit less frequent now. All we can do here if we survive any attack is just sit tight, although this little town would have no real value as a target as we are not THAT close to the base.
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• United States
17 Mar 08
I'm not paranoid about it at all. Why should I be? Wouldn't it just serve the terrorists purposes if we all went around scared all the time? I just refuse to do it. On the other hand, storms, hurricanes and tornados do scare me. So in that case, I do try to keep things I will need. Like a manual can opener, canned food, candles, oil lamps, first aid kits, etc. And the only reason I know to do this is because I went through Hurricane Hugo. But no, I don't let terrorism keep me from doing anything or enjoying my life before we were attacked.
@BlackBay (584)
• Canada
18 Mar 08
I don't worry about...I refuse to let ANYONE to have control over my Daily Happiness! If we worry and worry about it, it will effect how we live our lives and in that sense the Terrorists have succeeded in further invasions into ourlives. I refuse to let that happen! It is always Good to be prepared for a Disaster/attack but don't let it be something that rules your life. If we walk around scared all the time we are only hurting ourselves and depriving ourselves of life's enjoyments!
• Philippines
17 Mar 08
I am paranoid enough to visit US again. I mean... before the Sept. 11 event we're already planning on going there on a vacation, but it was canceled for fear that something might happen again. Since things seems to settle down we were able to visit there just last year, however there's still that uneasy feeling deep inside me that something might happen again. I mean the US IS at war right now, so an attack is not far from possible.
• United States
17 Mar 08
Personally, I don't fear that sort of thing. I mean we've got a pretty good defense going on and really, it's not like terrorists are going to personally come to my house. I really think there is too much focus on the ongoing war to have to worry that something is going to happen here. Besides, I really don't think much about it because, really, what kind of life is that? Constantly being worried that something is lurking around the corner that's out to get you... living a life of fear just isn't a life at all. So, I'd have to say that I'm not paranoid of another terrorist attack.
• United States
17 Mar 08
I would have to say that I am concerned, since I live in a military town that is a prime target on the west coast of the USA. But, it is not something I really worry about in the course of my daily life. I'm more worried about crime and getting assaulted or traffic and getting hit by a car than I am about a terrorist attack. If there were bombings going off every day in my town, then I would be a little more cautions. I know there are places in the world where people have to live with this daily, but they go on with their lives, anyway.
@wisedragon (2331)
• Philippines
17 Mar 08
I live in the Philippines and we have our share of bombings/terrorist attacks. I don't think I've reached the point of paranoia. I simply don't go out if I don't have to. I think staying home is the best way to avoid falling victim to such attacks.
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
17 Mar 08
Honestly no...and I havent been since a short couple months after 9/11....I was still living in Ontario then but even after moving here to the U.S its not been an issue for me really..I mean if its going to happen its goin to happen adn there is nothing I can do to stop it so best bet for ME is not to stress about it...
@rohit0471 (195)
• India
17 Mar 08
I had initiated a discussion on the 9/11 attacks on WTC and the Pentagon. participants in this discussion, please take time to go through that discussion also...