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February 2013

In a recent Gallup pole, less than one-half of one percent of respondents ranked terrorism as the most important issue facing the United States. Contrast this with a similar pole taken months after 9/11, when terrorism was ranked as one of the top issues facing the country. That terrorism does not preoccupy the thinking of most Americans should be seen as a victory over the radical Islamist Osama bin Laden and his followers. While we want citizens to be vigilant and to report suspicious activity to law enforcement, we do not want them to be preoccupied with concerns about terrorism. And, while we want them to be partners with law enforcement in the coproduction of safety, we do not want citizens in a free and democratic society to be fearful.

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