On June 13, 1942, eight trained saboteurs paddled ashore on rafts from Nazi submarines in Florida and Long Island. Carrying fake IDs, explosives and $175,000 in cash, Hitler's agents had come on a mission: Blend into American society and blow up U.S. factories.
The mother of United Airlines Capt. Jason M. Dahl, whose heroism aboard Flight 93 on the morning of Sept. 11 saved the lives of countless Americans in Washington, and quite possibly many members of Congress who work in the Capitol, says she accepted her son's tremendous love of flying, but could never quell her concern for his safety.
The Senate two weeks ago unanimously passed an anti-terrorism bill that would make all airport baggage screeners federal employees. But House Republican leaders oppose the measure -- for good reason. It would create a new federal bureaucracy, without insuring more safety. But the Republican approach has a major loophole as well.
Some liberals and neoconservatives have taken to proclaiming that American goals in our war on terrorism are too limited, and that the broad coalition President Bush has built is restricting our opportunity to bring democracy and liberty to the Islamic world.