The community needs to step up to be ready to defend

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I agree with many that our last Sept. 11 ceremony was a wonderful moment. Yet, unless we’re going to have no new moments for remembrance, I know we must do more than take our time getting our defensive actions.

The media betrays the public on a daily basis with its one-sided reporting. It must change to focus on what’s important. There is not enough coverage that ISIS is as dangerous as a nuke. There should be more stressing public awareness of serious threats.

We can not just rely on security measures now in place. I fear we will be overwhelmed with half of ISIS members with western passports spreading across our land. Officials state there are over 100 Americans involved. According to the CBC, there are 130 Canadians out of Calgary, Alberta, alone. Canadians have that many radicals out of one Western city and I know there more American radicals.

The 2002 “Beltway snipers” with one rifle tied up three police departments. I’ve been making proposals for additional security since the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. There was an arrest on the 16th of an ISIS member ready to attack in New York, then Australians stopping an ISIS terrorist act on the 18th of September.

These examples show readiness is vital. I see a huge storm coming and we must be ready. For years, I have proposed an auxiliary list of citizens with military and first responder training. These auxiliary lists would be police supervised and managed by municipal authorities. They could develop into units on a neighborhood to community level.

These auxiliary units can be set up to network with communities across the North America, so as to be at the ready.

Call it a reserve pool of potential backups for our uniformed services. I know the powers that be want to say they can handle it all, but I know to be safe and have community groups across North America ready to back up and defend will be not only intelligent, but inspiring, stressing idealism and being in keeping with our “Greatest Generation.”

I see it helping to strengthen our civilization and I know startup can be easy with the media’s help and without any political back and forth.

 

Jim C. Reilly
Greenwich

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