Roger L. Simon

Truth, dare, consequences, promise or repeat?

Is this true?

The commission that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks issued a harsh report card today on the U.S. government’s efforts to shore up its defenses and protect the nation against terrorist strikes.

More than four years after the attacks on New York and Washington, the United States still is not checking the identities of air travelers against a complete terrorism watch list and continues to dole out homeland security funding without regard for the fact that certain parts of the country are at greater risk than others, former members of the Sept. 11 panel said.

Just reading it in the LAT or hearing it from the 9-11 commission does not even remotely make it so, everything being so rife with politics these days, but (as a frequent air traveler, not to mention appreciator of my fellow citizens) I would sure like to know what’s really going on here. We all wait on endless lines while “little old ladies from Pasadena” have their sneakers examined. Meanwhile, according to this claim, “the United States still is not checking the identities of air travelers against a complete terrorism watch list.” Reality or politics?