Letters To The Editor


July 13, 2005

Report on port opens the door to enemy attack

I am deeply concerned about The Sun's article on weaknesses in security at the port of Baltimore ("Port security gaps pose threat," July 10). I am concerned about the weaknesses in security, but I am more concerned about the nature of the information revealed in the article.

We are a nation at war. In time of war, one should not be communicating information that may be of value to one's enemies.

Information about weaknesses in security is just the kind of information we should not be revealing to the public. Yet there it was on Page 1A on Sunday, above the fold, available to anyone with $1.75 to spare.

No doubt The Sun will invoke the public's "right to know." Perhaps the public has a "right to know," but does it have a need to know?

In a time of war, I say no - we do not have a need to know, especially when that information may reveal a weakness our enemies may exploit.

Responsible journalism has been in short supply at The Sun for many years, and the supply is lessening each day.

This article has taken the paper to a new low in public responsibility.

Gary A. Smith


The Sun's article about port security was horrible. The pictures and map were a manual for terrorists on how to zap it to Baltimore.

This article was not only un-American, but downright criminal. The fact that The Sun printed it is a disgrace.

Patricia Taylor


Telling any secret to sell some papers

The Sun's map showing the locations of vulnerable points in Baltimore's port security can serve no purpose except to help our enemies ("Port security gaps pose threat," July 10).

It appears that The Sun will do anything to sell papers and has no regard for protecting this country.

It seems as if the biggest threat to this country is not the terrorists but the extremely liberal news media.

Bill Dewey

Ocean City

Will The Sun publish plans for bomb next?

Thank you very much. The Sun has now shown the world the way into Baltimore's harbor ("Port security gaps pose threat," July 10).

The article The Sun printed some time ago about the vulnerable points of the Bay Bridge was also a great service ("Kind of company he keeps kept Va. man under scrutiny," Aug. 26, 2004). It would be a shame to make some person work too hard to get the information The Sun so readily throws out to anyone wanting to do bad things to the United States and its citizens.

Maybe the next thing The Sun can print will be a how-to manual on making a suitcase-size nuclear device.

Why don't the people at The Sun think a minute and realize that their office is close to the targets the paper is pointing out to any terrorist?

Please do me a big favor and quit publishing this sort of article.

Charles Brown

Ellicott City

I read with great interest The Sun's special report "Port security gaps pose threat," which included a satellite photo of the port with numerous pictures documenting the vulnerabilities described.

The only things I found missing in this report were blueprints and instructions for potential terrorists on how to make bombs to take advantage of these vulnerabilities.

Lester Cohen


Can the ignorant identify terrorists?

I am afraid I felt the chill of hopelessness as I read "Vigilance by police could be vital to thwarting attacks" (July 10).

What it means is that we need to have a country that is strong from within. That means a well-informed, educated and healthy population.

But how can we hope to achieve this when the current administration has de-emphasized education and health care and put billions of dollars of the nation's resources into a war halfway across the world?

How can our future police, or any of our future citizens learn to think intelligently, put two and two together, act with forethought and gain the skills to work with local officials and the public to be on the "look-out for anomalous behavior" when they have been undereducated and had their strength diminished by poor health and inadequate care?

Far too many of our children do not have a basic knowledge of national and international facts and figures.

Yet in the future, we are expecting them to come through with the intelligence to sniff out a terrorist in their midst.

Elizabeth Keeling Carter


Contraband always gets into prisons

The editorial "Prison `bazaar'" (July 10) nullifies itself with its mix of reality and fantasy.

The reality is that "prisoners have been smuggling contraband into their cells for as long as prisons have been incarcerating people." The fantasy is that somehow this age-old problem can be stopped.

Like many long-standing problems, this one can never be "solved" without irrational and draconian measures that cannot long be borne. Zero tolerance and other forms of absolutism can "solve" such problems, but they create more problems - some of them worse than the original problem.

It is true that "convicted felons carrying on their criminal ways inside prison make a mockery of the system," but to a certain extent, this has to be tolerated.

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