August 4, 2004

Ms. Liberty meets Security:
A match made in terrorism

Though I didn't get to visit the interior of the Statue of Liberty on my recent trip to NYC, I am happy to see that this beautiful monument's pedastal has reopened.

While watching the reopening news coverage a couple days ago, a reporter mentioned that the statue, one day, may be open to the public as well. What a shame that "one day" will probably the park service's response until the color-coded terror alert system is abolished.

But I won't dwell on the negative; instead, I will thank all things electronic and internetish for the opportunity to see the interior of the statue without breaking federal laws or climbing any steps. The NYC skyline does look a bit different in these pictures, but in turn, they remind us why the monument was closed.

According to this BBC article, the public can look upon the interior structure through a glass ceiling, which does make me want to visit the statue again.

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However, I must ask: Is this a bold move toward freeing ourselves from the effect on terrorism or just another way to inhibit America by subjecting visitors to several security screenings?

The thought of Lady Liberty's head being blown off does make me in favor of the security precautions. However, the more we "secure" ourselves, the more we box ourselves in--in this case, at Liberty's feet.

Familiar, very familiar. I felt the same way when airline officials searched my bag for nail clippers.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at August 4, 2004 9:34 PM
Comments


I liked the part about the feet, I have been on the lowestt level for a long time. I never saw the statue but then I never cared to, I just hate the idea that our country has to be in the frame of mind to have to be searching for finger nail files. One time I went threw the search with a florest knife in my purse, I had left work and right to the plane. Wow I could have been on the 6 oclock news.

Posted by: grammy at August 5, 2004 10:51 AM

Hey babe!!

When I went to New York... it was the year of 9/11. So, obviously I was not able to go into the Statue of Liberty (disappointing :-(). The year later, it was still not open to the public. So maybe this year on the SHU NY trip, we could go together and see the statue.

Posted by: Firefighter Chica at August 6, 2004 2:22 PM

Amanda,

I like the security that protects the Statue of
Liberty.

The way things work with government contractors,
if it had to be rebuilt, the cost overruns
would be enough to [fill in the blank], and
the union kickbacks would be enough to choke a
donkey.

Eric

Posted by: eric at August 8, 2004 10:20 PM
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