The federal government has developed new regulations and given funds and equipment to counties across the country since Sept. 11, 2001 in an effort to spot and prevent terrorism. Such efforts were outlined in the Sept. 8 Finger Lakes Times article “Ready … just in case: Much money, effort has been spent in years since 9/11”.
However, according to the article, not everyone's convinced that paying so much attention to terrorism is necessarily good for the country or particularly effective.
“It's not like the Finger Lakes is the frontline,” said Jodi Dean, associate professor of political science. “The focus on our vulnerability in rural areas where the risk is low only serves to fuel rising suspicions, rising fear and rising racism. It militarizes the country, and diverts us from dealing with the root causes of terrorism.”