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Terrorism: Who you gonna call?

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Terrorism: Who you gonna call?

Friday, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was "locked down" after reports a gunman was on the loose. Six hours later, "No gunman or weapon was found," said Col. John Cherrey, 355th Fighter Wing commander, in a two-minute live statement to the press that evening.

Following the ridiculous and outrageous detention and strip search a week ago of Shoshana Hebshi and two other dark-skinned travelers who were flying to Detroit, it's easy to imagine Osama bin Laden laughing heartily from his watery grave off the coast of Pakistan.

The response by security teams on Davis-Monthan was understandable and correct, but in the 10 years since Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans have been seeing ghosts (admittedly, often with the encouragement of the national security infrastructure), and the cost to civil liberties (and taxpayer wallets) has been high.

Let's get a grip, people.

Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

“No gunman or weapon was found.”

— Col. John Cherrey, 355th Fighter Wing commander, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

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