Writer Lee Dodson Asks What the Public is Thinking About Homeland Terrorism and the Public Answers… Big Time

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Author reacts to readers' reactions to domestic terrorism survey, expects even more before the deadline closes. Says no one in power says what these people say.

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“The response was surprising”

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Writer Lee Dodson wondered about the mindset of his potential audience, so he put up a modest little survey, (ten questions) on Google, of reasonably pointed questions to see if it would get picked up.

It did.

“The response was surprising,” said Dodson. “The survey link was posted on fifty different sites, mainly news sites. From there, we started hearing from people all over the country.”

Asked what he expected, the writer shrugged. “I thought that maybe a few people, fifty to a hundred, would respond, but the numbers are very surprising, considering how little terrorism is mentioned lately. The term ‘domestic terrorism’ doesn’t seem to exist.”

Results of the survey are due to be released midnight October 31.

“This is by no means a scientific survey,” Dodson said. “Just a few questions to see if the terrorism awareness still had a pulse.” He paused. “People I know and speak with often are still on edge, but is that just folks who were around to hear WWII stories, or is there a consciousness that because nobody in power is talking about it, terrorism on our soil a thing of the past?”

Has the writer drawn any conclusions? “Way too soon to draw any real ones, but from the results I’m seeing people have definite opinions that terrorism is real no matter what it’s called by the authorities, and the survey responses indicate they don’t think they’re getting the whole story.

“I’d love to reveal the responses right this minute, but cooler heads who manage the survey site asked me to wait, and I think it’s probably a good idea to release the data that day…hey, it’s Halloween/All Saints Day.”

Any other conclusions? “I wrote a scary book, but I wasn’t prepared for what I’m seeing in the letters of people who write me. There is an undercurrent, an unspoken thing, and it’s not fear, or resignation, two big intended results of terrorism. I don’t yet know how to classify it, but the data should be pretty interesting.

“If what we’re seeing on the survey is broad, then somebody important has dropped the ball. A problem ignored is not a problem solved.”

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