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Reader comments and emails

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A selection of listener and reader emails to the ombudsman about NPR's "Under Suspicion" series.
A selection of listener and reader emails to the ombudsman about NPR's "Under Suspicion" series.

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Read a selection of the 50+ emails listeners and online readers sent to our office about the “UnderSuspicion” series. The most noticeable response trend? There isn’t one
your reactions are incrediblyvaried.Some wrote in praise, like Annie Belt from
San Jose, CA. “Hands down the best show on the tenthanniversary of 9/11 I've heard! Bravo!”
 
Others shared personal stories, such as Judith Sayad from Chicago, IL. “For most Americans, this is asobering story that highlights everything that ‘we’ have lost
 
in the past decade…Having grown up in animmigrant family, my father used to say, ‘Remember, we are all guests here, and not always welcomeguests.’ I am glad he is not here to see how right he was.”
 Still others felt the story painted an unfair picture o
f Mall of America’s counter
-terrorism efforts.
“I'm shocked at today's one
-
sided, thinly veiled editorial hiding as investigative reporting,” wrote SteveParrish, from Des Moines, IA. “The Mall of America may or may not be abusing the system. To listen to
your report, however, you'd think they next will be sporting swastikas and jack boots. I don't look to NPRfor this kind of hyped up, shock and awe reporting. I look to you for examination of all sides and
thoughtful consideration of relevant issues.”
 See more full emails below:body : The report on security at the Mall of America was one of the longest I have ever heard. Whatprompted me to write was not its length, but the content, partnership and bias. I understand that thisreport was part of a slant to make our nations security and the people that are part of the security effortappear dumb, heartless, short sighted and other negative images. This will be part of another Publicbroadcasting program later tonight and was done in conjunction with CIR. This effort to create an"expose" with a liberal anti security bias is not my idea of the role of NPR. The effort put forth by police,security professionals and property managers is a delicate one. Mocking those people who are on theground working with normal everyday citizens to provide security will invariably make mistakes. Of themillions of people who enjoy the mall, a very small percentage are caught in the drag net. I wouldprefer to have a few folks inconvenienced then just one dead or injured by a terrorist or a mentallydisturbed killer. Shame on NPR for presenting the story the way it did.Name: Arthur Tillemcity : Atlantastate : GAiwantto : Contact the Ombudsmannprstation : WABEsubject : Mall of America Story
 
 body : As a long time NPR member, I'm shocked at today's one-sided, thinly veiled editorial hiding asinvestigative reporting. The subject was the Mall of America security system. This "report" had all thetrappings of a 60 Minutes expose: innuendo, innocent people wronged by big brother, "no comment"responses to NPR inquiries. Also, the reporter seemed to be deciding for me (and the Mall, and othersecurity firms) what comments constitute a threat, and what don't . There seemed little room for anycounter comment about what might be a concern to people's wellbeing.The Mall of America may or may not be abusing the system. To listen to your report, however, you'dthink they next will be sporting swastikas and jack boots. I don't look to NPR for this kind of hyped up,shock and awe reporting. I look to you for examination of all sides and thoughtful consideration of relevant issues. I look to you for the very thing your afternoon show calls itself: "all things considered"Name: Steve Parrishcity : Des Moinesstate : IAiwantto : Contact the Ombudsmannprstation : WOIsubject : Mall of America storyIn the late1930's, my grandparents were visited twice by federal agents at their home in Rochester, NY.They had legally immigrated from Germany in 1910. Both spoke with a heavy German accept andneither were politically active or had ever had any issues with the authorities. They were aware of thedeveloping Nazi cloud in Germany so they cooperated with Federal agents and did not: complain to theagents about harassment, go to the ACLU, file any law suit, write a complaining letter to newspapers,appear on a radio programs or complain to their Congressman or Senator. What they did is what allgood citizens should do who have nothing to hide and are proud Americans: they cooperated. WhenWWII broke out, their two youngest sons (my father was the youngest) signed up for the U.S. Army. Dadwas a Medical Corpsman and an interpreter in the European Theater and my uncle served in the Pacific.They never complained about their parents being visited by federal agents before the war. They wereproud G.I.'s and proud German Americans. Hoover Brandt (585) 967-2800Name: Hoover NrandtCountry: UNITED STATESCity: RochesterState: NYThe story regarding anti-terrorism security at the Mall of America was very disturbing. Since 9/11, wehave come to accept such terms as "suspicious person" and "person of interest" in the contemporarylexicon, but it is a dangerous small step from those labels to the 1930's Stalinist "Enemy of the People."While everyone must be safety (and security) conscious, we, along with law enforcement officials, Ms.

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