After returning from his tour of duty in Iraq, Prine saw few reforms in the security of hazardous chemical supplies in the U.S. While the September 11 terrorist attacks led to public outcries over airline security, Prine saw how easily terrorists could deploy explosives on American trains – trains that travel through the heart of many major U.S. cities. He reasoned that, as they did on 9/11, terrorists might very well use our transportation infrastructure against us.
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On the EXPOSÉ Blog we occasionally post viewer comments. Here’s a recent selection:
Thanks once again to the irresponsible media for showing the less enlightened how to break into a chemical plant, a water treatment plant, or any location that stores hazardous materials. The fact is that our life in America today depends upon the use of these chemicals and perhaps the media should be reporting on how the government could better keep those who would use this knowledge outside of our borders rather than inside them.
— Charles Hinley
Many thanks to Mr. Carl Prine for his efforts on keeping America safe for all.
— Cleber DaSilva
… [Prine] wasn’t satisfied with fermenting fear in the US middle states, so then he goes off to participate in a ridiculous war and he thinks he’s helping to bring down al qaeda when he’s probably just fanning the anger and hatred toward the US from poor people with little recourse. It’s as if this man has been brainwashed by every ultra-conservative perspective that clear thinking people have finally begun to question. Now he’s apparently returned to the U.S. with self-righteousness over having participated in an ill-conceived war that had nothing to do with 9/11 to find a new vehicle of fear — the trains! Carl Prine reflects the sort of ignorance that I would expect PBS to not support.
And this one from a viewer who contacted Carl Prine directly at the PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW:
Hello Mr. Prine,
I just saw an episode of PBS’s Expose that featured your work. I’m sure that you don’t do the kind of work you do for the kudos the world might bring, but after finding much of the news business to be lacking in integrity, I am moved to express my gratitude for your work. You are a true hero.
— Menon Dwarka
>> Check back tomorrow to watch the full episode of “Think Like a Terrorist (Pt. 2)” and see how Carl Prine responds to his critics.
>> Tomorrow on the EXPOSÉ Blog: A Q&A with producer Joe Rubin.