How Safe is Safe?

AMERICANS MUST DECIDE HOW MUCH FREEDOM THEY ARE WILLING TO TRADE FOR MORE SECURITY

MARVETTE CRITNEY WAS A little uneasy when she went to work Thursday at a federal office building in Washington. Still dwelling on the images from Oklahoma City, the 26-year-old management analyst for the Internal Revenue Service had decided not to put her four-month-old son in the new irs day-care center. Even for herself, working in a federal office building suddenly seemed like a risky proposition. But as the morning went on, she managed to put those thoughts out of her mind. Then the alarm went off.

In her windowless basement office, she heard the abrupt clanging of the building's fire alarm...

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