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OPEN LETTER TO OPRAH WINFREY

MOST IMPORTANT CURRENT HUMAN ISSUE IN AMERICA
Dear Oprah,

As a fan of your program, I have been impressed by the way you address important current human issues.
I am wondering why you are not discussing the MOST IMPORTANT CURRENT HUMAN ISSUE IN AMERICA: the way we are responding to the terrorist attacks on the WTC. I don't mean to say that it is not important to hear from a few individuals about their emotional response to being at ground zero. I believe, though, that you are not discussing the more important aspects such as:

1. Why do terrorists target Americans? We know it is not because they disagree with freedom. They are angry for a reason. Could you explore the causes of this anger?

2. America's record of direct and indirect human rights abuses is not good. Could you examine some of the cases of CIA involvement in repressive foreign regimes and perhaps explore ways that the American people could play a larger role in controlling their own intelligence agencies?

3. The present administration is responding to the WTC disaster by suggesting the curtailment of certain civil liberties. Do you think this is a good thing? Is it really necessary? What are the dangers in such a course?

I would like to see you discuss these issues on your program. Perhaps you could contribute towards our better understanding of these important issues.


Thank you,

Dr. John Montague
Canada

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