President Barack Obama meets with NCTC Director Michael Leiter, center right, leadership and analysts in the secure video teleconference room at the National Counterterrorism Center in McLean, Va, Oct. 6, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)


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  • Robert F. W. Whitlock 6y

    The best way to counter terrorism is be eliminating exploitative and unjust policies - like that of global dominance.

    Exercising an attitude of superiority through economic and military interference creates terrorists.

    If America wants to be truly safe and secure, and to leave a better world for future generations, then it will need to let go of its desire for control and domination. America will need to stop policies and behaviors that subjugate the planet, people, and all life forms.

    As long as America pursues unjust policies, namely, for example, dominance, then there will probably always be people who are so utterly repressed and silenced that they are willing to resort to violence and terrorism in resistance.

    America's policies of dominance and economic exploitation are violent and destructive. Until that changes - there will probably always be those who are willing to meet violence (that of America) with violence.
  • chazwick18 6y

    Birth is a violent and destructive force, but I would not argue against it on that basis alone. Child-rearing,while it can vary from parent to parent, is largely a dominating activity and yet I would not argue against it on that basis alone. Controlling behavior occurs in nature a survival trait often enough, we are not the only living things that vie to control our environment in order to prosper, and I would not argue against a policy of control on that basis alone.
  • lemonmom 6y

    it certainly looks like a secret room love hthe blue LED light
  • guckey13 6y

    i think it's funny that rachel gorsky brought her copy of "the audacity of hope". no doubt to get it signed!
  • Patrick the Smith 6y

    Love the room.
  • Rob Johnston 5y

    Is this photo a composite? The clocks on the left have :19 and those on the right have :20 (or variations of 30 minutes). I assume this is a two-photo assembly with the left shot taken first.

    I'm a fan of the www.flickr.com/photos/tags/autostitch/ autostitch images, so this seemed to belong there.
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