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Is our country safe 10 years after 9/11?

COLUMBUS, GA - Ten years ago, the entire nation watched in panic as the Twin Towers In New York collapsed, the Pentagons burned, and thousands of lives were tragically lost.

Only days away from the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, some are wondering if our country is safe from more terrorist attacks.

News Leader Nine spoke with  retired Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin who helped to secure our country after 9-11.

"I wanted to do all I could do whatever that would be to ensure that we didn't suffer through this again," said Boykin.

As the Commanding General of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, Boykin oversaw the recruitment and training of Special Forces soldiers.

"Our task as a result of the events of 9-11 and the decision to go into Afghanistan was to produce Special Forces as rapidly as we could get them prepared to go to war."

At a speech at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Boykin said the days after September 11th were about making sure the people were safe but also looking to the future.

"We had to take a very serious look at why we didn't know that this was coming," said the Retired Lieutenant General.

Reliving that tragic day is exactly what so many Americans fear might happen again with another terrorist attack.  David Rehak had relatives in the Twin Towers and the Pentagon on September 11th.  He said after hours of worrying, his family received good news.

"Finally we did get word that both of them were safe.  Both of them made it out ok," said Rehak.

Rehak believes we are safer than we were ten years ago, but says the fear of that day is permanently in the hearts of Americans.

"Because we are isolated, in the United States we are no longer safe.  It used to be that way for a long, long time, but I think that those events really opened our eyes," said Rehak.

Boykin assures our country's eyes are open, but we still have a long road ahead.

"The unified efforts between law enforcement and intelligence have been pretty good at stopping terrorist attacks.  Will they [terrorist attacks] continue? You bet!  The terrorists will continue to go after us and we need to be vigilant as Americans," said Boykin.

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