Nearly three fourths of adults expressed strong concerns that government can’t be trusted with their personal information in antiterrorism programs, says a survey by the Council for Excellence in Government. The Associated Press reports that nearly 60 percent of adults in the survey said government should have access to personal information that companies collect about consumers if there is any chance it will help prevent terrorism. The council has held seven national town hall meetings with the Homeland Security Department, the final one next week in Seattle.
The survey said Americans feel increasingly safe since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, with half of adults unconcerned that an attack will occur in their own neighborhoods. Still, more than three-fourths of adults believe the U.S. will be targeted in another major attack at home or overseas in the next few months. Americans worry most about attacks using biological and chemical weapons, and about attacks against power plants, water facilities, airports, and airplanes.