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article imageRick Perry: Trouble balancing freedoms, public safety

By Andrew Moran     Feb 19, 2010 in Politics
Austin - Texas Governor Rick Perry said this week Austin's plane crash shows that it's difficult in balancing a free society with the general public's security and safety.
On Thursday, Governor of Texas Rick Perry, who is facing a tough re-election bid this year, told a group of reporters during a campaign stop that Austin’s plane crash into an Internal Revenue Service building shows the difficulty of balancing a free society and the public’s safety, according to NBC News.
Perry, who is launching a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over their regulation of global warming pollution, said information is still coming in about Thursday’s crash as military and intelligence personnel are being deployed around the state to gather more details and to decrease the vulnerability of other targets, reports the Houston Chronicle.
“Our hope is the days of flying aircraft into buildings or other structures is over. You always have some exposure in a free society. So the balance is finding how to protect and also protect the freedoms and liberties. The other side of that is people's safety. It is always a battle between anarchy and tyranny. Always has been,” said Perry.
The Governor concluded that the first responders and everyday citizens have portrayed acts of heroism on Thursday for their efforts in helping victims, securing the area and evacuating the building, while controlling fire.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo called Thursday’s plane crash a “criminal act by a lone individual.”
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