On a clear afternoon on September 11, 2001, the Internet café in Florence, Italy bustled with tourists, students, and animated baristas shuffling plates of pastries and demitasse cups of steaming expresso.
TSA's track record speaks for itself. Not a single large airport has opted to privatize in the agency's 13-year history. And there has not been a single successful terrorist attack in the transportation sector since TSA took responsibility for security.
As in all recent Super Bowls, the U.S. military will be an important part of Super Bowl 48, not only in helping with security -- both in the air and on the ground -- but also by contributing to the ceremony and spectacle of the game.
If there is a thimbleful of good that came out of the truckload of devastation from Sept. 11, not that it would be worth it in any way, we all did snap out of our zombie mode and realized, even if only briefly, that our life is right now. And that's what I want to say today.