"In an [October 10, 2004] interview with New York Times reporter Matt Bai, [presidential candidate John] Kerry was asked when and how Americans would be able 'to feel safe again.' Kerry responded…'We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance. …As a former law-enforcement person, I know we're never going to end prostitution. We're never going to end illegal gambling. But we're going to reduce it, organized crime, to a level where it isn't on the rise. It isn't threatening people's lives every day, and fundamentally, it's something that you continue to fight, but it's not threatening the fabric of your life.' "
– Ian S. Lustick, Trapped in the War on Terror, 115
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