Unless you have been in such a crisis situation it is sometimes tough to sympathize but I would hardly call it whining. The US response has, as usual, been very poor. I draw on my 9/11 experience in NY when we were waiting for a ferry to NJ which was the only way out of Manhattan that day. You are scared, you do not know what is happening next and all you can think of is getting out. Minutes seem like hours and you are praying that nothing more happens. From my experience in the invasion of Panama in 1989 I can tell you even those of us who knew what was happening got a little jumpy when the bombs and bullets started flying. I can only imagine how those who had no idea what was coming felt. The 1954 law aside, charging scared evacuees is nothing more than extortion.
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