Monday, December 05, 2005

Illusion of Security

Jason Mazzone thinks that the court decision to allow searches of bags at New York’s subway system is justified if it  deters just a single terrorist attack.  The problem is that it won’t deter any terrorist attacks.  At best, such a show of force is going shift the attack to a softer target.  

Terrorists don’t attack because it is easy to do, they attack because the returns are beneficial (by their definition).  Training men to fly airplanes and hijacking them couldn’t have been easy, but the results were spectacular.  

When the inevitable happens and the US is the victim of yet another terrorist attack, how many more civil liberties is Mr. Mazzone willing to give up in the name of perceived security?

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