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  1. Okay, let’s call this orange alert a “success". Let’s assume for the moment that the measures we have taken have prevented an attack against the buildings we have surrounded.

    It’s not a bad assumption, though it’s inherently unprovable.

    Now what? Do we keep them ringed with police indefinitely? Do we hire even more police to wrap up the next set of buildings while we still guard the first?

    And when we finally take the police away, will the intelligence Al Queda has collected be so out of date as to not be useful in re-targeting these buildings? Can we bank on their not having backed up the disks and given them to someone else?

    They put a bomb underneath the WTC back in the Clinton Administration, remember? Were we imaginative enough to defend it from attack later?

    From an analytical point of view, what is most important is the principle that-from New York to Bagdhad-the successful attacks have always occured at the places we’re NOT seriously defending. There are far more of those than we can ever ring with police.

    And this points to the REAL failing of King George and His Merry Men on “homeland security". They are almost wholly reactive rather than proactive.

    We hear very little that is serious from them on any proactive response to terror here at home-such as seriously controlling illegal entry into this country.

    Of course, such things are just plain dull. Not nearly the photo-op that ringing the financial district with paracommando police gives you.

    But the only reason you need the photo-op in the first place, is to advertise how “strong you are on terror", right? Image first, then results-if you have time for it.

    What do the Merry Men really have to say about opening the overseas cargo containers, sealing the borders, and the upgrading the passports?

    Then, of course, there is the real long-term solution, the one that would have the same effect on terror that missile subs had on nuclear war.

    We could render ALL non-cash transactions completely transparent to government scrutiny.

    Control the money flow and you control the terrorist product. Finacial “privacy” has to disappear. It’s that simple.

    But fat chance of it happening soon, and some of the people who will be least in favor of it are those in the buildings currently surrounded with police. And the last one’s to really propose doing it are the current occupants of the White House.

    Comment by Joseph Marshall — Thursday, August 5, 2004 @ 5:30 pm

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