jpete wrote:I've done my public protests. No one gives a damn. They are more than happy to give up their freedom for a little false comfort.
Billions of dollars into "Homeland security" and all Boston proved is that there is no such thing.
But, I am going to get gate raped in a week and a half so we have that going for us, which is nice....
I'd be the first to agree with you if you're saying a lot of the initial knee-jerk reaction to 9/11 infringed unnecessarily on freedoms. I don't think there has ever been absolute security against the actions of extremists. For better or worse, the world has become a "smaller" and more integrated place, and there's no shortage of extremists out there, so having to put some more effort into security unfortunately seems to be a necessary part of the picture. All of the $ may not have been well spent, but I'm OK with the idea that some of the bigger threats have been averted. The fact that two guys with an agenda could stay under the radar doesn't undo that.
I still don't buy your theory that this week's events reflect poorly on law enforcement activities and that the whole thing could have been solved by a lone wolf civilian. Without LE the guy is planning the next bombing instead of bleeding in a boat. Two bombs were set off in city crowds, and less than 5 days later the perpetrators had been identified and apprehended. I'm ok with that performance and I hope RI never has a chance to show it can do better.