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Overreacting to the threat of terrorism

I will spare you any further consideration of airports. This time it is lakes: The New York Times notes that the US Coast Guard: "want to mount machine guns routinely on their cutters and small boats here and around all five of the Great Lakes as part of a program addressing the threats of terrorism after Sept. 11".

The locals are *not* impressed, and this is the prize comment: “When I heard, I thought it was something from The Onion newspaper or an Internet hoax,” said Mike Bradley, the mayor of Sarnia, Ontario, which sits beside Lake Huron, where 6 of the 34 live fire zones are planned. “This whole thing was done way below the radar.”. Mike, I make you right there, and just to show that life does imitate art, here is an Onion item on 'heightened security at Cedar Rapids library':

"As caretakers of the most prominent public building in the second largest city in Iowa, this library can no longer afford to take chances"..."A number of the new security measures will directly affect the public: It will now become more difficult to obtain a library card, requiring a birth certificate and two forms of photo ID. The daily children's story hour has been shortened to 20 minutes. And while the library has always officially had a no-loitering rule on the books, it will now be strictly enforced". Read the rest of it - it is a good one.
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