If the TSA were running New York

3 May 2010

In the wake of the bombing attempt in Times Square, everyone that lives in New York can be thankful that the TSA in fact is not running the city.

So far we have seen a New York-style rather than a Washington-style response to the threat. And while New York is the least “American” of U.S. cities, its emotional and social response is just what America’s should be. Let me explain:

The point of terrorism is not to “destroy.” It is to terrify. And for eight and a half years now, the dominant federal government response to terrorist threats and attacks has been to magnify their harm by increasing a mood of fear and intimidation.

[via Hacker News]