Counterterrorism is most effective when it doesn't make arbitrary assumptions about the terrorists' plans. Stop searching bags on the subways, and spend the money on 1) intelligence and investigation -- stopping the terrorists regardless of what their plans are, and 2) emergency response -- lessening the impact of a terrorist attack, regardless of what the plans are. Countermeasures that defend against particular targets, or assume particular tactics, or cause the terrorists to make insignificant modifications in their plans, or that surveil the entire population looking for the few terrorists, are largely not worth it.
"Humanity for millennia has chosen to live in cities. They serve its needs
“MAN”, wrote Aristotle in roughly 330BC, “is by nature a city beast.” So, he could have added, are rats."
"Yet if pollution, traffic and the suburban shopping mall cannot kill the city, will teleworking and the net? Will downtowns like Houston’s be abandoned to decay, their office towers unpeopled as the pyramids, leaving suburbia to rule? Futurologists love to tell us so. Let them tell the birds."
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