Food for thought…

A factoid of note:

[M]ore air marshals have been arrested than the number of people arrested by air marshals.

The Air Marshall Service has about 4000 employees, and averages about 4.2 arrests per year. That’s roughly 1 arrest per 1000 employees.

Something else to think about, from the same speech:

Why, absent any evidence of a serious terror threat, is a war to on terror so enormous, so all-encompassing, and still expanding?  The fundamental answer is that al Qaeda’s most important accomplishment was not to hijack our planes but to hijack our political system.

For a multitude of politicians, interest groups and professional associations, corporations, media organizations, universities, local and State governments and Federal agency officials, the war on terror is now a major profit center, a funding bonanza, and a set of slogans and sound bites to be inserted into budget, grant, and contract proposals. [emphasis mine]

I’m not quite convinced that the Air Marshall Service is a waste of money – number of arrests is not the best way to measure the effectiveness of law enforcement, and can actually be a bad way to measure it, as it can inspire things like false or unneeded arrests to boost numbers. I’m not sure what would be a good measure for the Air Marshalls, but I don’t think arrests are it.

The most important point is the bit I emphasized above: “al Qaeda’s most important accomplishment was not to hijack our planes but to hijack our political system.”

Every time our freedom is restricted – even a tiny bit – in the name of security, the terrorists have won a victory. Every time we change our way of living because of something the terrorists have done, they have won a victory.

Think about that.

(h/t to SayUncle)

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