I was in London for the two terrorist attacks on public transportation systems in July of 2007. The darting eyes of passengers on the underground in the weeks afterward, the staring at any bag or parcel on a bus that seemed to have no obvious owner, attested to the great and enduring fear the attacks generated.
Yet, riding the tube last week, I made the following observation about how passenger behavior and security procedures have changed relative to the time before the attacks: Zed. Likewise, while I expect to have bags peered into or even a mechanical scan of my person at a museum in Washington, D.C., I walked in and out of the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery with complete freedom.
Of course President Obama isn’t going to walk through museums or ride on a bus during his London visit, but I hope someone on his staff takes the time to do so and asks him or herself: Why have we given up so much freedom so unhesitatingly in America when a nation so much closer to our enemies resolutely refused to compromise?