After London, police departments around the U.S. are gearing up to face the threat of bombings in their cities.
Across the country, police departments large and small are preparing for a possibility once thought improbable and now feared to be inevitable. On Thursday, the day of four attempted explosions in the London subways, the New York City police began randomly searching bags and backpacks at subway stations and other travel hubs.
It shouldn’t be lost on anyone that the UK response to the terrorist acts was in large part a police enforcement reaction. During the months after 9-11, a common refrain used to attack one’s political opponents for being soft was to hint that he or she viewed fight on terror as a law enforcement issue.
A lot of times, that is exactly what it is. Especially when the terror is being conceived and carried out in your backyard.