August 15, 2006
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It's good to hear that the carry-on restrictions at Heathrow have been eased somewhat.

Prudence is good, and sound police work commendable, but our reactions to plots of threats need to be tempered with realism. It's a dangerous world, and it's easy to make threats. If every threat leads us to spend vast sums and to endure countless hours of delay in order to thwart it, to misplace 10,000 suitcases, and then tempts us to further erode our freedoms and to relieve our frustrations through kidnapping and torture, we ruin ourselves.