"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
City police will attempt to thwart terrorists by staging random, "in-your-face" security operations at so-called "soft" targets ranging from city buses to sports arenas, officials announced Monday.
The idea behind the "Miami Shield" program is to make such targets less attractive to terrorists and improve vigilance among Miami citizens. Deputy Police Chief Frank Fernandez said al-Qaida and other terror groups carefully plot their attacks based in part on surveillance that identifies flaws and patterns in security.
Random, high-profile security operations will keep terrorists guessing about where police might be next, he said. For example, a group of officers might surround a downtown bank building, checking the identification of each person going in and out and handing out leaflets about terror threats.
"This is an in-your-face type of strategy. It's letting the terrorists know we are out there," Fernandez said.
In a free country, police don't get "in-your-face" whenever you choose to enter a bank or a sports arena. At least, that's how I remember it.
Update: As of this writing, unpartisan.com shows a total of 11 blogs - 7 "liberal" (including this one) and 4 "conservative" - commenting on this story. Ten of the 11 are apparently opposed to the Miami police plan (I admit that I haven't clicked through to each one, but I am relying on the excerpts shown there). Sounds like a consensus to me.