Police barricades are everywhere these days. If you want to watch the Fourth of July fireworks in New York City, you may no longer just gather with friends and have a picnic. Police herd spectators into barricaded pens, and if people try to climb out to use a bathroom, cops yell: “Stop! Once you’re in, you’re in.”
I doubt that such “security theater” makes us safer. If terrorists want to make a statement, they will find other locations.
Government always grows. Police departments are no exception. The incentive is always: do more. Politicians reason, “If anything goes wrong, I’ll be blamed. Someone else pays for prevention, though, so I’ll take every precaution.”
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