Thursday, August 10, 2006

SERIOUSNESS WATCH Anyone else think there's something deeply troubling and vaguely schizophrenic about the Administration's tendency to deal seriously with security concerns only after a particular threat surfaces?

Should we really have to reinvent our airport security procedures every time a plot gets uncovered? Or might it make more sense to think comprehensively about the vulnerabilities we face and adopt a comprehensive strategy that plugs as many gaps as possible.

Granted, there will always be new threats, and adjustments will occasionally need to be made. But the threat of liquid explosives was known and understood. If they're a serious danger today, where was the Transportation Security Administration yesterday?

And while we're on the subject, how about securing air cargo and our ports?

CONTRAPOSITIVE is edited by Dan Aibel. Dan's a playwright. He lives in New York City.