posted on Mar, 22 2005 @ 04:51 AM
I live in New York City, the starting point of this whole War on Terror.
Well, once the martial law ended they kept a good portion of the National Guard troops around in areas like Grand Central Terminal and Times Square.
Though the military pressence is usually kept out of sight of the tourists. We also have quite a number of fully armed, ready for battle personnel.
I'm not sure whether they're military or NYPD but they're covered head to toe in armor reminiscent of SWAT tactical gear. Usually they're armed
with a .9mm automatic, and an m-16 assault riffle. They make quite an imposing image standing in groups watching the crowds but I fail to see what
good they'd do in the case of another 9/11. Not to mention a pitched fire fight with fully automatic assault weapons in an enclosed area like Grand
Central, who's population reaches thousands at rush hour, would be a blood bath.
Roads are permanently blocked off in certain areas. They keep a one block perimeter around areas like the UN and Grand Central save for the taxi and
bus stops. There're NYPD Mobile Command Centers located throughout the city at different times. (Yesterday one was parked outside of Krispy Kreme,
no joke) Uniformed police pressence has increased, they created a new plan where police officers can earn overtime by simply standing around in
uniform on their off duty hours. All NYPD officers have been forced to turn in their .38 revolvers and are outfitted with new .9mm automatics, though
I believe some beat cops use a glock 9 semi-auto, but I could be wrong. Leg mounted gas masks are now general issue.
The subways here are I think the largest in the country if not the world, they're the arteries of this city. Here we have a credit card like system
for the subway fares known as Metrocards. The metrocards can be purchased from a machine and there are generally between 2 and 8 machines in each
station. Each machine has a scrolling LED marque above the touchscreen constantly reminding us to "Report any suspicious people or packages to a
Police Officer" Standing on the platform you're likely to hear the same announcement over the loud speaker. Talk about Orwellian.
All in all I think these efforts are misdirected, and moreover I believe them to be nothing more than cosmetic. A permanent road block/check point is
useless, terrorists would know about the road block and plan around it. Keeping an over fed SWAT team in crittical areas won't do much against
another 757. Causing massive casualties in New York City doesn't take a brain surgeon, there're usually more people in any given 100 square feet
than anywhere else in the country. If terrorists wanted to strike again, they would, and no subway announcements are going to stop them. When you
really think about it, it wouldn't need to be terrorists. It could be anyone, and they could strike anywhere, at anytime. I think that right there
is the major problem with "The War on Terror". Anyone could've hijacked an airplane and flown it into the WTC, we just collectivly hope no
American would do that. I think the only route for our domestic security policies is an increase in domestic intelligence, which i fear has been the
case thus far.
As for that man's punishment, maybe a few sessions of Rageaholics Anonymous and a few classes in not making an immature ass out of yourself in front
of your child. I don't think he deserves jail time, he didn't hurt anyone and wasn't in possession of his normal mental faculty at the time of the
incident. I don't think any judge would disagree with temporary insanity in the context of a commute through the DC area.