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Response to Boston Bombing Must Respect Rights

Fifteen-year security veteran on the risks assumed by liberty.

by
Walter Hudson

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April 18, 2013 - 2:00 pm
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This common sight might house a potential weapon of mass destruction.

Some years ago, while working as a contract security professional for a company I will not name in a Midwest town I will not specify, I was taken aback upon learning that a particular client site was an effective time bomb. The industrial facility lay at the heart of an urban center, unprotected by so much as a fence, within a short stroll from the nearest residence. On the premises was a number of chemical storage tanks, the contents of which I was told were so volatile that a properly configured explosion could result in devastation across state lines. Yet, there it sat in the open, protected far more by its inconspicuousness than any active security effort.

Such vulnerabilities are legion, cloaked in a shroud of public ignorance, protected by the fact that few know they exist or precisely how to exploit them. It is only when someone finally does the unthinkable that a particular vulnerability rises in profile and is taken more seriously. In retrospect, should not all cockpit doors always have been locked? It seems a sensible precaution, yet it took the attacks of September 11, 2001, to prompt the policy.

So it always is in the realm of security. While we may be tempted to blame policy makers or responders rather than the perpetrators of criminal or terrorist acts, we must first pause to recognize that security precautions are not guarantees, but exercises in risk mitigation. Like insurance, security measures serve to minimize potentially costly probabilities. Like insurance, more and greater risks mitigated translate to more expensive and inconvenient premiums paid.

Another client from my contract security past told me that his company went years without employing professional protective services until a late-night fire nearly destroyed their facility, inflicting a cost into seven figures in property damage and lost productivity. The cost of hiring an overnight guard to monitor the facility was a drop in the bucket by comparison. Yet, the company only perceived the value of a guard after the fire.

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it always begins with joo hate. anti-semitism throughout history is always the forerunner of very very bad news for all. first, cleanse our campuses with the cockroach killer raid because the muslims skittering out is infecting us everywhere.
1 year ago
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Too much truth in this article for liberals to understand without being brought up on the commie propaganda that they learned in public skool.
1 year ago
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The recent abortive gun control effort is a good illustration of the misguided zeal of control freaks, based on a noxious mix of false premises and hidden agendas, all under the disguise of cosmic concern. May be we need to learn to see an abandoned package as a malevolent instance, and act defensively. Keep your distances and alert others, including the authorities.
1 year ago
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Time to go back to....'Wanted, Dead or Alive.'
1 year ago
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Should you drink a "Big Gulp?" People blame all this on American foreign policy but in fact it is the result of using immigration to turn America into a pie-chart reflecting the world. To a liberal, the word "nostalgia" is convulsed to mean "racism." To me, it means "peace" from terror and endless rabble-rousing that comprises nothing less than hate-speech by Americans against America.

It won't end but grow worse. Old feuds will enter, racial ground will be staked out and enemies created, and the foremost enemy to those most politicized will be the very country that welcomed them. I wouldn't give two cents for America's political future given the radicalization of the Dem Party in the last 10 years. The Daily Kos doesn't sound like concerned Americans, but a Fifth Column dedicated to wrecking the place.
1 year ago
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more than likely what we are seeing and experiencing is the end of the nation state. everybody is everybody. very dark ages.
1 year ago
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'On the Slopes of Vesuvius' - Sigh.
The concentrated hazards, such as the one at West, Texas are bad.
The distributed hazard of our decrepit city infrastructure waits only
for a service interruption of a week or two to unleash hell on earth.
1 year ago
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You have the right to remain vigilant. Anything you ignore,can and possible will harm you.
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