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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

Of course, there remain vulnerabilities at that and any worksite which a single overnight guard cannot effectively mitigate. Why not hire two guards? Why not employ them around the clock? Why not install state-of-the-art camera and alarm systems? Why not utilize turnstiles, metal detectors, and other security portals? Why not build an electrified ten foot high barbed wire fence around the perimeter patrolled by bomb sniffing K-9s?

The answer compares to that given when considering a Cadillac health insurance policy with no deductible and every conceivable coverage. It costs too much. Along with cost, security precautions tend to add layers of inconvenience which can frustrate productivity. Employees want to be safe, but not harassed or constantly surveilled. Managers want to maintain a safe and secure environment, but must mitigate cost as much as risk.

What manifests from this give and take, this tug of war between security and convenience, is compromise. In a hypothetical free market, insurance covers catastrophic risk while leaving policy holders vulnerable to smaller risks which they can effectively manage on their own. Companies invest in security measures which cost significantly less than the loss likely to occur without them. In either case, policy choices are made utilizing an educated guess at probabilities. Obviously, if you knew you were going to get cancer, you would make sure you had the coverage. Likewise, if you knew there was going to be a fire or a break-in, you would take whatever precautions necessary to prevent it. But you can’t know. So you factor in the probability and measure it against the cost of coverage.

It never fails, in the wake of a tragedy like this week’s Boston Marathon bombings, that people look to blame policy makers for failing to foresee the event or take what may — in retrospect — seem like adequate precautions. However, the truth is that possibilities are foreseen and their probabilities weighed against the impact of precautions.

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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.
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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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