Almost six years ago I wrote Levelling the Playing Field, and proposed the following hypothetical government action in the wake of 9/11:
Enacted restrictions on who could fly, empowering the government to "prequalify" travellers on the commercial air system. In a country as large as the U.S., this would be tantamount to an internal passport system such as existed in the Soviet Union.
Looks like we’re well on our way to that. But at least we’re six years out. Let me reiterate my other two "hypotheticals:"
Sent the Congress home for an indefinite period, saying that it was too dangerous for them to stay in Washington with all of these terrorists about. Since their emergency home in West Virginia is now a tourist attraction, their options would have been limited.
Launched a broad based legal assault on evangelical Christian organisations. Since any Christian organisation worth its salt believes that God is above and beyond any government (as Muslims do also), and since the media have spent so much airtime lumping all "fundamentalists" together, a well oiled propaganda machine (such as the Clinton administration had) could have easily made a "threat to national security" line plausible to many.
I do not think that Clinton II would hesitate to do either one if the opportunity arose. One of the things that Hillary tries to convey is that she’s tough enough to deal with threats to our national security. There’s no doubt about that. The problem is in defining what those threats are and who’s making them.