Sometimes someone puts things so perfectly that reading their words feels like reading something you’d written previously and forgotten about.
As my students know, the checkpoint in Hartford is laughably unlikely to catch any Al Qaeda terrorists. And it’s hardly an efficient use of Homeland Security money — not when New York City has fewer cops and first responders than on 9/11.
But the checkpoint is a highly visible propaganda tool. It reminds us to be afraid. Everywhere and — as they say in Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and even jails on US soil — “indefinitely.”