Needed: A new homeland security auxiliary
After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the United States began to rebuild its Sky Marshal organization, update its psychological screening profiles, arm its commercial airline pilots, and to modernize and federalize the inspection of passengers and luggage. Such efforts are based on the “target-hardening” approach to crime prevention. In the 1970s, similar efforts significantly helped to reduce skyjacking.
Moreover, after 9/11, the public at large was asked to assume a greater role in controlling terrorism. All Americans were encouraged to be on high alert for any telltale signs — such as suspicious packages or strangers — that could imply that preparations were being made for terrorist actions. The threat of biological terrorism became a concern after letters containing a deadly strain of anthrax were found in the mail, leading to several deaths. ...