Originally Posted by grampngram
They'll do it again. This isn't an "if", it's a "when". That is also a fact.
Jeff, you couldn't put that more succinctly. Some planned attacks have been foiled in a number of countries, but the truth is any government isn't going to be 100% successful, and the authorities simply have to find the right balance between vigilance and protecting civil rights. Everybody seems to waver between paranoia and complacency.
We crossed two borders yesterday, and encountered a troubling laxity at one, and racial profiling at the second. Technically, as a U.S. citizen, I require a visa to enter/leave Hungary. The Hungarian border guards didn't stamp my passport upon my entering or leaving the country, or even do more than glance at it, and the Austrians didn't even check it (or my husband's German one) when we crossed back into Austria. When we crossed from Austria into Germany, where there are no longer passport checks, we witnessed how a Rom (gypsy) family with small children, presumably because they were dark-skinned, were strip-searched at the side of the road (!), and their car gone over by police dogs.
It was a totally bizarre scene, made the more so by the presence of a Utah highway patrol car (In Bavaria? We thought it was a gag, but the car had tags like the U.S. military vehicles here, and the driver, in civilian clothes, was definitely an American; my husband asked him if it was okay for us to stop and adjust the back seat of our car. We're still wondering what that was all about).
I believe there are areas where security has to be improved and warnings issued, but there is a real risk of overdoing the alerts to the point where people ignore them.