All vans or SUVs headed into Midtown Manhattan would have to stop
and have their contents inspected. If any vehicle seemed for any
reason to have escaped inspection, Midtown in its entirety would
The point of terrorism is not to “destroy.” It is to terrify.
And for eight and a half years now, the dominant federal
government response to terrorist threats and attacks has been to
magnify their harm by increasing a mood of fear and intimidation.