The other day, Mike the Mad Biologist looked up and noticed a new security camera at the corner of Comm. Ave. and Exeter Street. And that got him to thinking about how security concerns are racheting up so high that groups are now being deprived of their First Amendment right to assemble because they can't afford to hire 27 state troopers, including highly paid members of the bomb squad and K-9 and and marine units:
I'll posit that the MA State Police is well-intentioned, but they don't get to erect barriers (literally and figuratively) unilaterally to our freedom of assembly (and expression). We must have a say in the "new normal", because I have no idea when this new normal ends. Do we require five years without a bombing? Fifty? One? (In reality, it will probably cease once it gets too damn expensive).