Can not see a conflict within the US, for all your division politically there is no movement of one peoples wanting to separate from another. You did your fighting long time ago and resolved your differences. Mexico border is a crap shoot with the drug gangs and corruption, for all we know anything could happen.The thing I hope does NOT happen is another brush battle (military conflict) along the way to divert public attention and pump the economy. I fear sooner or later, we will have some 'hot' conflict on N American soil... Besides not wanting it in my backyard... I am not sure the public of either of our countries understands how to handle that kind of stress. And it goes without saying; it would be tempting for the polcats (politicians) to declare marshall law and strip freedoms... in the name of safety... We may NEVER get back the freedoms we lost in the name of safety... Think TSA here... How do you like having your body gropped... in the name of safety?
The loss of freedom, well that is a concern. Americans if anything are passionate. One of the things that worry us up here is that something bad happens and a nationalistic movement starts up and takes hold of your country. One that mimics what happened in Germany with worthwhile intentions at first but then goes horribly wrong. And I think you are right on how they would sell it, that it is the only way to keep you safe.
That is what I would aim for if I was involved in a terrorist organization. Get the same thing going as with Israel and the Palestinians. As soon as the two sides get closer to solving their differences someone blows something up to separate the two. I would not bet any money against someone attempting to galvanize the US people into a similar mind on fighting an enemy within.
But then I see people now getting fed up and tired of the security and the hoops they have to jump through. You guys are not very good at being herded. I think you may even say enough is enough and if the odd terrorist has some success and kills some people you are not going to let them change who you are.
Contrary to what some may think here I do not make a good liberal. I am all for profiling, if you are a minority and it is shown that there is a much greater chance of your kind doing others harm you are going to get scrutinized to a greater extent. You don't like it move somewhere else. I am not for reducing risk to the point of strangling a society.
I do not think there should be labels on ladders telling people that they may be in danger if they use one. Anyone going to court and looking for compensation after hurting themselves on a ladder should be laughed at and thrown out of court. I think everyone should realize that human lives are important but to give in to others when they take a few lives just gives them power over you. And that just gives them reason to continue the cycle.
Well I did side track here a little but for the question of getting groped in the name of safety, I have no problem with it. Mind you if they can not prove that people of my profile have been known to be the cause of trouble I would get pissed off that they are wasting their time and not looking where the chances are more likely that they will find a bad guy.