These are the best of times, these are the worst of times when it comes to issues of national security. Of course, any nation must have an effective program to deal with potential terrorists or with ordinary criminals. But, occasionally, the process gets out of hand. UK minister of universities, David Lammy, urged university officials to work closely with Special Branch and other anti-terror agencies in order to deal with problems that, as far as we know, have yet to occur. The basis for this concern undoubtedly stems from the attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallah to blow up a plane. He studied at a university in London which, naturally, leads to the conclusion that ALL universities contain the seeds of terrorism.
What exactly will anti-terror police be observing in universities? Will they attend classes and watch carefully what each student says during a discussion? Will they slide up to students in the cafeteria and monitor conversations? Will they follow a boy and girl and watch them make-out? Or, will they be checking those radical professors to make certain none of their words leads to the birth of a new terrorist?