Once upon a time, we lived in a country where the President assured us that we had nothing to fear but fear itself. Now, post 9/11, our leaders would have us live in constant fear. Our leaders insist that we submit to unwarranted searches, fill our bathtubs with water and stockpile plastic sheeting and duct tape. We must, they tell us, prepare for the next attack. Recently, the Department of Homeland Security has called on industry to create
bomb sniffing cell phones – the perfect accessory in our age of anxiety. And should there ever be such a thing, what will the Department of Homeland Security have us do when our cell phone indicates that there is a thermonuclear devise in the room?