There is something good in everything bad and there is something bad in everything good, or at least so the Greek proverb goes. The escalation of international terrorism in recent years has claimed the lives of many innocent civilians. It has led to a security obsession in international politics at the expense of concerns about the human rights and civil liberties of citizens and non-citizens alike. It has also led to a disproportionate increase in government spending on border controls and internal security checks that are more likely to waste the time of travelers going about their own business than detect potential terrorists. That is the bad news.

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