Probably one of the best articles you’ll see with a succinct message about how we’re doing all of the wrong things in the face of a terrorist threat:
Schneier on Security: What the Terrorists Want
Another thought experiment: Imagine for a moment that the British government arrested the 23 suspects without fanfare. Imagine that the TSA and its European counterparts didn’t engage in pointless airline-security measures like banning liquids. And imagine that the press didn’t write about it endlessly, and that the politicians didn’t use the event to remind us all how scared we should be. If we’d reacted that way, then the terrorists would have truly failed.