Bathrooms are still locked in the parts of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system that run underground. Might be a bomb in there. No trash cans are allowed on train platforms either.
Osama bin Laden's murderous made-for-TV-movie has left us a more fearful, suspicious and generally ignorantly anxious society.
Successive administrations -- this doesn't seem to be a matter of political party -- have manipulated our anxiety to undermine our expectations of personal freedom under transparent, fairly applied laws.
We're in the international assassination business now.
In the words of an ACLU report Reclaiming Our Liberties (also linked in the sidebar for reference), successive administrations have stoked "the fear of terrorism to divide Americans by religion, race, and belief" -- must be those dangerous Muslims and creepy immigrants that are undermining our living standards.
Coupled with rapidly evolving and improving technology of surveillance and social control, we can only wonder when and under what perceived threat elites might advance from collecting our email, selling our data we give them on social networks, and surveilling our shopping behavior to using their more advanced toys to ensure "stability" -- that is, to forcibly further lock in their continued unchallenged enjoyment of inequitable wealth and power. They stole it fair and square and they aim to keep it.
This is one way fightback starts. Ridicule is often harder to contain than protest.