What Alice Miles says about Britain applies equally well to other places — including the U.S., if the current pressure ends up stopping the monitoring of mosques for radiation for good (some reports indicate that the program has already ended).
From the Times Online, with thanks to JE:
The current confusion, combined with unspecific, but dire, warnings from the police of an imminent terror “spectacular”, leaves politicians in a panic. The demand for a 90-day detention that was blocked, the control orders that were watered down, the summary expulsions that didn’t happen, the Britishness test for imams that was dropped, the mosques that weren’t closed . . . this is politics operating in a fog. Just so that they can say: we tried to do everything we could. When Tony Blair refused this month to hold a public inquiry into July 7, critics claimed that he had something to hide. Would that that were true.