Kerry Howley discovers the industry advocates who say buying knock-off designer goods fuels terrorism and the journalists gullible enough to swallow it. There's something really pathetic about the extent to which America has been willing to lie down for a lot of obviously farcical "terror, terror, terror" business. I try to take the whole al-Qaeda thing seriously; I recommend Daniel Byman's book on fighting violent jihad. But then you get something preposterous like the "no liquids on a plane" rule but, hey, this turns out to be good news for the guys who sell overpriced water and soda past the security checkpoints so why not leave the rule in place and let's all agree to pretend its about security and not money.
Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.