Here's an innovative new anti-crime strategy:

Can you say Police State? The Examiner has the scoop on a controversial new program announced today that would create so-called "Neighborhood Safety Zones" which would serve to partially seal off certain parts of the city. D.C. Police would set-up checkpoints in targeted areas, demand to see ID and refuse admittance to people who don't live there, work there or have a “legitimate reason” to be there. Wow. Just, wow.

Megan McArdle does not approve. This is, as best I can tell, a modified version of the security plan General David Petraeus successfully implemented in Baghdad, except I guess Chief Lanier is going to do without building things like the "endless line of concrete blast walls" that separate Shiite and Sunni neighborhoods.

So I say, look on the bright side!

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