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bPost Peal Harbor, one of the big issues in the investigations was whether the Navy had been remiss about port security for the navy bases. The Navy position was no, that's the Army's job...which it apparently WAS to some degree, because the Navy bases were on land.
Apparently the USN has been slow to learn, i.e the USS Cole in Yemen.
Well after 9/11 I was in Port Everglades when one of the supercarriers came in for liberty call. I was stunned (not) by the way the ship was simply berthed less than a hundred feet away from a standard hurricane fence and the public road. Anyone with a fuel ruck could have driven down the road, through the fenxe, and...Ooops, one nuke boat with a problem.
Anyone without a fuel truck could have still taken the carrier, there were two gangways down and only one UNarmed watch at the head of each one.
I don't call that secure.
It was only after 60 Minutes did a water tour of some Navy bases and made this a national issue a few years ago, that the USN started spending money (and that's all it comes down to) on perimeters and patrols.
Arabic-looking people being harassed? Too bad, let the Arabic/Islamic world solve their own problem with attacking us Western Satans, and there won't be any reason to suspect that any Arab/Moslem might be a terrorist. As long as they keep fostering terror, on a scale no other group is allowing much less encouraging, it isn't harassment to concentrate on whatever looks like your enemy. Unfair? Sure. PC? No. But sadly pragmatic, to be suspicious of anyone of thing that LOOKS just like your enemy does.
And sadder still, to NOT be suspicious of anything that looks like your sworn enemy. Outright suicidal.