Iwent to a securitised place a few days back. And for the first time in many years, there was no check of my car for a possible bomb or explosive device and there was no was no security gate, which make me go through it. There was also no manual checking by guards. I did not keep my keys and wallet on a tray. Neither did anyone asking me to raise my hand or politely run the metal checker through some sensitive parts of my body.
The security checking industry has been an offshoot of the global war on terror. It started in Bangladesh more than a decade ago. And after the Holey Artisan Baker terror attack in July 2016, it became an established industry. Overnight tens of thousands of people got jobs as security guards. Hundreds of millions of dollars of security gadgets purchased. Almost every nook and cranny in the public places came under the surveillance cameras. Security guard supplying agencies became enormously rich. Now that the war on terror is being rolled back, do we actually need this security checking in all sorts of places. We also need to ask some difficult questions: did the metal and bomb checking gadgets find out any weapons or bombs in any hotels or offices in the country?
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