I went to the Smithsonian (Air and Space and the Natural History Museum) during the long weekend, and the security now includes having to remove everything from your pockets as if it were an airport, having your items sent through a scanner, and walking through a metal detector. Since I was at the Smithsonian a few weeks ago, I’m pretty certain the scanner and emptying your pockets is new.
It’s also useless. Given the lines outside of the museum, that too is a target of opportunity–and I don’t anyone is really going to care which side of the front door any terrorist killings might occur.
At some point, this madness has to end. You should not have to undergo a security screening to visit a museum (and I’m old enough to remember when the Library of Congress didn’t care what you brought in; they did, however, put you through the wringer when tried to leave due to possible theft).
And if this means we have to reconsider all of the freedom bombs we like to drop, then so be it.