First, if a thread doesn’t interest someone, why waste time posting in it at all?
What’s even worse, is that those who complain the most start no threads of their own. I could understand if they were pissed because another thread is more popular, but I don’t understand what they want. A P&WI forum that’s completely empty?
Back to the topic at hand:
To actually be able to track everyone that comes and goes in and out of the country would require pretty extensive surveillance.
I’m not saying that current security measures at the best we can have - in fact, much of it is “security theater,” which looks good and seems efficient, but doesn’t increase security at all - but that perfect security requires more surveillance than what a “free country” should need.
I fear that publicly giving up, as the original article show the government doing, is simply ammunition to argue for more surveillance. The govt. will use and public outcry to justify instituting more drastic measures. The various agencies will ask for more funds to install more automated systems; passports, fingerprints and pictures will become mandatory, etc.
At one point, you have to decide one what compromise is acceptable to you between security and freedom. I prefer more freedom even if that means imperfect security.