The Christian Science Monitor published this story today in response to comments by NYPD police commissioner regarding the Police Department's capabilities with regards to anti-terrorism. IT seems that the NYPD can shoot down airliners in the event of a hostile takeover that puts them at risk, and the question raised is should the Police, Mayor, or Governor alone have the authority to make that decision?
People tend to cringe at this notion of local control of something so... scary. However, it seems like the citizens of New York pay taxes to be protected by their police department. If the resources exist for the NYPD to take care of these types of situation on their own, why call in the federal government at all? This is a great example of the ability for local governments to care for themselves without the intervention of the federal government. Why as citizens from California to pay for the protection of citizens in New York through federal funding, if citizens in New York can take care of themselves?
In my effort to encourage decentralization of power, and return decision making abilities of all types to the individual, it seems like New York should have the authority to make decisions regarding their own safety, even if that decision rules out federal intervention, regardless of whether that decision is economic, social, or military.