How will the Boston explosions affect the security conversation in New York?

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President Obama didn't use the word "terrorism" when he addressed the deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon yesterday, and little was known, by the end of the day, about who was behind them.

But law enforcement agencies in New York , around the nation and around the world are assuming the worst, deploying anti-terrorism personnel to "sensitive" locations in preparation for further or copy-cat attacks.

The mayor and police commissioner, after the department issued a brief statement yesterday about the heightening of local security, are set to brief New Yorkers in more detail today on new measures.

Much of the contemporary political conversation about security in New York, which has grown accustomed to record-low crime rates (and which, by the way, didn't stage a marathon last year because of Hurricane Sandy), has been about balancing the need to keep the city safe from street crime and terrorism with respect for civil liberties.

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This is reflected in the current, competitive Democratic mayoral primary, in which the candidates are being forced to reckon with a backlash (including a federal class-action lawsuit) against the police department's stop-and-frisk program, a controversial surveillance program targeting Muslim individuals and entities, and a proposal to create an inspector general's office to monitor the department's policies and behavior.

Look for the events in Boston to overwhelm that conversation, at least in the short term. The explosions won't end the debate, and shouldn't, but they serve as an awful reminder of what is at stake.

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