The security screenings are not, and never have been, about increasing passenger safety. They are designed to increase the passengers' illusion of safety...to make people keep flying, and thus keep the airline and travel industry from collapsing into bankruptcy.
I just asserted that it shouldn't have gotten to this point and this is why most of those who suddenly care about the TSA's methods are most likely those who have been sitting in an armchair eating McRibs and listening to Conway Twitty or whatever.
Funny, the "slippery slope" thing only applies to privacy when there's a black man and, presumably, a lesbian in charge of the operation.
Would it be appropriate for the TSA to populate public parks, restaurants, casinos, zoos and public transit, all in the name of security? After all, in 2006 the Dpartment of Homeland Security listed those places as “top terrorist targets.” And if we were to use the same logic forwarded by TSA-proponents, we would say that because people aren’t required to go to these places, it’s okay to coerce them into abridging their rights. It’s their choice, after all. Yet, we obviously wouldn’t accept such a system if it were implemented, so why do we accept the same humiliating system at airports?
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