Monthly Archives: October 2010

On Security Theatre #

Because it deserves repeating, and because it is so remarkable consistent with my experiences with TSA’s invasiveness, insensibility, and grandstanding, the column by The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg was both sad and amusing (h/t Gruber @ DF).

The comments by Marco Arment’s (of Instapaper fame) captured the public’s likely response:

So, to summarize: With no supporting evidence whatsoever that it will make anyone any safer, and in response to absolutely no credible threats, the TSA has decided to implement a policy, that nobody asked for, in which every passenger must allow TSA agents to either see or touch their genitals before boarding a plane.

And, of course, we’re all going to subject ourselves to it, because we have no recourse and no power, even though the creation and execution of this policy are likely violating a few laws or at least common-sense rights, ….; 31 Oct 2010

Until federal lawmakers and policy chiefs are subjected to the same conditions for air travel “enjoyed” by the rest of the country (many, if not most private planes don’t have TSA security—which in itself is amusing, as it was the planes that were the weapon on September 11th, not the passengers), the insecure, Orwellian oversight air travelers are subjected to will, I fear, only increase.

Hire Tom! Hire Tom!