Politicians posture. It's the nature of the beast.
The trick is to leverage their inclination to posture to produce the sort of action that you want. This month's challenge: let's move politicians off of their knee-jerk posturing about the need for security, and move them to posturing about rights and liberty and unwarranted encroachment thereof by the TSA.
And some are doing so. New Jersey state politicians are swimming against the anything-portrayed-as-a-security-measure-is-fine current of American politics, and demanding that Congress rein in the TSA:
TRENTON — Two New Jersey lawmakers are calling for an end to full body scans and pat down requirements for airline passengers.
State senators Michael J. Doherty (R- Hunterdon) and James Beach (D- Camden) announced today that they will present resolutions to the Senate and Assembly calling on the U.S. Congress to end the controversialTSA screening procedures at U.S. airports. Their action comes in response to widespread concerns over privacy and radiation, as well as reports of inappropriate conduct by TSA agents during the screening process.
“The pursuit of security should not force Americans to surrender their civil liberties or basic human dignity at a TSA checkpoint,” said Doherty. “Subjecting law-abiding American citizens to naked body scans and full body pat downs is intolerable, humiliating, vulnerable to abuse, and is fast becoming a disincentive to travel. Particularly concerning to us is the fact that physical searches result in children being touched in private areas of the body. Terrorists hate America because of the freedoms upon which this great nation was built. By implementing these screening measures, the TSA has already handed a victory to those who seek to destroy our freedoms.”
In a sentence I didn't expect to type any time soon, good for these New Jersey politicians.
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