Well, sure, the whole gape-and-grope thing at the airports is ugly. Sure, more and more ugly stories keep coming out as the populace gets more upset, like making breast cancer survivors remove their prosthetic breasts and breaking the urostomy bags of bladder cancer survivors, dousing them with their own urine, and such-and-such. (Query: could the TSA be confused about what "war on cancer" means?)
But things are going to get better any time now, right? People are paying attention. People are angry. And because people are talking about new TSA abuses, more people are also talking about old abuses, like detaining people for criticizing the TSA, or pretending to be money laundering investigators and harassing people for asserting their rights, and detaining people studying scary languages and interrogating them bumptiously about 9/11.
But . . . the American people aren't going to put up with this shit, right? And the government is going to hear us, and change as a result? Government officials will recognize that they operate only with the consent of the governed, and will re-evaluate whether there is actually any scientific or logical basis for their Security Theater, and re-weigh human dignity, privacy, and freedom, right?
“Do I understand the sensitivities of people? Yes,” Pistole said to CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.” “If you’re asking, am I going to change the policies? No.”
Well . . . that's disappointing. But we'll just go up the food chain. Look, President Obama's civil liberties stances have turned out to be dissappointing, particularly when compared to his campaign promises. But he'll draw the line here, right? He'll say "this far and no further!" I mean, I know he's cozy with the manufacturers of the nudie scanners in question, but he'll stand up and do what's right. Right? Right?
“At this point, the Transportation Security Administration, in consultation with our counterterrorism experts, have indicated to me that the procedures that they’ve been putting in place are the only ones right now that they consider to be effective against the kind of threat that we saw in the Christmas Day bombing,” said Obama.
I . . . I was promised hope. And change. I WAS PROMISED HOPE AND CHANGE. HOPE. AND. CHANGE. Not "grope my change."
Well . . . okay. Let's regroup. We still have a free press, right? A vigorous free press is a bulwark against stupid and abusive government programs. Plus, everyone knows the press is liberal, and liberals have to be against getting groped for pointless theater, right? Yes, I know that some people suggest that the media is not so much liberal as it is mindlessly statist, but that can't be right, can it? The media that broke Watergate and Iran-Contra and stuff will hold the government's claims about security and necessity up to real and substantive scrutiny, right?
If you can't handle such a minor inconvenience, perhaps you should stay on the ground.
That's . . . that's . . .
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