Shouldn’t Everyone, As a Matter of Principle, Be Subjected to TSA Scan and Grope? (Update: Does it Even Work?)
[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
As I said before, I am myself ambivalent about the TSA’s new scan or grope procedures, but personally I find this really troubling:
Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.
Aviation security officials would not name those who can skip the controversial screening, but other officials said those VIPs range from top officials like Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and FBI Director Robert Mueller to congressional leaders like incoming House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who avoided security before a recent flight from Washington’s Reagan National Airport.
Now on one level I get it. Geitner, for instance, had his background checked and re-checked. All his bad deeds came to light, including some that I think disqualify him for the job of Treasury Secretary, but nothing that makes me think he will suddenly bomb a plane. And the article explains later that even then it’s not like they are traveling alone, indicating that many of these officials will already have security details with them approved by the TSA, to protect us in the unlikely event that they go suicide bomber on us.
But even with all that, and recognizing on some level it makes sense, it is still wrong.
Our leaders should live with the same laws they put on us. If I have to put up with some dude touching my junk, so should the President. So should all of them. And if the President considers himself above that, then what business does he have telling me I am not?
Although I would make one exception. Nancy Pelosi should be excused from the scan or grope. Not for her benefit, but to reduce trauma on the TSA agents and any innocent bystanders who happen to be witnesses. They do not have enough therapists in the world…
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin.
Update: This gets better and better. First, to those of you who object that they don’t bother run these scan and grope procedures when you board a train or bus, don’t worry! They will soon be doing it there, too.
Oh, but hey, at least then you feel safe, knowing that if a terrorist is going to try to blow up his Underoos, he will be caught, right?
Well maybe not. Consider this line in an this interview with Bruce Schneier in Popular Mechanics:
Q: The machines have shown up in the wake of the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up a plane with chemicals stored in his briefs. Would this technology have stopped him?
A: The guys who make the machines have said, “We wouldn’t have caught that.
Or maybe you could just watch this video with one of the mythbusters guys telling us how he accidentally snuck a twelve inch razor onto a plane.
Let me say that the only way I will consider supporting this scan or grope approach is if and only if it actually fraking works.
Update (II): Minor grammatical correction.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]