According to the August 15, 2005 Guardian our Security Theater bureaucrats have bravely carried their performance into a new arena.
What are the TSA gnomes thinking? Looking for suicide bombers in diapers?
There is nothing about the "no fly list" that plausibly is making us safer. Some recent adult "no fly" episodes that have trickled into the media:
- Lately TSA has repeatedly stopped a former US diplomat who travels abroad often doing nonprofit work.
- The Grand Forks (ND) Herald reported in some consternation that a local accountant had been "selected" when flying home from Chicago.
- Former Presidential candidate John Anderson was told an airline would not issue him a ticket to Germany because he was on a "watch list."
- And then there was the lawyer who represented this blogger and her friend who had sued the government to find out why they were on the list -- and that attorney himself ended up on the list.
Everyone cited in this post is white, a US citizen, and relatively entitled (at least.) We can only imagine what the knowledge of being constantly inspected and listed does to the lives of Muslim, Arab, and Asian people in the US who have done nothing that could rationally warrant suspicion.
Futile as it sometimes seems, we must continue to resist a power hungry Administration's drive to enmesh us all in a culture of fear.