Saturday, February 27, 2010

I hope this fellow wins a big judgment from TSA:
Locked away for carrying Arabic flash cards

I've pretty much stopped chronicling abuses by our stupid security regime at airports though I still collect them; they go on and on and on... (Two more recent Philadelphia stories here and here.) You can't create a huge, bumbling and powerful bureaucracy with an expansive but ill-defined mission and expect anything else. TSA employees have excessive power over all of us when we travel and some will exercise their ignorance and prejudice.

But this one [only 3:16] is still significant. As the ACLU attorney says in the clip, it is more often in the process of air travel than at any other time that most (white) middle class people get a glimpse what abuse of power looks like. Are we so scared we don't care?

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