On airport security, here we go again.
Just like after September 11, another airliner scare ends up with still another invasion of privacy.
September 11 brought us the Patriot Act, which gave big government the right to examine our bank, credit card, library, and medical records.
It looks like Christmas Day 2009 will give big government the right to examine our bodies – with full-body scanners at every U.S. airport.
There are only 40 of these machines in service today, at 19 airports. But TSA has already ordered another 150 of them – and more are on the way.
Wait a minute! What the hell are we doing?
No doubt about it, these machines are a gross invasion of privacy. It’s like taking your clothes off and parading naked in front of every TSA agent in sight.
Granted. The agent leering at your body is locked away, out of sight, in a room nearby – but he’s still leering at your body. Or your wife’s. Or your daughters.
That’s why body-scanners are banned in England for anybody under 18 years of age.
Granted. TSA regs say those naked pictures can’t be shared with anybody else. But can we really trust TSA on anything?
It’s time to protect our privacy and stop these full-body scanners before they pop up everywhere.
That’s my parting shot for today.