Yesterday, we had a pretty good mini-debate about Liberty vs. Security. We all have different levels of comfort with how invasive we are willing to let airport security get in order to Keep Us Safe. (I capitalize Keep Us Safe because it’s become a catch phrase to the media as much as Just Say No and War on Terror have.)
We all agreed we wanted to stay true to the constitution and had a very good discussion when talking about these things in theory. Today, I stumbled across an article about the full body scanners being used in Britain and the imagery that accompanied the piece jarred me to the point where I’d be willing to say I’d refuse to fly if I had to go through one of those scans. I’d rather have the airport pat me down and reach inside my clothes if I was allowed to remain covered. Dear TSA: There are some things You Just Don’t Want To See.
I don’t mean to make light of this. Terrorism is a threat. People want us to die. But as we discussed yesterday, where does it end? What’s next? Terrorists blow up shopping malls – do we go through one to enter a mall? And if the terrorists send a hottie through, who’s to say the operator isn’t so busy looking at the goods they miss suspicious materials? Whatever the price of protection is, this is too much. Period.
Does this keep us safe?
See the images: