The saddest part of this whole attempted bombing is the simple fact that people are scared out of their mind. We are so scared that we want to give more liberty for our safety. Franklin said it best. “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Is there a guarantee that body scanners will stop future attacks like this? It is a fact that tactics and technology evolves rapidly. What if technology evolves so that body scanners don’t stop future attacks. What then? What about any health risks? (If you think the government’s intelligence agencies are impeccable, you should read Legacy of Ashes.)
No one really seems to see the major invasion of privacy. I don’t want anyone to look at me naked, even if it is a 3-D picture with a “blurred face.” What’s next strip searching everyone if body scanners don’t work.
A great article entitled The degrading effects of terrorism fears explains the foolishness of the listening to the media conjuring up an atmosphere of fear.
Fear is always the enabling force of authoritarianism: the desire to vest unlimited power in political authority in exchange for promises of protection.
Before 9/11 “terrorism” was treated as a criminal act. Why is everyone crying for torture?