With a much needed focus on airline security, we must still consider the privacy rights of travelers and be mindful that the measures we implement represent perhaps the most public manifestation of our democratic system at work.
I am thankful for the TSA workers who, despite terrible working conditions, a denial of a fundamental right to collectively bargain, and scorn by many airline travelers, still continue doing their jobs.
During the Bush Administration, Democrats spoke up bravely about civil liberties. Suddenly they are quiet. And the Administration has so far supported this unholy marriage of bureaucratic insularity and big budget procurement.
The body scanners are time saving, efficient, and not nearly as invasive as a pat down. They are freedom from explaining for the thousandth time to a federal employee why I had a hip replacement at 42.