Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
Wrong, because there is no proof that these methods are making us safer. Wrong, because people with medical conditions or prostheses or ostomy bags shouldn't have to go through further humiliation and extreme screening, something I posted about ages ago. Wrong, because children, elderly people, those trying to avoid extra radiation, and the religiously modest should not have to be subjected to these tactics.
These latest security developments are an illusion. They make us feel as if the government is proactively protecting us. Unfortunately, the government can't protect us from crazy people; people who would plot and scheme and attempt to kill themselves and others at the command of a leader who is no doubt safely hiding in a cave somewhere. There is no protection against the highly motivated killer.
That is why we are so terrified by serial killers, and random acts of violence from lone gunmen, and school shootings...because we know that we have almost no control over them. Death can come for us unexpectedly and without cause.
America...you have temporarily lost your senses!!
Freedom has a cost....and the cost is not invasive governmental intrusion...the cost is the risk that someone, somewhere, might do something bad that harms you, might make a choice that is not beneficial to you.
If you are not willing to assume that risk, then you are not willing to live free.
When we were discussing this, DH said to me, "Just imagine how much worse it would be if a terrorist incident actually occurred."
"How could it be worse?" I replied.
Seriously, what would be the next step? Cavity searches?
When the next level involves actual nudity, instead of virtual nudity, it's a sign that the train has gone off the rails.