The recent terrorist attack in Moscow, which resulted in the death of over 30 people and the injury of about 100 others, ought to compel Americans to revisit some important questions concerning the true value of airport security procedures in the US, which require travelers to put their individual rights aside in the name of safety. Namely, is the cost worth the alleged benefit?
As most of us are aware, the TSA has been audacious enough to offer us a choice between two different styles of 4th Amendment violations when traveling on commercial airlines. Our first option is the body scanners, which supposedly do not emit harmful levels of radiation (although this claim has been a subject of significant controversy) and which supposedly cannot store or transmit images of our naked bodies (although this has been found to be false).
Our second option is the “enhanced pat down procedure,” with its chilling rhetorical similarity to the term “enhanced interrogation technique,” which altogether may lead us to the conclusion that the word “enhanced” has become a public relations code word for “excessive.” Last, but certainly not least, following suit to the modern trend of the inversion of the most basic tenant of our nation’s justice system, “innocent until proven guilty,” we are subject to the punishment of an $11,000 fine in the event of noncompliance with these procedures upon being “randomly selected” to undergo them.