I left this comment on a blog about the TSA body scanners:
The airport body-scanning machines are like tasers for cops. On one hand it’s good for them to have a non-lethal way to take someone down, but on the other hand it makes them more likely to use force. Same with the body scanners. I’d rather get scanned then stripped naked, but I suspect they’ll be doing more scans now than they previously did strip searches.
Ultimately it’s about covering the ass of the politicians and airline CEOs, not covering the ass of the passengers, who, even if 9/11 happened every year, would still be at greater risk of death getting into a car to drive to the airport than they are in the plane once they take off. They want to be able to say that they did everything they could to prevent it when the next terrorist attack happens, in reality there is no way to reliably prevent someone who wants to do some damage and doesn’t care about making it out alive from eventually hurting people. We live in an imperfect world where there is always a tiny chance that something completely fucked up will happen to you. Deal with it.