I read with amazement the virulent language hurled at the Transportation Security Administration by the right-wing "freedom" protectors. It is perfectly OK with them for the government to listen to their phone conversations, read their mail, hack into their e-mails, and search their homes and offices without a warrant — all legal under the Patriot Act, and a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. But an X-ray or a pat-down to find weapons in airports? Gross misappropriation of power!
Is this being amplified to make a case for lucrative privatization, or is it just because it is happening under the Obama administration? Airport security measures are in place to make us feel safer, and I am not sure how effective the measures are, but I do know that demonizing TSA for invasion of privacy is a lame joke after the last 10 years.
Jane Whitesides lives in Glasgow.