There is a lot of justified concern about the level of intrusiveness the government is imposing on us. The TSA is one example. DHS in general is another example. I recall Thomas Jefferson's quote on the subject: Fear of the government popped into my head again while reading the article about the victim of the spilled ashes incident at ORD and noting his comment about not making a scene for fear of missing his flight or being put on the no-fly list. That got me thinking about another era during which the people feared the government: the McCarthy era. Having been an infant during the mid-late 1950s, I don't remember anything about it. I'll admit I haven't done an exhaustive literature search either. Here is a pretty decent Wikipedia article on the subject: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthyism. I'm interested how you guys feel about this comparison. let the dialogue begin!