Despite a solid Republican/conservative voting record in my past, this incident reminds me of why I will not be voting for Rick Perry or any of the other "strong defense" neocon goons, regardless of whether they're running against Comrade Obama or a reanimated zombie robot Hitler. The aggressive, interventionist neoconservative philosophy views horrendous crimes like this as a cost of doing business, so to speak. As far as what happened here, an American citizen became the victim of terror on 9/11. Little did she expect it would be her own government doing the terrorizing. Make no mistake. Those candidates who see foreign policy as if it were a talking point in a fictional chess game (not a source of real blowback for real people with real lives) will never back down from interventionism because they always have to have an adventure and an opinion. As long as they're out there creating conflict they'll be telling us at home why we must be terrorized by our own government to be free of the terrorist blowback our government created. There will always be a threat because they will always be off on an agenda. Rick Perry will not back down from his interventionist foreign policy or his belief that it is our job to jump in the line of fire on behalf of Israel, at any cost. Perry is all in on our Middle East policy, which means things never go back to normal here at home. I've already committed to writing in Ron Paul, regardless of who gets the nomination, even though I know they won't let it go to Ron Paul, and even though I know he won't win. 2012 is a lost cause. I doubt we will elect a good candidate in 2012. It is the responsibility of those of us who want our liberty back to instead cast a vote of no confidence in the system. The best thing which can happen is an election riddled with third parties, split votes, and protest votes. We need a dismal vote percentage for whichever career political puppet takes office in 2013. Imagine if the stooge who takes office gets a vote percentage in the 30's. Even the most complicit media won't be able to hide the dysfunction or the lack of the people's consent any longer. For those who don't follow politics as much, the safest bet on the non-presidential races is to vote against every incumbent, choosing any third party if offered, or writing in a cartoon character where possible. Vote against the Washington culture which cultivated these abuses, not the specific (but replacable) talking heads currently running the show. This will be the new normal for everyone unless the people can demand a new breed of candidate from our broken political system. Whether Democrat or Republican, it's more politically expedient to allow things like this to happen then blame the other guy for the abuse than it is to worry about having to take the blame if an incident with a lower probability of mortality than lightning should strike a nation of over 300 million people during the course of a long four year term. I read that Boston police worked themselves stupid looking for a rented truck whose driver loaded it with barrels. If something so common to business and commerce can be the source of an idiot tip then we are all at risk to be the next victim of the security apparatus. Those of us who are white won't get it on the plane, since that treatment is reserved for brown people. We'll get ours elsewhere. The TSA may be a problem but it is also a symptom of a much larger problem. If Congress voted to "abolish" the TSA today then it would simply be replaced by a new name of goons wearing a different color shirt. The morons running the show would still wear the same number of stripes despite a different color shirt and different logo on the badge. Gropenfuhrer Pistole might be the only one out of a job. No, what we need is a change to the culture of fear and top-down edicts from political elites.