The Moral Liberal: TSA and America’s Misplaced Rage

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    It's ok to violate my rights as long as the violation is done "professionally". :rolleyes:

    The Moral Liberal: TSA and America’s Misplaced Rage

  2. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Except that's not what she said:
    The Moral Liberal was spinning the story. Filipovic has been excellent on the substance of the problem, that the searches are wrong in the first place.
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  3. Wimpie

    Wimpie Original Member

    Maybe he put a spin on his story, but he was right in the end:

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  4. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    Here is the problem: Everybody knows somebody (I'm talking about personal acquaintanceship) who was killed in a car accident. The dangers of automobile travel are obvious to everyone, and the preventative (or at least, risk-reducing) measures are too: don't drink and drive, keep alert, obey traffic regulations, stay off the dang cell phone, etc. But there are certainly far less people people who know somebody who was killed in an airplane crash. The causes of these remain mysterious to most people, and there is consequently much greater fear. And to assuage that fear, people will surrender anything.

    Now, instead of educating people to overcome their fear, TSA has stoked on the fear with their constant and I say irresponsible talk of TERROR! TERROR! TERROR! TSA in effect is in a symbiotic relationship with the (very few) terrorists who wish to cause harm to aircraft, and that is that fear benefits them both. And so long as that fear exists, TSA will endure.
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  5. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    And too many Americans are intent on hanging onto that fear, rather than using the rational part of their brains to overcome it. I don't see any way around this. Having tried, for years now, to present reason, empirical evidence, statistical analysis, risk assessment, historical fact, and logic, I see that most people just don't want to hear it.
  6. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    Fear eliminates the need to think, and what a relief THAT can be. BTW, you got some good coverage over at my usual blog, Daily Kos. Apparently NPR thinks you're some kind of Threat to Opera or something like that ;-)
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  7. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Yeah. This story was picked up internationally, if you can believe it. But hey -- at least I got to read a few hilarious spoofs on it (Erik Wemple's in the Washington Post being the best), and even got a mention on The Daily Show, though they totally missed the boat over there, turning the whole thing into a defense of NPR against the Big Bad Republicans instead of what it really was -- NPR behaving simultaneously like a pants-wetting pansy and a corporate bully. The ridicule was misplaced. But at least Jon Stewart pronounced my name correctly!
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