Saturday, November 27, 2010

No Groping in Jackson?

tsaI heard from a few people who recently flew out of the Jackson-Evers International Airport. They told me that this airport does not have the "porno scanners" and that they were not subjected to any sort of pat-downs when going through security. In fact, they said that the security procedures they experienced were no different from what they have seen over the last several years (e.g., walk-through metal detectors). Needless to say, they were surprised.

Does the Jackson-Evers International Airport not fall under the authority of the TSA for some reason? Could this finally be a benefit of living in a state that sometimes feels more like a third-world country?

Seriously though, I have to assume the invasive and ineffective practices that make up "security theater" will soon be coming to Mississippi. When this happens, we need to ask ourselves whether we are willing to give up our 4th Amendment rights in exchange for the appearance of security. I sincerely hope that the answer will be a resounding no.

We atheists are used to asking the hard questions and considering the answers with a healthy dose of skepticism. Much like extraordinary claims requiring extraordinary evidence, extraordinarily intrusive screening measures better be demonstrably necessary and effective. so far, neither has been the case.

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