posted on Jan, 8 2010 @ 03:11 PM
Let's face it, this idea didn't just come along in the last 3 weeks. The technology has been developed, and the machines already exist. This was in
the plan all along, they were just waiting for the right time to implement the plan. ( Maybe building, installing, and running the machines creates
badly needed jobs??? ).
The general public and the media are suckers for anything that falls under the umbrella of protecting children and preventing terrorrism. Whenever
that's the default reason for doing or not doing anything, no one can argue without being labeled as, well, you name it.
What's the real issue here? Your psuedo-privacy verses the overall safety of others.
When you purchase a ticket, you already open yourself up to some level of screening as a potential terrorrist or drug smuggler, not to mention that if
they want to strip search you, they can. ( I.E., try paying cash for your ticket instead of using plastic. Use cash, and you're already a suspect. ).
Once the purchase is made, you've already given up some of your rights, you are already compromised.
Any level of authority or screening carries the potential for abuse, there's no getting around that. Give someone a badge or a gun, or a mandate to
carry out, and watch and wait.
However, would I feel safer flying knowing that everyone else has undergone some realiable, accurate level of screening? Absolutely.
We have stepped through the looking glass, there is no going back. Kids shouldn't have to have metal detectors in schools but they do. They
shouldn't have to have cops in their hallways, but they do. This is the sad state of affairs that we find ourselves in.
And yes, Americans are a bit prudish, IMHO, but there was a good point made by another poster; After you've had to stare at a screen with X number of
people being herded through day after day, the novelty will wear off. The internet has a ready supply of pornography, and if a guy ( or gal ) had to
resort to capturing indistinct images from their machine to get their kicks, that would seem too great a risk, and a huge waste of time.
This does smack of being distasteful, and does feel intrusive, no doubt. But I'd rather have this than a strip search.