New TSA Full Body Security Scans

The TSA issued a security directive which states that starting today, anyone flying into the US “traveling from or through nations that are state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest will be required to go through enhanced screening.” The NYT reports the 14 countries are: Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Yemen.

The enhanced screening is above, which as you can tell makes one’s genitals perfectly visible. And not that I don’t value safety, but I should put out that Glen Greenwald is absolutely correct when he asserts:

What makes all of this most ironic is that the American Founding was predicated on exactly the opposite mindset. The Constitution is grounded in the premise that there are other values and priorities more important than mere Safety. Even though they knew that doing so would help murderers and other dangerous and vile criminals evade capture, the Framers banned the Government from searching homes without probable cause, prohibited compelled self-incrimination, double jeopardy and convictions based on hearsay, and outlawed cruel and unusual punishment. That’s because certain values — privacy, due process, limiting the potential for abuse of government power — were more important than mere survival and safety.

Unfortunately, the country has regressed this past decade, aided by a hysterical media, to gladly sacrifice our Constitutional rights for the theatrics of safety.

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