I am really surprised that there hasn’t been more of a backlash from elected officials. The people being humiliated by the TSA are voters, after all. Why aren’t politicians taking this opportunity to call the TSA on the carpet for its procedures–if only to look good and tough before the voters? After all, the next election will be upon us before we know it.
UPDATE: Jack Goldsmith is a very smart man, a great American, and writes for a gem of a blog, but on this issue, I just have to disagree with the thrust of his arguments. Bursting urostomy bags, and subjecting breast cancer survivors to utter humiliation makes no one safer. If anything, these kinds of policies will only serve to cause a backlash against security procedures; one that may well swing too far in the other direction, and thus leave us genuinely vulnerable to attack. To be sure, people who argue for too little security will be responsible in that situation, but the TSA will not, and should not escape responsibility for having caused the backlash in the first place.
ANOTHER UPDATE: A good point; the more unnecessarily intrusive the TSA’s procedures, the more likely people are to simply drive if their trips qualify as relatively short jaunts. And that will get more people killed.
Meanwhile, Secretary Clinton informs us that she would not want to submit to a patdown. She probably doesn’t have to; of course, if one is not Secretary of State, one does not enjoy Secretary Clinton’s ability to opt out of the patdowns.