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Security Theater

This is for those of you who say you feel "safer" having to take off your shoes, etc. when going through security checkpoints in airports or federal buildings. I post this because I think it's more an example of the NORM, rather than an exception. Do you still feel comfortable giving up certain liberties for the sake of "security"?**

The GAO also released a photograph of a guard asleep at his post and detailed an instance in which a woman placed an infant in a carrier on an X-ray machine while retrieving identification. Because the guard was not paying attention and the machine's safety features had been disabled, the infant was sent through the X-ray machine, according to the report. The FPS dismissed the guard, who, as a result, sued the agency for failing to provide X-ray training. FPS lost the suit because it could not prove that the guard had been trained, the report says.


**To be clear, I'm not advocating that we not have security at airports and federal buildings at all, but the extent to which people are comfortable in general with letting others intrude and trample on their privacy, on our liberties, is frightening to me. And for what?

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