January 26, 2007

What's The (Check) Point?

Here's the problem: you're taken aside at an airport security checkpoint, questioned, searched, detained, and generally treated like a terrorist for a few hours before being let go (after having missed your flight). But you know for an absolute fact that you're innocent, so you also know that either the authorities are generally clueless, or they're just putting on a show (of strength, or to mollify the public at large), or they're trying to create an atmosphere of threat and fear, or they just enjoy lording it over the helpless masses. You know it's probably a combination of all these things, depending (perhaps) on the individuals concerned.

But what would it take to avoid all this? Do you really want Them to know enough about you (and everyone else) to know you're innocent?

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