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Airport security?

I saw this article today about a pilot refusing the ridiculous screening imposed on travelers at airports and I really hope this starts some kind of revolt by passengers. Of course we all want to be safe as possible when we fly but the truth is the TSA is not providing safety. The TSA is a (from the article)

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“I just kind of had to ask myself ‘Where do I stand?’ I’m just not comfortable being physically manhandled by a federal security agent every time I go to work,

If you have flown recently you know what a hassle it is and if you have any sort of imagination you can come up with a number of ways to bring banned and even destructive items through security without an issue. The TSA is a charade. Have you noticed the people in charge there? They are clearly not the upper end of the IQ range. I had an agent find a multi-tool in my bag once, he said he had to confiscate the scissors from the kit and when he handed it back to me he left me with the knife blade. How many time recently have you heard of airport terminals being entirely shut down for complete passenger re-screening? This is not done because security is taken seriously, it is because it doesn’t work.

Encryption is looking more relevant.

I have posted about our privacy rights before so this wont be protracted. But this NYT article by Charlie Savage really got me going. The thing that most frustrates me is that these reports of and these threats of the loss of our privacies are so material to our disregard for our rights.

On a technical note, the article speaks to law enforcements desire to have access at certain points along certain provider based services. This is an area where those providers may and in many cases likely will continue to bow to government pressure and relinquish that access to police powers. However we, as the users, the people, have our own tools we can use to maintain our privacy. If by chance you feel you have nothing to hide, fine. Exercise you rights anyway, lest you forfeit them by neglect.