“Airport security theater does deserve some pushback, and I think it would be great if passengers simply refused to comply with gross violations of their privacy that do nothing to make air travel safer. I doubt too many people will resist, though, since not flying is usually not a realistic option for people who have places to be and have already packed and schlepped everything to the airport. TSA has us, literally and figuratively, by the balls.
That said, this is not the great civil rights battle of our time. Passengers are not being hauled out of their homes or tortured or placed in prison without access to legal counsel — things that actually have happened to American citizens in recent years in the name of security. Nor are people being turned away from the polls or told they can’t unionize or being beaten by police officers — also things that have happened to real live Americans in recent years. What’s going on in the airports is simply a form of government humiliation that has hit the professional class.“
There are entire categories of people that have been molested in various ways by the state apparatus. Think inmates in US prisons. And yet, prison rape, violence and body cavity searches are a source of jokes. Young African American men are mistreated if they do not submit to authorities fast enough. A lot of brown people in Iraq and Afghanistan have been tortured, maimed, killed and abused, not to mentioned bombed from above.
But dammit, good Americans get what is actually simply the next logical step in the public / private partnership to turn society into a combination of Panopticon and micro-surveillance of our every moves, and all of a sudden, it’s outrage. Guess what folks, you’re 10 years too late.
But the main point stands: if something only affects foreigners, minorities and lower-class people, then, they probably deserve it, did something to deserve it and should not complain. And if they do, let them experience more state violence.
Once it reaches the upper layers of the social strata, then, it’s an outrageous violation of privacy.
Problems are defined as real problems only if they affect the “right kind” of people. Then, it’s government overreach.