Protest invasive airport security? You might be a terrorist.
I read something in this morning’s Seattle Times that I found disturbing. The article is Security protest could disrupt Thanksgiving travel and the part in question is:
“Just one or two recalcitrant passengers at an airport is all it takes to cause huge delays,” said Paul Ruden, a spokesman for the American Society of Travel Agents, which has warned its more than 8,000 members about delays resulting from the body-scanner boycott.
“It doesn’t take much to mess things up anyway – especially if someone purposely tries to mess it up.”
The article continues on (and on and on) about how exercising one’s constitutional right not to be strip-searched or molested will make a miserable experience even more miserable for everyone else.
I have started seeing this meme crop up elsewhere as well, that people who stand up for their rights are being deliberately disrupting. That they are undermining efforts to “keep America safe.” That their real intent is increase the level of fear and paranoia. That they are, in fact, terrorists. How long is it going to be before even a casual statement about not wanting to fly because of security measures leads to a visit by the FBI?
I honestly don’t know if I’m being paranoid or prescient. Either way, I’m getting very scared.