If we buy into the notion that protecting this amazing country requires subjecting ourselves to the tyranny of the state, then the terrorists have overwhelmingly succeeded in destroying America - rather, seducing us into destroying it ourselves.
It was the oppression of their own government at the time that incited the American Revolutionaries (whom the state labeled terrorists) to declare their independence, and the birth of this amazing country. Of course, all the king wanted was a few pennies on the price of tea and a stamp tax so he could protect them from the threat of wild and evil savages determined to cause as much destruction of both their lives and economy as possible. Why didn't they just pay what he asked? You'd think they would've been grateful for his protection.
There is nothing new under the sun. The world is not a different place. It's still the world.
In response to all your ideological arguments, I think it's sufficient to refer you back to my letter itself. If, after contemplating these things, you are content to comply with the new program, I think the best I can do is respect your right to disagree. I do think your perspective is a bit naive, but you are hardly alone in that.
If I'm going to get naked or physical, it's going to be on my own terms with people I know and trust and there's a good chance of alcohol being involved. But when it comes to Big Brother trying to extend the reach of his dominion even to include my own body, I just don't think it's as much fun.
It ain't worth it...
"If you're a leader, you lead the way. Not just on the easy ones; you take the tough ones too..." - Maj. Richard D. Winters (1918-2011), E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
"A Government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have" - Gerald R. Ford
Blaming the NRA for Sandy Hook is like blaming AAA for Drunk Drivers
R.I.P. United States Constitution
4 MAR 1789 - 6 NOV 2012
"Attitude reflect leadership, Captain"
"I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care plan" -- Barack Obama, June 30, 2003
"I have not said that I am a single payer supporter" -- Barack Obama, August 11, 2009
As for the traveling public, it is a matter of civil liberties. Do you agree with the constitution? Just parts of it? All of it some of the time but other times we can bend the rules just so I "feel safe"? At what point would you finally take a stand against an overreaching state that encroaches too far?
How will body scanners protect anyone from some nut who has C-4 shoved up his arse? What about a woman with breast implants filled with explosives? That's where things are headed next. These scanners will do nothing to protect anyone, only allow the state to extend its reach further and further over the people.