Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Nov 2010 22:34 UTC
In the News As none other I know how problematic it is to discuss matters related to politics on the web. However, every now and then, there's no way around it, and this is one of those moments. There's this thing going on at airports in the US, and while many will see it as a separate issue, the body scanner issue, and the sad stories it has spawned, are symptoms of a far larger problem that is a direct threat to everything we've fought for during and since the Enlightenment.
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Although what we have in place now may not be fool-proof, I'm sure it's at least better than nothing.

If it is not proven to be effective catching people yet used as a solution then all you're gaining is a false sense of security. Add to that the cost of the whole project and the indignity already discussed and I think you could argue that this solution is worse than nothing.

Doing "nothing" would have lead to further/better discussions about security, no health nor privacy concerns and would have been a great deal cheaper.

But as always with governments, it's more important to be seen to do something than to actually do the right thing.

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