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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Circumcision and the TSA

A few years ago, I pointed on Usenet that prohibiting circumcision would require violations of privacy:

In other words, enforcing anti-circumcision laws will require policeman
asking men to drop their pants.

I think that counts as a real violation of privacy (not a mere "penumbra"
this time).
More recently, I realized that, owing to the Trained Sodomy Administrators, we actually have policeman asking men to drop their pants.

Uh oh.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting argument but no one is required to fly. I personally have been patted down and I found riding the tube in London to be more invasive.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"but not one is required to fly"

And if I am told by my employer that I must attend a meeting overseas? You think they'll pay for a boat trip?

And if I get a telegram that my mother living across country is dying? You think Amtrak will get me there before she expires? Assuming Amtrak doesn't adopt the same pat-down procedures ...

It boggles me that anyone is so criminally obtuse as to defend TSA.

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't work in a field that requires flight-many do.

Live near your family-it's your choice.

I am not defending the TSA, just thinking about the argument objectively. I'd fly in an airline without any security because it is all just a charade anyway.

2:43 PM  

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