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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.

3 Comments:

Blogger rctlfy 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  
Blogger rctlfy 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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