Daedalus Shrugged: The Mounting Resistance to the TSA’s Grope Gauntlet
William N. Grigg
The function of any “security” checkpoint, as Richard Ben Cramer observes in his valuable book How Israel Lost, “is to show who’s boss.”
“I know of one school headmaster, a dignified older man, who passed the same checkpoint every morning, and was made to undress — not once but often — and stand naked while his students passed by,” relates Cramer. “This was richly humorous — that old man was (formerly) so conscious of the honor of his position.”
The elderly man’s residual sense of dignity made him an irresistible target for the power-intoxicated armed bullies he confronted while traveling to and from work.
During one of his visits to Israel, Cramer asked a checkpoint guard (a recent arrival from Russia) why such humiliation was inflicted on elderly and obviously harmless people.
“Because [of] the bad attitude — you know?” replied the thug. “If they are acting like they are good, [then] we are the bad one. Then, you must show them control.”
You must show them control.
You must make them submit.