Doctorow On TSA: The Proof Is In The Lack Of Grand Jury Indictments

Boing Boing’s Cory Doctorow makes exactly the right point about the b.s., rights-violating security theater that is the TSA and its legion of repurposed hamburger clerks searching our bags, frying travelers in porno scanners, and groping our genitals.

Regarding the TSA’s new Instagram account where they brag about all the “dangerous items” they, as Doctorow puts it, “steal confiscate from air travelers,” the propaganda message is clear: they’re keeping us safe from danger in flight.

But Doctorow notes:

What they don’t show is all the grand-jury indictments for conspiracy to commit air terrorism that they secured after catching people with these items — even the people who were packing guns.

That’s because no one — not the TSA, not the DAs, not the DHS — believe that anyone who tries to board a plane with a dangerous item is actually planning on doing anything bad with it. After all, as New York State chief judge Sol Wachtler said (quoting Tom Wolfe), “a grand jury would ‘indict a ham sandwich,’ if that’s what you wanted.” So if there was any question about someone thinking of hurting a plane, you’d expect to see indictments.