Washington Post blows it again re the TSA

FearKevin B 3
Sometimes, I don’t know why we bother.

We can — and do — present facts upon facts upon facts, evidence on top of evidence, risk assessment, statistical analysis, historical precedent, quantitative reasoning, the laws of mathematics, and yet more facts. And none of it — none of it — matters.

That’s why we get cretinous columns like this one from Josh Hicks of the Washington Post. I don’t have time to take apart every one of his dunderheaded suppositions, ignorant statements, and false assertions. My colleagues and I have already done it umpteen times in the pages of this blog, through hundreds of posts, over the past two years.

All the evidence in the world won’t make a dent.

Because people like Josh Hicks and the TSA apologists in his comment thread like their fear. They like their fear and they like to lick the authoritarian boot. And no amount of evidence correcting their false statements or proving them wrong will make a damn bit of difference.

(Graphic: Kevin B 3/Flickr Creative Commons)

  • Enaylius

    Shame on all of you for your attacks against these brave uniformed men and women. Don’t you know they are just doing their jobs for which they were trained so that airplanes don’t turn in to weapons of mass destruction? If you give one inch to the terrorists they will set the sky on fire. This sight is full of anti-American rhetoric. It’s because of you that we now have people shooting and killing TSO’s! Stop trying to confuse people with facts and documented evidence to support your claims!

  • Chris Bray

    You’ve made the right choice, here. That typist is too dull to engage.

  • Jack Stinglash

    I read through some of the comments at that discussion. There certainly seem to be many people willing to put up with these abuses.

    Keep up the good work. I know it must seem like a slog, but I daresay it’s worth it. You’ve at least kept this UK resident safe from visiting the States! 😉