Magazine December 20, 2010, Issue

Groping Toward Security

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How to improve TSA screening

It was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and I was racing toward Baltimore’s BWI airport, full of foreboding. I’d seen a week of stories on Fox News and the Drudge Report about TSA workers’ groping innocent passengers — spilling their urostomy bags, touching their junk, stripping the shirts off twelve-year-olds, and reducing women to tears.

To express outrage at these excesses, privacy campaigners on the left and the right had designated Wednesday National Opt-Out Day. Americans sick of government intrusions would refuse to be scanned by the new body imagers, opting instead for the even more intrusive new pat-downs. On one of …

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Stewart Baker — Mr. Baker, a partner in the law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP, was assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009. He is also the author of a forthcoming book on technology and terrorism.

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