January 06, 2003

Yeah, it's the Penn Jilette link

Road Penn

Yes, it's the infamous Link To How Penn Jilette Was Accosted At The Airport By Someone Searching Him. I had to link to it. I like Penn and Teller a lot, respect their opinion even if I don't necessarily agree with all of it. And Penn has shown to be a generally intelligent and smart character. So I don't doubt for a second that he's telling the truth, unlike the pregnant-wife guy.

The abuse of power that Penn talks about is, of course, nothing new; these guys have been screwing around and tossing their new-found power around for a while. My 80-year-old grandfather, being brought to Atlanta because he's too frail to take care of himself, got searched. My friend from work went on a trip with her family, and her kid got searched. My mom travels often for her job, and she gets searched all the time. I travelled alone, and with my parents, across country with a laptop... and wasn't even looked at funny. My dad, though, got searched.

Now that the people who are doing the searches are federal officers, we end up with people in jail for even the stupidest stuff.

Posted by Ted Stevko at January 6, 2003 03:12 PM

It would probably be best if everyone just were naked in airports. Except for the occasional cavity searches, the traffic flow would be much improved!

Posted by: Micheal Peterson at July 26, 2003 12:13 AM


It'd be a whole heck of a lot easier if we just developed ways of keeping paranoia down, and sustaining good relations with the rest of the world, instead of running over there, taking over, and bombing the place.

Posted by: at June 9, 2004 04:39 PM