Behold history in the making: in AD 2011, a mere 796 years after England's Magna Carta established that even kings must follow the law, American state legislators are starting to think mandates like 'sexual assault is verboten' should apply to agents of the government, too.
Of course, that was always the case until the TSA (actual motivational motto: 'Dominate. Intimidate. Control.') decided 'ritualised humiliation of travelers' made an acceptable substitute for 'transportation security.' Last year, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) started pushing nude scanners on the American flying public. These require travellers to adopt surrender-criminal body positions – feet apart, hands in the air, don't move – while potentially carcenogenic radiation generates nude images graphic enough to permit TSA agents to see travellers' genitalia (though not, apparently, clear enough to show guns smuggled in travellers' undies).
Saturday, March 12, 2011
From the guardian.co.uk: