Some quotes to stimulate a quick trip to the American Thinker:
On Animal Farm, appeals to necessity, subtle changes to established rules, and revisionist history were the tools used to control Boxer and his comrades. Boxer willingly accepted his marching orders until his fate was sealed. The tactics that led to his demise and the enslavement of his friends are now deployed at airport security checkpoints across America. I can't help but wonder if we've become a nation of "Boxers."and
The TSA has released images from both the millimeter wave and backscatter imagers currently in use. The fact is that the TSA images aren't exactly fodder for next month's Playboy centerfold. Other images are circulating that depict an inverted scan that reveals both nudity and identity. But such photos are easily faked, and there appears to be no proof that they are authentic. That's little comfort to air travelers who are exposed to humiliating body scans and invasive pat-down searches. Even the stance assumed for the scans -- feet apart and hands held above the head -- portrays a submissiveness that belies a free people. Fellow Americans, our government has declared us guilty until we prove our innocence.Emphasis mine.
It has been said that our Constitution is not a suicide pact. Perhaps not, but any official who violates Constitutionally guaranteed civil rights should have to answer for it, and defend his actions. Until then, it would be wise for everyone to remember that our Constitution was written for both good times and bad. There are ways to increase airport security that do not violate peoples civil rights, their dignity, and do not assume citizens are guilty until they can prove their innocence. There are also laws against officials violating civil rights under color of law. It may be hard to find a prosecutor to do it, but if you do, the "I was just following orders" defense will not stand.
Update: Yet another outrage from The Sexual Assault agency can be found here courtesty of the Drudge Report.