Security vs the Appearance of

Nina's Garden

Reading the news about airline security is getting alarming to me because people are getting increasingly complacent about the appearance of improved security rather than actual security measures being put in place.

The worse part is the high level of acceptance of loss of privacy and civil rights in exchange for that appearance of security – largely owing to the bizarre “I have nothing to hide, therefore am okay with being delayed and searched and prodded and poked.”

It’s not about you not having something to hide, it’s about authority not having the right to arbitrarily search you in the first place.

A big something guaranteed in sections 7 through 9 of the Canadian Charter of Rights –

Being a traveler does not make you suspect and therefore subject to cavity searches.

Privacy and other Rights have to be balanced against actual security gains, not diminished for the…

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