I’ve been reading about these backscatter machines, the science fair motion-detector “bomb threat” at a school in California, the report of FBI investigators pushing false claims to get information, the indefinite detention of suspected people, how policing agents are using cell phones to track people, and so forth and so on.
Do I feel safer? Absolutely not. Do I feel that there is too much handing over of information? Absolutely. Yet, there’re people out there that would consent to a strip search of their entire family if it meant that they could fly without a fear in the world that the plane would be blown up by terrorists. What about any of the other means by which you could die in a plane? But, my biggest peeve is that fear is a necessary part of life. You cannot completely take away that which you fear, it’s just impossible. I fear my dentist, yet I go to him. I fear clowns, yet I ignore them, completely aware that they exist.
At what point will people let their fear completely ruin their lives? I fear that it’s already coming.
If you think about it realistically, car accidents caused more deaths in the US, in a single year (25,351 in 2008) than terrorism, again here in the US, has caused in a decade. There were 5.8 million accidents, and consider at the low end, the property damage averages $2500 per accident, that works out to $14.5B in damages. The cost of 9/11 property damage works out to be a hair under $30B. Why not the fear over car accidents? Why not test everyone to see if they’re drunk, before they get into a car, or why not test them during all driving conditions to see if they’re fit? Why not pull everyone over to check for a license, or keep an eye on them to know if they’ve gotten 8 hours of sleep the past day?
It’s completely asinine to think that all deaths related to people can be prevented. It’s more so think that others aren’t thinking of ways to circumvent the illusions of security in place.