Oh, Yes! Give Me a Cavity Search! Please!

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Pavlov lives. Bombs go off in Boston so Americans now are willing to allow government agents to regard them as terrorists until proven otherwise. The following is as stimulus-response as the bell Pavlov rang to get his dogs to salivate:

Across the U.S., from Washington to Los Angeles, police stepped up security, monitoring landmarks, government buildings, transit hubs and sporting events. Security was especially tight in Boston, with bomb-sniffing dogs checking Amtrak passengers’ luggage at South Station and transit police patrolling with rifles.

”They can give me a cavity search right now and I’d be perfectly happy,” said Daniel Wood, a video producer from New York City who was waiting for a train.

I’m sure that Mr. Wood speaks for a lot of Americans who are about to find that the biggest beneficiaries of these events are government agents who are paid to abuse everyone else.

12:20 pm on April 16, 2013