Re: John Tyner and the TSA

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Lew—So, all that it takes to legitimize its atrocities is for the state to have a website on which it describes its procedures!  We are no longer to be concerned with the substance of governmental action, but only whether due process was followed.  Adolf Hitler might have salvaged his reputation had he thought of this loophole.  Imagine the following conversation to have taken place in Germany in the 1930s:

Mr. Goldberg:  Where are you taking me?

SS Officer:  Ve vill take you to the train station, vhere you vill be loaded onto a boxcar and taken to a special camp.  Vhen you arrive at the camp, you vill have  a serial number tattooed on your arm, be given a striped uniform to wear, and housed in some special barracks.

Mr. Goldberg:  But you are depriving me of my fundamental human rights; what you are doing is morally wrong.

SS Officer:  Ve are doing nothing wrong.  These procedures are spelled out on our vebsite; you can check them for yourself!

11:52 am on November 16, 2010