In the aftermath of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's attempt to blow up an airliner over Detroit, I'm reminded again of Jeffrey Goldberg's excellent piece on airport security from The Atlantic. His conclusion: more emphasis on intelligence gathering, less on invasive searches at airports. Can we all just admit that most of these measures are symbolic only? And can I leave my shoes on when I walk through the metal detector now? Can I continue drinking my fat-free soy chai peppermint latte mochaccino inside security, if I bought it outside security? If a terrorist wants to bring something onto a plane, he (or she) can. TSA isn't doing body-cavity searches yet, are they?
Ezra Klein points out why everyone is calling for the head of Janet Napolitano and not the head of the TSA: thanks to Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), there still is no head of the TSA.