Tuesday, July 26, 2005

The Times randomly searches for a position

Daniel Radosh continues his exploration of the absurdities of random bag searches:

You know you're in trouble when the Times is urging the government to restrict civil liberties even more.

It's true. The Times editorial in particular is a masterpiece of editorial writing kitsch. In its high-minded, goo-goo way it aims to please every possible constituency among its readership and thus cannot make a coherent argument. It says in spite of the civil liberties problems, we must search bags - but not harshly or unfairly or in a way that profiles. But not half-assedly either! And we have to do it like this for a long, long time. And please don't shoot anybody like they did in London, that would be really bad. Oh, and the Bush administration is screwing up again.