I believe that the best defense against acts of terror is a multi-layered system of checks and security measures, since we know that no one single measure is a sure defense against the threats we face.

However, are the new TSA pat-down measures really necessary? Are they effective? Are they an efficient use of scarce screening resources? Why do we pat down nuns and small children who aren’t displaying any other outward indicators of threatening behavior? This is both foolish and outrageous, and it ought to be stopped. There are means available to determine which passengers present high risks, without running everyone else through the ringer. Let’s use those measures; the howlers can howl all they want.

And God help us if groping waivers are issued. That would be the next act in a drawn out national and cultural suicide. We’d be dopes to put up with it.