There are only so many days left until Christmas.
Ann Coulter thinks maybe that’s why her jewelry was confiscated by airport security. The jewelry was a silver charm in the shape of a bullet that had a lot of sentimental value. But she reports that when she eventually tried to recover the charm, “it was missing from the Olympic security box of confiscated loot. It’s probably already wrapped.”
As Coulter points out, the charm could have been in the shape of the anthrax virus and remained just as harmless. This particular item had survived a dozen previous post-911 airport security checks. But silver is silver.
Coulter doubts whether there should even be personal inspections at all. As she points out, “We can’t keep weapons out of prisons; we certainly can’t keep them off airplanes not even by turning airports into the pleasant and welcoming environment of a federal penitentiary.”
When Coulter asked the security supervisor what his name was, the supervisor called airport police. Apparently it’s dangerous to expect airport security to accept accountability for their actions.
To borrow a line from Lord Acton, I think what we have here is a tale of power corrupting, and absolute power corrupting absolutely.
It’s not just people in politics who can be corrupted by power not just cops or security personnel. It’s anybody in a position to push people around with impunity, without having to worry about a person’s rights.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.