Hey all, long time no post. Bruce Schneier is as good a reason to de-lurk as any, so here you go.
The TSA and the thinking that created and maintains it represent a real incarnation of what the philosophers call a "reductio ad absurdam." Rock-bottom is a different place for everyone. Taking the shoes off might do it for some, pat-downs might do it for others.
The TSA isn't the enemy of the terrorist. It's the complement. The terrorist sets 'em up, exposing a new potential threat. The TSA knock's 'em down, removing freedoms in a quixotic attempt to enumerate badness. It's a symbiotic relationship.
If a terrorist does something bad and no one runs around acting terrified, was he really a terrorist?