The Terrorists Have Won

So says the Drudge Report headline for today, with a link to this story.

The video, in which software engineer John Tyner refuses an X-ray scan at the San Diego, California, airport, has sparked a debate over screening procedures.

The cell phone video Tyner recorded of his arguments with security screeners over the scan and pat-down they proposed had garnered more than 80,000 hits on YouTube by early Monday morning.

Tyner said that after he declined the body scan, a TSA agent told him he could have a pat-down instead. Once the procedure was described, Tyner said he responded, “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested.”

The dispute that followed, Tyner said, included police escorting him from the screening area and a supervisor saying he could face a civil lawsuit for leaving the airport before security had finished screening him.

For the crime of refusing to be sexually assaulted by a fat over-paid high school drop-out, Tyner is now facing 10,000 dollars in fines and a potential jail sentence.

John goes on to say:

“People generally are angry about what is going on,” said Tyner, “but they don’t know how to assert their rights….there is a general feeling that TSA is ineffective, out of control, over-reaching.”

If Tyner has touched some undercurrent of resentment, he doesn’t want to be the guy who leads the charge to overturn the machines. “I’m not so sure I’m the right person to start a movement,” he said.

If he isn’t, he can sound at times like he’s auditioning for the job.

Tyner points out that every terrorist act on an airplane has been halted by passengers. “It’s time to stop treating passengers like criminals and start treating them as assets,” he said.