The war against self-defense

This enraging Wall Street Journal column by Heather Mac Donald reports the demise of the CAPPS II airline passenger screening system: “Our own worst enemy.” Mac Donald’s identification of the villains in this drama as “privacy advocates” and “privocrats” really won’t do.
As Mac Donald herself notes, the dramatis personae involved in the elimination of CAPPS II in the name of privacy rights seem to me fundamentally opposed to the defense of the United States. The same of course obtains with respect to the ethnic grievance groups that oppose such measures in the name of equal treatment.
As a general matter the American Civil Liberties Union has led the way in opposing security measures in the name of both “rights” and “privacy.” For a glimpse of the ACLU in action see my own “Better Unsafe than (Occasionally) Sorry?”

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