The German Pirate Party has held a flashmob at Berlin’s Tegel airport, in response to its unquestioning adoption of new, intrusive body scanners after the abortive attempt to blow up the flight in Detroit at Christmas. And they’ve kindly shared their ‘fleshmob’ with the world:
(via Privacy International)
They suggest it’s about giving the impression of improved security – I would tend to agree but it’s not just a sop to public opinion. It’s a further, needless intrusion into the private realm of the individual for no need. If the intelligence agencies had done their job properly – Abdulmutallab’s father had alerted the American security services to his son’s behaviour for goodness’ sake – he would never have ended up on that plane. Why should the rest of us suffer yet further attacks on our privacy because ‘intelligence’ officials can’t do their jobs properly? Well done, Piratenpartei!