And again fear, following the recent botched attempt to blow up a plane using underwear, has driven governments into taking action before thoroughly thinking things through. The full body scan is being implemented but already raises questions. Can we please calm down and acknowledge that, just as with the attacks of 9-11, we already had enough information to prevent these attempts. These scanners are superfluous. Just improve the existing system. Do not abolish the rule of law and adopt these silly measures merely because you refuse to admit the system itself is sound but its implementation needs repair.
Update: Glenn Greenwald notes that the expansion of governmental powers, in the name of the War on Terror, has resulted in the exact opposite of their claimed objectives: it is increasingly more difficult to prevent terrorism.