The Politics of Legislation on Airport Security

Over at Politico, Glenn Thrush takes a look at how the Christmas terror attack may change the course of pending legislation on the use of body image scans at airports.

Meanwhile, over at Skating On Stilts, former DHS official Stewart Baker discusses the politics of the same issue over the last few years.

UPDATE: Stewart’s post is interesting for a few reasons, one of them being that it flips on its head the common refrain that Congress overreacts and enacts draconian legislation after an attack. From Stewart’s perspective, Congress underreacts and won’t enact sensible legislation without an attack. I guess we all agree that Congress enacts legislation following an attack — we just differ in our views of whether that legislation is likely to be regrettable or overdue.

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