Here's the next step:
Yes, indeed. It appears that the TSA is expanding those searches:
Terrorizing innocent travelers at airports is simply not enough for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The agency recently tested a new program known as VIPER (Visual Intermodal Protection and Response) which involved placing Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials at Greyhound bus stations in Tampa to pat down and grope ground travelers....More at the above link.
The Obama administration has forced America into crisis management mode, all in the name of national security:
Crisis management has become a defining feature of contemporary governance.What we now have with the TSA is the following, advocated by Rahm Emanuel quite a while back:
Jonah Golberg on the Obama administration back in March 2009:
...Recall that not long ago, the first item on the bill of indictment against the Bush administration was that it was "exploiting" 9/11 to enact its agenda....The Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration are not making us any safer, and the measures cost billions of dollars (A must-read essay!). So what are the DHS and the TSA accomplishing? They are conditioning us to intrusive searches.
When a liberal administration does it [exploits a crisis, i.e., the threat of Islamic terrorism], it's taking advantage of a historic opportunity....
And Americans, thus far, are willing to trade their rights for convenience, that is, the ability to travel via public carriers.
What next? Enhanced security, electronic and hands-on, at the toll plazas? At the ramps to interstate highways? At our large shoppings malls? Where else?
Al Qaeda has won: "Death by a thousand cuts" in so many ways.