Get Naked for America

I've never received as much mail as I've received on the subject of the TSA, except for all the mail I get from Nazis. I'll be posting some of the these letters in the coming days. Goldblog reader Bob Covington writes:

I also have no plans to submit to the Get Naked For America security plan, but a few years ago before this monstrosity was developed, I was due to fly from Regan National to wherever and I was picked at random, as I always am, for secondary screening.  It got too personal very quickly and I objected. I said "That's enough. Stop." He said I could not object. I said "I'm not flying today. I'm leaving." and he said I couldn't leave and that if I wanted he could bring the police over. I in fact called the officer over myself who confirmed that these knuckleheads could not force me to fly. I got my things and left.
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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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