...having been greatly exaggerated:
On the basic question of investigating threats versus protecting privacy, the public remains about where it has been in recent years. Fully 68 percent of those polled say that the federal government should focus on looking into possible terrorist actions, even if that intrudes on personal privacy. Some 26 percent say it's more important for the federal government to avoid privacy intrusions.These views carry directly to public assessments of the new scanning machines: 64 percent support them, 32 percent are opposed. While attention has been focused on stiff opposition to the new machines, about twice as many of those polled "strongly support" the new digital X-ray machines compared with those who "strongly oppose" them.
I don't think this surprises anyone. It's the agency we deserve. Or maybe not.