Someone named Becky Akers outs me as a TSA supporter. Her smoking gun: Reason didn’t publish her when she tried to pitch us an article about TSA. Or something.
I don’t personally recall seeing any of her pitches. But judging from this sample, if it’s true that we passed it likely had more to do with her writing and analytical ability than her politics. (Leaving the airlines to provide their own security is fascism?)
She also links to a Fox News column I wrote that allegedly proves I’m just a TSA-lovin’ hypocrite. It is true. In that column, I did suggest Obama pick Jim Harper, Jim Mueller, or Bruce Schneier to head up the agency. I suggested those three precisely because any one of them would at minimum have forced the agency to respect the Fourth Amendment, and would likely have scrapped the agency entirely—or rendered it impotent. (It’s actually more likely that none of the three would have taken the job.) I’d prefer that Obama nominate someone sensible to head up every federal agency. At least as opposed to, you know, someone who isn’t sensible. My first preference would be that he eliminate most of those agencies. But if ideological purity demands that we never even consider the reality of second- and third-best world choices, then I guess I’ll have to live with never quite making the cut as a Becky Akers-approved libertarian. But I think I can live with that.
Akers next finds fault with my using the word revamp in the column, instead of her preferred abolish. She also doesn’t quote my next line:
And by “revamp,” I mean “start over.”
Kinda’ adds some context, no? And then there’s this:
Why balk-o at a little unconstitutionality and tyranny if it means the neocons at Fox News will publish your prattle?
You’re right, Becky Akers. It’s unprincipled for a libertarian to write for a publication owned by Rupert Murdoch. Better to write for an outlet owned by someone who gives a damn about civil liberties. You know, like . . . the New York Post. Oh, and a play on my name! How fun! And original! With that sort of wit, you’re making me regret more and more that we never published you, Becks.
Make use of a search engine, you twit, and you’ll find that appeasing my neocon paymasters was never my objective over there. About half the time I used the column as a vehicle to bait and challenge the Fox crowd on these very issues, as well as the Iraq war, the drug war, and a host of other civil liberties issues. (The hate mail alone was worth more than the small sum they paid me.) This is also why they discontinued it. (If memory serves, the line was,”we’re taking the Views section in a new direction.”)
Now if you don’t mind, I need to finish up a column about how Obama should pick Becky Akers to head up the DEA.