The conspiracy theory that TSA resistance is a conservative conspiracy funded by the Kochs and run by the dental lobby seems to be limited to two liberal writers and a few commenters at The Nation, which ran the article positing this “TSAstroturf” effort.
On Sunday, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, published an apology for the article's attack on John Tyner, who famously recorded the interaction with the TSA in which he insisted the agents not “touch my junk.” Good for her.
<p>I had begun wondering (as I blogged last week) how much of the Left's love for civil liberties was really some excuse to attack George W. Bush rather than a principled position. But vanden Heuvel writes:
Citizens from across the political spectrum are right to call out the TSA's invasive procedures and the threat to civil liberties they represent. We have long opposed, and exposed, the continuing encroachments of the national security state, though we also think that those who applauded each sacrifice of liberty for security under the Bush administration should expect to be regarded with skepticism if the presence of a Democrat in the White House suddenly prompts libertarian concerns.
While she doesn't apologize for the article's ridiculous broader conspiracy theory, I'm glad she included TSA groping as a liberty issue.
If you ask me what prompted vanden Heuvel's apology post, I'd say it was probably a combination of mockery on Twitter and this blog post by Glenn Greenwald.