by Mr. Mean-Spirited
If you claim to believe in the Constitution, you should follow that document without any exceptions whatsoever. If you believe that people should be "secure in their persons, papers, and effects," then that legal precept should be followed regardless of the consequences.
Better that a terrorist should get a bomb aboard an airliner than to subject an innocent customer to a search. Better that an occasional plane should fall out of the sky than subject an innocent passenger to a frisking. The Fourth Amendment is more important than the lives of a few obnoxious passengers. Principles are more important than people.
How the hell did liberals come to believe that everything about rights will be positive? The same Bill of Rights that keeps the police from entering your home and stealing your stash of transsexual porn also makes it possible for a terrorist to sneak a weapon aboard a plane. And so what? If you are going to want rights, you need to learn to live with a certain amount of risk. Constitutional liberties are not about making you safe, but about avoiding governmental interference. If you say that you believe in a principle, you better be willing to accept the after-effects.
Rights are more important than a few paltry lives. Look at it this way: no one can remember the names of the people who died on 9/11 – the people were on no importance – but everyone has been inconvenienced by the searches at the airport. Surely the millions of rights that have been violated by government pat-downs are of more importance than an occasional crashed airplane.
Better that a few people get blown-up than to require that everyone show identification to the authorities. Keeping the hands of the policeman off of your body and out of your possessions is more important than preventing a few people falling from the sky. As it says in the law books: fiat justitia ruat caelum.