Yeah, but in this case treating everyone the same means treating everyone like a potential terrorist.
But isn't that the only way we're going to catch those guys?
I think it might also create an "us vs. them" mentality between normal US citizens. You'd have those who willingly agreed to share their information with the government (AND pay a yearly fee) and those that chose not to.
And why wouldn't you (not you in particular, but any traveler) share everything with the government? Do you have something to hide? If you don't sing up, you might be a terrorist. Tell grandma she better take her shoes and jacket off, and prepair to have her bags searched. She didn't sign up, so she must have SOMETHING to hide.
The moment we start lumping average people into certain groups ("This guy signed up, so he's probably ok. But that guy in the other line? He looks shifty."), it becomes a very slippery slope...
And guess what Joe Terrorist is going to do? In order to get his wares onto the plane, he's either going to sign up with false information and slip through (in YOUR line, no less!), or he's going to figure out how to falsify the id cards and slip through (in YOUR line again!)...if he has a choice between a high security line and a medium security line, guess which one he's going to want to try and get in?
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