Whenever I get down about declining levels of freedom in the US, it always helps to think about Britain. Here’s what they’re up to now: “Passports Will Be Needed to Buy Mobile Phones.”
Ahh, the feeling of merely relative deprivation.
You should also read Jeff Goldberg’s Atlantic article on the TSA and security theatre. Aside from being informative, it has a number of delightful absurdities, such as a Beerbelly™ liquid carrier, and an “Osama Bin Laden, Hero of Islam” t-shirt.