So I urge you all to take direct and irritating action. Clip SF Weekly's version of Gilmore's button, which he says was dreamed up by a political activist named Emi Koyama, paste it to a disc of cardboard, stick a safety pin through it, and wear it on your chest. Wear it on visits to the Federal Building, on air flights, during visits to your in-laws. Perhaps if enough people do this, our government will start getting the message that it's not OK to turn America into a 1950s-era rural Louisiana parish in the name of combating terrorism.
If Gilmore's experience is any guide, such awareness-raising might not be as trying as it initially seemed. In an e-mail message, Gilmore told me he was able to board a Virgin Atlantic flight to London two days after he was thrown off the British Airways plane.