More like random compliance with authority checks.
This is just to get people used to the idea that you do whatever someone in a uniform tells you. Anyone with something to hide won't go anywhere near one of these checkpoints, so the only thing ferreted out will be people who believe they have the right to travel unmolested in their own country. Who will probably be taught a 'lesson' about asserting their rights.
I’m not looking to frighten people. Logic tells me there’re going to be cases just like that, but... I haven’t found one yet.
He's absolutely trying to frighten people into giving up freedoms in exchange for some ill-conceived version of security. He hasn't found a specific example to use yet, but that doesn't stop him from conjuring one from imagination-land.
"So class, we should all be very careful of what we put online, as it may be taken advantage of in a way what violates our feelings and rights. Like I've just done with Samantha. ...Right, Samantha?"
[child sobbing on corner]
"Next on the list is bullying. Timmy, you look like a dweeb. Go put your head in the toilet and flush it twice. Micheal, give me your lunch money and stand right here so I can punch you in the stomach."
[whimpering, a punch, and a child falling to the floor]
"Very good. So what have we learned today class?"
[Unison:] "Don't mess with Miss Wormwood or she'll mess with you."
Because they don't want to do damage; they want us to shred our own constitution and liberties as we curl up in a ball hiding from our wildest fears. Or at least let someone else leverage that fear into power and control.
Remember kids, sort your recycling. Because terrorism.
I'd like to suggest a grocery store analogy. If a product is available in only one of 34 local groceries, I would not call that product "widely available". Which is why setting the bar so low is disingenuous; "widely available" almost suggests that you're more likely to find it than not find it at any store.
If that's what's in the story then it's wrong. All the links I read say "false personation" though, as in impersonation, or pretending to be someone you're not.
The fact that it doesn't really seem to matter which word people use to describe the non-crime really drives home the point that this fishing expedition was personally motivated and didn't deserve to have a warrant issued.
Personification is a figure of speech in which a thing, an idea or an animal is given human attributes. The non-human objects are portrayed in such a way that we feel they have the ability to act like human beings. For example, when we say, “The sky weeps” we are giving the sky the ability to cry, which is a human quality. Thus, we can say that the sky has been personified in the given sentence.