This past December the DC Metro announced that it was going to start randomly searching DC Metro riders.
Metro Police Chief Michael Taborn said the coordinated effort with the Transportation Security Administration was not in response to a specific threat but was part of a continuing effort to keep the system safe from explosives. Boston, New York and New Jersey transit officials do similar searches, according to the agency.
Evidently trying to travel to your job at work is grounds to consider you a criminal. Again the claim of necessity is much like that used for aircraft and these shenanigans even involve A Security Theater. This has absolutely nothing to do with security, but giving them more control. The TSA is out of control and it seems some still feel like they need more.
Just when it seemed when it couldn’t get any worse, this new article surfaces.
Richard Sarles said Tuesday that the agency’s random bag-searching policy is here to stay. He defended the searches that he used when running NJ Transit, arguing that they help to disrupt terrorists’ plans.
(Emphasis mine.) They even admit publically that they will probably fail to detect someone attempting to smuggle explosives on. It’s all about “deterrence”, aka, providing the illusion of security. This is the second time this idea has been pushed, the first time it was shot down. The person who pushed it the first time was recently promoted to a higher position. Given all of that I guess someone really wants to run around saying “Respect my Authoritah!”
H/T to myself, I emailed it to myself and then forgot about it, I discovered it while cleaning up my inbox tonight.