In Dicta

Friday, July 22, 2005

The everyday costs of terrorism

"City straphangers submitted calmly Friday as police inspected their bags and briefcases after the latest attacks on London's Underground. Some were skeptical, some were critical, but most said they were glad for the extra security. (...)

Random searches were also being conducted on buses, ferries and trains to the suburbs. Outside a Long Island Rail Road station Thursday night, police charged a man after discovering a taser, a police-style baton and a pair of chukka sticks in his car, but said he had no terrorist links and had made no threats. The man was arraigned Friday on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

On the city subways, which are used by 4.5 million people on the average workday, the inspections started on a small scale Thursday afternoon and were expanded Friday.

Baggage and packages carried by bus and rail passengers in New Jersey will be subject to random searches starting Monday, authorities said. Travelers using facilities of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey also will be searched starting Monday.

The New York Civil Liberties Union opposed the searches, saying they violated the Fourth Amendment. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he hoped the NYCLU would recognize that the city had struck the right balance between security and protecting constitutional rights. He said the bag-checking program is part of a policy to "constantly change tactics" and "may, or may not, be there tomorrow."

Via Yahoo! News.


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