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Posted at 4:54 PM ET, 12/20/2010

Petition against Metro bag checks

By Associated Press

Two rights groups have launched an online petition against Metro's announced plan to conduct random bag searches on the subway system.

Patrick Elder, a co-founder of DC Bill of Rights Coalition, believes the plan is against the 4th Amendment, which bars unreasonable searches.

The D.C. group is joined by Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition in starting the petition.

Metro announced the plan last week. A spokeswoman said Monday that no searches have been conducted so far, although they could happen at any time.

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By Associated Press  | December 20, 2010; 4:54 PM ET
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I don't see how random checks of Metro passengers will deter terrorism. Furthermore, why won't Metrobus passengers be subject to the same invasive searches. Terrorists in Israel have blown up quite a number of buses.

Frankly, the police need to start routinely walking the trains when school lets out. Cracking down on out of control students might actually produce a deterrent effect. In contrast, and as noted above, I don't see how random checks of passengers will deter a terrorist's attempt to blow up or gas passengers.

Posted by: RockvilleBear | December 21, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

What's to stop someone from hiding something under their clothes? Are they going to start searching people? The searches are bad enough - but what really disturbs me is if you refuse - they may detain you for questioning. Suddenly it's reasonable to detain someone because they said no? Guaranteed, if it happened to me, my next stop would be a lawyer.

Posted by: thomasp11 | December 21, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

This "security" idiocy is pure, childish theater.

How is it that WMATA can't even get escalators working reliably, yet they have the resources to waste on this counter-productive and instrusive stupidity? Because you'd better believe that somewhere, somehow, there's a gaggle of consultants and contractors who are going to use this foolishness to line their pockets.

Posted by: SGlover910 | December 23, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

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