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Janet Napolitano voicing new Metro messages

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

Now airing at a Metro subway station near you: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, voicing a new public awareness message designed to encourage vigilance among transit customers.

The secretary's message began airing last month in the transit system's 86 subway stations as part of the Homeland Security Department's "If you see something, say something" public awareness campaign. The national effort includes new posters and public address announcements at the nation's airports and train, subway and bus stations and other locations.

In case you can't quite make out what Napolitano is saying on Metro speakers (and who would blame you?), here are her remarks (which you can also watch and hear above):

"You play a vital role in the security of the Metro system. If you see something suspicious commuting to work or running errands, say something to local authorities to make it right. Report all suspicious activity on buses, trains or in stations to a Metro employee, or call the Metro Transit Police at 202-962-2121. Thank you for keeping our Metro system safe."

Washington is the first city to use Napolitano's message and she will localize it for other metropolitan transit systems in the coming weeks, DHS said.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 8, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Administration, Eye Opener  
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The problem is you can't understand words on the crappy Metro PA system, other than monosyllabic grunts from Metro employees.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou306 | October 8, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

At least riders don't have to look at the ugly, incompetent slug.

Posted by: LarryG62 | October 8, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I appreciate the message and concern for safety. But does anyone find it creepy that a federal official is doing announcements for local transit systems? Can't the local police chiefs read the script instead? Or better yet, write their own and use that? This is too much like "1984" to me.

Posted by: ablasko73 | October 8, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

It would seem less fascist to have a non-political voice delivering the message.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 8, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Her voice is way too loud and distorted. She might as well be saying 'would you like fries with that?' Plus, Metro riders are too busy texting, reading and trying not to stare at other riders to detect terrorist activities.

Posted by: abiddlecomb | October 8, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Or Metro could think like normal human beings and realize that they don't need to waste time and money telling people to call the authorities when something bad happens. 99% of us learned that as children, and the few who didn't aren't going to be calling Metro police anyway.

The PA system seems designed to showcase Metro's contempt for its passengers.

Posted by: tomtildrum | October 8, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm OK with calling the cops when you see something bad.

I'm way less OK with the current propaganda push telling us to call the cops when you see something "out of the ordinary".

It just seems like a short leap to an East German style surveillance regime, where neighbors pervasively informed on neighbors, all in the name of "state security" (and they believed it, too).

Posted by: vfr2dca | October 8, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

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