For years, I've been surprised that there hasn't been a major subway attack in our country. It would be so easy to do as seen in London. I'm not quite sure how to really protect the public from these attacks but I'm pretty sure, halfass bagchecking measures are not the answer. Much like Bush and Co. used 9/11 to invade Iraq, imprison people all over the world, and ramrod the Patriot Act down our throats, the NYPD commish Ray Kelly is happy to seize on the devastation in London to enact his dreams.
"The reality is, you need an event such as London for people to realize this is a procedure put in place for their safety. Searches are intrusive. The issue is what the public will accept. You still need an event to get public support."
Ah yes, the ever popular "give away your rights for your safety" line of reasoning. Hey, if it is good enough for the Federal Government, why not the NYPD?
But even if people are okay with giving up a little privacy for security, what makes these clowns think that this will actually work?
"There are three reasons for doing this," said Mark Juergensmeyer, a security expert at the University of California, Santa Barbara. "First, that you actually hope to discover a bomb. Second, to give the impression to a bomber that it will be difficult to succeed. And third, to give the appearance or illusion of security to make the public happy."
"Probably the third is the most important," added Professor Juergensmeyer, the director of the university's global and international studies program. "Don't discount the importance of that."
Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly acknowledged as much in an interview yesterday, saying deterrence was not the only intention of the program.
"I see it also as giving some comfort to the riding public," he said. "We actually had people who came over and volunteered to have their bags checked - kind of supporting the process."
Wonderful. People are showing their bags to the police! I wonder if any of the fine citizens volunteering their bags were courteous suicide bombers. What a load of shit this all is. And they aren't even checking at every stop. Do they really think that a terrorist who sees that he can't get on a train at Wall. St is so dumb that he can't head into Brooklyn to get on a Wall St. bound train to then detonate his bomb? It reminds me of the bullshit that goes on every game at Yankee Stadium. You are not allowed to bring in a bag to the game. If you have a plastic bag, they make you empty out your possessions into a clear plastic Yankees/ Visa/ Adias bag for no discernible reason.
To alleviate some of my fears, I probably wouldn't mind if they actually frisked everyone that came through the doors or had bomb sniffing dogs or something. But this sort of mindless PR security measure serves no purpose other than to pay the NYPD overtime for bullshit.