Friday, July 22, 2005
There ain't no Dubya in NYPD
I just read about the NYPD memo designed to help officers recognize potential terrorist bombers on the Big Apple subway. With events from London in mind, here’s some of what cops were told to look for:
“Someone with clenched fists”
Or even this:
Or perhaps this:
“Someone who is sweating profusely”
“Someone with an unusual object protruding from his or her clothing, especially electronic devices, switches, or wires”
Like, say, here at the 2004 debates:
“Someone who runs in a suspicious manner”
Like this maybe?
(I think somebody better dial 9-1-1)
Police to begin checking bags on NYC subways:
If impromptu media surveys can be trusted, it should come as no surprise that most of the New Yorkers asked about this voiced approval for yet another bit of security window dressing/civil rights intrusion ("better safe than sorry” was the one-size-fits-all mantra). Looking for a suicide bomber is sort of like playing Russian Roulette...but fear not, the NYPD will find no terrorists. They will, however, make plenty of minor pot busts.
Here are some New Yorkers not ready to surrender yet another chunk of privacy: