Aug 4, 2005


NYCLU Sues City Over Subway Bag Search Policy
In response to the NYPD's unprecedented policy of subjecting millions of New Yorkers to suspicion-less searches, the New York Civil Liberties Union today filed suit in federal court seeking an injunction to halt the policy. ...
"This NYPD bag search policy is unprecedented, unlawful and ineffective, said Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the NYCLU. "It is essential that police be aggressive in maintaining security in public transportation. But our very real concerns about terrorism do not justify the NYPD subjecting millions of innocent people to suspicion-less searches in a way that does not identify any person seeking to engage in terrorist activity and is unlikely to have any meaningful deterrent effect on terrorist activity."

Imagine that... I agree with the ACLU on something. Except they probably wouldn't be happy why we agree. Of course the NYPD random searches are ineffective and unconstitutional. OF COURSE. You know why? Specifically because they are RANDOM. The NYCLU argues that the searches are done without suspicion or due cause. Precisely! You know what the due cause should be: potential passenger between the ages of 18 and 30 of Middle Eastern, North African, or South Asian origin with a heavy coat or bag. So no, NYCLU bag searches are not illegal, just random ones. As soon as we start profiling with due suspicion, they become legal.

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