Friday, July 22, 2005

And don't forget the duct tape

Mayor Mike turns to a strategy bound to endear him to the city's cops:

Alarmed by a new round of mass transit attacks in London, police in New York have begun random searches of bags and packages brought into the city's vast subway system and elsewhere.
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Officers, some with bomb-sniffing dogs, will stop people carrying bags as they enter subways, buses and ferries at various points in the city, police said. Anyone who refuses a search will be turned away, and those caught carrying drugs or other contraband could be arrested.
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"We just live in a world where, sadly, these kinds of security measures are necessary," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "Are they intrusive? Yes, a little bit. But we are trying to find that right balance."
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New York's subways carry about 4.5 million passengers on the average weekday, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The system, the largest in the country, has more than 468 stations, most of which have multiple entrances, and during rush hours the flood of humanity in and out of key stations can be overwhelming.
OK, who's first? The guy who might have a nest of lice tucked in his sack?

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Or the East Village denizen who might be packing a live python?

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Or maybe the lifetime ACLU member with her lawyer's number in her purse?

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