Saturday, August 12, 2006

ACLU Loses Case To Stop Random Bag Searches in Subways

The ACLU, allies with CAIR in the plan to destroy America, lost their court case in New York to stop the government from searching bags. The ACLU is not a defender of individual rights, they are the enemy, just like CAIR.

Judges OK subway searches


Random bag searches in the subways are not only an effective tool in the city's anti-terror arsenal - they're constitutional, a federal appellate court ruled yesterday.
A three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a city inspection program that began after last summer's terror attacks in the London subway system.

"In light of the thwarted plots to bomb New York City's subway system, its continued desirability as a target, and the recent bombings of public transportation systems in Madrid, Moscow and London, the risk to public safety is substantial and real," the panel wrote.

The New York Civil Liberties Union, which filed the case on behalf of subway riders opposed to the inspections, was weighing an appeal.

The panel upheld a lower court ruling by Manhattan Federal Judge Richard Berman in December. It found the program to be a minimally intrusive invasion of privacy because riders who don't want to undergo a search can simply walk to another station to enter the subways.

"Once again, at a fitting moment, the court upheld the constitutionality of the bag inspection program, one of our key strategies for deterring a subway attack," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

And they dismissed suggestions that the sporadic nature of the inspections rendered the entire program ineffective. They noted that terrorists "prize predictability."

"An unexpected change of plans might well stymie the attack, disrupt the synchronicity of multiple bombings, or at least reduce casualties by forcing the terrorist to detonate in a less populated location," the judges wrote

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