The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf

Eyeteeth the cranky privacy nut stars in a new adventure

This has happened to me twice now in the eight years since this policy has been in place. For those of you who don't live in New York City, the deal is that police officers "randomly" search people's bags as they enter train stations. But they don't do anything to you if you say no and leave. At least they don't do anything to people who look like me who say no and leave. I think that in theory you're not supposed to enter that train station if you decline the search, but the police are only ever at one entrance, so what can they do to stop you? This bit of security theater, which doesn't have enough internal consistency to work as theater, much less as security, makes me angry. Instead of doing a bad imitation of the TSA and violating people's privacy in a way that does nothing to make them safer, those cops should be doing, you know, cop things. Is there no real crime in New York they could be dealing with?
Tags: new york, stix, tinyfists
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