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Friday, December 02, 2005

Judge rules in favor of city on unconstitutional subway searches

It looks as if the subway searches will be going on for just a while longer here in the great city of New York. Today, a judge heard closing arguments by the city and the NYCLU, and determined that the searches were a minimal intrusion worth subjecting new yorkers too to keep us safe. NYCLU plans an appeal, of course. But from what I understand, the city was supposed to prove that the searches were effective and necessary. effective and necessary? Yeah right!

On the subject of efficacy, I have ridden the subway more times than I can count, and have yet to experience the humiliation of being asked to reveal the contents of my bag. Nor have I even seen a check point at any subway entrance I have entered. I ride the 7 train and 6 train most often, when I do ride. So, I would have had many opportunities to blow shit up if I happened to be an evil doer. But, I am not and so things did not get blown up. And, I suspect that most new yorkers are not evil doers which futher accounts for no shit getting blown up. But, the point is that it's hard to say that something is a deterent when no one I know has really ever actually seen, much less been involved in, a search.

So, how they somehow proved to the judge this part of their case is beyond me. Must've been some major fuckin B.S. flying around in that court room. The city got their big shovel out and the judge ate it up - out of fear or just plain ignorance. And it seems that the case would completely hinge on this part being proven because of the intrusion factor, and the trampling on our civil rights, and all of that other stuff. In order for a minimal intrusion to be given exception to under the law, proof the intrusion is necessary and effective would have to be pretty fucking strong. And, I just don't see it, literally.