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From the “protecting our liberties by effectively removing them” department

As usual, I have to say I agree with Bruce Schneier on NYC cops randomly searching bags on mass transportation.

[Police Commissioner Raymond] Kelly stressed that officers posted at subway entrances would not engage in racial profiling, and that passengers are free to “turn around and leave.”

“Okay guys; here are your explosives. If one of you gets singled out for a search, just turn around and leave. And then go back in via another entrance, or take a taxi to the next subway stop.”

And I don’t think they’ll be truly random, either. I think the police doing the searching will profile, because that’s what happens.

Also, like usual, he stresses the important points to focus on instead of just bitching about things he doesn’t like. Worth a read if you are at all concerned about civil liberties.