Best Invasion of Privacy
Metro Bag Searches
In theory, the idea of random bag searches at Metrorail stations might have made some sense when it was introduced late last year. After all, the FBI had just busted a guy authorities said wanted to blow up subway stops. In reality, though, the whole thing is just another act in a melodrama that’s been playing since 2001: security theater. The guy the FBI busted for trying to blow up subway stops? He only got into the idea after undercover agents enlisted him. Fortunately, we’re only likely to be stuck with the searches—which, it goes without saying, have yet to catch any terrorists, since anyone with anything nefarious in mind would simply refuse the search and walk out—for about as long as it takes for a lawsuit stop them. Which, considering the whole Constitution thing, shouldn’t be too much longer.