"I've been meaning to address NYC Mayor Bloomberg's latest 'anti-terrorism' initiative to start randomly searching the bags of commuters," writes August J. Pollak. "Forget even the fact that I'm a former New Yorker, but merely as a current rational carbon-based life form I'll vouch that it's absolutely useless. The policy specifically states that you are allowed to refuse to consent to a random search, which will merely forbid you from entering the subway station. Which means that any actual terrorist with a backpack full of Anthrax can refuse to open up, and simply walk up the street to the next station, one by one until they finally beat the odds and get in."
"So for stopping terrorists, the policy is flat-out nonsensical. Its true purpose is somewhat obvious... It's an excuse for Michael Bloomberg to look tough on terror and simultaneously appease the sensibilities of white tourists in the middle of an election year: 'Oh, there's nothing to fear, honey. See? That nice police man is making sure those negroes aren't carrying weapons.' Twenty bucks says the first lawsuit against this thing comes before Labor Day." (August J. Pollak)