Comments: Commitment to civil-rights activism tested, found wanting

I am intrigued by this as well. There is a manned (front of train) and unmanned (back of train) entrance to my faster-than-thou C train. You know, the "C". Travels under the Financial District, Port Authority, Penn Station and the like (not to mention the always convenient transfers to other points of interest).

Anyway, I too had an expired card, however, I had to go to the front entrance because the back has no vending machines. That, and it is a rank, pee-scented rape chamber just waiting for deviance.

So there were plenty of cops at the main entrance, but a hundred yards or so back? Nothing.

I swear, if someone blows me up on the f-ing subway before I finish Harry Potter, the geniuses behind homeland security are gonna have to deal with a world of pain when my ghost comes after them.

Posted by Tom at August 10, 2005 03:51 PM

Six paragraphs -> one comment (before mine).

Yesterday, one sentence -> 13 comments.

What does that mean?

Posted by Orange at August 10, 2005 06:37 PM

Saying less gives other people more room to talk? People love librarian action figures more than they love having their bag searched? Dunno.

Posted by Francis at August 10, 2005 08:06 PM

My life is always massive amounts of everything (work, books, puzzles, unwatched TiVo, whatever). Overwhelming, but never boring.

I haven't been searched, but it occurred to me walking through the Columbus Circle station yesterday that there were an awful lot of people there and how would anyone know if one of them had an explosive device. That's what we get for living in a target.

Posted by Ellen at August 11, 2005 12:07 AM

"Underdelighted" -- now, that's a word that needs wider currency!

I'm not so worried about terrorism, even when I am in NYC (mostly because I'm a fatalist) but I wish wish wish that people here in the heartland would shut up about us "being a target." Dude, it's the Midwest. They. don't. care. Might as well accept that being the second city (shut UP, LA) sometimes has a upside.

Posted by Erin at August 11, 2005 07:51 AM

Almost everything done for "security" post has been done not to make things safer but to give people the impression that they are being protected. You can't put a package weighing more than a pound in a mailbox, you get searched in the subway, you have to get to the airport earlier than ever before. The hope is that people will assume because they are being inconvenienced that this means they are being protected. So arbitrarily searching people only at certain entrances completely fulfills the purpose of the searches; to make people feel something is being done.

Feel safer now?

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