Thursday, October 28, 2010

Where's the Line?

The news of an alleged terror threat against Metro stations (indictment here) will likely rekindle the debate about how much security is needed in the system, even though Metro says the public was never in any danger.

Back in 2008, with no specific threat cited, Metro announced it would conduct random bag searches, but it's unclear if any searches were ever done.

We asked Metro about that, and this was their answer: "[Metro Transit Police] Chief Taborn said today the possibility always exists that we may deploy some random screening."

Is that the way to go? Should there be more police presence? More cameras? More stings? Does anything else need to be done? What do you think is an appropriate level of security?

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