Friday, July 22, 2005
Mass Transit Annoyance
In a post 9/11-world, it's the obvious loophole to use "it's a sign of the times and drastic measures like this are now a necessary evil" as the logical explanation. But here's the 60,000 burning question: is this applicable to ALL commuters or just the black and brown ones that look "suspicious"? Commissioner Ray Kelly claims that straphangers have the option to "turn around and leave" as a decline from being searched – but what's the likelihood of that happening when the cameras are off and Farhoud or Rajib strolls past the turnstile with turban in full view?
At a time when the MTA was supposed to have pledged $600 million to beef up transit security, only $30 million has actually gone towards that cause as of March 2005.
Instead of holding up everyone's work route during rush hour, I'm more concerned about these fool ass High Entrance/Exit Turnstiles (HEETs) replacing conventional token booths like wildfire. Many of the traditional passages are locked after the early morning herd and you're forced to squeeze through a cross between a torture device and steel cage courtesy of Vince McMahon. If push came to shove (and it literally would) during terrorist attacks underground, how the hell would passengers escape quickly? The elderly, the parents juggling children in one hand, strollers in the other while a growing impatient mob jockeys take their cues from Ludacris to throw 'dem bows at the front of the pack... to say that chaos would ensue is putting it mildly. But, alas Chairman Peter Kalikow & Co. would rather give sanctioned profiling the green light rather than actually taking steps to make the city safer. Chalk one more up for homeland security.
Guard your grill and keep your eyes and ears open, people. Our civil rights are rapidly going the way of the 8-track. The USA Patriot Act has made privacy fair game and opened up a Pandora's box for Big Brother.
- Danyel commented at 7/22/2005 03:01:00 PM~
I'm scared right now. check e'rbody.
- ghettogeisha commented at 7/22/2005 03:50:00 PM~
On NY1 this morning when they were reporting the story, I loved the phrase Gary Anthony Ramsey used: "That Mass, not Melanin" will be used in determing who gets searched.
- TriniPrincess commented at 7/22/2005 04:00:00 PM~
Oh, the irony of that quote is killing me. Wonder if Ramsay got his gift certificate from the NYPD for that nice bridge in BK for getting it out with a straight face.
I'm skurred too, danyel. Things are hectic, for real.
- Midlife Crisis commented at 7/22/2005 05:16:00 PM~
Wow. That is crazy. I'm a Brooklyn girl, born and raised, but I've lived on Ohio for the past five years. Got here just before 9/11 and the whole concept of living in a police state is just mind-boggling to me. Wow.
Anyway, just blog-hopping and wanted to tell you that you are an incredible writer.
- ghettogeisha commented at 7/23/2005 10:47:00 AM~
I must correct myself, GAR said "MATH" not "Mass". A person will be randomly selected out of every group of ten people. He repeated the quote this morning, I'm beginning to wonder if he's being paid to use it.
- Will commented at 7/23/2005 11:56:00 AM~
Wait...has anyone else noticed that there aren't that many officers up in Harlem checking folks? Guess all those years fighting for civil liberties cause them to close their eyes to our protection. Get.me.outta.New.York. Oy.
I'm just sayin...
- Golden... commented at 7/23/2005 08:10:00 PM~
Wow! thanks for this.
@ Will I hear ya bro! Ummm...actually the one that is ALWAYS up in the bronx (4 line) is missing! Hmmmm! makes ya wonder!
- Berry commented at 7/28/2005 05:42:00 PM~
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