Saturday, 3 July 2004
Weather Forecast for Thursday: Tea in Boston Harbor
The Boston Globe reported yesterday on growing protests and threatened lawsuits against the MBTA's plans (already at least partially in effect, according to some reports) for "random" stops, searches, and demands for identification credentials on transit vehicles and in stations.
The Globe also had a wishy-washy editorial, Searching Questions , endorsing an increase in "security" during the Democratic Party convention. But the DNC is just the sort of event during which, the naively conservative Constitutionalist might imagine, the First Amendment "right of the people... peacably to assemble" would be most powerfully at issue.
I don't think that's the Bostonians feel about their heritage of fighting for freedom. What comes next: checkpoints for pedestrians on the Freedom Trail?
T officials still say the stop and search policies are not open for public debate. So the public comment period at the start of the next MBTA Board of Directors meeting this Thursday, 8 July 2004 (1:00 p.m., 10 Park Plaza, 3rd floor board room) should be interesting.
Perhaps it's time for patriots to throw the "T" into the harbor.Link | Posted by Edward on Saturday, 3 July 2004, 22:43 (10:43 PM)