You probably already suspected that the idea of a Department of Homeland Security in general, and the Transportation Security Administration, specifically, was a little crazy.
Last week, all doubts were removed.
I mean, nothing says “nuts” like the plans for Janet Napolitano’s new office, which will be in the very same room used by the director of the nation’s first major federally run psychiatric institution.
I’m not making this up.
DHS Secretary Napolitano and the rest of the Homeland Security team, including parts of the TSA, will soon move to a renovated castle-like structure opened in 1855 as the Government Hospital for the Insane.
Sue Udry is the executive director the Defending Dissent Foundation, a 50-year-old organization whose mission is to protect and advance the right of dissent. Her organization has teamed up with two other civil rights groups to protest the Washington Metro Transit Police’s decision to begin searching subway passengers in the nation’s capital. They’ll be at Union Station between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. today, collecting signatures. I asked Udry to explain why her group objects to the new searches.
What are you protesting?
We don’t like the idea that Metro riders are being treated as if they are potential terrorists.
We believe the Fourth Amendment, which protects us against unreasonable searches, is being violated. We have
collected the names of nearly 500 metro riders, many of whom have indicated their inclination to reduce their use of the transit system rather than resign their rights.