In a blog post of righteousness last week, I assailed Fairfax County (Virginia) Supervisor Jeff McKay for his failure to comprehend basic security principles as they pertain to the Metro system.
A Washington Examiner reporter retrieved McKay's response:
[H]e laughed. But he quickly defended his stance, saying that random searches were recommended by the U.S. Transportation Security Association, the D.C. Police, and WMATA management.
"I trust the intelligence agencies when they tell me there's a reason to do this," he said.
McKay admitted that bag searches likely wouldn't stop someone intent on causing mass destruction to the Metrorail, but that they will make passengers much more aware of security concerns.
Supervisor McKay was not flip about these issues at the meeting of the Metro board. He spoke about the bag search policy in terms of his moral duty to make the Metro system safe.
But it turns out he can't defend the validity of bag searches as a security measure. He admits he's just doing what he's told, and he sees it as a way to keep Metro riders on edge. The taxpayer money spent on bag searches is pure waste. Interesting moral universe.