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Officers will start random bag inspections on the sprawling Washington subway system, the Washington Metro Transit Police said on Thursday, a week after a man was arrested for making bomb threats to the rail system.

Metrorail police officers plan to randomly select bags before passengers enter subway stations and they will swab them or have an explosives-sniffing dog check the bags, according to the Metro police.

There is “no specific or credible threat to the system at this time,” Metro said in a statement. Passengers who refuse to have their bags inspected will be denied entry into the subway system.

“The program will increase visible methods of protecting our passengers and employees, while minimizing inconvenience to riders,” Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn said in a statement announcing the new checks.

The decision to launch the new security checks, similar to programs in New York and Boston, comes after two people were arrested in recent months, accused separately of threatening to explode bombs in the Washington subway system.

The Washington Metro system consists of five separate rail lines with 86 stations that stretch from Maryland through the capital city and into Virginia. Passengers have made some 217 million trips through the system so far this year, Metro said.

A Virginia man was arrested last week for allegedly making threats to use explosives in the Washington area including the subway.

Two months earlier, another Virginia man was arrested in a sting operation, accused of trying to help who he thought were al Qaeda militants bomb Metrorail stations.

U.S. security officials have been increasingly worried about terrorism plots being launched in the United States, particularly by individuals who have no direct affiliation with militant groups but sympathize with their causes and have adopted their ideologies.


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2 Responses to " Washington subway police to begin random bag checks "

  1. RufStei says:

    These bastards expect us to accept these pointless searches. This is nothing, but harassment and voyerisim. Next it will be like the TSA… don’t want us to search your bag?!?! TIME FOR AN ANAL CAVITY RAPE SEARCH!!!

    fucking FAGOT RAPISTS!!!

    They expect us to sell our liberties for security! PURE EVIL!!!

    If I was going to use a bomb I wouldn’t bother with blowing up the trains, I would target the enemy of the people.

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    • RufStei says:

      I’m sorry. I took some time too cool off. It was not fair to imply that these officers were pure evil, some are just following orders, or fear the loss of their jobs. I have just been reading so much about how this country is adopting the same policies of Nazi Germany, and this Nazi-style check point as well as Saint Petersburg Florida police vandalizing the property of the homeless, this was the straw that broke the camels back. You understand, right? You should understand as that’s the whole basis of FBI agent provocateurs, you pump someone full of inflammatory news articals in order to induce someone into doing something they will latter regret.

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