News Release

D.C. Metro to Search Bags


The D.C. Bill of Rights Coalition and the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalitionith launched an online petition campaign today in opposition to the bag search program announced on Thursday, but not yet implemented, by D.C. Metro Transit Police.

Elder and Udry are members of both civil liberties groups. The bag searching program was initially announced in 2008, but was put aside due to widespread community opposition. Udry, who is also director of the Defending Dissent Foundation, said today: “Metro officials are referencing a recent alleged bomb plot against Metro as justification for the random bag searches. They should remember that the plot was not real. It had been hatched by FBI agents, and the public was never in any danger.” For more, see here

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167