Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Chicago Cops Swabbing Random Train Passengers at Random Stations for Explosives

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Chicago Cops Swabbing Random Train Passengers at Random Stations for Explosives

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A new security initiative unveiled by Chicago police earlier this week will see checkpoints go up at random city train stations where cops will swab random passengers’ bags for explosives, further ingraining the guilty-until-proven innocent, slave-like nanny state mentality in citizens’ heads.

Despite the fact that security experts predict there is “no known terrorist threat” targeting the Chicago Transit Authority, police are hailing the invasive activity as a “proactive, protective measure,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

“We know that surface transportation has been targeted in other places in the past [Madrid, New York, London, Russia] and want to take whatever precautions possible,” Chicago police spokesman Marty Maloney said.

The methods by which police plan to go about their bomb-tracking are quizzical. As reported by the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago police say they will randomly select one rail station each day to set up the screening table outside the rail turnstiles during rush hour. [Chicago Police Commander for public transportation Nancy] Lipman said most of the stations will be downtown but other stops will be included as well.

So, out of a plethora of railway stations, “they will randomly select one rail station each day” where they will proceed to harass scores of innocent travelers.

With such an “advanced” system of detecting potential terrorists, surely police have established a more concrete way of picking out travelers who may actually pose a threat:

A team of four to five officers will man the table, which will have two explosives testing machines.

Police will approach riders, whom they have randomly selected by picking a random number that morning, Lipman said.

For example, if police pick the number 10, they will ask the 10th person who enters the station, then the 20th and so on, Lipman said.

Police say they will swab the outside of the bags but will not open them during the test.

The utter inanity of police essentially banking on a random bust was not lost on DePaul University professor Joseph Schwieterman, who equates the practice to trying to find a “needle in a haystack.”

“Unfortunately, it’s needle in a haystack trying to identify vulnerabilities in mass transit systems,” Schwieterman told the Tribune. “We have hundreds and hundreds of access points to our stations.”

Train riders are also not being fooled.

“If they swab one random person’s bag, what about the next person who might have something?” a man rhetorically asked the Tribune. “I think it’s just a waste of money and time.”

Another passenger says the fact that police will let passengers who refuse the swab just walk out the door proves the program’s inefficacy.

“It seems like the way they’re announcing it, they’re letting us know you can just leave the station and go to the next station if you had a bomb in your bag. To me, I just don’t imagine too many people would get caught,” another train passenger expressed to the Tribune.

Moreover, even passengers who fail the explosive swab have the option to leave.

“A positive test triggers a search request,” explains TechDirt.com writer Tim Cushing. “Commuters can refuse but they won’t be allowed to board their train and will be asked to leave the station. Almost ‘free to go,’ but not quite. Chicago transit cops will be free to perform less voluntary searches should they decide ‘probable cause’ exists to do so. Given that a bag has just tested positive for explosives, that should be all the justification they need.”

The Chicago PD’s useless approach to combating a phantom terror threat is similar to how the T.S.A. fleeces members of the public who quite obviously pose no risk whatsoever.

Last year, Infowars added to the volume of evidence showing the T.S.A.’s groping efforts to be mere security theater with leaked internal court documents, in which the federal agency also admitted that “it is aware of no one who is currently plotting a terror attack against our aviation system using explosives (non-metallic or otherwise).”

As Cushing predicts, the city’s move to implement such drastic, expensive and ultimately ineffective measures “will likely net itself a few additional lawsuits, thanks to that inevitable byproduct of poorly-thought-out and poorly-implemented security theater programs” – while only a sliver of hope exists of catching an actual terrorist.

Given the pushback against the program, it would not be outside of the realm of possibility to expect corrupt elements within the government to stage some sort of “false flag” terror attack to be carried out on Chicago’s rail lines in order to justify the bag swabs, which can only lead to across-the-board implementation.

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1 Response to Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Chicago Cops Swabbing Random Train Passengers at Random Stations for Explosives

  1. Obed Morley says:

    I would say that I’m glad I don’t live in Chicago but I think the name is generic.

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