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"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Monday, November 07, 2005

Right. Let's Take His Advice

AP: Clarke Urges More Subway Searches---

NEW YORK - Former White House counter-terrorism adviser Richard Clarke says the random search by police of bags on New York subways is a program that should be copied in other cities.

Terrorists who plan attacks with multiple bombs set to go off at the same time rely on the knowledge that they will not encounter surprises by police, Clarke said last week in a deposition for a federal court case challenging the search program.

"They rehearse that, they train it, they do dry runs," Clarke said in response to questions posed by New York Civil Liberties Union Legal Director Christopher Dunn.

Clarke said he believes most U.S. mass transit systems are underprotected.

Clarke, a counterterrorism adviser to former presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton, has written a book strongly criticizing the current administration for underestimating warnings about al-Qaida before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The NYCLU sued the city on behalf of several subway riders who were searched after the city instituted the new policy in following the deadly terrorist bombings in London's subway system.
More on Richard Clarke fromPower Line, March 2004

The Weekly Standard, March 2004