Richard Clarke Advised New York City Subway Searches
Now this is a surprise. Richard Clarke advised New York City to perform those pointless subway searches:
Mr. Clarke, a former counterterrorism adviser to two presidents, received widespread attention last year for his criticism of President Bush's response to the Sept. 11 attacks, detailed in a searing memoir and in security testimony before the 9/11 Commission.
Unknown to the public, until recently, was Mr. Clarke's role in advising New York City officials in helping to devise the "container inspection program" that the Police Department began in July after two attacks on the transit system in London.
Seems that his goal wasn't to deter terrorism, but simply to move it from the New York City subways to another target; perhaps the Boston subways?
"Obviously you want to catch people with bombs on their back, but there is a value to a program that doesn't stop everyone and isn't compulsory," he said in a deposition.
Mr. Clarke later added, "The goal here is to impart to the terrorists a sense that there is an enhanced security program, to deter them from going into the New York subway and choosing that as a target."
Posted on November 8, 2005 at 12:49 PM • 27 Comments