Terrorist Fear Mongering Seems to be Working Less Well
BART, the San Francisco subway authority, has been debating allowing passengers to bring drinks on trains. There are all sorts of good reasons why or why not—convenience, problems with spills, and so on—but one reason that makes no sense is that terrorists may bring flammable liquids on board. Yet that is exactly what BART managers said.
No big news—we’ve seen stupid things like this regularly since 9/11—but this time people responded:
Added Director Tom Radulovich, “If somebody wants to break the law and bring flammable liquids on, they can. It’s not like al Qaeda is waiting in their caves for us to have a sippy-cup rule.”
Directing his comments to BART administrators, he said, “You know, it’s just fearmongering and you should be ashamed.”