This morning, Metro Transit Police swept the Stadium-Armory stop on the Blue/Orange line. Their reason? Responding to a tip concerning an unattended bag? Sadly, no. They were sweeping the station to step up their visibility. Metro claims that this will show Metro commuters that they can feel safe making the perilous commute from Largo to Metro Center.
Anytime a government agency is doing something soley to reassure its constituents, that's usually bad news. Anyone who felt safer seeing these bomb-sniffing dogs moving from train to train is, well, retarded. I would feel safer knowing that Metro Transit Police was, you know, actually policing. Instead, they're out performing a dress rehearsal.
I have never hoped for a terrorist attack before, but I want one to smack the Metro next time these guys are doing this. I want anthrax or TNT to be found in the furthest stop from their next public relations farce*. Perhaps then they'll see that sending bomb-sniffing dogs to Metro stops just to prove to commuters that they actually exist is a folly. These little play-acting games actually make us less safe. So, way to go Metro Transit Police. Thank you for valuing public relations over the safety of your customers. You fuckwits.
And I wish I were more familiar with the demographics of the early morning Blue/Orange rush over by the Armory. Looking at the surrounding stops, I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that a heavy majority of the Metro riders during this sweep were black. If I'm wrong, please don't hesitate to correct me. But I doubt I'm wrong. I've been to Minnesota Avenue before. Not a white person to be seen.
You think Metro would pull this shit in the white parts of town? It would be a miracle to see bomb-sniffing dogs in Friendship Heights. Unless, of course, there's actually a bomb. Metro: incompetent and kind of racist.
*I don't really want a terrorist attack in DC. Please spare me the angry e-mails.