Friday, October 31

HE DIDN'T DO MUCH IN NEW ORLEANS, BUT BROWNIE'S ON OUR SIDE IN DC

Jeff Stein, CQ - Michael D. Brown, last seen screwing up emergency responses to Hurricane Katrina, is blogging like a maniac. And, in somewhat of a surprise, the former FEMA chief is railing against the new police searches of subway riders in Washington, D.C. Brown calls such measures "kabuki security," even "Orwellian."

"Do we need to improve security on all transit lines? Of course. Is this the way to do it? I don't think so. . . I don't need armed officers searching through bags to know that the police are being vigilant. I trust law enforcement to be vigilant. And discreet. In true Orwellian fashion, Metro officials say that these searches will protect riders ;and also guard their privacy and minimize delays.' Orwell would be proud."

Brown, who was forced to resign by President Bush when his command of the botched rescue efforts became politically untenable, then says riders should . . . rise up and smash the state!

"A smart evil-doer will simply refuse the search, leave the Metro station, and return to another Metro station. Why do we need to continue wasting resources on these kinds of searches that even the experts admit have little effectiveness other than "reassuring" the public? What a waste of resources. What an opportunity to make the public even more cynical about serious security issues. "

Well, he does have a good point there. Heck of a job, Brownie.

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