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A tale of two mindsets
It was reported earlier this week that New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority is expanding it's familiar bus and subway public service campaign--"If you see something, say something"--and placing such warnings on TV. The following is an excerpt of a letter to the NY Sun today regarding the announcements. Keep in mind that, although there may be life in the King amendment protecting our right to "say something" without fear of being sued, we live in a society where the sacred aboriginal right to litigation takes precedence over personal and national security.
If you are underground in a train car and see a package, you must get out at the next stop. It is unlikely anyone will bother to do so or succeed in giving a warning.
If you are on a subway platform there is usually nobody to tell until the next train pulls into the station.
Most people upon seeing a suspect package simply get off at the next stop.
On my first trip to Israel 20 years ago, I sat on a bench at a bus stop. I was reprimanded by an elderly Israeli already sitting on the bench for not checking under the bench for a "suspect package" before I sat down. I just hope that the MTA figures out a method by which New Yorkers can call in reports in real time.
I hope it does not take a tragedy for the MTA to do more than offer slogans and a phone number.