WASHINGTON (AP) — American Civil Liberties Union chapters in the Washington area are looking for passengers who want to challenge Metro’s new random bag search policy.

Metro began conducting random inspections of passengers’ bags at entrances to rail stations and bus bays in December — searches ACLU chapters believe are unconstitutional. The executive director of the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital, Johnny Barnes, says the organizations are considering filing a lawsuit in federal court in Washington.

The groups are also planning to pass out fliers about the searches and hold a public discussion about them.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Scott's County says:

    Good for the ACLU! I’m so tired of all this “Patriot Act” BS. Our big brother government is now in “mission creep” mode with ever increasing snooping into our private lives in violation of the 4th and 14th Amendments. The US Constitution has now become America’s toilet paper due to 9/11 excuses to keep us all “safe”. But, remember, as Benjamine Franklyn once said, ‘Those who give up freedom for safety deserve neigther.”

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