WASHINGTON (AP) — Two rights groups have launched an online petition against Metro’s announced plan to conduct random bag searches on the subway system.

Patrick Elder, a co-founder of DC Bill of Rights Coalition, believes the plan is against the 4th Amendment, which bars unreasonable searches.

The D.C. group is joined by Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition in starting the petition.

Metro announced the plan last week. A spokeswoman said Monday that no searches have been conducted so far, although they could happen at any time.

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  1. KottaMan says:

    I think it’s wonderful that these groups are interested in the 4th Amendment. I am as well (seriously.) There is in this country a need to balance the 4th against the very real and present danger of a WMD attack on the Metro. Should that happen, these same groups will, no doubt, be in the media again complaining that not enough was done to prevent an attack. Folks, we can’t have it both ways.

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