“We don’t like the idea that Metro riders are being treated as if they are potential terrorists”

Sue Udry is the executive director the Defending Dissent Foundation, a 50-year-old organization whose mission is to protect and advance the right of dissent. Her organization has teamed up with two other civil rights groups to protest the Washington Metro Transit Police’s decision to begin searching subway passengers in the nation’s capital. They’ll be at Union Station between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. today, collecting signatures. I asked Udry to explain why her group objects to the new searches.

What are you protesting?

We don’t like the idea that Metro riders are being treated as if they are potential terrorists.

We believe the Fourth Amendment, which protects us against unreasonable searches, is being violated. We have collected the names of nearly 500 metro riders, many of whom have indicated their inclination to reduce their use of the transit system rather than resign their rights.
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