"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized," the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution states. I wonder what part of “unreasonable” the New York police don’t understand—or for that matter, the people of New York who apparently know almost nothing about their Constitution.
According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, random violations of the Fourth Amendment “are necessary,” even though the odds of actually catching a terrorist roughly parallel the odds of winning New York’s Mega Millions lottery. In other words, Bloomberg and the New York police probably don’t actually believe they will catch a real live terrorist. It’s all about instilling fear and hysteria.
So brainwashed is the populace, they are “easygoing about the first random searches conducted yesterday in rail and bus stations around the state,” Red Nova reports. In fact, so eager are New Yorkers to surrender their constitutional rights, they are going out of their way to get searched. “I’ve personally gone to many of these locations, and the people that weren’t selected (to be searched) are opening their bag anyway and going over and showing the officer: ‘Here, look at mine,’” NYPD Chief of Transportation Michael Scagnelli told NY1 News. “The public seems to be very happy with it. They feel comfortable with what we’re doing right now,” said MTA Director of Security William Morange. “The NYPD is doing it throughout the New York City transit system and we’re doing it on the commuter rails, and the public is really in favor of it at this time.”
And no doubt the public is unaware of the reason the Bill of Rights was created or are they familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote: "Those who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security." Obviously, the dumbed-down American public (or at least New Yorkers) no longer deserve liberty or security.