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“Something Will Happen”

January 14, 2009 by

Armed thugs attacked a Chicago commuter train this morning, brandishing semi-automatic weapons and forcing passengers off the train before they were forcibly searched. The siege lasted nearly two hours.

The thugs, of course, called themselves “police,” who said they were looking for a “suspicious” man, so identified by a Metra ticket agent because he was asking “unusual questions that were security based” and reportedly boarded the train carrying a firearm. The suspicious man, of course, also belonged to the police – specifically, the U.S. Secret Service.

This doesn’t bode well for next Tuesday, when the Washington DC subway system will be pushed to the brink of collapse by the coronation of Barack Obama. The outgoing president has already declared a “state of emergency” in DC, extending that designation beyond the usual hurricanes and other natural disasters. As Kathryn Muratore noted at LewRockwell.com,

Welcome to the inauguration of the “leader of the free world.” You may only enter the city through these designated roads and transit systems. You will only have access to the inauguration after passing through a security checkpoint, where you will be treated with suspicion. There will be thousands of armed men surrounding you at the ceremony and parade. But, hey, that’s the price of freedom!

John Catoe, the general manager of Washington Metro, said “something will happen” to the subway system on January 20. He’s not being vague for the sake of scaring people. Catoe has the impossible task of accommodating the largest one-day increase in demand in the transit system’s history without any of the tools that would be available in a market economy. He can’t increase prices beyond the normal “rush hour” ceiling imposed by Metro’s politician-dominated board of directors. He’s been told to increase the system’s operating capacity far beyond its normal limits – maximum train service for 17 consecutive hours – and local politicians are demanding even more service hours. To add further pressure, “security” officials continue to close individual subway stations and major roadways – remember, the government has a road monopoly for a reason – to maximize the chance the system will collapse under its own weight.

Now just think what will happen if there’s a repeat of this morning’s Chicago incident, and heavily-armed “police” storm an overcrowded Metro train. The first day of Barack Obama’s reign could be very costly indeed.

{ 6 comments }

Frank January 14, 2009 at 1:18 pm

The next to the last paragraphs reads like an excerpt of “Atlas Shrugged”.

Enjoy Every Sandwich January 14, 2009 at 2:09 pm

The police tend to be very twitchy in these situations, and the vast majority of the people on the trains will be unaccustomed to the sight of firearms (here in Northern VA they typically call gun owners like myself “gun nuts”). So the potential for somebody making a fatal mistake is definitely there.

heather January 14, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Frank, those were my thoughts exactly!

John January 15, 2009 at 5:06 am

Frank and Heather,
That thought pops often into my mind when reading news nowadays…
Too often for my liking..

Ron January 15, 2009 at 7:41 am

When my wife and I visited Paris with some friends over the summer, we were alarmed by what appeared to be French paramilitary troops walking around in public areas, in squads of 4, brandishing FAMAS assault rifles. Imagine the death toll if those guys got “twitchy”.

Lucas M. Engelhardt January 15, 2009 at 11:17 am

The story about Chicago was just amazing. Simply amazing. “There was this suspicious Secret Service guy asking questions about security… And I think he was carrying a US Gov. issue firearm…” At least I like to believe that that’s the way the conversation went, even though it obviously isn’t.

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