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Airports start car searches

U.S. orders random checks for bombs. Police at airports in the Bay Area and around the country have quietly started to conduct random searches of vehicles under a new federal security mandate to thwart car bombs. Some U.S. airports, concerned that the searches are illegal, are refusing to carry out the directive. The Transportation Security Administration has ordered police at U.S. airports to randomly select vehicles arriving on entrance roads for “voluntary” searches. Motorists who refuse the search are barred from proceeding to the terminal. The mandate was issued when the federal government raised the national terrorism alert to “code orange” Feb. 8. “We’re not looking for anything other than explosives that can cause mass casualties and destruction,” said Alameda County Sheriff’s Capt. Rocky Medeiros, whose agency provides exterior security at Oakland International Airport. “We’re not looking in glove boxes or popping off hubcaps or looking into purses.” Full Story

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