TALK BACK: Did BART stifle free speech by shutting off underground wireless?
BART officials admitted Friday that they shut off wireless communications for some stations in Downtown San Francisco to keep a planned protest from happening — a move that infuriated civil liberties groups and peeved passengers who likened the maneuver to former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak’s regime to crush a citizen uprising.
The agency said it did it to keep the peace, and to keep trains moving through the evening commute. “A civil disturbance during commute times at busy downtown San Francisco stations could lead to platform overcrowding and unsafe conditions for BART customers, employees and demonstrators,” the agency wrote in a public statement.
What do you think? Did the move smack of an unconstitutional move, or was the outage worth it — to bring you back home without delay. Comment below please.