Think your cell phones can save you during an emergency? Think again!
The San Francisco Police department and the Bay Area Rapid Transit system have admitted that they shut off all cell service to several subway stations in San Francisco. The disruption in service was an attempt to stop a planned protest by disabling the protestor’s ability to communicate on mobile phones.
Besides the fact that it’s a slap in the face to people’s first amendment rights to peacefully assemble, it’s also a very troubling safety development. What would have happened if there was a medical emergency on one of these subway platforms? Or worse yet what if there was another major earthquake?
Now I understand that they don’t want a London type situation to break out, but shutting down people ability to communicate is setting a dangerous precedent that is likely to become very common in the future.