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No Decision from BART Board on Phone Shut Down, Board Seems to Lean Against, 8/24/11: audio
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In a special meeting this morning, the BART Board of Directors met to discuss the agency's mobile phone service shutdown on August 11th that has raised the ire of civil libertarians and Anonymous. The earth shook during the meeting (literally, as an earthquake rolled through the building), but not because the Board made a concrete proposal or voted on a policy moving forward. Board President Bob Franklin did try to summarize what the board's consensus might be moving forward. That consensus seemed to lean toward recommendations made by the ACLU that phone service not be cut except in the most extreme cases such as bombings and hostage situations. The board also appeared to agree that the use of such tactics by BART should be proportionate to the concern being addressed, that accommodations be considered for those with disabilities, and that passengers possibly be given advanced warning of communication shutdowns in the future. Franklin indicated after the meeting that the board might take 2-4 weeks to create a formal policy. [Full audio below]

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