August 15th, 2011
07:06 PM ET

BART defends cutting cell service to defuse protest

An official with San Francisco's rapid transit system stood by the decision to shut off cell phone service ahead of a protest, not ruling out a similar move in response to a planned demonstration Monday.

The decision drew widespread criticism and stirred the well-known hacking group Anonymous to stage an "operation" Sunday. The group urged those supporting its cause to attend a "peaceful protest" Monday.

The FCC says it is investigating the matter.

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  1. Humber

    BART did the right thing.

    August 15, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • genomega1

      You sheep are just getting ready for the slaughter.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pink Pather

    (shaking my head) Anyone remember IRAN..... maybe a year and a half ago. the Nada video of her getting shot and dieing before our very eyes! What *IS* the difference between BART shutting off cell service and Iran doing it! is this the begining of our end?

    August 15, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Minimal Subliminal

    I'd like to see people start to protest child m_o_l_esters, gangs, drug dealers, or any other number of the greatest threats to our country. Why can't people protest all the gang activities in the subway, so maybe cops don't go around shooting everybody. This "cause" is a crock. Nobody ever pickets outside a drug dealer's house, because they are cowards, so they protest people with rules.. "cops"

    August 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • genomega1

      The leftists have excuses for all of these lowlifes, bad childhoods, etc. Plus they are loyal voters.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pink Pather

    @ Minimal Subliminal... Right on brother! I totally got cha...Mobilize the people and you'll see REAL change duder!

    August 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    I have to agree with Humber.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Humber

    Grazie, banasy.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. clearmind

    Sometimes you have to something unpopular to prevent a big ole mess!I agree with what BART did.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    If BART hadnt done what they did and riots broke out (they were planning protests for the same reason the Brits did,right ?the cops killing someone,right?) then everyone would be upset that they DIDNT turn off their relays .

    August 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Godhelpusa

    They did the something in Egypt and oh boo hillary was upset cos the government was interferring on freedom of information... But is ok in the US? Wat a joke we make ourselves to the world..

    August 15, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. s kel

    god shut up.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Godhelpusa

    And ur point @ s kel.. U know am right of the double standard showb here.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Goldwesuck

    Papers please? You there halt! I sense some Jewish blood in you come with me! (oh wait that wouldn't happen here) (Oh didn't Hilter get his people to go along with such similarity?)

    August 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. raven


    August 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. leeintulsa

    You're not supposed to use your cellphones on airplanes, in hospitals.. Some know why, most just do it because it's posted.

    Is it a private company? They can do as they like. If ya don't like it, don't ride.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. leeintulsa

    How do they block service, anyway? Did they install things to extend the service underground, that they can just switch off? Why don't they just take them out?

    I don't recall a 'right to cellphone coverage'..

    August 15, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
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