Police believe it is good policy for anti-terrorism enforcement to include patrolling public transit for fare evaders, according to the department's former top transit officer.
The SFMTA, which operates Muni, uses funding from federal anti-terrorism grants to pay for fare evasion enforcement, via a group called the Muni Task Force.
Fare-evasion enforcement is a way to catching more serious criminals, Ali said, "who in some cases possess firearms while on Muni coaches."
Homeland Security representatives told The Examiner that extracurricular use of the funds may be legal if the Police Department says catching fare cheats is an anti-terror tactic, and if no one openly complains about the practice.
Not paying for Muni is apparently a gateway drug to suicide bombing.
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