February 22, 2008

Prepping for Assassination

They plant the seed, then use the poison in it's roots. People need to know there's always a madness in their method.
Posted on Thu, Feb. 21, 2008
Police concerned about order to stop weapons screening at Obama rally
Star-Telegram Staff Writer
UPDATE: Editor's note: This story was updated at 4 p.m. Friday. » TAKE ME THERE
DALLAS -- Security details at Barack Obama's rally Wednesday stopped screening people for weapons at the front gates more than an hour before the Democratic presidential candidate took the stage at Reunion Arena.
The order to put down the metal detectors and stop checking purses and laptop bags came as a surprise to several Dallas police officers who said they believed it was a lapse in security.
Dallas Deputy Police Chief T.W. Lawrence, head of the Police Department's homeland security and special operations divisions, said the order -- apparently made by the U.S. Secret Service -- was meant to speed up the long lines outside and fill the arena's vacant seats before Obama came on.
[...] The Secret Service did not return a call from the Star-Telegram seeking comment.
Several Dallas police officers said it worried them that the arena was packed with people who got in without even a cursory inspection.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because, they said, the order was made by federal officials who were in charge of security at the event.
"How can you not be concerned in this day and age," said one policeman.
JACK DOUGLAS Jr., 817-390-7700
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Secret Service defends security at Obama rally in Dallas
EDITOR'S NOTE: Comments are flooding in on the original version of this story. » TAKE ME THERE
FORT WORTH -- The U.S. Secret Service on Friday defended its handling of security during a massive rally in downtown Dallas for Barack Obama, saying there was no "lapse" in its "comprehensive and layered security plan," which called for some people to be checked for weapons, while others were not.
[...] "This relaxed security was unbelievably stupid, especially in Dallas," Jeff Adams of Berkeley, Calif., said in an e-mail to the Star-Telegram, noting the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas more than four decades ago.Others said they had recently attended large political events, many for Obama, where security screening was halted. Jeremy Dibbell of Boston said in an e-mail that he attended an Obama event in Boston at which "the same thing happened there. We waited for hours in line as people were screened, and then suddenly everyone was just allowed in without going through any inspection at all."
Nick Shapiro, a spokesman for Obama in Texas, said the campaign would have no comment on whether there was a security breech in Dallas. Shapiro referred questions to the Secret Service.
[...] "It was never a part of the plan at this particular venue to have each and every person in the crowd pass through the Magnetometer," said [Eric Zahren, a spokesman for the Secret Service], referring to the device used to detect metal in clothing and bags.
He declined to give the reason for checking people for weapons at the front of the lines and letting those farther back go in without inspection. http://www.star-telegram.com/dallas_news/story/489920.html

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