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What's going on in Dallas?

Discussion in 'Politics' started by CRC, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Ok...this surprised even me!


    Police concerned about order to stop screening

    Star-Telegram Staff Writer

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    -->Barack Obama speaks Wednesday at a Democratic rally in Dallas' Reunion Arena. Police were told to stop screening people for weapons before the rally began.
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    <!-- END /pubsys/production/story/story_assets.comp -->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.
    "Sure," said Lawrence, when asked if he was concerned by the great number of people who had gotten into the building without being checked. But, he added, the turnout of more than 17,000 people seemed to be a "friendly crowd."
    The Secret Service did not return a call from the Star-Telegram seeking comment.
    Doors opened to the public at 10 a.m., and for the first hour security officers scanned each person who came in and checked their belongings in a process that kept movement of the long lines at a crawl. Then, about 11 a.m., an order came down to allow the people in without being checked.
    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
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    What's going on? Reality set in. The nanny state has come to realize there is no point to wiping out a candidate that is not yet a candidate.
  3. MbRodge

    MbRodge Monkey+++

    And yet nothing happened.
  4. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    JFK probably thought Dallas was a friendly crowd back in '63 too.
  5. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Yeah...that thought crossed my mind too....

    It definitely looks like the Secret Service made the call, not DPD....

    Or perhaps more likely, someone in the campaign forced the Secret Service to make that call so the seats wouldn't be empty when Sen Obama came in..... This seems most likely to me, because the USSS doesn't usually do stupid things like this without being forced to..... ??
  6. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    Yea, strange that they started and then stopped checking people. I'll bet that when Hitlery comes out to speak EVERYONE has been checked, demanded by her, because she is liked so much by everyone!!!

    My Dad went to see Obama (does not like him, just wanted to see what he had to say) in Omaha and said they did not check anyone going in.
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