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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Secret Service Doesn't Screen All Attendees for Weapons at Obama Rallies

Obama rallies, and based on some the 550 comments this article has gotten from 2/21 to today (2/24), in Texas and across much of the nation don't have full crowd screening for weapons. The Secret Service said that the security in Dallas was the same for Obama as usual.

Two hours before the event starts people go through magnetometers and have their bags checked for weapons, but an hour before the events, as the lines grow around the block, the searches are called off and the magnetometers are put away.

In the instance of Dallas, this stand-down happened because the crowd of 17,000 'seemed friendly.'

It is frightening to think that a sharpshooter with a smiley face just has to be a little early or late to an Obama rally to get in with a weapon.

I don't understand how 50,000 in Yankee Stadium can be prohibited from bringing in bags, with each attendee getting pat down and wanded, while nearly 70,000 go through this for Giants games at the Meadowlands. And those games start on time.

It seems that the local security is tighter for Yankee games so that we have to buy $5 waters and $8 beers, while blowing up a bunch of fans and players.

Maybe our nation should value a visionary leader like Obama more than beverages, millionaire ball players, peanuts and crackerjacks.


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