Thursday, Feb 21, 2008
Dozens of police officers have voiced concern over a security stand down order issued by federal officials at Barack Obama’s rally in Dallas yesterday afternoon.
|Police officers and security officials were surprised when they were told to stop using metal detectors and to stop checking bags at the entrance to the arena.|
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, reports the Star-Telegram.
Police officers and security officials were surprised when they were told to stop using metal detectors and to stop checking bags at the entrance to the arena.
The Star Telegram article continues:
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.
Many officers subsequently complained as they believed a lapse in security had occurred with thousands of people entering the arena without even cursory inspections.
The security concerns come on the back of warnings last week by British Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing that caused a media storm. The The 88-year-old novelist predicted the assassination of Barack Obama if he becomes the first black U.S. president.
Lessing said: “He would probably not last long, a black man in the position of president. They would kill him.” going on to comment that it would be better if Hillary Clinton became America’s first woman president with Obama as her running mate.
As researchers of the JFK assassination will be aware, in addition to those who have looked into the assassination of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, a secret service stand down at a large public event should set alarm bells ringing.