Daily Archives: April 13, 2010

Obama’s Nuclear Summit, Security tight – Moscow or Washington, D. C.?

From the Washington Post by Dana Milbank:

World leaders arriving in Washington for President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit must have felt for a moment that they had instead been transported to Soviet-era Moscow.

They entered a capital that had become a military encampment, with camo-wearing military police in Humvees and enough Army vehicles to make it look like a May Day parade on New York Avenue, where a bicyclist was killed Monday by a National Guard truck.

In the middle of it all was Obama — occupant of an office once informally known as “leader of the free world” — putting on a clinic for some of the world’s greatest dictators in how to circumvent a free press.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/13/AR2010041303067_pf.html

Click on link to read more about how the press was ousted from the meeting.

Iron fencing erected around the Washington Convention Center

Another account here:

Security is tight in Washington as presidents, prime ministers and kings from 47 countries are meeting in the US capital on a battle plan to keep nuclear weapons out of terrorist hands. The event is the largest assembly of world leaders hosted by a US president in six decades.

Sharp-shooters stood guard on the roof of the conference site.  A heavy black security fence barricaded the perimeter.  Police began closing 10 streets around the convention center Sunday evening…..more than 12 hours before the first meetings were to begin.

http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/usa/Intense-Security-Surrounds-Nuclear-Summit-90705204.html

He must have been afraid some “teabaggers” would be there waving dangerous signs.  But it really is not funny.  Army tanks.  Sharpshooters.  Military police.  Press not allowed.  Not funny.

Posted:  04.13.10

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