A touching amount of concern for a presidential candidate.

21 February 2008

I haven't been writing about the beginning of the presidential campaign season because I've been busy with other things, but I thought that this should be spread around a bit more widely... Barack Obama's security detail ordered on-duty police officers at a rally in Dallas, Texas to stop searching attendees for weapons as they filed in.

You read that correctly, the were told to stop looking for weapons. D.W. Lawrence, Deputy Police Chief of Dallas went on the record as saying that the order 'apparently' came down from the US Secret Service because they wanted to "speed up the long lines outside."

The local Secret Service field office refused comment. There's been no word yet on whether or not any other rallies in Texas also had no one keeping an eye out.

Does this strike anyone else as being just a little bit strange? I don't think that anyone has to pontificate at length on why it's a bad idea to deliberately take down levels of one's defensive perimeter.

It seems that I'll have to keep a closer eye on the election trail this time 'round, and I'll definitely be breaking out the shortwave radio scanners again...