Inauguration Day Security: Is a Police State Necessary?
Mark Thompson - Jan. 15, 2009
The nation may be waging two wars, but those coming to Washington for the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama can be forgiven for wondering if we’re in the middle of a third one here at home. Roads in the capital are suddenly being blockaded. Concrete barriers are popping up overnight on sidewalks. The city is taking on a bluish cast as its police presence surges. Not surprisingly, the debate has already begun: Is the unprecedented security a wise move given the historic nature of Obama’s swearing-in and the tempting target it provides or is it overkill, an indication that the terrorists have already won?