Friday, February 22, 2008 | 02/21/2008 | Police concerned about order to stop screening 02/21/2008 Police concerned about order to stop screening

The line for yesterday's Barack Obama speech in Dallas stretched across the Reunion Arena lawn, into the parking garage, up several ramps to the top parking level, and then wound back and forth across the top level several times.

In my opinion, this was for the benefit of the TV crews in helicopters. (This picture is from WFAA.)

Once we finished our photo op (guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of The Clintons and their demoralized supporters), the line moved at a speedwalker pace. Here's Jack Douglas of the Star-Telegram:

DALLAS -- 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.
The order to put down the metal detectors and stop checking purses and laptop bags came as a surprise to several Dallas police officers who said they believed it was a lapse in security.....

.... about 11 a.m., an order came down to allow the people in without being checked.
Several Dallas police officers said it worried them that the arena was packed with people who got in without even a cursory inspection.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because, they said, the order was made by federal officials who were in charge of security at the event.

"How can you not be concerned in this day and age," said one policeman.

Whether or not security at this event is modeled on the Democratic Party's immigration policy remains to be seen.

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