Rally Security Optional?
At the Kerry-Edwards rally on Wednesday in Cleveland, everyone had to go through airport-like security...unless you showed up late.
At the last minute, just before the candidates began speaking, the huge line of people waiting to get in was simply waved through the bank of metal detectors and rushed in, the metal detectors going off like slot machines.
It appears that this eventuality was planned for. A pen had been laid out with barriers and was quickly filled with people pressing to the front for a better view.
None of these people were searched or screened. Most did not have a ticket. Most had a clear view of the podium, from a distance of about 30 yards.
I'm all for tight security at presidential rallies. But if you are going to have a multi-tiered ticketed event, with multiple banks of metal detectors, individual searches of attendees, even to the extent of not allowing umbrellas into the rally, then YOU HAD BETTER DO IT FOR ALL THE ATTENDEES.
Hundreds of unsearched, unscreened people were essentially allowed...no...encouraged, to breach security. In a post 9/11 world, this is simply not acceptable.