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Crazy Security for Nuclear Security Summit at Convention Center

by Prince Of Petworth April 11, 2010 at 10:47 pm 23 Comments

Well I’ve lived in DC coming on 13 years and I’ve never seen security like this before. These fences are crazy. They start at 7th and O Streets, NW and go all the way south to the Convention Center. Last week we spoke about all the road closures.

I swear I’m not trying to be provocative but am honestly curious – do you think they’d start them this far north if these buildings were condominiums and not public housing projects?

Or do you think they are mostly for protesters?

Well, let’s wish all the world leaders in town luck!  And please don’t visit Ben’s Chili Bowl…

  • Anonymous

    there were fences like this at inauguration and at every wto summit.

    and no, they would have those fences even if it were condos.

  • hohandy

    the fences are to protect the spectators for the annual Running of the Presidents that will take place sometime on Monday afternoon

  • It’s paranoia time for Homeland Security. Even the Coast Guard is being fully deployed (really) to add to the bristling armed scene. There were those style of fences at sections of the inaugural parade route and definitely on the north side of Lafayette Park.

  • Badger

    Home Land Security, TSA, etc all live by the same credo. They have to make you afraid (“terrorized”). At every oppurtunity they will push your rights aside today in the name of safety only to push them further aside tomorrow.

    If there were really a need for such heavy security, then why would they have it in a busy urban area, right? You’d have this out in the country some place where you could easily control those coming and going.

    They are trying to make a show of this and it is working. There are people out there who really believe that this is necessary. The same people who say bullshit things like “9/11 changed everything.”

    We SHOULD all be frightened, but it’s the government that we should be afraid of.

    • Anonymous

      Badger: I think I just met my weekly quota for eye rolling reading your post.

    • briefly

      You should make t shirts!!!

  • Ragged Dog

    Of course this is to prevent anti-nuclear, anti-WTO protesters from disrupting access.

    I think most people who have lived in DC are pretty inured to this sort of thing. It’s an annoying part of DC life at worst.

    • No I am not used to this sort of thing and I’m pissed. The charter school next to the Convention Center canceled classes. Better to protect their little charges. Hate to think of the tragedy should one of the kids or their parents gets mistaken for a threat.
      Class plays a definite part. The adjoining apartments may not be public housing (ok 1 across the street is), but they aren’t luxury apartments either. If they were $300K for a studio, I’m sure there would have been more of a stink.

    • DCster

      I think you meant “to prevent all of the pro-nuclear protesters from disrupting access.” As the summit is seeking to secure (and limit) existing nuclear material, those opposed to all things nuclear have no gripes here.

      • Ragged Dog

        DCSTER: You think you wouldn’t get anti nuclear protesters at a summit designed to simply limit nuclear arms to the existing status quo? If so, I suggest you take a 6 month sabbatical to Berkeley, CA. People will protest your usage of clothing there.

        Mari: I know, I know. Rich people in $300k condos get all the breaks. Never mind people who can afford $300k condos wouldn’t get a second look from any level of politician because they aren’t actually rich. The buy in for political influence is much much higher than a $300 mortgage. You might be poor, but these people aren’t rich. While your misplaced sense of class indignation is understandable, I think you miss the mark wide.

        • DCster

          I hear you – “Interational ANSWER!!” seems like it is always looking for an excuse to protest something.
          I’d be interested in seeing what signs they’d bring to this summit though. *Homer Simpsons of the world deserve jobs too!*, *Three Mile Island was a conspiracy!*

  • I heard that they started towing last night 3 hours before the aprking restrictions even started–ridiculous.

  • West Kansas

    I think a line was crossed when DHS declared that all residents inside the security zone would have to submit to a search and show government ID in order to walk to their homes.

    If you can’t secure the Convention Center without going all unconstitutional on the neighborhood, don’t use the Convention Center for this kind of thing.

    • Anonymous

      you mean the constitution that says this:
      Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17

      To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of Particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;

  • ProfChris

    Weird thing is that this population is usually utterly disengaged from this. So yeah, unless some terrorist pays somebody in the projects to use their abode for malfeasance, maybe yeah–it’s designed to stop protesters. None have showed up as far as I could see. More wonks down here at the National Press Club than folks taking to the streets.

    But I guess paranoia is justified. Think of who’s opposing this summit: Iran, the Likkud in Israel, North Korea and Sarah Palin/Michelle Bachmann. Given that street gang, I’d be paranoid too…

  • Tiffany

    Those aren’t projects. Some of the units in these apartment buildings have subsidized units.

  • Mal

    I live at 12th & Mass, and part of 12th Street has emergency no parking. My boyfriend got towed from 11th & L yesterday (he forgot to move his car) and they just reparked it up around 2300 Sherman. I thought that was pretty cool they did that instead of impounding.

    I’m just hoping it’s not a huge clusterf when I get home tonight. It wasn’t too bad this morning.

    (all you naysayers that say I should have taken metro, I’m sorry but metro doesn’t go to where I work in MD)

  • Anonymous

    Cyclist killed by military humvee this evening @ 12th & New York, NW. :(


  • jt$

    While I sympathize somewhat for anyone that got their car towed early or lives in the security zone, complaining that this security presence is inappropriate is ridiculous. There will be 47 heads of state and VIPs from the most powerful nations in the world. This is said to be the greatest collection of power since the founding of the United Nations. The security is completely called for. People calling this government terrorism are paranoid and misinformed. Maybe they should have held it elsewhere but that is another debate.

    Apologies for my heated remarks but gimme a break. While these structures can be provocative, this level of security is an absolute necessity based on the collection of world leadership.


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