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Woman drives car into Bush rally building

mr100percent (57156) writes | more than 10 years ago

Security 2

It seems a 29-year-old woman sped past police and Secret Service, and drove her car into the side of the building where President Bush was inside at a rally. Seems close. Of course the Secret Service is saying "He was never in danger," but I think its just spin. Imagine a car bomb driven by a suicide bomber.It seems a 29-year-old woman sped past police and Secret Service, and drove her car into the side of the building where President Bush was inside at a rally. Seems close. Of course the Secret Service is saying "He was never in danger," but I think its just spin. Imagine a car bomb driven by a suicide bomber.

Just how weak is presidential security anyways? A small Cessna plane smashed into the White House window when Clinton was in office, 9/11 showed us that the White House was woefully unequipped to handle a plane attack, and now a "potential terrorist" could get this close to Mr. Bush with a car full of stuff? Yikes. Seems LA Times is calling them on how close it was, though the Secret Service is downplaying the matter.

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Do facts ever phase you? (1)

GMontag (42283) | more than 10 years ago | (#7474672)

A small Cessna plane smashed into the White House window when Clinton was in office

Now, back here on Earth, in reality:
Violations of the forbidden airspace between the Potomac River and the White House are relatively rare, but in September 1994 a light plane gliding with its engine off crashed on the White House
lawn and slid up to the mansion, killing the pilot but not harming President Clinton or his family.
From this story: [cnn.com]
Small plane briefly enters White House airspace

Re:Do facts ever phase you? (1)

mr100percent (57156) | more than 10 years ago | (#7478487)

Ok, so he missed. Did you ever read Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy? He had a scenario where a 747 smashed into the capitol building, killing the president and most of congress. That's what reminded me of this, we could have been hit much worse.


Ok, back to reality (since that's what your topic haughtily implies). Do you know how weak the defenses around the White House were? Who was asleep at the bazooka on the roof when that light plane crashed into it? On 9/11 the white house still appeared vulnerable. It seems to have gotten better now [airwise.com] , since they immediately evacuated the White House when the plane got in.


Let me quote what the New York Times [cooperativeresearch.org] said:


Minutes later, 900 miles to the north, a squad of Secret Service agents burst into the West Wing office of Vice President Dick Cheney, grabbing his arms, his shoulders and his belt. "They literally propelled him out of his office," one witness said. The agents all but carried Mr. Cheney down to the White House's deepest sanctum, the Presidential Emergency Operations Center, a tubelike structure designed to withstand a nuclear blast. Another hijacked plane was bearing down on Washington, the agents said, and the White House was almost certainly its target.

Of course there are other [telegraph.co.uk] sources [washingtonpost.com] , but they're more lurid and I don't want you criticizing me for hamming it up.


I still stand by the claim that the president is vulnerable. That's not a good thing. He's going to London soon enough, they better give him an armored Humvee for all the people who hate him now. I think he's realized that people don't trust the US anymore after Iraq. That's a catastrophe and I don't know what we can do, save for a reelection.


BTW, interesting Pizza IDF page. The photos sorta make me sad, thinking about the danger they're in.

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