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  •  Inauguration Security (17+ / 0-)

    Was done by Chertoff, and although you're not included in the group, many frustrated ticket holders somehow want to blame Obama or Congress for this.  I feel for all of the people who tried so hard, but were not able to get in after waiting many hours, but we have another inauguration in 2013 to get it right with better people running DHS, hopefully!

    •  I was one of the volunteers on the Mall and (4+ / 0-)

      all orders I heard came from the Park Police.  They had serious security concerns and from a ground-level perspective, I don't blame them.  There really was a crush of people at many points and felt dicey.

      •  I think Park Service had jurisdiction on the mall (0+ / 0-)

        but Capitol Police had jurisdiction around the Capitol for the ticketed area.  And D.C. city police had jurisdiction over streets.  Then there were Army M.P.s, Secret Service, Marines etc.   Hard to keep track of all of them.
        We were at the concert on Sunday and thought the Park Service staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful.  
        D.C. city police not so much.

        •  Jurisdictional lines are very blurry (0+ / 0-)

          We have more police forces than the mind can imagine.  I'll never forget seeing a postal police car shining its light while blaring its siren!  Yes, I saw all of those security forces you mention, along with police forces from other cities and the National Guard from other States.  I never encountered D.C. city police during my misadventures and meanderings.  As much as organizers thought they'd prepared, clearly, they didn't.

          •  D.C. Police busted t-shirt vendor (0+ / 0-)

            Sunday before the concert.  We were trying to buy a t-shirt -- the vendor had set up on the sidewalk and didn't have license with him -- said his boss had the license and had dropped him off to go park.  D.C. cop said he was going to jail.  Didn't seem like the best use of resources.
            Postal police.  I just can't can't get my head around that.

            •  The vendor licensing issue was a very sticky one (0+ / 0-)

              I wouldn't be surprised if another vendor told on that guy.  Yep, postal police.  Even odder to me is the FBI police.  I swear every other agency has its own police force.

    •  I was in the area for the week (6+ / 0-)

      but did not go down for the swearing in...I stayed with family and my mother, who was not feeling well...but I am planning to be there for Obama's second term and I am working hard to help make this term a success.

      Hope you see you there in 2013!  and yeah - hopefully DHS will have some competent folks in place by then. I'm hoping Rick Noriega from Texas gets a spot there or at FEMA - he ran the evacuation center in Houston for Katrina and I think he really DID do a "heckuva job".

      Here's to competence in government for the next eight years! (raising a cup to coffee for a morning toast!)

    •  Heh (0+ / 0-)

      That explains a lot if Chertoff was the one handling security!

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