Hatewatch reports on the growing number of threats of racial violence toward Barack Obama found on webpages and bulletin boards of white supremacists. Which makes it all the more appalling that the Secret Service apparently gave an order to halt weapons screening outside an Obama appearance in – of all places – 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.
Dallas Deputy Police Chief T.W. Lawrence, head of the Police Department’s homeland security and special operations divisions, said the order — apparently made by the U.S. Secret Service — was meant to speed up the long lines outside and fill the arena’s vacant seats before Obama came on.
The Secret Service says they never intended for every person to go through metal detectors. The obvious question would be “why not.” Obama should be demanding the highest possible security at this point. Do you think the secret service would follow those procedures if Obama actually was the president at this point? I would certainly hope not.