America Supports, Registers, Fences You Freedom Walk
The DoD is taking extreme security precautions for Sunday's tasteful Clint Black jamboree commemorating the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks--to the point of erecting restraining fences all along the two-mile path of the march from the Pentagon to the National Mall:
What's unusual for an event on the Mall is the combination of fences, required preregistration and the threat of arrest.
Park Police officials said security and safety were concerns, especially because Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld will participate in some of the day's events.
An understandable precaution. It was Donald Rumsfeld, after all, who waved off concerns about looters of the Iraqi National Museum with the anodyne reply, "It's untidy. Freedom's untidy. And free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes."
And God knows what the dude will say to incite the crowd if anyone gets in his way when he gets some everclear in him and decides to bum rush Clint Black. -- HOLLY MARTINS
Tight Constraints on Pentagon's Freedom Walk [Washington Post]
Looting and Conquest [The Nation]