Friday, February 29, 2008

Obama's security 'lapse'

Since his candidacy began and for good reason (Medgar Evers. Malcolm X. MLK. Fred Hampton.) African-Americans have whispered their anxiety over Barack Obama's safety. I admit, racial paranoia in black America is at times a destructive viewpoint. However, it is also a healthy immune system against racism that was strengthened by horrific real world events. I personally think it's unproven conspiracy theory B.S., but believing the government administered AIDS to black communities is somewhat based upon the Tuskegee Experiment.

Let's be honest, we're worried about Barack.

Well the latest news coming out of Texas is not helping.

From the Ft. Worth Stat-Telegram:

"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.

'Sure,' said Lawrence, when asked if he was concerned by the great number of people who had gotten into the building without being checked. But, he added, the turnout of more than 17,000 people seemed to be a 'friendly crowd.'"

Even though the Star-Telegram reported that several police officers were worried, a spokesperson for the Secret Service denied the "lapse" and the Obama campaign insists no corners are being cut. Even though scattered reports of similar "no screenings" have reportedly come in, Barack insists he's safe.

I won't fan our worst fears. Still, the hushed anxiety is more pronounced.

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