Friday, April 27, 2012

Fed plans call for militarized Red Zone in Chicago

The upcoming NATO summit story gets better by the day. Apparently Chicago's city planners gearing up for summit security had no idea the feds were gonna come in so heavy handed.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports a militarized "Red Zone" to protect federal buildings will be ramping up in the coming weeks:
The image of federal agents on downtown streets far from McCormick Place — in battle gear, weapons slung — three weeks before the summit is certain to have a chilling effect on those who live and work in the Loop. It also calls into question Host Committee Executive Director Lori Healey’s oft-repeated message that Chicago will remain “open for business” during the summit.
Are Chicago planners really dumb enough to be caught this off guard? Seems to me, they should have had a clue after seeing the way Big Sis rolled teams into Indianapolis for the Super Bowl. Indy was expecting a friendly football crowd. Chicago knows it has massive mobs of anarchists and other protesters heading its way.

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