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How Secure Can the Democratic Convention Really Be?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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PRETTY LITTLE POLICEMEN IN A ROW Cops (Photo: Getty Images) With Hillary Clinton and her supporters charging their way into an honorary nomination at next week's Democratic National Convention, Dems have plenty to fear: mutiny, a fractured party, hair-pulling. And that's to say nothing of the troubles raised in a recent New York Times story outlining the event's security provisions. What's a covention-goer to feel but anxiety, knowing as she does of "anarchists infiltrating peaceful protest groups"; "low level chatter" on websites frequented by "white separatists who spew hate about Mr. Obama's race"; and the idea that Denver police are said to have considered "buying exotic non-lethal weapons that fired an immobilizing goo, or that used radiation or sonic waves to incapacitate people or vehicles"? The fact is, Denver '08 could prove to be far worse than Chicago '68. So what, really, can we expect from the security forces deployed to protect attendees? According to cops on the ground there now, expect them to contain matters ... until they no longer can.

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