On a related note...the article (partially included below) does mention that there are over TEN MILLION Americans OUT OF WORK, the highest in a quarter of a century...this writer points out two very important pieces of information regarding that little factoid:
1. Ten million out of work Americans is almost identical to the NUMBER OF ILLEGAL ALIENS CURRENTLY EMPLOYED IN AMERICA.
2. The last time we had this many OUT OF WORK AMERICANS is right about the same time that President Ronald Reagan started sending up signals he was going to grant illegal aliens Amnesty...which he did in 1986.
Coincedence Folks, or should you be protesting on the White House steps, and in front of President Elect Obama's Tranisition Offices over his plans to LEGALIZE these people that have stolen your jobs...and if you REALLY WANT TO GET ANGRY, he also favors giving everyone of these illegal aliens A TAX AMNESTY to! That's right, a tax AMNESTY...how would you like to be given a FREE TAX RIDE for say FIVE YEARS? Did I mention Obama wants to give these illegal aliens HEALTH CARE? Someone call me when the riots begin so I can post a blog entry saying, "I told you so".
Security focused on protesters more than terror
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials say they have no credible information about potential terrorist or criminal attacks against a weekend summit in Washington of world leaders to deal with the global financial crisis.
In fact, law enforcement officials said they were more concerned about angry protesters, such as people left jobless by the financial meltdown, than they were about terrorists.
The summit — the largest gathering of presidents and prime ministers in Washington since NATO's 50th anniversary in 1999 — opens Friday with a dinner at the White House, followed by a day of policy discussions Saturday at the National Building Museum. It's the first in a series of meetings intended to deal with the enormity of the economic meltdown, and the next meeting won't be until after Bush leaves office on Jan. 20.
The high profile event — drawing many world leaders and members of the media to one place — is an appealing target for terrorists and other extremists who want to make a point.
The short notice for the summit, announced last month, combined with the high level of security, makes it a less attractive target for al-Qaida and similar groups, because they generally like to take time to plan a successful attack, according to a Nov. 12 joint assessment by the FBI, Homeland Security Department, National Counterterrorism Center and the Washington Regional Threat & Analysis Center.
"It is possible, however, that an individual adversely affected by the current economic downturn and acting impulsively" could see the summit as an opportunity to commit violent acts, the assessment said.
The nation's jobless ranks zoomed past 10 million last month, the most in a quarter-century, as 240,000 more people lost jobs.
Tight security around the National Building Museum lessens the possibility of an attack or disruption there, but it could also give extremists motivation to take advantage of nearby infrastructure that will not have the same amount of security, the assessment said.
The event has been designated a National Special Security Event, and the Secret Service has the lead for security. The Service has coordinated with 57 other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the local Metropolitan Police Department.
The Service said it is prepared for all security risks, but has no indication that extremists or protesters currently pose any dangers.
A group called Global Justice Action has organized protests Friday at Lafayette Park and Saturday at Murrow Park. The group provided an estimate of 200 protesters in its permit applications to the National Park Service.
The ANSWER coalition, which has been a leading participant in anti-war protests, is organizing a protest Saturday outside the National Building Museum where the summit is being held. Protesters then plan to march to the Capitol to join a separate protest against California's recent referendum outlawing gay marriage.
Authorities plan to close several streets in downtown Washington Friday and Saturday nights in the vicinity of the National Building Museum, which is just a block or two away from Verizon Center, which is hosting a hockey game on Friday night and an AC/DC concert Saturday night.