7/26/04 10:00 AM EST
Democratic Convention Begins With "Unprecedented" Security Measures
U.S. News and World Report reports this week "that party bigwigs heading to Boston for this week's Democratic National Convention and New York for the GOP gaggle August 30-September 2 are being warned about a potential chemical or biological attack from terrorists. While little is known for certain, security officials reveal that the threat is worse in New York than Boston." US News adds, "Party officials were urged in private security briefings last week to carry gas masks, even if it's one of those Home Depot painter's face masks." USA Today reports this morning the FleetCenter convention site "was ringed with military police in camouflage, bomb-sniffing dogs, uniformed Secret Service agents and 7-foot metal barricades. A swarm of police and military helicopters created a constant chatter overhead. Coast Guard and police boats crisscrossed nearby Boston Harbor, making occasional stops of pleasure craft." Newsweek adds that officials in Boston "are taking unprecedented security precautions" and "more than 100 remote-controlled security cameras were installed near the Fleet Center, the convention's hub, linked to a network monitored 24 hours a day by federal officials in Washington."