Security Tight for Presidential Inauguration


Video surveillance will play a key role in protecting the first presidential inauguration since the Sept. 11 terror attacks. As President Bush takes the oath office for his second term Jan. 20, cameras will relay live video to a high-tech command center that will be manned by officials from 50 federal, state and local police agencies.

Cameras will monitor streets throughout downtown Washington D.C. and will be relayed to 120 work stations in the Northern Virginia center, according to the Associated Press. The center will also keep tabs on environmental and security sensors and on aerial surveillance flights.

“If there is a piece of technology that exists, we’ve put it to use for this event,” Jim Rice, the FBI supervisory agent for the inauguration, told the AP. “The president is going to get out and walk down the middle of the street, and we’re at war. Security is going to be airtight.”

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