Extra troops, cops being called in to safeguard Obama’’s swearing-inJanuary 9th, 2009 - 12:56 pm ICT by ANI
New York, January 9 (ANI): American military and law enforcement officials have decided to add more soldiers and cops than previously planned to safeguard President-elect Barack Obama’’s Inauguration Day.
Sources have revealed that an additional 3,000 troops and 2,000 cops will be deployed to safeguard Obamas swearing-in on January 20.
The addition of extra force will bring the tally to 7,000 soldiers and 10,000 police, they reveal.
A law enforcement source has revealed that “they are just panic-stricken” over crowd estimates ranging up to four million.
The joint security and transportation plan disclosed by authorities shows that “access into Washington, D.C. will be limited” on January 20.
All four bridges over the Potomac River from Virginia into D.C. will be closed to traffic, except for buses and authorized vehicles, and boat traffic on the river will be banned.
While hotels and private residences in the city are charging huge amount of money from the Inauguration Day attendees, a decision as to where the additional security forces are going to sleep has yet to be taken.
“They don”t know where they”re going to house the troops yet,” the New York Daily News quoted a security official as saying. (ANI)
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