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Inauguration Goes Off Without Glitches Despite Intelligence Reports That A Radical Somalia Group Might Try to Disrupt It

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By Allan Lengel
Ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON – The most security-intense inauguration of our times went off without apparent glitches Tuesday, even in wake of intelligence reports of a possible threat from an East Africa radical Islamic terrorist group.
The Associated Press reported that law enforcement and intelligence officials got word that a Somalia-based group, al-Shabaab, might disrupt the inauguration, according to a joint FBI/Homeland Security bulletin issued Monday night.
The news agency said Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke indicated there was little specificity and uncertain credibility. The AP said a senior law enforcement official said the Somali alert had been posted to make sure no effort was spared.

One Day to Go: Feds Ready for Inauguration Armed With High Tech Equipment

Federal authorities are seemingly prepared for the inauguration. But they know they can’t be prepared for everything. Whatever the case: One more day til showtime.

By Josh Meyer
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — As the multitudes arrive for the historic inauguration of Barack Obama, the most high-tech security bubble ever created is in place to protect the president-elect from any foreseeable act of nature or man.
But authorities say they still dread the “X factor” – intangibles that they cannot control and that could panic the huge crowd.
At the top of that list, they say, is the individual or small group who could slip through the intelligence and security net and fire a burst of gunfire or set off an explosion.
The chance of that is considered extremely unlikely. Law enforcement and intelligence officials say they have seen nothing to suggest the president-elect or his inauguration are being targeted.
Still, they say, no one can know for sure.
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Feds Say White Supremacist Hate Talk Out There About Obama Inauguration

With an event of this magnitude, you can never underestimate potential problems. And one of those potential problems is the white supremacists, who have been spewing hate ever since Obama launched his presidential campaign. Inauguration or not, that isn’t expected to change anytime soon.

By Richard Sisk and James Gordon Meek
New York Daily News
Washington — Federal agents are on “a higher state of alert” because of hate talk by white supremacists about Barack Obama’s inauguration, officials told the Daily News on Tuesday.
“That chatter is out there, no doubt about it,” one senior FBI agent in Washington said this afternoon, adding that no credible plots against the 56th Presidential Inauguration have been detected.
The Bureau has ordered agents in all 56 field offices to “shake the trees” in advance of the Jan. 20 swearing-in of the 44th President, who will become the first African-American to occupy the Oval Office.
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Report Says Inauguaration Attractive Target For Terrorists but Authorities Know of No Specific Threats

The internal intelligence assessment offers no surprises. We all know the inauguration or any gathering of that magnitude — or for that matter any big sporting event like the Super Bowl or the Olympics — is an attractive target for terrorists.   As NBC’s Chris Matthews would say: Tell me something I don’t know.

By EILEEN SULLIVAN
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – The upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama is an attractive target for international and domestic terrorists, but U.S. intelligence officials have no information about specific threats to the Jan. 20 event.
An internal intelligence assessment, obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday, says the high visibility of the event, the presence of dignitaries and the significance of swearing in the country’s first black president make the inauguration vulnerable to attacks.
What concerns analysts most, the report says, is the potential use of improvised explosive devices, a hostage situation or suicide bombers.
While security will be tight around the U.S. Capitol, the joint FBI and Homeland Security assessment says nearby hotels, public gatherings, restaurants and roads could be vulnerable to some kind of attack.
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Feds Gearing Up For Biggest Security Event Ever on Jan. 20

Security issues are nothing new to Washington, which has seen every type of demonstration and gathering possible. Still, this presidential inauguration is being treated differently.

By Mary Beth Sheridan
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Authorities are organizing what appears to be the largest security operation ever for an inauguration, bringing in thousands of extra police, agents and troops to handle crowds as President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in.
Security officials are bracing not just for the ceremony and parade Jan. 20 but also for at least 70 concerts, balls and other events surrounding the inauguration. Those include the welcome celebration featuring Obama on Jan. 18 at the Lincoln Memorial, which could draw 500,000 people, according to the D.C. mayor’s office.
“You’ve gone from a one-day event to a four-day event,” said Joseph Persichini Jr., head of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, which will bring in about 20 percent more employees than usual for the activities.
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