Washington Mobilizes 42,500-Strong Security Force for Inaugural

January 16, 2009
Homeland Security News
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When senior FBI official Joseph Persichini takes his 5 a.m. jog down Washington’s National Mall, he imagines everything that could go wrong at Barack Obama’s inaugural next week.

He said he thinks about the possibility of a sleet storm, bombing, chemical attack or — perhaps hardest to guard against — the lone gunman bent on turning a celebration into a national tragedy.

“I’m thinking about what the schedule is, and what we’re doing, and what are the issues we’re facing,” said Persichini, assistant director in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Washington Field Office. “You don’t understand the magnitude until you go out there right on the Mall.” (Bloomberg)