Skip to comments.Nelson Mandela memorial security scandal: 'There were no checks'
Posted on 12/14/2013 1:41:40 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
It's becoming increasingly clear that when President Obama arrived at the Nelson Mandela memorial service in Johannesburg, South Africa Tuesday, he stepped into an atmosphere so chaotic, disorganized, and unsafe that under any other circumstances the White House and Secret Service might well have insisted the president not appear.
FNB Stadium, where the memorial was held, seats 95,000 people. Even with a steady rain and thousands of empty seats in uncovered areas, there were tens of thousands of people in the area with the president. It appears most of them got in without going through any security.
"There were no security checks upon entry to the stadium," a local South African activist wrote Friday in a letter to the Johannesburg Star newspaper. "I walked freely to my seat without passing through metal detectors, being searched or any other check."
The stadium's main entrance was "completely unattended," a reporter for a Washington, D.C., television station told Politico. "There were no workers performing bag checks or pat-downs there were no magnetometers to walk through, no metal detector wands being used anywhere."
Britain's The Independent newspaper reported that "thousands of guests entering the FNB stadium in Soweto on Tuesday, especially those who had arrived very early, were not searched." In addition, members of the media "were permitted to enter the press area directly beneath where politicians and dignitaries were seated without being asked to show passes." And the Daily Mail reported that "the first crowds entered the stadium without being searched."
When South African security officials did perform security checks, they were often trying to restrain the bodyguards and entourage members of visiting dignitaries and celebrities. But conflicts seem to have been resolved by letting everybody in.
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It’s Africa. .what did you expect. . .and run by the ANC, as well.
I wondered about this at the time, but I didn’tsay anything because I thought that the SS would do their thing. What a target! Most of the leaders of the world were there.
Maybe nobody wants to off him.
Well, they did allow Hussein Obama in and he is linked to terrorists.
He was surrounded by black marxists. That’s about the safest place in the world for Obama.
Hey, the President was as safe as if he was among his own people. Oh wait, never mind.
Isn’t that the way Mr. Mandela would have wanted it.
Bush was there. Clinton was there. There were plenty of targets.
Did anyone expect anything different? Of course it would have been the height of racism to question the South African government.
If you’ve gotta choose a hill to die on....
....it sure wouldn’t be that one for me.
“The Africans were taking care of security.”
...just like the Afro-American is taking care of US healthcare.
He is lucky no one went at him with a knobkerry.
Maybe nobody wants to off him.
Any enemies of the United States want him safe.
Revealed: What The Mandela Memorial Sign Language Interpreter Was ACTUALLY Saying (VIDEO)
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I think you just hit on the reason he would even consider a trip under these shady, nonsecure conditions. The only other place as safe would be at a Farrakhan /Rev. Wright/New Black Panther Appreciation Banquet, held in Chicago, with lots of $2000. goodie bags paid for by the tax-payers.
South Africa has a Black controlled government.
As such, the nation is perfect.
There’s no need to do a security check in a nation like that. /s
Apparently security was too good, obama got out alive!
Obviously not interpreting Obama there. Slow it down to about 10% of that, and you might be slow enough. ;^)
And there’s no poignant pauses for effect, smirks, bowing and the like.
The signer seems legit to me.
He probably thinks he can resurrect as well.
I realize the president was there and that he needs to be protected but man...that reads like freedom to me. I miss it.
One of my favorite skits from SNL back in the day!!!
Any Leaders are former leaders, who went to this Mess, were stupid for going, and stupid to think that it would be secure. Now everyone knows how stupid. Only smart guy was the signer. He fooled them all.
Like I really care. If an ANC nut had blown up the entire stadium, what would we be missing besides some number of traitors, commies, racists, Stalinists, Nazis and elitist dictator scum?
You’ve got my vote for the best post of the day.
It’s what you get from reading the foreign press. You don’t get news of the US from the US media.
Very self satisfied look on his face. He truly loves himself
Yeah, beginning to think Al Qaeda screwed up more than the SS this time...heads will roll at the mosque...how could they miss such an opportunity! /s
I see it more as "Slouching Towards Gomorrah"
Pretty sure that is a bad assumption.
Any shooter that even attempted to hurt the messiah would have been killed a thousand times over by the South African mob everywhere.
No ‘misunderstanding’ .... just mocking their slogan and piling on! :-)
Your animation of the phony sign language interpreter with the balloons is hilarious!! The balloon dog is more productive and more fun than gibberish.
Thank you. That’s why I read the foreign press or listen to FOX news. I got that from the Daily Mail a UK press. Our media wouldn’t dare post that.