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Nelson Mandela memorial security scandal: 'There were no checks'
Washington Examiner ^ | 12-14-13 | Byron York

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: mandela; nelsonmandela; obama; secretservice; security; signlanguage; southafrica

1 posted on 12/14/2013 1:41:40 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It’s Africa. .what did you expect. . .and run by the ANC, as well.


2 posted on 12/14/2013 1:42:45 PM PST by Hulka
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


3 posted on 12/14/2013 1:43:24 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Maybe nobody wants to off him.


4 posted on 12/14/2013 1:43:57 PM PST by Tax-chick (New computer, unnngh. I just wanted the old one to keep working!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Well, they did allow Hussein Obama in and he is linked to terrorists.


5 posted on 12/14/2013 1:44:16 PM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

He was surrounded by black marxists. That’s about the safest place in the world for Obama.


6 posted on 12/14/2013 1:44:40 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Hey, the President was as safe as if he was among his own people. Oh wait, never mind.


7 posted on 12/14/2013 1:44:48 PM PST by 1raider1
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Isn’t that the way Mr. Mandela would have wanted it.


8 posted on 12/14/2013 1:45:11 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Tax-chick

Bush was there. Clinton was there. There were plenty of targets.


9 posted on 12/14/2013 1:45:13 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Did anyone expect anything different? Of course it would have been the height of racism to question the South African government.


10 posted on 12/14/2013 1:46:26 PM PST by armydawg505
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To: afraidfortherepublic
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11 posted on 12/14/2013 1:47:23 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Bryanw92
they...do indeed veiw him as being the Great Leader...the Black Marsist HOPE for that illusive "better world".

Marching ONWARD wif Obama


12 posted on 12/14/2013 1:49:36 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: afraidfortherepublic

If you’ve gotta choose a hill to die on....

....it sure wouldn’t be that one for me.


13 posted on 12/14/2013 1:49:41 PM PST by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“The Africans were taking care of security.”

...just like the Afro-American is taking care of US healthcare.


14 posted on 12/14/2013 1:50:03 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: afraidfortherepublic

He is lucky no one went at him with a knobkerry.


15 posted on 12/14/2013 1:50:17 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

16 posted on 12/14/2013 1:51:38 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Tax-chick

Maybe nobody wants to off him.


Any enemies of the United States want him safe.


17 posted on 12/14/2013 1:54:57 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: laplata

Good point.


18 posted on 12/14/2013 1:57:14 PM PST by Tax-chick (New computer, unnngh. I just wanted the old one to keep working!)
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To: SkyDancer

Revealed: What The Mandela Memorial Sign Language Interpreter Was ACTUALLY Saying (VIDEO)

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/12/13/mandela-sign-language_n_4438281.html


19 posted on 12/14/2013 1:57:49 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: JoeProBono

OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT!!!

LOVE Garret Morris!!!


20 posted on 12/14/2013 1:58:09 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Bryanw92

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.


21 posted on 12/14/2013 1:58:25 PM PST by lee martell
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To: afraidfortherepublic
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22 posted on 12/14/2013 1:58:41 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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


23 posted on 12/14/2013 1:59:30 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Zero = zero)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Apparently security was too good, obama got out alive!


24 posted on 12/14/2013 2:01:04 PM PST by dalereed
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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.

Pretty funny.


25 posted on 12/14/2013 2:01:22 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Zero = zero)
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To: SkyDancer

The signer seems legit to me.


26 posted on 12/14/2013 2:01:25 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Hey, he had the immaculate conception in outer space.

He probably thinks he can resurrect as well.

27 posted on 12/14/2013 2:06:46 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I realize the president was there and that he needs to be protected but man...that reads like freedom to me. I miss it.


28 posted on 12/14/2013 2:09:52 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: SkyDancer

29 posted on 12/14/2013 2:15:22 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
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30 posted on 12/14/2013 2:26:05 PM PST by FredZarguna (Wink wink. Nudge nudge. Know what I mean? Know what I mean?)
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To: JoeProBono

One of my favorite skits from SNL back in the day!!!


31 posted on 12/14/2013 2:44:39 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11) Hey, Harry Reid.. 1-800-318-2596!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


32 posted on 12/14/2013 2:54:15 PM PST by easternsky
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To: afraidfortherepublic

33 posted on 12/14/2013 2:59:09 PM PST by BRL
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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?


34 posted on 12/14/2013 3:50:26 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: SkyDancer

LOL! Outstanding!

You’ve got my vote for the best post of the day.

More, please.


35 posted on 12/14/2013 3:54:37 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave

It’s what you get from reading the foreign press. You don’t get news of the US from the US media.


36 posted on 12/14/2013 4:06:33 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: JoeProBono

Very self satisfied look on his face. He truly loves himself


37 posted on 12/14/2013 4:07:43 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: BRL

lol


38 posted on 12/14/2013 4:22:33 PM PST by txhurl
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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


39 posted on 12/14/2013 4:22:44 PM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (...and to the Republic for which it stood.)
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To: MeshugeMikey
Marching ONWARD wif Obama ...

I see it more as "Slouching Towards Gomorrah"

40 posted on 12/14/2013 4:29:33 PM PST by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: Tax-chick

Pretty sure that is a bad assumption.


41 posted on 12/14/2013 4:56:41 PM PST by mad_as_he$$
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To: MissMagnolia
please don't misunderstand me here. I share your view! I was simply quoting The obama zombies...


42 posted on 12/14/2013 4:59:38 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: dalereed

Any shooter that even attempted to hurt the messiah would have been killed a thousand times over by the South African mob everywhere.


43 posted on 12/14/2013 6:03:06 PM PST by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: MeshugeMikey

No ‘misunderstanding’ .... just mocking their slogan and piling on! :-)


44 posted on 12/14/2013 7:27:59 PM PST by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: SkyDancer

Your animation of the phony sign language interpreter with the balloons is hilarious!! The balloon dog is more productive and more fun than gibberish.


45 posted on 12/14/2013 10:06:20 PM PST by KittyKares (.)
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To: MissMagnolia
the Modern Neo Stalinist's slogans are no less outlandish and meaningless than those of their predecessors.


46 posted on 12/15/2013 6:50:33 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: KittyKares

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.


47 posted on 12/15/2013 6:53:35 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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