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Thursday, January 17, 2008

City Hall security

Posted on Thu, Jan 17, 2008 at 9:07 AM

As of last week, visitors to City Hall are required to sign in at the front door, where they are issued badges that must be worn at all times in the building. Yep, City Hall, the people’s building, is now a symbol of irrational fear. I’d give a lecture on democracy and public access, but those ideals evidently went out the window long ago.There is, though, the pointlessness of the exercise: No one actually checks visitors’ IDs, so what’s being achieved, other than annoying the citizenry? The scheme just might scare off angry but otherwise upstanding people who are trying to get 
answers from City Hall. But any terrorists or squeegee kids or whoever it is we’re supposed to be afraid of will simply sign a false name and proceed to plug up the toilets, or whatever.And the unarmed commissionaires guarding the place are fine, worthy gentlemen, but---er, how can I put this?---their considerable wisdom and experience has come at the expense of physical dexterity. A determined disrupter, or my little sister, could make mincemeat of the lot of them.Clearly, the only solution is to put armed guards, razor wire and suicide barriers around City Hall.

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