Case tells of anti-terrorism measures in D.C.

TGI STAFF

The talk of war and the high terrorism alert has cast a pall over the nation’s Capitol.

That’s the first-hand update from Hawai’i Congressman Ed Case. Case visited Kaua’i Saturday and spoke at Lihu’e, Kilauea and Waimea.

The congressman said that during a briefing Thursday by Washington D.C. police and the sergeant at arms of the House of Representatives members of Congress were warned they could become targets of terrorism, and told not to draw attention to themselves. They were also told to remove campaign bumper stickers bearing their names from their vehicles.

For safety reasons, congressmembers are to walk in secured, underground tunnels under the nation’s Capitol, rather than move between offices above ground, Case said.

Case said on one walk out on the streets aboveground he came across a startling sight: a surface to air missile mounted in a box on the back of a truck.

With the nation under a high-level terrorism attack alert, the nation’s Capitol is now ringed with portable antimissile launchers. They would be used to shoot down planes that might be part of a terrorist attack similar to the deadly attack on the Pentagon made on Sept. 11, 2001.

“It (the scene in Washington D.C.) is a long way from Lihu’e, a long way from Kaua’i physically and mentally,” Case said.

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