Rieder: Did Philly go overboard on pope security?
PHILADELPHIA — It was an eerie way to start the day.
At 3 a.m., I started the trek from my Center City Philadelphia hotel to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where I would catch the bus to the airport to watch Pope Francis' arrival in the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday morning.
It was still dark, of course, and it had the look of a war zone. There were barricades everywhere. There were security checkpoints. There were fences making some streets completely inaccessible. And everywhere there were police, and TSA agents, and all other flavors of law enforcement personnel.
Hours later, I... read more
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