October 26, 1993 |
President Clinton on Monday rejected Washington's request for National Guard troops to fight crime in the city, White House aides said, and he urged the city to look to Congress instead for authorization. Washington Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly, in a stunning acknowledgment that crime is out of control on many of the capital's streets, asked Clinton last week to give her the authority to use 125 guardsmen to help the city battle crime.
January 16, 1991 |
With the possibility of war only hours away, official and unofficial Washington went into a state of high alert Tuesday that was evidenced by tightened security, the laying of last-minute contingency plans and a palpable sense of foreboding. Senior Justice Department officials said the FBI has countered more than five possible terrorist attacks against targets in the United States since Iraq invaded Kuwait in August.
January 30, 1991 |
Amid fears of a terrorist attack, officials took unprecedented security precautions Tuesday as most of the government's top officials and many foreign diplomats gathered in the House chamber to hear President Bush's State of the Union speech. Measures ranging from a dynamite-sniffing device to waves of police and rooftop sharpshooters gave Capitol Hill the look of a combat zone, reflecting tensions over the war in the Persian Gulf.
July 11, 2001 |
Officials in the nation's capital are trying to borrow thousands of additional police officers for what they believe could be the largest protests since the Vietnam War. The Metropolitan Police Department has recently contacted officials in New York; Baltimore; Charlotte, N.C.; and Philadelphia in an effort to increase its pool of available personnel to help maintain order during the annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, set for Oct. 2-3.
January 29, 1991 |
After the House sergeant-at-arms issued a warning that the U.S. Capitol is the "No. 1" target in America for terrorist attack, suddenly every piece of mail, every knock at the door, every pan of lasagna has become suspect. Capitol security will be at its highest level when President Bush delivers his scheduled State of the Union address tonight in the House chamber, according to Sergeant-at-Arms Jack Russ.
January 17, 1989 |
As Friday's inauguration approaches, Barbara Bush has almost single-handedly packed all the boxes of belongings in the rambling Victorian mansion that serves as the vice presidential residence. She has marked each with a colored dot--red to the White House, yellow to the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md., and blue to the family home at Kennebunkport, Me.