With the start of CPAC a day away and Blogger/media registration just a few hours away I took the liberty of making inquiries of the Hotel concerning the threats against CPAC by the AFL-CIO and Occupy DC.
I talked to several security people and was referred back and forth until I was connected to a Gentleman named Mark Indre who was able to give me an official statement on behalf of Marriott:
The safety and security of our guests is our top priority and we have a wide array of security measures in place to ensure that safety.
It is our policy not to discuss those measures as to not compromise them
As they are reports that the AFL-CIO have already reserved rooms to give them legal access I asked if they have taken any steps to allow for this. Mr. Indre declined comment.
From my own observations there appears to be an awful lot of security all over the place, visible and “invisible”.
My opinion? I think the AFL-CIO isn’t going to any violence (though they will try to bait us into it) too many camera and too much danger of a lawsuit. My thought is that they might con some of those dumb occupod college kids to do something, that way they will not only have deniability, but it will be the kids who get in trouble, not them.
Update: Stacy McCain Opines:
Indeed, this is exactly what my friends and I have in mind when CPAC convenes Thursday. In between attending speeches, seminar panels and cocktail parties — where our “elite puppet masters” will exhort us to perpetuate their “imperialist ideologies” — we’ll make occasional visits to the Marriott lobby, hoping to catch an entertaining glimpse of the clashes between police and smelly hippies from the Occupy DC encampments. What could be more fun than watching left-wing scum getting tased, pepper-sprayed and hauled away in handcuffs by the Metropolitan Police?
Stacy says he will have lots of fun, but will he still have fun and be happy when he finds out Tabitha Hale has got a cannoli ahead of him?
Update 2: Apparently there is a restriction on floors 8 & 9 with VERY heavy security.