Fake bombs expose gaps in D.C. security


A new memo revealed more than a dozen security weak points after undercover police officers smuggled simulated bombs into high-profiles government buildings, including the John A. Wilson Building that houses the office of the mayor and council members. The memo was obtained by the Service Workers Employees International Union through the Freedom of Information Act. Recruits took simulated cellphone bombs past security at X-ray machines at both entrances to the Wilson building.

Fake pipe bombs and simulated bombs inside books were also smuggled into several government agencies. The test failed at the United Communications Center, but only after officers X-rayed and opened the simulated book bomb “five or six times”. The test also failed at Metropolitan Police Headquarters, where security was tightest.


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