There was a heavy police presence surrounding the site of the hearings -- the campus of a local college in Silver Springs, Maryland. Snipers watched from rooftops, a mobile command post was set up and cops outnumbered protesters 2-1.[more]
And who was all this protection for, what was the grave threat to the "homeland"?
Iraqi vets giving testimony about abuses.
Obviously, there was a need for a chilling effect on the speakers. A little reminder, perhaps, of what they had been over there fighting for.
Freedom of speech: it was great while it lasted.