Temporary Defenses

When the First Family is out of town, as it was last week, the lights on the White House lawn are usually dark. But at dusk last Thursday the grounds came brilliantly alight. Caught in the glare were seven sand-filled Government trucks that set up barricades at the mansion's gates. At the State Department, similar drastic security measures were in effect. The precautions were sparked by a bomb threat received by the FBI. It coincided with a review of security prompted by the October truck bombing in Beirut and the terrorist blast that left...

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