So, a senator has decided to close his Capitol Hill office completely, citing “top secret” information of an imminent threat to the Hill from terrorists.
I almost jumped the gun and assumed that he was a Republican — but no, he’s a Dem. Sorry.
Sen. Mark Dayton said Tuesday he is closing his Washington office because of a classified intelligence report that made him fear for the safety of his staff.
Dayton, D-Minn., said the office will be closed while Congress is in recess through Election Day, with his staff working out of his Minnesota office and in Senate space off Capitol Hill.
“I take this step out of extreme, but necessary, precaution to protect the lives and safety of my Senate staff and my Minnesota constituents, who might otherwise be visiting my Senate office in the next three weeks,” he said on a call with reporters.
“I feel compelled to do so because I will not be here in Washington to share what I consider to be an unacceptably greater risk to their safety,” he said.
What I can’t understand is this:
Dayton said he could not describe the contents of the top-secret intelligence report, which was presented to senators at a briefing two weeks ago.
And yet, he says:
“I would not bring my two sons to the Capitol between now and the election.”
Sounds to me like he just described the contents of the top-secret report.
Or did he? The Department of Homeland Security denies knowledge of a threat, as do the Capitol Police. Are they the ones hiding something?
What a ridiculous boondoggle the whole terrorism threat system has become.