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For many here in the U.S., the arrival of the Pope was quite a surprise. One that many thought would never happen in their lifetime and one that looked like the Pope flew here on a whim, maybe just to celebrate his 81st birthday, or maybe to say so long, farewell to the outgoing President Bush.
But to those in the know, this was no spur of the moment trip. In fact, more than 30 law enforcement agencies including the Secret Service whose in charge of his security while he’s here knew of the trip more than five months ago.
Federal law officers say that they had a lot of planning to do before his arrival to make his trip as safe as possible.
For the U.S. Secret Service, Pope Benedict XVI’s arrival at Andrews Air Force Base on Tuesday marks the culmination of more than five months of preparations. At least thirty state, local and federal agencies are involved in making sure the Pope’s pilgrimage to the United States is safe said an agent. “Every security aspect that you ever have been exposed to will be deployed and, quite frankly, a few that you have never seen deployed,” said Jeff Irvine of the U.S. Secret Service. One of the Pontiff’s three Popemobiles was shipped in to move Pope Benedict around the Washington. He will be protected by bulletproof glass and watched over by a Virgin Mary decal.
But because the entire point of the Popemobile is to give crowds a glimpse of the Holy Father, some often-used security measures cannot be taken. “Clearly that will make this a little more challenging then when we can play different shell games or moving the vehicles around or moving the protectee around,” said Renee Triplett of the U.S. Secret Service.
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