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This case tells the story of the planning that preceded the convention, as federal officialsby presidential directive in charge of national special security eventsfound themselves having to balance expectations of a civic celebration with their own grave concerns about terrorist threats. The case is divided into three parts. Part A (1807.0) describes the elaborate planning process set up by the US Secret Service, which had overall responsibility for security planning for the convention, and the disputesamong local, state and federal officialsas to how draconian security measures had to be; it focuses in particular on two of the thorniest issues facing planners: whether to shut down a busy public transit station and a portion of a major interstate highway providing access to Boston from the north. Part B (1808.0) details the complex negotiations to resolve these and other security matters; the Epilogue (1808.1) provides a brief overview of the implementation of the security plan at the convention.
The case is designed both to facilitate discussion about the ways in which emergency preparedness overlaps with political considerations, and to highlight the nature of inter-governmental relations in the American system.
|Funding Source:||US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative|