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Dissent on display in Washington

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice confronted by a protester, Desiree Fairooz of Texas, in Washington on Wednesday. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice confronted by a protester, Desiree Fairooz of Texas, in Washington on Wednesday. (LARRY DOWNING/REUTERS)

THE IMAGE of a protester with blood-colored hands encroaching upon Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as Rice appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee is disturbing ("War protesters target Rice," Page A2, Oct. 25).

How ironic that the chamber that has ridiculed the State Department for hiring private security firm Blackwater to protect its diplomats overseas in an intense war zone is incapable of providing the most basic security to our highest government officials within its own chamber.

Protests at committee hearings lately seem commonplace when executive branch officials testify. One cannot help but wonder whether it is a deliberate effort on the part of Congress to embarrass them.

DAN GALLAGHER
Mansfield

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