2014-09-27T123627Z_1_LYNXNPEA8Q06Y_RTROPTP_2_USA-SECURITY-DISTRICTOFCOLUMBIA

Prospect of tighter White House security touches nerve in Washington

File photo of the White House seen from outside the north lawn fence in WashingtonBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The prospect of more of the U.S. capital being closed off after an intruder got into the White House has struck a nerve in Washington over public space being eroded by barricades and bollards. The possible tightening of security around the president’s residence, a highly visible symbol of democracy and a prime draw for tourists and protesters alike, raises questions like whether safety trumps openness or whether a capital city can ever be entirely safe, analysts said. The week after a 42-year-old Iraq war veteran climbed the 7-foot (2. …

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