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Senate Security Chief To Address Inaugural Wrongs On Facebook

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer, the man who is ultimately responsible for security on Capitol Hill and who is bearing the brunt of outrage from disgruntled ticket holders to President Obama's inauguration, continues to step up to the plate.

Gainer has agreed to take questions from the Facebook group "Survivors of the Purple Tunnel of Doom," the group of folks, many of them Obama campaign field staffers and even donors to his Presidential Inaugural Committee, whose purple, blue and silver tickets to the Jan. 20 swearing-in ceremony wound up being worthless.

Gainer will take questions on their Facebook group's discussion board at 4:30 p.m. ET today.

Gainer has met twice now with the group's co-founders - once on Saturday, and again on Monday. He and other congressional officials who were in charge of the massive inaugural swearing-in event are trying to sort out what went wrong, and how thousands of legitimate ticket holders got shut out.

Rather than witnessing history up close as planned, several thousand of them wound up trapped for hours in the Third Street Tunnel, what will now forever be known as the Purple Tunnel of Doom.

Gainer continues to reach out to the spurned ticket holders - who number in the thousands, though official estimates are unknown - mainly because of stories such as the ones posted by the Sleuth last week, and this comprehensive must-read that followed in the paper's Metro section.

We'll update you after his Q-and-A session on Facebook. Should be an interesting hour on Facebook.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 27, 2009; 2:39 PM ET
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Posted by: atsegga | January 27, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Gainer should resign or be fired.

Posted by: gjspa2 | January 27, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I do not have facebook, but I detect the man is trying to save his job. IMO, having been there and watching terrifying, no-crowd-control situations, and being in them (was in Silver Ticket section), this man and all who headed what laughingly could be called security or crowd control, should be fired immediately. I believe that two million lives were at stake. The danger was great at ingress and egress - a separate issue from whether people made it in, couldn't see, etc. We were in danger and we were lucky: Actually, we all saved ourselves and each other.

Posted by: ebliversidge | January 30, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

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