Thu, 10 Jul 2003

Security at U.S. Embassy

Following U.S. Ambassador Ralph Boyce's repeated requests, and subsequent refusals by Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso for additional security measures to the outside boundary of the embassy compound, it is time to reevaluate the present procedure of diplomatic strategy exercised by the present administration in the embassy. Let us not forget that the embassy is U.S. sovereign territory.

Construct the necessary protection barriers behind the public fence in question. It is paramount that the representative of the U.S. people initiates and maintains the ultimate responsibility of protecting American diplomatic personnel, marines and foreign guests within our boundaries. It is not to a governor of a city that we answer to, but to the minister of the central government.