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The story here is even more ironic than the SUV-driving people with the "Support our Troops" bumper stickers. What kind of a "freedom" march has a sovietesque style of lock down and insulation from the real world? It's typical of this administration that wants to block out the real world and heaven forbid, gasp, gulp...criticism.

The march, sponsored by the Department of Defense, will wend its way from the Pentagon to the Mall along a route that has not been specified but will be lined with four-foot-high snow fencing to keep it closed and "sterile," said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense.

The U.S. Park Police will have its entire Washington force of several hundred on duty and along the route, on foot, horseback and motorcycles and monitoring from above by helicopter. Officers are prepared to arrest anyone who joins the march or concert without a credential and refuses to leave, said Park Police Chief Dwight E. Pettiford.

What's unusual for an event on the Mall is the combination of fences, required preregistration and the threat of arrest.

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