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Protesting farmer sows doubt about capital's ability to cope

What does it take to create havoc in the capital of the most powerful country in the world? Anthrax? An orange terror alert? Massive anti-war protests? Another day like Sept. 11, 2001? These days, it’s a disgruntled farmer in a tractor. “We live in a whole new era. You have to make a mental switch or you’ll drive yourself insane,” said Catherine Randazzo of North Potomac, Md., shaking her head in disbelief. “There’s only so much you can do.” Dwight Watson, 50, of Whitakers, N.C., drove his tractor into a pond near Washington’s monuments Monday. Since then he has kept law enforcement at bay. Streets remained closed for blocks, traffic was snarled for miles and several bus routes were altered. “What this shows is, one or two people can really throw a metropolitan area into chaos,” said Richard Clarke, who recently retired as one of the longest-serving, senior counterterrorism officials in the White House. “I assume that the sniper incident, the anthrax incidents and perhaps the tractor incident are not lost on people who might want to make further mischief in the future.” Full Story

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