Sep 21 2010
And your tax dollars get to pay for it all.
NY POST The Hilton Manhattan East has been turned into a sealed fortress to house Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – with ramped-up security forces standing guard amid specially installed bulletproof windows, airport-style metal detectors and powerful anti-terror weapons.
The reviled, Holocaust-denying leader was greeted by the extraordinary security ring at the Midtown hotel after arriving Saturday to attend this week’s UN General Assembly opening.
A stunned female hotel guest added, “It’s crazy in there!”
Tension over the arrival of Ahmadinejad and other world leaders in the city was so high yesterday that Secret Service agents pulled their guns on a hapless photographer who cut across police lines on the Upper East Side to chase down Israeli President Shimon Peres’ motorcade.
Shutterbug Jason Nicholas was arrested but released without being charged.
Ahmadinejad’s digs on East 42nd Street — less than a block from the Israeli Consulate on Second Avenue — will be guarded by an average of 30 NYPD cops working 12-hour shifts and a Secret Service detail monitoring the premises at all times.
Hotel guests — who were not warned they would be sharing quarters with the Iranian leader — have to pass through a magnetometer, just like the metal detectors at the airports, to enter and exit.
Two firefighters are even stationed in the lobby around-the-clock, sources said, and heavily armed, beige-clad US law-enforcement officials were monitoring the outside of the hotel last night.
Ahmadinejad has access to a private elevator on his floor, a source said, and everything he touches is supplied by his aides. His rooms’ windowpanes were swapped for bullet-proof glass.
The hate-spewing leader, on his sixth visit to the UN General Assembly, is granted the city’s second-highest level of security, sources said. Only President Obama gets more.
The annual visit by the Iranian strongman — who has called for the destruction of Israel and bizarrely denied the existence of homosexuals in his country — inspired a demonstration (first of many to come).