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A door opened to the "Joint Information Center" room and I could see, for a flash, a hive of activity. But someone had taped pieces of copier paper over every inch of the room's glass walls.
When I ventured closer to where the unified commanding was being done, where response teams were responding and watching live video from the robot subs a mile beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, I ran into another woman at a card table and a security guard.
"Hi. I've just driven from Mobile to Robert and I'm here to get the lay of the land. I'm with ABC News," I said.
She looked mystified.
"You're joking," she laughed.
"Let me see your badge," she said.
I showed her my ABC ID.
"Oh dear. You drove all the way from Mobile? You're not supposed to be here."
Hartman was directed to a media staging area in a building across the street. It was empty. He phoned the number for the press center and reached a liaison:
"Where are you," he asked.
"Right outside your building."
"They let you in? You're not supposed to be here."
Hartman was told reporters aren't allowed to visit and that the entire campus was restricted.Read Hartman's full report here.
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