A federal judge is still deciding whether the City of Denver's plans for protesters at the DNC passes constitutional muster. Perhaps the largest issue is what the Secret Service likes to call the "Public Viewing Area," a 47,000 square foot lot surrounded by a fence on the grounds of the Pepsi Center that protesters have taken to calling the "Freedom Cage."
One of the questions U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger must deal with is if the area allows demonstrators to get within "sight and sound" of the delegates entering the convention. Already the demonstration area is 733 feet away from the Pepsi Center, and the view from the area will mostly obstructed by a massive media tent and Brian Williams' chin.
These photos (after the jump) were taken yesterday, as work on the Freedom Cage was getting underway. When completed, the area will be surrounded by two fences and many, many police. --Jared Jacang Maher