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By 2004, the National Capital Planning Commission had come to recognize the limits to the task before them, when it became apparent that many of the initial protective measures against car and truck bombs did little for chemical, biological, or suicide bomber threats:

e Commission has grown concerned that these escalating threat assessments and potentially extreme security responses undermine its objectives for a vibrant capital city that showcases democratic ideals of openness and accessibility. In addition, the cost of ever more sophisticated security measures against an expanding array of threats is beginning to overwhelm individual agency budgets.7