The Conclave at the Vatican Is Even More Locked Down Than The Supreme Court

March 11th, 2013

Wow. And I thought the Supreme Court was strict about blocking access to the public:

So Vatican police have installed¬†electronic jamming devices¬†under the elevated floor in the Sistine Chapel, and they will sweep the room and the cardinals’ living quarters for electronic eavesdropping bugs. All electronic recording devices, both audio and digital, are forbidden, as is all contact with the outside world, barring “extremely grave and urgent reasons,” and only then with special permission. No TV, no Twitter, no radio, no newspapers. The cardinals will be escorted to their rooms, a few hundred yards away by foot (or special bus) in the Domus Sanctae Marthae (Casa Santa Marta), a guesthouse run by nuns. The nuns, doctors, technicians, and anyone else who will aid the cardinals will be run through a metal detector and also face excommunication for blabbing.

Get your votes in at before Conclave starts!