UPDATE: ajmacdonaldjr makes a great point: Why were they planning to run another drill so soon after the one they held in November in Boston? Most cities that run these drills run one a year.
(The scenario planned by the “producers” of this event unfolded much like the actual Boston Bombing psyop. And it had been planned months in advance by the heads of the various agencies who were then put in charge of the investigation of the Boston Bombing.
According to the story, they had already recruited actors to play various roles. The operation centered around a bombing using back-packs and the investigation using security camera videos to identify the suspects; “terrorists” using a stolen car going into neighboring counties and eventually a dead suspect near the stolen car being used to lead them to the other suspects. What is perhaps even more frightening than all of those coincidences and law enforcement agency officials acting like “producers” creating the plot and logistics for all of this, is the fact that they were using the fictional “Free America Citizens” as the mock terrorist group.
Using the term “America Citizens” as your terrorist group is bad enough, but think about this mock al Qaeda-like group in terms of what I have been saying in relation to the latest spate of “leaks”… what I have said is this series of leaks and the rash of uncharacteristic coverage across the spectrum of the media may have been created to produce a narrative that a new terrorist group of “homegrown insurgents”, has sprung up as a reaction to the growing resentment of the oppression we see being suddenly presented on the MSM daily.
Kinda like a “Free America Citizens” group?)
Officials from a dozen agencies had been meeting for months to plan the scenario. They behaved much like movie producers, recruiting students from Northeastern University and the Boston Police Academy to play the parts of terrorists and witnesses.
They scouted warehouses and homes around Chelsea and Winthrop that could be used as a terrorist safe house.
The scenario had been carefully planned: A terrorist group prepared to hurt vast numbers of people around Boston would leave backpacks filled with explosives at Faneuil Hall, the Seaport District, and in other towns, spreading waves of panic and fear. Detectives would have to catch the culprits.
Months of painstaking planning had gone into the exercise, dubbed “Operation Urban Shield,” meant to train dozens of detectives in the Greater Boston area to work together to thwart a terrorist threat. The hypothetical terrorist group was even given a name: Free America Citizens, a home-grown cadre of militiamen whose logo would be a metal skull wearing an Uncle Sam hat and a furious expression, according to a copy of the plans obtained by the Boston Globe.
But two months before the training exercise was to take place, the city was hit with a real terrorist attack executed in a frighteningly similar fashion. The chaos of the Boston Marathon bombings disrupted plans for the exercise, initially scheduled for this weekend, forcing police to postpone. Now officials must retool aspects of the training.
“The real thing happened before we were able to execute,” said a law enforcement official …
… For this year’s training, the agencies wanted to test the investigative skills of their detectives, as well as their ability to work with detectives in other cities, and share intelligence, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the planned exercise were confidential.
The training, funded by a $200,000 Homeland Security grant, will probably be rescheduled to early next year, said Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan, whose agency was slated to participate…
… The planned exercise has eerie similarities to the police investigation that led to the capture of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose images were caught on video cameras and who were captured after a car chase and shoot-out with police.
In the training scenario, investigators participating in Urban Shield would have to track down footage of the bombers caught by street surveillance cameras and the phones of “witnesses.”
They would have to call on intelligence analysts to figure out which terrorist cell might be threatening the city.
In the scenario, the terrorists would flee police in stolen cars they would dump in cities outside Boston, which would compel detectives from different jurisdictions to cooperate and share intelligence.
One major clue would have been the body of one of the terrorists found near a stolen car, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. There were also false leads to keep investigators guessing, the official said…
… Fiandaca, the police spokeswoman, declined to say what a new training might look like.
“We can’t talk about what we’re doing for emergency preparedness,” she said. “The people who participate in this don’t know what the scenario is.”
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