WTF?? NYPD Holds Drill To Prep For Mumbai Style Attack

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Re: WTF?? NYPD Holds Drill To Prep For Mumbai Style Attack

Post by Thebluecanary » Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:49 pm

I have friends in private sector counter-terrorism and intelligence, mostly for large hotels. They live in fear that this could happen for real. It's a constant struggle to find out what might be going on from agencies like the FBI who are notoriously loath to share intel with the private sector even at a top secret level. Whether the fear of such an attack is real or manufactured, it is always there. Not to seem alarmist, but the fact that NYPD spent the money for this sim makes me think they have some information to lead them to believe that it's a real possibility. Or, they just want to freak folks out.

WTF?? NYPD Holds Drill To Prep For Mumbai Style Attack

Post by Savwafair2012 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:40 pm

As US officials proclaim an alleged European terror plot still active, New York City police conducted a drill Thursday that simulated a Mumbai-style attack on civilians on a crowded street in Manhattan's financial district.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly addressed the media before the drill, which began with two large explosions. "This is what we do," he explained. "We think the unthinkable." The drill simulated multiple bombs and shooters, including a bomb under a vehicle, and police responded with helicopters, dogs, automatic weapons and an armored car.

Earlier Thursday, the State Department's counterterror chief told reports in London that the travel alert issued last week that advised travelers in Europe to be careful was still in effect. "We don't view the conditions as warranting us rescinding the alert," said Daniel Benjamin. The alert was issued Oct. 3, when intelligence led authorities to believe a Mumbai-style assault on so-called "soft" civilian targets might be imminent in Europe.

In the immediate aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai assault that claimed 175 lives, the NYPD revised its tactics to deal with a terrorist commando assault. During Thursday's drill in the Bronx, heavily armed Emergency Service Unit officers were backed by officers from the Organized Crime Control Bureau trained to respond to such an attack. The OCCB officers are intended to beef up the NYPD response and prevent multiple simultaneous attacks from overwhelming the responding force.

The drill simulated an attack in lower Manhattan's financial district, near Wall Street and Ground Zero, on a mock block that contained a department store, a hotel and a federal regulatory agency. European authorities view these as the kind of "soft" and financial targets that might be attacked in a commando-style assault. Multiple civilians and officers were "shot" during the drill.

"We've got some info from one of the perps that the Empire State Building might be next," one police radio crackled during the drill.

As it did, helmeted cops with M4 rifles and M14 assault rifles began stalking the street hunting snipers and assailants.

"What we try to do is stress the system," Kelly explained, who said the exercise was the ninth since Mumbai. Footage of the drill will be featured on Friday's episode of "Brian Ross Investigates," which can be seen on ABC News Now or on the web.

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