posted on Mar, 12 2005 @ 09:26 PM
In a bizarre failure to communicate, two unmarked helicopters buzzed a New Jersey nuclear facility, and questions are now being asked about the
security force's failure to respond. They were under orders to bring down any suspicious aircraft in the vicinity, and they failed to engage the
helicopters. The helicopters were carrying officers in training with the State Police, but there was no advance notification that they would be
flying over the power plant. Security forces were on high alert after the aircraft were spotted, but failed to fire for some reason.
As they flew over, security forces went on high alert and were ready to fire until they realized the choppers belonged to the state police.
Their decision not to fire is now being examined.
Jerry Hauer, security consultant: "It appeared that there was an imminent threat, and the security forces at the power plant chose not to react."
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This incident brings several questions to mind. Why didn't the State Police notify the nuclear plant regarding their planned operation? Why didn't
the security forces fire when they were obligated to? Are the laws in place a good idea, how can they be revised to account for this sort of
situation, if at all?
It appears as though a disaster was narrowly avoided, this incident could have ended badly. If a similar incident occurs in the future, will security
forces hesitate at a critical time, knowing the backlash possible in case of a mistake?
I think a situation like this teaches a valuable lesson about restraint. Of course, restraint at the wrong moment could be truly disastrous. What if
the helicopters had plunged into the nuclear plant carrying explosives? More on this story as it develops.