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Washington DC: All Police Radio Communication GONE

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posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 01:03 PM
reply to post by weedwhacker

Daylight with lots of customers is probably the safest bet.

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 01:05 PM

Originally posted by OutKast Searcher
reply to post by dgtempe

I don't think ATS is a place to randomly "wonder"...with no facts to back up your theory.

If that is the case...I think the radio blackout was due to unicorns eating the generator...and they are just covering it up.

My "theory" has as much proof as let's run with it.

Not quite the same point as the OP made - don't get carried away...

Did I just say that?? Blimey... oO

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 01:47 PM

Originally posted by ColoradoJens

Originally posted by schrodingers dog
Argh ... how stupid of them to inform the press, or even discuss it with the press.

All we need is all the criminals knowing that the cops can't communicate.

That is, unless they wanted to communicate exactly that - we are vulnerable.


Everybody is always vulnerable and everybody realizes it except (some) Americans. Life is not a completely safe ride for anybody. If I were you, I would just stop listening to your hysteric media that blows everything out of proportion, with threat level indicators and so on, and just live my life without the hysteria.

Originally posted by dragonsmusic
It's a test for folks on ATS. A psy-op just to see what we'll do

Yeah if they dont watch it, Im going to.... make another post on ATS! That will show them.

[edit on 30-3-2010 by Copernicus]

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 02:03 PM

Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Oh wow! I knew there was something I forgot to do today!

1. Take out trash
2. Go to the store
3. Call mom
4. Go for a bike ride
5. Work on my tan
6. Take over the government

Hey I got the first 5 done does that count?

You got more than I did, forgot all 6...

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 02:42 PM
The FBI is now reporting to TSA that at 1:55 today a non-specific bomb threat concerning the DC Metro. Metro has stepped up their law enforcement and K9 presence. Coincidence?

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 02:47 PM
reply to post by ISO_TRUTH

I was at Union Station about an hour ago and there was a larger presence of K9s there.. I figured it was just a drill. Hmm.

Thanks for posting this OP. I had no idea, and I work here..

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 02:56 PM
Yes I work in DC as well and received an email warning us. I am walking to Union Station today!

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 02:58 PM
This is weird stuff guys. What bothers me about it is the claim that generators are the issue. I work for a telcomm in Alaska, and our network is pretty much 3x backed up, as far as power is concerned.

Our power is generaly recieved from the electric company, but if they experience outages we have back up batteries that HAVE to be able to run for at least 8 hours. If the outage is extended we have generators.

Whatever the issue is, I would bet that's its more software than hardware. networks are desined nowadays to basically be a ring, if somebody cuts a a fiber-optic cable the information simply reroutes. At the speed of light.

I find it hard to believe all of DC's emergency communications rely on one input. The only conclusion I can come to then is that the issue is not with the pipe line, but with the programs controling it.

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 03:10 PM

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Oh No you dint, oh yes I Did!

[edit on 30-3-2010 by HappilyEverAfter]

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 03:25 PM
Here are some interesting links (download before they get pulled!):

They spent $36.6 MILLION to "upgrade" this radio system in 2003:

Map of DC Emergency Radio towers:

PHOTOS! of every tower location (are they insane for putting this info on the internet?):

Note page 3 and 4 of the PHOTOS document, supposedly that's where the electrical outage occurred, but I see not information about power outages anywhere in DC last night. Which is fishy.

I doubt it was a power outage.

Note in this article, that the police union spokes person hints that the system went down earlier this month (WTF!?). Which is strange because no one else mentioned anything about it.

[edit on 30-3-2010 by harrytuttle]

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 03:40 PM
reply to post by ManWithGrace89

Starting to sound more like a cyber attack. And with all the K-9 activity makes one raise an eyebrow.

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 03:45 PM
Sounds like "something" more than a hiccup.
The award for the communications office on the very day of the frequency fart is a little slap in the face isnt it?
State of the art system?
Me smells a whale astern, laddy!

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 05:23 PM
reply to post by Copernicus

Everybody is always vulnerable and everybody realizes it except (some) Americans. Life is not a completely safe ride for anybody.

Yes. Americans are quite literally expecting the world to be made safe for them. Here in Florida, we had a family sue a municipality over a shark bite? They claimed the Atlantic Ocean should have been made safer, or that the municipality should have had better warnings?

But, this was indeed an important breaking story, a clear case of piss-poor preparation and technology, and it reminds me of NOLA and Katrina. Similar problems, but at least they had a major catastrophe to blame. DC will probably end up blaming this on a random squirrell that happened to chew through layers and layers of backups and just happened to hit all major components for massive failure of all systems?

Either it is not a conspiracy, and therefore it is extremely disturbing that our system is that antiquated and vulnerable. OR It is a conspiracy, and therefore it is extremely disturbing that our system is that corrupt and blatantly manipulated.

Either way . . . .

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 05:36 PM
Ok ... I'm going to share something with you guys.

Keep in mind, I cannot verify it, prove it, or anything of that nature ...

About an hour ago I spoke with a good friend of mine who is an officer in the DC Metro Police.

He is a friend that I have known for about 22 years and who almost always shares information with me. This time he was very hesitant to even discuss this topic, but this is what he said in general terms ...

Basically he told me that DC Metro Police have been upgrading their digital radio software for the last month or so and that the whole thing is a mess. Last night was apparently the switchover and the whole thing went to hell with the software. He would not give me further details and I have no way of confirming if what he said is true or if is a further obfuscation. Truth is we're friends but not to the degree that he would put his career on the line to disclose something more secretive with me, nor for that matter would I ask him to.

I asked what they were thinking talking to the press and he said they had to. The press listen to the police frequencies and they started asking questions when the whole thing went silent. Apparently they didn't want to discuss the software issues so they went with a "maybe a generator, to be determined" angle.

That is all I got from him and not wanting to push him too much we moved on to other things.

Now ... I pondered sharing this because I'm really not interested in defending my word. Plus I'm in no way saying that he's telling me the truth. So I'm going to go look for any information relating to the implementation of a new communications system to see myself if the story holds water.

Any help will be appreciated.

Edit to add:

This is one of the comments from the WP article:

An entire radio tower could go down in flames and analog systems using fifty year old technology could still function.

DC's new quarter-billion dollar system failed entirely probably because of a software upgrade made earlier in the day. A far more reliable system could be had surplus off eBay for less than $1,000. Considering what happened last night, DC would have been better off with two cups and a string.

Every government agency in the area has been sold a bill of goods with these computer controlled trunking radios. After drinking the Motorola Kool-Aid, DC took things a step further by simply mothballing their existing analog system entirely. They have ZERO redundancy for all public safety communications for the Nation's Capital.

Last night, DC Fire found itself having to use Montgomery and Arlington County's system and the police had to take calls handed out from a parking lot.

Slick salesmen, unscrupulous politicians and clueless administrators have added up to a quarter billion dollar boondoggle which puts public safety and national security at serious risk.

So it seems that what he's telling me isn't really that secret and is pretty much common knowledge.

[edit on 30 Mar 2010 by schrodingers dog]

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 05:55 PM
Sound's like even the police union rep. is upset about this, good video, and article....

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 06:21 PM
reply to post by schrodingers dog

Thanks for the extra info./insight SD - always a bonus to hear from someone who has personal knowledge/perspective and is on site... (i.e. your friend)

[edit on 30-3-2010 by LadySkadi]

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 06:55 PM
reply to post by schrodingers dog

Good job man! I kinda suspected that's what was going on. It's the software that holds everything together, and god forbid you add a couple extra zero's. The only real conspiracy here is, why throw all of their eggs into one basket like that? Very foolish.

But then again, not as foolish as the idea that their entire network depends on one generator.

[edit on 30-3-2010 by ManWithGrace89]

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 07:09 PM
Wow, thank you all, and you
Schro, for that information! I had a feeling we would find out a bit more today.

Well, supposedly all is fine now, and thats good.

Thank you.

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 08:16 PM
I don't think Washington is under attack, or defenseless, because the government wouldn't tell the public that they have any problems with their security.
On the contrary, that would be amazing if Washington is under attack. But that would suck if the US got nuked and destroyed by Iran, and Iraq.

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 09:13 PM

Originally posted by Grayelf2009

Starting to sound more like a cyber attack.

That's called spin. Fear-mongering to justify controlling the Free Web. Most likely, the GPS got hacked. ...Or maybe SD's info is good - bad hardware.

...Thanks SD for the inside scoop.

oops x2

[edit on 30-3-2010 by soficrow]

[edit on 30-3-2010 by soficrow]

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