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With Chicago hosting the NATO summit this weekend, protesters and police are braced for confrontation. Eight people have already been arrested for storming President Obama’s campaign headquarters. Others have pledged to “shut down” Boeing. And gas-mask sales have been brisk citywide. But much of the cat-and-mouse game will be technological, with people in the streets wielding smartphones to coordinate actions and publicize what’s happening, while law enforcement mulls whether to take the power of those phones away—disrupting service in the name of public safety.
While the tactic is usually associated with digital dictators abroad—and the Obama administration has sharply criticized such interruptions, even proposing sanctions against countries that curb their peoples’ wireless freedom—shutdowns are a creeping American phenomenon as well. Often a perfectly legal one.
Not only do the FBI and Secret Service have standing authority to jam signals, but they along with state and local authorities can also push for the shutdown of cell towers, thanks to a little-known legacy of the Bush administration: “Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 303," which lays out the nation’s official “Emergency Wireless Protocols.”
"In time of national emergency," the review says, SOP 303 gives “State Homeland Security Advisors, their designees, or representatives of the DHS Homeland Security Operations Center” the power to call for “the termination of private wireless network connections… within an entire metropolitan area.”
The security there is insane phone jamming would not surprise me in the least and can't figure out why they are holding it in Chicago other than to pay back old Chicago crooks.
I really think this is the match they will light to fire up trouble. I have the worst feeling about this summit and all the security preparations. Like WRabbit says they will have a small army deployed. For who? Nurses Union? My suspicion is that black bloc plants will start the violence which will be blamed on the OWS people.
What I find very interesting is how the both the Sears (Willis) tower and the Chicago mercantile exchange (COMEX) are both outside of the "Red Zone". If a false flag goes down it will probably involve one or both of these buildings.
Now that just makes no sense at all, does it? If I were the bad guy type, I'd look to those two buildings as elevated positions with a commanding view of all that would be of interest to do bad things to.