(Mods..I know threads a plenty exist for this subject. My attempt here is a 100% fact based and raw assessment. I hope this is allowed to stand as an
addition to other material here. People are at risk up there and I hope to help give the protesters a little edge to be as free and healthy Tuesday
morning as they are now, a few hours before game time.)
Well guys, I've been a busy bunny tonight in the pre-game shows for the big event starting in a few hours. Unfortunately it hasn't been a sort of
busy that lends itself to being around keyboards and internet connections to share, and right now I'm dead on my feet and looking to crash hard
before the real event kicks off.
Tonight was....confirmation. That is a good way to put it. In hearing DHS, SS and CPD chatter most of the night, I am sure of two things here.
First, however much fun Occupy thinks this is, they opposition is having far more fun with the distraction Occupy provides. Hearing the banter and
casual comments to that effect was enlightening. I can't say I've ever had the pleasure of listening to 100% open and candid radio traffic from out
of the inicdent command centers to and from the street DURING an Occupy event. Hearing both sides of things, in real time and side by side is just an
experience I'd suggest everyone try this weekend. It gives entirely new perspectives.
Second, the force assembled in Chicagoland is BEYOND what I thought it was and that is saying something. I knew they had force sufficient to take
multiple Munich Olympic or OPEC take over type events at once. They have enough to look on something like that as a distraction to handle while ready
for a main event, it would seem.
Now.. I'll add more tomorrow. I'm just too tired to see straight and really, I'm not getting into things beyond that on my personal situation. I'm
online as much as I can be, this weekend, to try and share the news as I hear and see it. It isn't about being the subject of it.
Let me help us all get onto the same page though. My thread here began with the Radio Freq's for standard CPD channels and such across a broad
spectrum. Some live players to broadcast. Some not. Well, I have more to add... Much more..
First, the event. For those who aren't aware of the data contained here, I offer this link:
NATO 2012 Command Center locations, layout, staffing
and radio communications details.
^^ Within that site are photos of everything (with 2 exceptions I may get into tomorrow when I'm awake enough) that is relevent for where incident
command for Chicago is being handled and who is staffing which Command centers. There are several and they each serve their own purpose.
Next, lets see WHY all this fuss is happening, beyond the background the link above showed:
World Political and Military leaders / Heads of State in Downtown Chicago
^^ That is as close to a whos who list of Western Political and Military power on this planet that I've seen assembled in one place, at one time
outside of traditional secure areas like the UN HQ Building in New York or the facilities in Geneva. WoW doesn't touch the raw concentration of power
within a few square miles. This is why Chicago has armed drones overhead and has now for at least 7 days.
Speaking of drones..... Here is a link for those who may see something but not know what it was to say something. (lemmie know if more is desired. I
wrote a long piece at the site I work at with pics of more than this shows BEFORE I found this had been put out today at this other site)
A Crash Course in Modern American UAV/UAS and Water Borne drones
Additionally, here is an additional resource site for live radio traffic from "TPTB" in Chicagoland over the next 48 hours. This was fascinating to
hear the traffic over the Police radios while watching the Occupy perspective where few if any of them had that same 'God View' perspective of the
total picture as it was happening.
Live running feeds and recordings of the highlights for specific NATO 2012 LEO Radio
For anyone else who is actually in North Illinois right now and needs local, immediate and USEFUL data that carries beyond the entertainment of online
scanner streams, here is the PDF detailing for Scanner users what is refereed to as StarCom 21. This is essentially a Unified communications system
and directory covering anything valuable in the State of Illinois. It covers everything from CPD tactical channels to the internals used by the jails.
Pretty much everything....and laid out FOR the Scanner user, by scanner hobbyists.
PDF detailing Frequencies and Talk Groups for StarCom 21
There is an additional note worth mentioning as an aside. On Friday, NORAD and Northern Command staged readiness exercises in and around the Chicago
area. These weren't civilian helicopters and absolutely were not limited to Coast Guard assets. The best known and visible was a morning event that
coordinated the air combat patrol assets with local authority assets to confirm all could play well together and get along. It's also been announced
as I'm sure many know, that Combat Air Patrols will either be over Chicago the entire period from Friday through the wrap up at the end of the
Summit......or in slow times, will be on immediate alert status 'somewhere' near by.
Everyone who is up there... Stay safe and please, take NOTHING for granted. Your movement has as many cops INSIDE IT as media people covering it from
the edges. 3 Occupy protesters are facing terrorism charges thanks to real stupid conversations and a cop who listened to it. I have no idea which
agency...but look at who they released and thank one of them. It couldn't have happened without 'em. The Police I knew in the St Louis Occupy camp
in October of last year were there to HELP and PROTECT far more than anything else. These ones in Chicago, as we have seen, are there to disrupt and
destroy....as much for the statement as for any substantive reason or legitimate need to do this.
Police were also heard chattering about this on CPD channels as well as a later visual confirmation that went out over twitter feeds of Uniformed
Officers seen changing into Protester Garb and with the accouterments of the Anarchist Black Flag/Bloc movement within the overall protests. Just keep
your eyes open folks. If someone wasn't known to you PERSONALLY before this event, trust is a personal decision...but I'd not carry it to the point
of becoming vulnerable. There is plenty of time AFTER this ends to build a long friendship. If those new people don't just change back into Federal
or LEO Uniforms and get back to earning a living at their full time job after Monday.
Take care all and I'll be back tomorrow when I've slept a bit. If anyone else has factual and entirely resource-driven links to share for others to
stay informed, free and safe, please share. Thanks!