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In a Thursday testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly revealed that his department is seeking technology that can disrupt cell phone and other wireless communications in the event of a crisis.
This movement by the department comes on the heels of the "relative simplicity of this attack" in Mumbai, where "10 people with basic weapons" managed to wreak bloody havoc in the city for three days, Kelly said.
"Public-private interactions are crucial and must be developed before an incident occurs," Charles Allen, intelligence chief at the Department of Homeland Security, told the Senate committee. "Target knowledge was paramount to the effectiveness of the attack" in Mumbai.
A deceptively-simple tool, the cell phone, was also put to deadly effect by the Mumbai attackers, Kelly reminded.
Transcripts of intercepted telephone calls showed that the militants used the mobile devices to keep up to date on law enforcement's advances and to receive encouragement for their bloody rampage.
"When lives are at stake, law enforcement needs to find ways to disrupt cell phones and other communications in a pinpointed way against terrorists who are using them," he suggested.
Originally posted by jhill76
Hmmm. But, what about the workers that come in from different agencies across the U.S.? Not everyone is on the 800 MHZ Digital Secure Wireless Radio network. Some agencies are still using VHF, UHF, & 800 MHZ analog. So, will these people be able to communicate?