DHS Admits Boston Training Drill That Portrays “Free America Citizens” as Terrorist Cell

A Homeland Security-funded training exercise in Boston dubbed “Operation Urban Shield” that was delayed due to April’s marathon bombing revolved around a terrorist cell dubbed “Free America Citizens,” another indication of how the DHS is characterizing liberty-loving Americans as domestic extremists. The Department of Homeland Security has gone public with an admission that that exercise was planned months before the Boston Marathon bombings and that it involved backpacks being used to detonate explosives by domestic terrorists.

“Months of painstaking planning had gone into the exercise, dubbed “Operation Urban Shield,” meant to train dozens of detectives in the Greater Boston area to work together to thwart a terrorist threat. The hypothetical terrorist group was even given a name: Free America Citizens, a home-grown cadre of militiamen whose logo would be a metal skull wearing an Uncle Sam hat and a furious expression,” reports the Boston Globe.

The drill, which was funded with the aid of a $200,000 Department of Homeland Security grant and was set to involve DHS officials along with other federal authorities, centered on the scenario of domestic terrorists leaving explosive-filled backpacks at locations around the city. The exercise was due to take place this weekend but was postponed in response to the Boston bombings and is now expected to go ahead early next year.

The exercise, many details of which remain confidential, has been crafted to test the investigative skills of detectives involved who will be tasked with finding out the motivation behind the “Free America” terrorists.

The drill was planned before the Boston bombings and officials from a dozen agencies have been meeting for months to plan the scenario. The exercise bore “eerie similarities” to the real attack in that police were tasked with identifying terrorists from street surveillance camera footage.

In this case, Homeland Security’s Urban Shield drill in Boston was scheduled to take place after the bombing. However, it follows numerous Boston Urban Shield exercises and semi-annual multi-agency drills that take place every year in Boston on Patriot’s Day (when the Marathon is typically held) and July 4th.

Homeland Security Advisor Arnold Bogis pointed this out, stating in ‘Marathon as a dry-run disaster,’ a 2008 article, that:

“Today thousands of runners and hundreds of thousands of spectators are unwittingly taking part in a planned disaster …“Massachusetts is better prepared for a real disaster because every Patriot’s Day and Fourth of July is treated as a ‘disaster.’”

Over the course of the last five years, the DHS has been criticized for its involvement in numerous training exercises and the production of material which demonizes conservatives and libertarians as domestic extremists, putting them in the same league as violent terrorists.

In March, Arkansas State Fusion Center Director Richard Davis admitted that the federal agency spies on Americans deemed to be “anti-government,” noting that the DHS concentrates on, “domestic terrorism and certain groups that are anti-government. We want to kind of take a look at that and receive that information,” so-called threats which included people, “putting political stickers in public bathrooms or participating in movements against the death penalty.”

Last year, a DHS-funded study produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland characterized Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.

The DHS also stoked controversy in 2011 when it released a series of videos to promote the See Something, Say Something campaign in which almost all of the terrorists portrayed in the PSAs were white Americans.

A mock DHS news report which emerged last month depicted gun owning Americans as dangerous terrorists.

A DHS-funded exercise in Seattle last month portrayed “angry” parents who homeschooled their children as terrorists.

The 2009 MIAC report, published by the Missouri Information Analysis Center and first revealed by Infowars, also framed Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, people who own gold, or even people who fly a U.S. flag, as potential terrorists.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/06/07/before-police-could-plan-for-terrorist-attack-real-thing-happened/ufxjb9O0RXyzVZNPFyGkiI/story.html

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Authorities Announced “Drill” Before Boston Explosions, Saudi Suspect Held, CCTV Video Not Released

An eyewitness to the two explosions at the Boston Marathon today said that a “drill” was repeatedly announced before the bombs exploded and that he “thought it was odd” bomb sniffing dogs were in place before the blast.

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University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach Ali Stevenson told Local 15 News, “They kept making announcements on the loud speaker that it was just a drill and there was nothing to worry about. “It seemed like there was some sort of threat, but they kept telling us it was just a drill.”

The news station also reports that Stevenson “thought it was odd there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines.”

Stevenson then describes hearing the explosions as he ran away from the scene, having just completed the marathon.

If this report is accurate, it clearly suggests there could have been some degree of prior knowledge of the bombing, which killed two people and injured at least 23.

The fact that the explosions were preceded and overlapped by a”drill” of an almost identical nature mirrors other major terror attacks, such as the 7/7 bombings in London.

It is important to emphasize that the New York Times recently reported that most of the recent domestic terror plots in the United States “were facilitated by the F.B.I.,” suggesting that today’s incident in Boston may have been part of such an operation.

It remains to be seen how the media and the Obama administration will exploit this incident depending who gets the blame, but Rahm Emanuel’s “never let a serious crisis go to waste” advisory is sure to be in play.

More on this story as it develops…..

  • UPDATE: it is now known that they have an all to familiar Saudi suspect. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers in the attacks of September 11, 2001 were Saudi nationals, or so said the IDs that those men were using on that day.

Even though Boston police commissioner Edward Davis told reporters on the record this afternoon that they do not have a suspect in custody inside a Boston Hospital, the New York Post reports otherwise.

Its web site right now says it all: The Post alleges a 20-year-old Saudi national is being held in hospital where he’s being treated for burns. Here’s the Post’s front page:

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NY Post

The LA Times also reported:

A federal law enforcement officials said authorities were questioning a Saudi national who was taken to a Boston hospital with injuries. The person was not identified as a suspect.

CBS claims to have a similar story.

Here’s the top of the Post’s story, which you can read in full here.

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NY Post

  • UPDATE: Why would the Navy send a bomb unit team to Boston? The Boston’s bomb squad is one of the best in the country and I am sure FBI has a heavy bomb unit in the area but I can’t remember ever seeing a Navy bomb unit every being sent in one something like this… seems odd, no? bigstory.ap.org

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/obama-government-will-increase-security-around-united-states-necessary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama: Government ‘will increase security around the United States as necessary’

Washington, DC, police chief says “you will see visible increase in [police] presence’ as precaution after Boston.”

Welcome to Martial LAWIt’s an older story., but one everyone should read:

Like the NDAA, the new Executive Order puts the government completely above the law, which, in a democracy, is never supposed to happen. The United States is essentially now under martial law without the exigencies of a national emergency.

  • UPDATE:  I wonder how the New York Post managed to get this info before anything has been announced.

“The New York Post reported a bomber was seen on CCTV footage and that a Saudi national – aged 20 – has been placed under armed guard with burn wounds in an undisclosed Boston hospital. However, Boston police have since said they do not have a suspect in custody.”

Link: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/world/reports-of-explosio…

Direct link to video comment by news anchor discussing CCTV:http://video.couriermail.com.au/?2379707036

Actual purported CCTV video has not been made public… Which is interesting in and of itself. I’m sure there’s great footage of this guys face out there somewhere, but so far, nothing. Even if what they have is grainy, another person may have caught a better image of him and can check their footage based on what he was wearing.

Not releasing what they have is a problem in my book. It doesn’t make sense

“The reported arrest of a “Saudi national” has now been retracted. Apparently that was a mistake published by the NY Post. Instead, the mainstream media is pushing a new narrative that blames “right-wing extremists” for the bombing, even without a shred of evidence to back that up.” –source

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