Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Trotter Backpedals

We publish a couple of opinion pieces the other day (Worrying Finding and Worrying Finding - Part 2) merely pointing out a few things. Then Monday morning, this Fran Spielman article:
  • Is Chicago truly prepared for a natural disaster or terrorist attack -- a question central to Mayor Daley's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games?

    You can't help but wonder after Chief Emergency Officer Cortez Trotter's defensive response to last week's federal report suggesting that first responders in Chicago and Cook County are ill-prepared to communicate when the Big One hits.

    Now Trotter is openly saying there's a lot more Chicago can do to prepare for an event that would even remotely resemble the Sept. 11, 2001, attack that killed nearly 2,800 at New York's World Trade Center.

Wow. Check out those skidmarks Trotter left backing off of last week's outright denials that the city wasn't near the bottom of the disaster preparedness scale. And even more helpful, the Sun Times publishes a handy little guide for terrorists showing landmarks, water pumping stations, filtration plants, etc.

Let's put this very simply for everyone - there is no plan. Actually, there is a small plan.
  • It involves getting every bit of Federal money that the City can lay it's hands on,
  • spending it on toys and nonsense and a few well paid positions for connected folks with the right last names,
  • then hoping against hope that the Feds will intercept any real terrorists long before they manage to transport a device into the Midwest.
That's it in a nutshell. Everything else is just window dressing for the media and people who think that the government ought to be doing something. We don't even have to repeat the Chief of Staff's contention that it doesn't make sense to train up every single copper. It's obvious from Trotter's backtracking that someone is asking pointed questions that city adminstrators can't answer, so they're backing off previous statements.

33 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS CITY IS THE VERY TOP!!! OF THE BOTTOM....OF THE BARRELL

1/08/2007 11:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Government should be asking just what Chicago has been doing with the Federal money give to us for homeland security. While they are at it, they should be asking what happened to the 1505 funds?

1/08/2007 11:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, let me get this straight in 009...On 3rd Watch if you don't have a "B" team signifier by your name...you aren't a good officer? What is going on with 3rd Watch now? Morale is low and it's this type of bs that develops enemies.
Not good.

-10 years and counting...

1/09/2007 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a real kick from the Sun Times article, to the effect that (according to Trotter), the city has a secret plan to deal with a chemical or biological attack...it includes a "cache of antitdotes"...man, is that great stuff or what?

1/09/2007 12:57:00 AM  
Blogger Schicklegroover said...

Don't worry. The city is prepared or else why would they be spending time and money on things like the "T3" three-wheeled electric scooter/segways they were testing out recently at 51st and Wentworth. They run about $7,000 each and are so much more "fun" than a pension!

1/09/2007 05:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No matter what the plan is, if there ever was one, the basic policy of the CPD is that, "It is impractical to train individual officers to respond to a terorist attack."

1/09/2007 06:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the low morale lately, it was kind of nice seeing a friendly face at roll call in 009. Welcome back P-shades.

1/09/2007 07:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

off topic.
take a look at the heavy duty gate/barriers being placed at the entrances to the kennedy. looks like someone is serious about being able to control that roadway from downtown to o'hare.

1/09/2007 07:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No training = no reponse from me when the poopey hits the fan here.

1/09/2007 08:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well I don't think they care if the police are prepared. Just look at the Lt. test no questions about any critical incidents only gay protesters and African American community activists. We are all doomed....

1/09/2007 08:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened over at Second City Dick. Haven't had a post in three days.Maybe sonething to do with the posting of the bosses pictures. Didn't give a response to that one yet.

1/09/2007 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is with all these "B" units in 009 on 3rd watch ie 941B 951B.
What is that all about?

1/09/2007 09:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is the "B" team?

1/09/2007 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

009 has reinvented the wheel AGAIN. Apparently the 3rd watch Capt has taken a Sgt, a wagon and 4 cars, put them in plain clothes and is calling them Project 6-pack. Their mission is to work OUTSIDE the DOC and make arrests...Oh wait isn't that what the Tact team is suppose to be doing. What a joke. Now beat cars have to work twice as hard to keep up with jobs.

1/09/2007 02:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you see the press conference of Trotter, and did you see his hands shaking? Someone is getting paid too much $$$ and be a yes sir man to the Mayor!

1/09/2007 02:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I HAVE THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM. DUMP DALEY AND HIS 11 WARD IDIOTS AND VOTE FOR RUDY GUILIANI FOR MAYOR OF CHICAGO, AND MAKE WILLIAM BRATTON THE NEXT SUPT FOR POLICE. OH I FORGOT THAT MAKES TOO MUCH COMMON SENSE.

1/09/2007 02:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

talk to some New York Coppers. you probably don't want Guiliani for mayor of Chicago. He may have handled 9-11 great, emmosions ran high, people looked for leadership to get through it all but before 9-11, he wasn't too pro-police. in fact, many of the coppers on the East Coast said he was a real prick.

1/09/2007 03:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the big one comes, follow this simple procedure:
Squat down very low. Put your head down between your knees as far as you can. Kiss your ass goodbye.

1/09/2007 04:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What has the city done with their Homeland Security dollars?Undoubtably stolen some of it,misappropriated some,and pissed the rest away on stupid shit.

What the hell do we need Sedgways for??The survielllance cameras are a joke,they are almost useless as implemented.Keep the baseball caps,give me an Avon gas mask.

Ar15s are not going to stop Al-Queda when they are flying a Jumbo jet or driving an 18 wheeler.I can see SWAT getting them,but Dicks??Why not give them to Patrol where they are really needed for street crime.

Empty squad car trunks:no flares,no fire exstinguishers,no first aid,no gas masks or protective suits(MOPP)no bottled water,no MREs,no radiation detectors,no chemical detection.Comm gear that sucks and not coordinated with various agencies.

What are you REALLY going to do when the SHTF,run 10-28s??issue parking tickets??

Chicken little,the sky truly can fall.

1/09/2007 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nevermind the "B" team people! We need to find the "A-Team" Hanibal always has a plan, Mr T will kick all the terrorists asses, murdock is just as crazy as a few coppers I know and face man is just dreamy........

1/09/2007 06:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Atleast they have that robot!

Danger Phil Cline! Danger!

1/09/2007 07:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Jesse & Luberman said...

Anonymous said...
well I don't think they care if the police are prepared. Just look at the Lt. test no questions about any critical incidents only gay protesters and African American community activists. We are all doomed....

1/09/2007 08:44:45 AM

THA'S WHA'S IMPO-TANT!

1/09/2007 07:40:00 PM  
Blogger Murphy40pct said...

Regarding Giuliani, he was very pro-police. He opposed even the creation of the CCRB (NYPD's OPS). He stood by every officer until it was obvious (Justin Volpe inserting a plunger in Abner Luima's Anus) that they had done something very wrong. He wanted accountability, results, and a no-nonsense approach to policing. We could do the same thing here and kill crime-but standing up to the liberals who don't want quality of life crimes enforced is not a forte of the Daley administration. Every leader has detractors, as Giuliani did at the NYPD- mostly for not kissing Sharpton's ass and thereby "creating" racial problems. No one in the liberal media bothered mentioning the hundreds of young black men who were spared murder every year under the new programs he implemented. His ego and that of Comm. Safir were a matter of debate, but the results were not. Daley would rather placate minorities than actually improve conditions in the minority communitties.

1/09/2007 08:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the Peter Karl videos state, your best protection, is distance.

1/09/2007 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This first responder was at the fire department helicopter crash. Opinion: "Trotter is a nitwit."

1/10/2007 06:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Government should be asking just what Chicago has been doing with the Federal money give to us for homeland security. While they are at it, they should be asking what happened to the 1505 funds?

1/08/2007 11:43:43 PM

Maybe spending it on planters? Or buildings that are new but are tilting and shoddy workmanship!

1/10/2007 07:31:00 AM  
Anonymous judas iscariot said...

10:22 PM

I would feel more secure within a nest of rattlesnakes before I would trust Peter Karl.

1/10/2007 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Project "B" team is comprised of the best officers on 3rd Watch. It has validity and will make the 009 tac team very nervous. If you don't like the "B" team dogass, then get your numbers up so you can become a member.
Oh, that's right-you cannot get the blessing from the LAPA boss running it.
Later dude...

1/10/2007 12:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:30
009 tac team is useless. If the B team can make the streets safer outside the DOC then God bless 'em. Why are so many people jealous of the B team? They worked their asses off and FINALLY got rewarded.

1/10/2007 01:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:22

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FROM THAT RAT PETER KARL. ASK NORTHSIDE ABOUT THE SHOT THAT HE PULLED.

1/10/2007 05:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

911 CANT DISPATCH A MAN W/ A GUN CALL WITHIN 8 MINUTES THE OTHER DAY, GO FIGURE ON A TERRORIST THREAT.......WE R DOOMED.......

1/10/2007 06:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesnt Giuliani work in 017

1/10/2007 09:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how quickly you learn who your friends are?! Ever since I made the B team in 009 my s0-called friends have been openly bashing me and the others. What happened to "I'd die for you anyday of the week?" or "If you ever need me, I'm there brother."
I'm glad I'm on a team where I know I will not have to worry about checking my back for knife wounds.
Fuck you asshats who I used to drink and party with! Don't even pretend to be a friend, because recently, you have ALL shown your true colors...and they are NOT blue! Go push your fuckin' beat car. Leave me alone you kucking fucks!
You know who you are.

1/11/2007 11:02:00 AM  

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