Tuesday, April 17, 2012

NATO Preparations

  • While much of the security planning for the NATO summit remains secret, some information about what the protective measures will look like has started to trickle out.

    Last week, theU.S. Secret Service published bidding specifications for the work of putting up security barriers in the city for the May 20-21 summit that will bring leaders from around the world.

    [...] Workers will have to put up 3,600 linear feet of “anti-scale” steel fencing, as well as 17,000 linear feet of concrete barricades. The fencing is currently stored at a federal facility in Maryland, while the concrete barriers will be supplied by local governments.

    The specifications also call for 16-foot-wide “portable vehicle barriers” capable of stopping a 15,000-pound vehicle traveling at 30 mph.

  • As attention on security intensifies, the city announced Monday that a “routine military training exercise” would be under way in and around Chicago from April 16 to 19 to help personnel preparing for overseas deployment learn to “operate in urban environments.” A city spokeswoman said the training is done around the country and is not related to the NATO meeting.

We'd guess the "17,000 feet of concrete barricades" are the "Jersey walls" so prevalent around construction sites. That stuff isn't going to move.

A google search on the "anti-scale" stuff looks like wrought iron 12-15 feet high. No idea how that temporary stuff gets secured in place so as not to collapse or, worse, be used as a battering ram against security personnel...like cops.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could be wrong on the type of helicopter, but saw a pair of Blackhawks traveling w/b from the Loop this afternoon... ...more advance planning?

4/17/2012 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three Blackhawks were on maneuvers over the west side this evening, probably in preparation for NATO. At times they were only about 120 feet off the deck, it was truly impressive.
Just like the air and water show where we joke about calling in an air strike, I can only imagine two of the birds swooping in out of no where and a tactical squad fast roping in with a whole lot of ass whupping on the ground and sniper support above.
The looks on their faces would be truly priceless . . . . .

4/17/2012 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all da concrete barriers and fencing ya don't need helmets..

4/17/2012 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget to mention the military helicopters flying downtown today doing training flying between tight buildings

4/17/2012 12:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say it was a sweet sight watching those Blackhawks hovering over the loop with feet dangling from both sides. If I was inclined to start shit I'd think twice. Yes it's against the law for the Army to perform head smashing missions in the country. That doesn't mean one of out NATO allies can't get permission to do it if it needs to be done.

4/17/2012 12:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word on the street: Skilling called in the choppers when he realized it's going to be a hot summer.

Chalkie was seen manning one of the 50 cals hanging out the side.

4/17/2012 12:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three Blackhawks and two loach helicopters flew from midway down 63st above 008 around 1630 hrs , thought it was Calvary heading into 007 finally , but no was just part of NATO preparations

4/17/2012 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wounder what is going to happen to the rest of the city, when every just about every cop is going to be downtown for nato???

4/17/2012 02:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did the SS put out Specs on what kind of ladies they want at their hotels???

4/17/2012 05:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did someone say the City needs fences? Wrought iron? Richard M Daley knows about that. Just call the Daley and Vanecko Fence Company, a True Value from the Daley Family.

By the way, why can't the City sell McCormick Place? Navy Pier? Lake Shore Drive? City Hall?

4/17/2012 06:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all for the area around McCormick place, the rest of the city will be wide open with only the police as barricade

4/17/2012 06:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should hold this meeting in Hawaii.......

4/17/2012 07:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Chicago hookers heard the Secret Service was coming to town they gotz all excited! Agents will have to pay in advance and only in cash. No Colombian curreny accepted!

4/17/2012 08:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blackhawks? I love the Blackhawks.

4/17/2012 09:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Sector 7 said...

NATO? You fools. Wake up. Those aren't NATO troops, National Guard or any conspiracy bullshit. If you saw the helicopters, you saw the guys in in-or more correctly, hanging out of it. It's the NEST guys from the Transformers

4/17/2012 09:22:00 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Did the Secret Service also contract for hookers? I'm sure they'd like to compare the Chicago talent to the Cartagena crew.

4/17/2012 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blackwater little birds doing route advance and cover

4/17/2012 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There were two MH-6 Little Birds...they belong to the 160th SOAR, Special Operations Command. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...

4/17/2012 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no!!! They're here!!! It's the dreaded black helicopters from big brother!!! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!! HAH HAH HAH!!!

4/17/2012 11:25:00 AM  
Blogger Anne B. said...

Any advice for us civilians, other than "Stay out of downtown that weekend?"

4/17/2012 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know why you are worried about this NATO conference. You should be worries about the World Science Fiction convention coming to Chi town on the Labor Day weekend.
If the Daleks get out of control, how are you going to stop them? Be smart and retire by then.

4/17/2012 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One year of advance notice. 110 million in grant money. Three exempt members assigned exclusively NATO prep. But I gotta glue my own helmet. Why must I be a serf, so that another can be a king.

4/17/2012 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the most impotant NATO preperation plan. It's caled a doctors note to be excused for a week.

4/17/2012 12:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blue Thunder,Long live Roy Scheider

4/17/2012 12:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Skeptical said...

Wow, the city and the feds are getting a jump on planning. 13 months out and they're already looking for contractors.

Wait, what!? The NATO meeting is in a month?

4/17/2012 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should we be worried if those copters have big red stars on the side?

4/17/2012 02:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job to all of you bringing in revenue. After he's done laughing at you, Rahm wants you to wash his balls. FOOLS!

4/17/2012 02:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sky photos. Maybe THEY'LL catch some "Caught on Camera" stuff.

4/17/2012 03:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are on our own. We will be abused, ridiculed and scapegoated by the most morally,ethically and criminally corrupt city government in the country. Be there for each other. Pray that some fair and balanced coverage of this disaster can be used for our advantage come contract time.

4/17/2012 03:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wounder what is going to happen to the rest of the city, when every just about every cop is going to be downtown for nato???
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what could possibly go wrong?

4/17/2012 03:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another huge waste of our hard earned tax money! What the hell are Blackhawks going to do at NATO... straif the protestors? Although that is what we'd all like to see, it's not going to ever happen. Just more posturing by Rahmbozo and Oscuma. Give us some usable and reliable equipment that we can use on the ground.

4/17/2012 03:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Workers will have to put up 3,600 linear feet of “anti-scale” steel fencing, as well as 17,000 linear feet of concrete barricades. The fencing is currently stored at a federal facility in Maryland, while the concrete barriers will be supplied by local governments.

"The specifications also call for 16-foot-wide “portable vehicle barriers” capable of stopping a 15,000-pound vehicle traveling at 30 mph."

...and keep in mind that Andy Thayer actually told the city that he expects the Chicago Police Department to "back up" Occupy in an assault on this security perimeter, so that he can get as close as he wants to McCormick Place.

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4/17/2012 03:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three blackhawks each equipped with miniguns, now thats what I would call a crime suppression strategy! What better way to control box 1 than to eliminate it?

4/17/2012 04:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wounder what is going to happen to the rest of the city, when every just about every cop is going to be downtown for nato???

4/17/2012 02:05:00 AM





cops won't be the only ones working overtime.




Chalkie

4/17/2012 04:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chalkie was seen manning one of the 50 cals hanging out the side.

4/17/2012 12:46:00 AM




50 cals?


50 cals?




i don' neeeed no steeeeenkin' 50 cals.......





Chalkie

4/17/2012 04:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes it's against the law for the Army to perform head smashing missions in the country.
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Eisenhower reluctantly ordered troops from the Army’s 101st Airborne Division to protect the students, who were shielded by federal troops and the Arkansas National Guard for the remainder of the school year.

I copied this from an article. What was it you were saying troops couldn't be used on American soil? They could activate the Illinois National Guard and that wouldn't be illegal.

4/17/2012 04:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CujtByNTQRs

I think i spotted this 1 from Russia bring it on anarchists jags!

4/17/2012 05:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we're still fucked and gorilla glue....

4/17/2012 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Rahm, grab a set of Balls and re-install Meigs Airport!

The goof is gone for good!

(it is MONEY waiting to be collected in landing fees)

4/17/2012 06:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pray that some fair and balanced coverage of this disaster can be used for our advantage come contract time.

4/17/2012 03:11:00 PM


Dude...take a xanax. Less than 10% of all the unwashed shitheads appearing here to foist their libertard bullshit off on the general public are those of the "cocksucker needs to get shot" variety.

Relax.... people bitching in the street and not moving ain't shit.... it's the less than 10% that need to be watched and dealt with.

4/17/2012 06:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone is interested I was watching the news the otherday and they flashed on the screen the permit that thecity issued to the biggest asshole ever, Mr. Protester himself ANDY THAYER, if any of you don't know he is the guy that sued the city with his group and won for being illegally detained in 2003 by Maurer and the boys, anyways here is the number, I don't know if it is his office or cell, but it was on the permit and the news didn't bother to block it out, it is 773-209-1187, we should give him a call now an then.

4/17/2012 07:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Newley R. Etired said...

Porter House steaks and Rock Lobster tails on the grill. Jack Daniel neat in a tumbler. Wife at her family for a week. The hot tub up and running. A new Lane Recliner in the family room. North of the Illinois border. Looking to find NATOfest on PPV. Priceless.

4/17/2012 08:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should we be worried if those copters have big red stars on the side?

4/17/2012 02:55:00 PM
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MACY'S helicopters????? Cool.

4/18/2012 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any advice for us civilians, other than "Stay out of downtown that weekend?"

4/17/2012 11:30:00 AM
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Stay out of downtown for most of May, not just 'for the weekend'.

Stay in Milwaukee for the weekend itself.

4/18/2012 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"By the way, why can't the City sell ...City Hall?"


What are you talking about??

City hall's always been for sale in Chicago!!

(Not the building, just the elected occupants)

4/18/2012 01:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those blackhawks were here for a different reason. Its no training exercise. Aliens crash landed in the 4th district last week and the ship and other "items" were recovered. Its suspected that the alien(s) on bored escaped before the ship blew up and they were spotted along the lake front. We dont know if they are friend or foe so the G came with a show of force, just to be safe. More to come....

4/18/2012 01:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Sir Donkey, Esq. said...

broken arrow. I repeat, Broken arrow.

4/18/2012 02:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now if we only had an airport near downtown.....hum....sounds like a good idea....

4/18/2012 02:23:00 AM  
Blogger dumpdaley said...

The blackhelicopters flew from the marine corps base at Foster and Albany down the river to Lou Malnati's on Wells Street. Troops might as well pick up some deep dish AND kill protesters all at the same stop. LOL

4/18/2012 05:37:00 AM  
Blogger dumpdaley said...

Send the Blackhawks to NATO. Brent Seabrook will kick the protesters @$$.

4/18/2012 05:49:00 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

The way the Blackhawks are playing, maybe they can man the copters.

4/18/2012 09:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone seen a AC-130 flying about? Needed in the Souht and West side.

4/18/2012 11:32:00 PM  
Blogger White Sox Fan said...

I live in the 8th District (West Englewood). Every night we see police unit Chopper One flying around for hours. This week the Blackhawk helicopters are taking over for Chopper One. They are louder, make the house shake. Just wondering why they are buzzing the houses, it's very impressive. But should our tax dollars be wasted on dispersing gangbangers like bands of roaches?

Am I not supposed to be seeing those helicopters? (Or: "you saw nothing..").

4/19/2012 01:11:00 AM  
Blogger Was that a SPEEDBUMP?! said...

"PBR Streetgang...this is Almighty, how do you copy, over?"

4/19/2012 04:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time Due

So, I looked for something regarding this matter and didn’t find anything. I will say this, in 015. we had heard rumors that time due was going to start being denied based on man power. We were never told exactly what that meant and were also told we weren’t going to know until three days before we expected to get the day off.

Well, I never had a second thought about, because like everything else on this job, until it ACTUALLY happens, it doesn’t really mean much. Well, now it has happened. In 015 Commander BW and Capt S decided to deny time due for Saturday April 20th . There were 8 people requesting the day off and 4 needed to be denied. The WC was instructed to go by seniority. Well, that left 2 of the 4 not being able to go to their own partners wedding and another not able to go to his daughters birthday party. It was overheard when I cop had asked her about time he requested off because he was going to be out of town, her reply was, “We’ll see. It’s time you officers start taking a more personal interest in the District”. Are you kidding me? You want me to be more concerned about the community then you do with our own partners or our own daughters???? MAYBE, if you gave me OT for attending all these prayer vigils and crap when off duty, more officers would attend. Not that it would matter because we would be denied our time off.

Commander BW, is so scared of losing her job as Commander that she works probably 18 hours a day EVERY day and micro manages more than any other Dist CO I have ever worked for. When Commander WG left, he told Commander BW, this (015) is a great place to work with some of the best and hardest working officers in the city, don’t scew it up… well…. Guess what she came and did???? She is a mindless pawn who knows nothing about policing the STREETS, and obviously knows nothing about actually LEADERSHIP. Someone should tell them when they give CO’s their Star, leadership is earned from your troops, not given to you with this star.

I just wonder how the powers that be, have come to the conclusion that denying time, keeping officer away from their families and canceling their plans will make this city safer. There’s nothing like have disgruntled, unhappy cops on the street. In 015 there are more Tact Teams and Mission teams then any other Dist in the city. There are also less officers in 015 then most districts in the city. So when you do the math, there are far fewer cops that are able to take time, since they are all on tact or a mission team.

I know almost all of us hated JFed, BUT, he managed to keep down crime (by manipulating the numbers, but regardless) without denying cops their time. At least he was able to figure out, a happy cop is a working cop. Funny thing is, he wasn’t even the police!!! Oh wait, and he was also able to do it before they closed districts, and disbanded units in an effort to put “more cops on the streets”.
I am not sure how we can even try and show them this isn’t the way to handle the manpower issue. Maybe since OUR time due means nothing, we ALL need to start checking the money box. Maybe what city hall sees the Comp Time money go through the roof, they will inform the Supt, he is an idiot!!!

4/19/2012 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know almost all of us hated JFed, BUT, he managed to keep down crime (by manipulating the numbers, but regardless) without denying cops their time. At least he was able to figure out, a happy cop is a working cop. Funny thing is, he wasn’t even the police!!! Oh wait, and he was also able to do it before they closed districts, and disbanded units in an effort to put “more cops on the streets”.
I am not sure how we can even try and show them this isn’t the way to handle the manpower issue. Maybe since OUR time due means nothing, we ALL need to start checking the money box. Maybe what city hall sees the Comp Time money go through the roof, they will inform the Supt, he is an idiot!!!

4/19/2012 12:25:00 PM

You had me until you praised that useless Fed for something he had nothing to do with.

The reasons you're being denied time are: 1) there are several HUNDRED fewer sworn now than there were under Weis, and 2) either Rahm or McPlayboy are flexing and showing us who's in control. (Remember, BOTH of them aren't happy with the info that gets spread around by the police, thanks to this insignificant blog.)

4/19/2012 10:22:00 PM  

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