[funsec] NYPD Eyes Disrupting Cell Phones in Event of TerroristAttack
Tomas L. Byrnes
tomb at byrneit.net
Fri Jan 9 12:04:54 CST 2009
Oh great, let's eliminate the ability for the law abiding to communicate
with each other, and to assist law enforcement with tips, not to mention
the need to contact emergency services, in the name of "Security".
This is the problem with single-mission, siloed, agencies. If all you
want to do is disrupt the terrorists, and don't look at the bigger
picture, this makes sense.
If you are a terrorist, and know this is in the playbook, you get them
to do it, so you can launch a bigger or more widespread attack, and let
the fog create panic in the population, which gives you a force
multiplier as the accidents, heart attacks, and looting far outdo
anything you could do on your own.
Sometime right about the onset of a major storm would be great!
Who comes up with these hare-brained ideas?
Ah yes, the same mentality that thinks disarming the law abiding will
And there's no second amendment to protect your right to keep and bear
your cell phone.
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>On Behalf Of Paul Ferguson
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>Another brilliant idea.
>The New York Police Department is looking for ways to disrupt cell
>calls and other forms of electronic communication among terrorists in
>event of another terror attack in New York, Police Commissioner Raymond
>The need to disrupt communications is one of several conclusions that
>NYPD has drawn from studying the November attack in Mumbai, India, a
>three-day rampage by machine gun and grenade-wielding Islamic militants
>which at least 165 people were killed and 304 were wounded.
>Kelly is scheduled to discuss this and other "lessons learned" in
>Thursday before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and
>Affairs. A draft copy of his statement was shared with FOX News in
>of his appearance.
>Kelly stressed the need for law enforcement to be able to disrupt cell
>phone calls and other communications during an attack, pointing to
>posed by the media when they disclose law enforcement tactics during
>coverage that can get passed back to the attackers.
>- - ferg
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