[funsec] NYPD Eyes Disrupting Cell Phones in Event ofTerroristAttack
fergdawgster at gmail.com
Fri Jan 9 13:19:54 CST 2009
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On Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 11:14 AM, Buhrmaster, Gary <gtb at slac.stanford.edu>
>> 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".
> *Some/Most* implementations of ACCOLC allow/require communications
> to "911" style services in addition to those designated as "special".
> From the sound bite, I did not get to determine if this is what
> the NYPD wants, but it might make some sense (at least from
> their point of view).
- From the article:
Kelly stressed the need for law enforcement to be able to disrupt cell
phone calls and other communications during an attack, pointing to threats
posed by the media when they disclose law enforcement tactics during live
coverage that can get passed back to the attackers.
Kelly says that in the Mumbai attack, the terrorists' handlers used cell
phones and other portable communications devices to order the killing of
hostages and to adjust other tactics while the attacks were underway.
It's not clear from his testimony whether the NYPD has the means to disrupt
electronic communications for a small group of terrorists without shutting
down cell phone service to a large part of Manhattan.
- - ferg
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