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Blackwater havoc, from Iraq to New Orleans to Portland??

Portland needs full assurance from local and State politicians that Blackwater, or another "security" contractor, is not scheduled to be in Portland during the Top Off / Vigilant Shield terror drill. That company is a destructive force the Neocons and Far Right are relying on to orchestrate the level of chaos that can thwart effective, practical response to repression, violence, and subterfuge.

Please read the article below, taken from today's antiwar.com front page, and think how screwed Portland would be if these lunatics just happened to have been hired for augmented security purposes, during the "largest-ever terrorism drill/exercise". Per reports from the drill press conference the other day, Michael Chertoff is supposed to be in town for the exercise in terror?! Given that he probably perceives US citizens to be the enemy, perhaps he'll have a Blackwater contingent for his security...

There is no justification for having this terror exercise (see Lie post below,  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/10/366285.shtml)~~
...the war on terror is an utter manipulation or psy-op intended to override civil liberties,
...DHS is a completely compromised arm of the Bush Regime,
...Blackwater is only inciting chaos in Iraq, and
...the use of Blackwater to terrorize Portland during Top Off/Vigilant Shield is not inconceivable.

A side note...which I am trying to confirm...Greg Palast reportedly said that a company named Paragon Security, or Securities, has had the
contracts for Federal Buildings in Portland and also for
Federal locations throughout Oregon, since July, 2007. Palast said that Paragon is owned by the Alaska Native group and has hired Blackwater in the past.

If anyone has information confirming this relationship, or other connections, please post as a comment to add to the story, not in the discussion area.

Thanks,
S
www.antiwar.com
October 5, 2007

The Blackwater Massacre
Out of control 'private' contractors terrorize Iraq

by Justin Raimondo

On September 16, as a car approached Nisour Square, all the folly and tragedy of the Iraq war was enacted on a Baghdad street. In the vehicle were two Iraqis: Ahmed Haithem was driving his mother, Mohassin, to the local hospital, where her husband worked as a pathologist. They never made it.

Instead, four armored vehicles manned by "private" guards employed by Blackwater USA moved into position and fired: Ahmed was hit, but the car continued on its path, out of control. When the smoke cleared, and the casualties counted, 17 Iraqis were dead and 24 wounded. The Washington Post cites one anonymous high-ranking U.S. official as saying:

"This is a nightmare. We had guys who saw the aftermath, and it was very bad. This is going to hurt us badly. It may be worse than Abu Ghraib, and it comes at a time when we're trying to have an impact for the long term."

It's a nightmare alright, especially for the Iraqi people, who have long resented this "private" army of thugs and wannabe heroes, apparently subject to nonexistent rules of engagement. The Americans have slaughtered, abused and otherwise alienated their "liberated" charges before, and the Iraqis did little but bleat a few feeble protests: this time, however, the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reacted with authentic anger. The Iraqi ministry of the interior ordered Blackwater out of the country, and, although the U.S. State Department initially succeeded in getting this order rescinded, that reversal now appears to have been reversed. If Maliki sticks to his guns, the Blackwater massacre could mark a new phase in the war, one that bodes ill for the Americans.

This new phase was prefigured by what Seymour Hersh dubbed "the redirection" and made manifest in the alleged "success" of our alliance with the Sunni tribesmen of Anbar and Diyala provinces. As U.S. war aims in Iraq have shifted from stamping out the Sunni insurgency to preparing for war with Iran, the potential for conflict with the Shi'ite-dominated government has increased: that's why that anonymous senior official described the Blackwater massacre as possibly "worse than Abu Ghraib." The September 16 incident could be the pivot point leading to the previously unthinkable: a demand by the democratically-elected government of Iraq that U.S. forces begin withdrawing.

Ah, but they wouldn't do that - especially when their very lives depend on the presence of U.S. soldiers - now would they?

Don't count on it: after all, they can always turn to their natural allies in Tehran to afford them all the protection they need.

As Henry Waxman waxes eloquent about how bad it is for the American taxpayer that we are "outsourcing" security for U.S. diplomats in Iraq to private companies like Blackwater - and caves to a Justice Department request that places the September 16 massacre beyond the purview of his committee hearings - we are in danger of missing the meaning of that deadly day. One has only to read the New York Times coverage - which is, so far, the only coherent narrative - to get a very clear sense of the horror and tragedy of our involvement in Iraq.

A road bomb went off in the vicinity of a "financial compound" where U.S. diplomatic personnel were present, and an immediate order went out to extract them. While one Blackwater convoy picked up the diplomats who were on their way to Nisour Square at the time of the incident, another convoy moved into the area and diverted traffic. Blackwater officials have previously asserted that their personnel opened fire only when they found themselves under attack, but that account is contradicted by every available witness. As the Times reports:

"The events in the square began with a short burst of bullets that witnesses described as unprovoked. A traffic policeman standing at the edge of the square, Sarhan Thiab, saw that a young man in a car had been hit. In the line of traffic, that car was the third vehicle from the intersection where the convoy had positioned itself.

'We tried to help him,' Mr. Thiab said. 'I saw the left side of his head was destroyed and his mother was crying out: 'My son, my son. Help me, help me.'"

Bystanders rushed to help, but the Blackwater guards didn't let them:

"Then Blackwater guards opened fire with a barrage of bullets, according to the police and numerous witnesses. Mr. Ahmed's father later counted 40 bullet holes in the car. His mother, Mohassin Kadhim, appears to have been shot to death as she cradled her son in her arms. Moments later the car caught fire after the Blackwater guards fired a type of grenade into the vehicle."

Why did the Blackwater guards fire on a car that was nowhere near their convoy until the weight of its dead driver on the accelerator drove it in their direction? No witness recalls shots being fired before the Americans unleashed their deadly fusillade. Yet the Blackguards and their spokesman claimed to have been under attack, possibly from Iraqi police. That's not how Iraqi witnesses tell it. Says Fareed Walid Hassan, a truck driver caught in the intersection:

"'The shooting started like rain; everyone escaped his car.' ... He saw a woman dragging her child. 'He was around 10 or 11,' he said. "He was dead. She was pulling him by one hand to get him away. She hoped that he was still alive.'"

Why were the Americans firing indiscriminately into cars at a busy Baghdad intersection? This is the question Rep. Waxman dared not ask at his phony "hearing," and which needs to be asked anyway. The answer, I fear, is because if you're an American in Iraq, every Iraqi is seen as an enemy. After all, a good proportion of the population wants us the heck out of there, and believes attacks on U.S. soldiers - or "private contractors" - are entirely justified. In such an atmosphere, who wouldn't be trigger-happy, not to mention paranoid and driven half-mad by the ever-looming prospect of imminent danger?

The issue is not private contractors, per se, although the rules of engagement followed by the Blackguards are considerably more relaxed than those in force for the U.S. military: U.S. soldiers have been involved in similar incidents, and a lot worse. The point is that we are an occupying force, and are seen as such by the increasingly resentful Iraqis: whether private or U.S. government-owned-and-operated, an army of occupation is going to meet resistance, and so we have. We are fast reaching a critical point - when growing resentment and even hatred of the Americans takes the shape of a demand for some accountability from the occupiers.

The official Iraqi investigation into the September 16 incident has been concluded, and submitted to the government: a three-man panel, headed up by the Iraqi defense minister, recommends the Blackguards stand trial in Iraq, under Iraqi law - an explosive demand that could lead to an open rupture between the Maliki government and Washington.

If ever Iyad Allawi had a chance to take advantage of an American-sponsored coup, surely that moment, if it isn't already upon us, cannot be far.

The rising political firestorm over the Blackwater massacre runs up against a legal firewall in the form of an edict issued by Paul Bremer, former U.S. viceroy, that forbids US military personnel (including private contractors) from being charged by Iraqi authorities or tried in Iraqi courts. It was one of his last acts, one that put the lie to the American proclamation of Iraqi "sovereignty."

The crisis will come when Iraqi demands for justice collide with the reality of Iraq's de facto status as a U.S. colony. In the event of a showdown over this case - and over the larger issue of sovereignty - the Americans will either go to war with the government they hailed as the vanguard of the region's democratic transformation, or else pack up their gear and go.

I'm betting on the former. In a war full of ironic twists and turns, this would be the crowning example of what Chalmers Johnson calls "blowback" - the unintended consequences of U.S. government intervention overseas that blow back in our faces. With one very important difference, however: it's hard to believe that growing tensions between Washington and the Shi'ite-dominated Maliki government, while unintended, were altogether unanticipated.

In their planned war with Iran, surely the best the neocons can hope for is a neutral - or effectively neutralized - Iraqi government. It doesn't take much imagination, however, to project the possibility of U.S. troops facing off against the Shi'ite party militias run by the parties of the ruling coalition.

How will our War Party explain this rather disturbing turn of events to their bewildered and war-weary constituency, which is, at any rate, shrinking fast? Easy. By that time, the image of a nuke-wielding terrorist-sponsoring Saddam Hussein will have long since morphed into a nuclear-armed, Hezbollah-sponsoring Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, bound and determined to wipe Israel off the map.

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Waffen SS = Blackwater Security 05.Oct.2007 12:56

911-2b awareness

Just as the Waffen SS served as the Nazis' private army, Blackwater Security is now poised to fill that role for the impirial regime in Washington. Expect to see them exposed for numerous balck-ops throughout Iraq and don't be surprised to see more of the same wherever and whenever terror will serve to advance the hegemons' agenda - Endless Global War Of Terror!

re: "blackwater = waffen ss" 05.Oct.2007 13:10

me again

or maybe it's really the gestapo. my memory of nazi history is a little blurred. wikipedia to the rescue -- it's both:

"As the Nazi party monopolized political power in Germany, key government functions such as law enforcement were simply absorbed into the SS, while many SS organizations became the de facto government agencies. To maintain the political power of the Nazi party, the SS was given authority to establish and run the Sicherheitsdienst (SD), the security and intelligence service, and the Geheime Staatspolizei (Gestapo), the secret police, effectively putting the SS above the law."

...

"Situations arose early in the Nazi regime of SS activities coming into conflict with German law. The first recorded instances, of SS personnel charged with breaking the law through the performance of their duties, was in 1934 at the Dachau concentration camp, when the local town magistrate charged several SS guards with murder after several prisoners were executed without cause or trial.

"The SS response to the German legal establishment was to petition the Reich Ministry of Justice to pass an act that removed the SS, and all of its members, from the jurisdiction of the civilian courts. This effectively placed the SS 'above the law', and its members could break regular German law without fear of penalty."

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS

this is a status shared by blackwater in occupied iraq: they are accountable to neither iraqi law nor us military law. there is _no_ legal recourse whatsoever for any misdeeds by them.

they are quite literally the gestapo of american imperialism.

Letter to the Oregonian about the Kulongoski, Potter piece 10/1 05.Oct.2007 13:14

Styve

End Bush Terror

Leave it to the weak journalists at the Oregonian to discredit through disparagement those Portland residents who, aware of the rampant corruption of the Bush Administration, see no reason to trust the hyper-politicized Department of Homeland Security to conduct a massive terror drill "experiment" on Portland with honest intent.

Remember, this is the same DHS that refused to disclose to Congressman Peter DeFazio certain "classified" sections of NSPD 51, the Executive Order Bush issued 5/9/07, essentially saying that Bush will be in charge of all 3 branches of government in the event of a national emergency. DeFazio was contacted in July by this "feverish" group of concerned citizens, demanding transparency and citizen oversight of the terror drills, because the Bush Administration penchant for deceit combined with its determination to launch an assault on Iran, increases the odds that they will resort to a false flag terror incident.

Put together the Bushian epoch of deceit, the Chertoff-led DHS, the DeFazio rebuff, Cheney's determination to wage another illegal war in the Middle East and the imploding GOP...and mix in the fact that on 9-11-01, there were 15 terrorism drills/war games occurring at the time of the NY-DC attacks, and you should ponder the outside chance that Portland could be the next 9-11, with the terror drills offering the evil-doers ample cover. You then might rethink the slurs against those honest and brave enough to scream WAKE UP, in an effort to shake people out of their complacency.

Styve

Hessians 05.Oct.2007 13:57

Rothschild

The last mercenaries to operate on US soil were the Hessians. They were contracted by King George to suppress the American Revolution. Then came Blackwater in New Orleans.

The Hessian mercenaries were never compensated. Wilhelm of Hesse embezzled their money. Rothschild embezzled Wilhelm's embezzled money. There is no honor among thieves.
 http://planetquo.com/The-Rothschilds

frankly i doubt 05.Oct.2007 14:09

me again

that the upcoming drill is the cover for a "false flag" exercise. (how many times have the chicken littles squawked their heads off about _that_ recently? "there's going to be a 'false flag' attack in portland in august early september mid-september october! yeah, that's the ticket, october!")

that's separate from concerns that blackwater might take part. it _is_ important to send a message that mercenaries are unwelcome.

or, for that matter, the entirely reasonable effort to use the exercise as a way to express concern about so-called "security" organizations in light of other dangerous bush regime actions, like torture, kidnapping, entrapment, and spying.


odds are in favor of your frank doubts 05.Oct.2007 15:13

911-2b awareness

Odds are in your favor, but please don't dismiss concerned citizens' demanding transparency of DHS drills and their efforts to raise awareness about them as "Chicken Littles. " We can fully document only 2 days of drills through which genuine terrorism was conduited (9/11/01 & 7/7/05) - yet, thousands died, first responders are still dying and millions have died to date in the Middle East, all stemming from those attacks.

Yes, they're drilling continually, and most involved are dedicated, genuine patriots; one of the reasons the drills work so well as a conduit for real terror - when the rogue operative slips in and small changes the drill into real terrorism, it's virtually indistinguishable from the drill until it goes off, just as it did 9/11/01 and 7/7/05.

Now with Cheny and Chertoff both sounding off through the media: one, that our biggest threat is "...a nuclear bomb being detonated in a US city..." and the other, that he has a "...bad feeling in his gut..." about just such an incident; and followed up with the recent Minot/Barksdale B-52 transporting nuke-tipped cruise missiles under its wings and it's still uncertain if or if not one has gone missing, it's hard to see how even the most die-hard "incompetence/blowback" advocate can dismiss with ease any of these concerns as "Chicken Littlish."

In another thread  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/10/366306.shtml - I read that those among us warning about the drills should "get a grip" and start dealing with "real" problems and that we sound like "cultists" because we can't prove we may have influenced what didn't happen - opinions they're fully entitled to. But it does beg one simple question: if our common goal in all this is to end the Global War Of Terror, which encompasses all aspects of the regimes' Middle East War(s) and the pretext for those wars, can anyone cite even one success toward ending it that the peace movement in general, Move On or the Democratic Party can claim?

Moreover, all so-called progressives agree: The Anglo/American Axis has lied about everything concerning these wars. You don't think they've lied about sponsoring terrorism to provoke them? How should I put it? Oh, yeah, GET A GRIP!

Just the facts, ma'am... 05.Oct.2007 16:03

Styve

NATIONAL SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE/NSPD 51 -  http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/05/20070509-12.html

Bush Directive for a "Catastrophic Emergency...", Prof. Michel Chossudovsky -  http://www.globalresearch.ca/PrintArticle.php?articleId=6134

The "Use of the Armed Forces" in America under a National Emergency... - Prof. Michel Chossudovsky -  http://www.globalresearch.ca/PrintArticle.php?articleId=6169

------------------------------------

Wake-up Call: Watch for Another 911/WMD Experience, Paul C. Roberts -  http://www.vdare.com/roberts/070718_wakeup.htm

Impeach Bush and Cheney Now, Paul C. Roberts -
 http://www.vdare.com/roberts/070715_impeach.htm

Brzezinski Suggests False Flag Event Could Kick-Start Iran War -  link to www.nowpublic.com

styve misrepresents brzezinski's claim 05.Oct.2007 18:11

me again

brzezinski referred to (in the words of the report styve linked to) a "false flag gulf of tonkin type incident".

that's quite different from staging an attack on us soil (or even staging an attack at all), as anyone who knows the basics of the gulf of tonkin incident understands.

911-2b's comic book world 05.Oct.2007 18:39

me again

a black-and-white world where they're either completely despicable villains guilty of all conceivable crimes or completely virtuous.

where, just because it's one can conceive of a scenario where the us ruling class (which has demonstrably done dastardly things) staged false flag attacks on 9/11 means they actually _did_.

much like, in fact, another, allegedly diametrically opposite world, where just because a certain us president can conceive of saddam hussein (whom had demonstrably done dastardly things) having weapons of mass destruction and cooperating with al qaeda meant he actually _did_.

and _i'm_ supposed to be the one who has to get a grip?

yeah, right.

bush's mercenaries..... 05.Oct.2007 19:40

not a gorilla

....will soon be known as Backwater or bLackwater.

what's your point already 05.Oct.2007 19:49

feel free to shut up any time

nobody is saying they know topoff, or whatever it's called, IS going to be the next 9/11 or 7/7

they're saying it COULD HAPPEN because it HAS HAPPENED BEFORE

that's just the TRUTH

nobody gives a shit about your "doubt," we're already aware that perfect knowledge is not available

...the one who has to get a grip? 05.Oct.2007 20:34

911-2b awareness

RE: " ...a scenario where the us ruling class (which has demonstrably done dastardly things)..." - Let's be clear, the "regime" is not in service even to the "us ruling class," it's in service to the global finance oligarchs for whom we are all cannon fodder, even the POTUS - look into "Angle is next." The New World Oligarchy (NWO) hold no allegiance to any ethnicity, economic, political, or spiritual ideologies. They only promote their own very personal agenda and those of their closest associates - think Warren Buffet, who, curiously just happened to be at Offut Airforce Base on Sept. 11, 2001, to greet the POTUS where Air Force One terminated its panicked flight from the "Angle is next" threat.

"...saddam hussein (whom had demonstrably done dastardly things) having weapons of mass destruction..." - Again, let's be clear, Saddam was a CIA operative for over 30 years. All his atrocities were virtually sanctioned, even when he took the bait and invaded Kuwait - his role in setting off a Mid-East crisis to drive up oil prices.

"...and cooperating with al qaeda..." Let's be clear, Al Queda is even a bigger legend than Saddam. Al Queda is literally the CIA's Arab Legion, raining terror and chaos on call, or simply lending their name when needed, i.e. when ordered.

"...and _i'm_ supposed to be the one who has to get a grip?" - Let's be clear, I don't give a damn what you do! It wasn't directed at you, but you're so ready for a fight, why the hell not - it's verbal jujitsu - the weight of your own words...

"...yeah, right." - Yeah, exactly right!

"the regime is not in service to the ruling class" 08.Oct.2007 09:19

me again

no, no, of course not. when has _that_ ever happened?

snicker.

Turns out SAIC is involved in Top Off 08.Oct.2007 17:41

Styve

 link to www.vanityfair.com

These may be the mercenaries that descend on Portland, manipulating the media and thereby creating the Bush Terror...


~~a paragraph from the article above~~

To create its Iraqi Media Network, SAIC hired professional newsmen from the United States as consultants. One of them was a former NBC News staff member, Don North, who had launched his career as a cameraman in Vietnam and eventually rose to become the NBC News bureau chief in Cairo. North began with high expectations. Once Saddam Hussein was ousted, he and his colleagues hoped to create a BBC-like news operation, instilling "standards of international broadcasting and news reporting" that Iraqis had never known before. It soon became clear that the Pentagon and the Coalition Provisional Authority had other ideas. To them, the Iraqi Media Network represented an opportunity to push the U.S. agenda in Iraq in the most simplistic sort of way. With SAIC's cooperation, the network quickly devolved into a mouthpiece for the Pentagon—"a little Voice of America," as North would put it. Iraqis openly snickered at the programming. Every time North protested, he recalls, he was rebuffed by SAIC executives. "Here I was going around quoting Edward R. Murrow," North says, "and the people who were running me were manipulating and controlling a very undemocratic press and media that was every bit as bad as what Saddam had established." In the end the network was turned over to Iraqi control. Today it is a tool of Iraq's Shiite majority and spews out virulently anti-American messages day and night. "And to think we started it," says North. The SAIC-created television network may be the only functioning weapon of mass destruction in today's Iraq.

Vigilant Shield '08 is the unknown factor 09.Oct.2007 17:35

X

The scope and depth of TOPOFF 4 has been publicized. What do we know about Vigilant Shield '08? Isn't it strange that Vigilant Shield is happening next week, during '07? Is this another software exercise for the coffers of Swan Island Networks?

Here is the NORTHCOM Fact Sheet for Vigilant Shield. It is really vague about what exactly is involved.

The US NORTHCOM Fact Sheet for Vigilant Shield has been copied from the PDF file. The following are excerpts that are of particular concern regarding the potential for a false flag terrorism event occurring in conjunction with Operation Vigilant Shield 08 and TOPOFF 4.

Exercise VIGILANT SHIELD 2008 will be conducted concurrent with TOP OFFICIALS 4 (TOPOFF 4), the nation's premier exercise of terrorism preparedness sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, and several other linked exercises as part of the National Level Exercise 1-08. These linked exercises will take place 15-20 October 2007 and are being conducted throughout the United States with several partner nations (Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom), as well as the Territory of Guam.

• Exercise USNORTHCOM's Ballistic Missile Defense planning and operations to create a seamless coordination of control between combatant commands.
Provide USNORTHCOM opportunities to exercise defense support of civil authorities in the execution of Department of Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or High-yield Explosive response plans and coordinate Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection activities

Exercise VIGILANT SHIELD Activities: Primary exercise event venues are in Oregon and Arizona, as well as the Territory of Guam, which is within U.S. Pacific Command's area of responsibility.

 http://www.northcom.mil/News/2007/VS-08_fact_sheet.pdf


Fact Sheet - Exercise VIGILANT SHIELD 2008
Background: VIGILANT SHIELD 2008 is a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-designated, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Nort ern Command (USNORTHCOM)-sponsored, and U.S. Joint Forces Command-supported Department of Defense exercise for homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities missions. Exercise VIGILANT SHIELD 2008 will be conducted concurrent with TOP OFFICIALS 4 (TOPOFF 4), the nation's premier exercise of terrorism preparedness sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, and several other linked exercises as part of the National Level Exercise 1-08. These linked exercises will take place 15-20 October 2007 and are being conducted throughout the United States with several partner nations (Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom), as well as the Territory of Guam.
National Level Exercise 1-08 will include the simulated detonation of three radiological dispersal devices within the USNORTHCOM and U.S. Pacific Command areas of responsibility. These exercise events and others are designed to test the full range of incident management response procedures at the local, state, and federal levels.
Purpose: Exercise VIGILANT SHIELD 2008 and National Level Exercise 1-08 will provide local, state, tribal, interagency, Department of Defense, and non-governmental organizations and agencies involved in homeland security and homeland defense the opportunity to participate in a full range of exercise scenarios that will better prepare participants to prevent and respond to national crises. The participating organizations will conduct a multi-layered, civilian-led response to a national crisis.
Exercise VIGILANT SHIELD Objectives:
• Demonstrate multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional unity of effort in support of a civilian-led response to a national crisis through collaboration with local, state, and federal responders to a series of catastrophic events.
• Reinforce operational and strategic relationships between USNORTHCOM and the
Department of Homeland Security.
• Provide an opportunity for local, state, and federal leaders to conduct and lead response efforts within their state including the use of state assets, emergency management assistance agreements, and support from federal resources, including active duty military forces.
• Assess NORAD and USNORTHCOM-assigned units in the execution of homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities missions.
• Evaluate NORAD and USNORTHCOM staff implementation of Concept Plans to include
effects-based approach planning and operations to protect the homeland from missile
attack.
• Provide continuous Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment to all agencies, via NORAD.
• Evaluate various combatant commands' operational coordination.

• Develop U.S. government strategic communication themes and objectives to ensure that all exercise agencies communicate with one synchronized voice.
• Exercise USNORTHCOM's Ballistic Missile Defense planning and operations to create a seamless coordination of control between combatant commands.
• Provide USNORTHCOM opportunities to exercise defense support of civil authorities in the execution of Department of Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or High-yield Explosive response plans and coordinate Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection activities.
• Deploy USNORTHCOM's Mobile Consolidated Command Center.
• Conduct interagency and Department of Defense expanded maritime interception
operations, maritime domain awareness, maritime warning and maritime operational threat response.
Exercise VIGILANT SHIELD Activities: Primary exercise event venues are in Oregon and Arizona, as well as the Territory of Guam, which is within U.S. Pacific Command's area of responsibility. Major participants include the Department of Homeland Security / Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the state and city Offices of Emergency Management of each state that is participating in this exercise.
USNORTHCOM is conducting multiple homeland defense and critical infrastructure protection events.
USNORTHCOM will deploy Command Assessment Elements to two of the main exercise venues to assess the need for military support of local, state and federal response forces. In addition, USNORTHCOM will deploy a Defense Coordinating Officer and Defense Coordinating Element to each Joint Field Office established by the Department of Homeland Security.
Aerospace events will take place across all the exercise venues, to exercise the ability to mobilize resources for aerospace defense, aerospace control, maritime warning, and coordination of air operations in a disaster area.
Other events will test USNORTHCOM's ability to conduct continuity of operations and assess the readiness of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or High-yield Explosive Consequence Management Response Force.
There will be minimal deployment of active duty forces and no cross-border deployments. We anticipate little to no direct impact on local communities.
For additional information about the exercise, please call 719-554-6889.

Paragon Security guard attacks disaster victim at FEMA center 20.Jan.2008 04:43

pinbalwyz

I'm a 61 yo diabetic male now diagnosed with a heart condition (atrial fibrillation since this incident) now consigned to take heart medication the rest of my life. I was beaten to the concrete floor while sitting in a folding chair at a FEMA field office (Belfair, WA) by a Paragon Security guard who had approached me while I was discussing my application with a FEMA employee in this FEMA field office disaster relief center.

I was told, "Sir, you're going to have to tone it down." I responded, "I don't have to tone anything down, I'm not doing anything wrong." He retorted, "Yes, you do!" I responded, "No I don't!" He took out a club and began beating the table I was sitting at with it shouting for me to leave "Now! Now! NOW!" as he thrashed the table with the club. I asked the FEMA woman I was sitting across from to call the police. Neither she nor any of the other FEMA employees made any motion to do so. I reached inside my jacket to call the police on my cell phone and was clubbed to the ground, then handcuffed, dislocating my shoulder because of my arthritis and my arms being forced beyond their range of motion while this lunatic shouted, "Quit resisting arrest!"

When the police arrived, they arrested *me*, not him and I was charged with felony harassment and 1st degree trespass. The judge refused to find probably cause for the first charge and I'm now looking at the 2nd despite being directed to the center by FEMA and threatening no one and not refusing to leave. The attack occured within 20 seconds of the guard's first approaching me.

Is such a center under exclusive federal jurisdiction? If so, the local county deputy sheriff had no authority to arrest me. (I was admitted to the ER of the local hospital due to my injuries.) Do I have a civil rights complaint for discrimination because I'm hard of hearing, old, and male? I believe all these were factors leading to my being assaulted and battered.

Can anyone tell me anything about Paragon Security, the federal contractor providing 'security' at this particular FEMA field office/disaster relief center in Belfair, WA? Does anyone know of the security guard named T. J. Doyle who was my attacker? I can be reached at (360)427-3599. Please ask for me and mention what it's regarding, or if I'm not hugging the phone, I will return the call if you leave a message on my answering machine.

FEMA has been hiding the names of witnesses present and the guard (of course) has completely distorted what happened (realizing his vulnerability to a civil rights lawsuit) alleging he though I was going for a gun when I reached for my cell phone to summon help. Any help would be appreciated. I'd at least like to know where Paragon Security is incorporated and what state/city T. J. Doyle resides in. Thanks in advance.

p.s. Supporting documentation, communication, and images furnished upon request. I need community support and assistance to locate those who witnessed this incident and can help expose the truth. Any connection to Blackwater might also be useful if I had documentation showing it.