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Why Do Training Exercises So Often Coincide With Major Terrorist Events?

Terrorist Events Training Exercises

7/7 London Bombing
Same-day exercises:

  • " half past nine this morning we were actually running an exercise for a company of over a thousand people in London based on simultaneous bombs going off precisely at the railway stations where it happened this morning..."

Exercise in previous days:

  • During the 'table top' drill, officers were asked to respond to imaginary bombings at Waterloo, Embankment and St James's Park Underground stations.
  • Asked if it was simply a 'coincidence' that this took place just days before 7/7, Mr Allison replied: 'That's entirely correct.'

Airplane hijacking exercise:

  • "When they told me there was a hijack, my first reaction was 'Somebody started the exercise early,'" Nasypany later told me. The day's exercise was designed to run a range of scenarios, including a "traditional" simulated hijack in which politically motivated perpetrators commandeer an aircraft, land on a Cuba-like island, and seek asylum. "I actually said out loud, 'The hijack's not supposed to be for another hour,'"
  • The fact that there was an exercise planned for the same day as the attack factors into several conspiracy theories, though the 9/11 commission dismisses this as coincidence...

FEMA setup prior to 9/11 (Tuesday):

  • Audio: Dan Rather talking to Fema rep: "... we arrived Monday night..."

    Boston Marathon Bombing
    Same day exercise:

    • Bomb-sniffing dogs and spotters on the roofs at start/finish lines for Boston Marathon 'drill'
    • University of Mobile’s cross country coach, who was near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when a series of explosions went off, said he thought it was odd there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines. "They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it's just a training exercise," Coach Ali Stevenson told Local 15. Stevenson said he saw law enforcement spotters on the roofs at the start of the race. He's been in plenty of marathons in Chicago, D.C., Chicago, London and other major metropolitan areas but has never seen that level of security before. "Evidently, I don't believe they were just having a training exercise," Stevenson said. "I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in." CNN reports a state government official said there were no credible threats before the race.

    Exercise scheduled within the previous two months:

    • A terrorist group prepared to hurt vast numbers of people around Boston would leave backpacks filled with explosives...
    • In the training scenario, investigators participating in Urban Shield would have to track down footage of the bombers caught by street surveillance cameras and the phones of "witnesses."
    • Actual terrorist event occurred 2 months prior to executing the exercise

    Oslo Bombing/Shooting
    Same day exercise:

    • “Only hours before Anders Behring Breivik began shooting children on Utøya, the police emergency squad concluded an exercise where they practiced an almost identical situation. Four days in advance, and also the same Friday the attack was carried out, the police special unit trained on an ongoing terror campaign that was approximately equal to the situation that hours later, met the 22 police officers within the emergency squad on Utøya. As far as Aftenposten has been informed, the training transcended directly into what the policed then faced in the Tyrifjord that very day; a mobile terror attack, in which one or more perpetrators only goal was to shoot as many people as possible and then shoot the police when they arrived. Only 26 minutes after the emergency squad’s training had concluded, the car bomb went off in the government quarter. The Emergency Squad arrived early on the scene.”

    Paris Shooting
    Same day exercise:

    • One such exercise was held on Friday morning, the day of the latest terror attacks. In a twist of fate, the simulated emergency was a mass shooting, according to Dr. Mathieu Raux, emergency room chief at the Pitié-Salpetrière hospital in Paris.
    • During Friday's exercise, trauma specialists used a centralized dispatch system to set priorities and direct victims to the ER best equipped to treat their injuries. Ambulance services made sure they were ready to roll, and hospitals verified that surgeons and staff could be quickly summoned to treat arriving victims.
    • Patrick Pelloux, of Charlie Hebdo, revealed on national radio on Saturday that a “multi-site” emergency exercise was held in Paris on the same day as the Paris attacks on November 13: “By chance, in the morning at the Paris SAMU (EMT), a multi-site attack exercise had been planned. So we were prepared. What needs to be known is there was a mobilisation of police forces, firemen, EMTs, associations who came [to participate] and we tried to save as many people as possible.”

    San Bernardino Shooting
    Same day exercise:

    • The SWAT team was just finishing up an "active-shooter" training exercise when they got the call that a real-life massacre was taking place at a San Bernardino County government building. The team arrived in nine minutes..."

    Sandy Hook School Shooting
    Same day exercises:

    • During the shooting, a FEMA training exercise is held 14 miles away. "The goal of the course is to enable participants to improve their community's mitigation and emergency operations plan specifically regarding the needs of children. The course will provide them with the information needed to address the unique needs of children prior to, during and following disasters."
    • "By grim coincidence, even as the terrible events were unfolding in Newtown on Friday morning, the Putnam County Emergency Response Team ("ERT") happened to be assembled for regular training in Carmel, and team members were at that very moment engaged in a mock scenario of an active-shooter in a school. When news broke of the Newtown shooting, the Putnam County ERT commander called Newtown Police and offered to have the ERT respond to the Sandy Hook school."

    Currently researching:

    • New York Embassy Bombing (2/26/93)
    • Oklahoma Bombing (4/19/95)

    Check back for updates.

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