In 2011, the game was played on the U.S.S. Vinson, which allegedly fired the first shots in the War on Terror against AL Qaeda and allegedly buried the body of Osama bin Laden at sea. In 2011, Obama was surrounded by U.S. military service men and woman as he was a sitting duck perched atop the aircraft carrier in San Diego Bay. Should Obama be targeted for assassination, it is likely that many U.S. military men and women will be slaughtered in the process with the dead likely ranging in the hundreds if not thousands. Although Obama will likely escape unarmed, the act of terror will enrage the American public to go to war, exactly as it was designed to do.
1. The Carrier Classic: The Quicken Loans Carrier Classic (commonly known as the Carrier Classic) is a college basketball game played on the deck of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. The first game was held on November 11, 2011 aboard the USS Carl Vinson, between Michigan State and North Carolina. President Barack Obama attended this game. The Carrier Classic is the opening game of the NCAA college basketball season and will be broadcast nationally and internationally on the ESPN family of sports network with a TV audience ranging somewhere between 100-150 million.
2. San Diego & Terrorism: San Diego has recently made national headlines for alleged terror threats, and the Obama assassination scenario in San Diego plays out nicely with the "Fast and Furious Scandal" involving Mexican drugs gangs and guns (especially considering that Mexico is only about 10 miles from San Diego). In May of 2011, reports surfaced that Al-Qaeda was attempting to use trains in an upcoming terror strike. Coincidentally, trains ride along the San Diego Bay, making a perfect sniper's nest. New reports also surfaced of an alleged Hezbollah terror cell across the border in Mexico that's waiting to strike in America. As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approached, Keith Slotter, special agent in charge of the San Diego office of the FBI, told a news conference, "Al Qaeda and others have always had a fascination with significant dates in history".
OBAMACSI.COM: The Quicken Loans Carrier Classic (commonly known as the Carrier Classic) is a college basketball game played on the deck of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. The first game was held on November 11, 2011 aboard the USS Carl Vinson, between Michigan State and North Carolina. President Barack Obama attended this game. The Carrier Classic is the opening game of the NCAA college basketball season and will be broadcast nationally and internationally on the ESPN family of sports network with a TV audience ranging somewhere between 100-150 million.
Date: July 16, 2011
Source: Daily Mail
Abstract: It launched the first attacks against al Qaeda and the Taliban after the 9/11 terror attacks - and now the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson has another important mission on its hands: hosting the opening game of the 2011 NCAA college basketball season.
Navy Chief of Information Rear Admiral Dennis Moynihan has confirmed that after more than a month of discussions with a promoter, an agreement has been reached to hold the game on the carrier.
A company called Morale Entertainment will organise the game and be responsible for all the costs.
Mr Moynihan stressed: 'There will be no cost to the taxpayer.'
The Carl Vinson has played key roles in the fight against terrorism since the global war on terror began.
Aside from launching the first wave of attacks on targets in Afghanistan, it also carried the body of Osama bin Laden for burial at sea after he was killed in the U.S. military raid in Pakistan earlier this year.
Now the mighty vessel is on track to make sports history as the first-ever carrier to host an NCAA basketball game.
The Michigan State Spartans will play the University of North Carolina Tar Heels on Veterans Day, November 11, on the top deck of the carrier at the U.S. Naval Base in San Diego.
Former UNC star Michael Jordan and former MSU star Earvin 'Magic' Johnson are the honorary captains for the game.
The 'Carrier Classic,' as the game has been dubbed, will be the first televised college basketball game of the season for ESPN.
But it will take more than a deal to pull the game off, CNN reports.
Unlike indoor arenas, players will be exposed to the elements on the deck of an aircraft carrier. To prevent any weather delays, two courts will be built on the ship: one on the flight deck, and the other in the hangar deck, which will be protected from rain and some wind.
The seating for the flight deck stadium will be wrapped with fabric to help block the wind, and the ship will be moored alongside a pier that would put the sun about midcourt, so no players will have to shoot into the setting sun.
A professional lighting crew that does lighting for rock concerts has been contacted about bringing in lights to help keep the court bright enough for the players and the TV cameras.
The game will attract about 7,000 fans to the nuclear-powered carrier, one of the Navy's most important assets.
Getting them onto a secure Navy base and then on board the vessel will take a significant security effort.
Part of that has been addressed by the promoters, who won't sell tickets to the public.
Instead, some tickets will go to UNC and MSU, a few to sponsors, and some to coaches who take part in a game-week youth clinic.
The rest of the tickets will go to service members, veterans and their families.
Plus, Morale Entertainment spokesman Mike Whalen said, each ticket will be printed with the name of the ticket-holder, which must match that person's identification as they enter the venue.
The Navy also made sure that the promoters and ESPN, which plans to bring a dozen or more cameras to cover the game, know that at any moment President Barack Obama could order the Carl Vinson to leave port for a mission.
Basketball courts, bleachers, lights, etc., would have to come off the ship at the same time that more than 5,000 sailors and Marines would come aboard.
Whalen said he has assured the Navy his company would be prepared to break down both courts and all the seating very quicky.
If the event goes off as planned, there are already talks in the works to hold more games on the carrier, including a match up between the Notre Dame and Ohio State women's basketball teams (Daily Mail, 2011).
Date: October 13, 2011
Abstract: President Barack Obama, the nation's basketball-fan-in-chief, will have the seat of his choice at the Carrier Classic hoops game on Veterans Day on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson, the aircraft carrier that buried Osama bin Laden at sea.
The White House announced Thursday that Obama has accepted an invitation to attend the Nov. 11 matchup between North Carolina and Michigan State, the first college basketball game on an active flat top.
The Carl Vinson and its sailors have attracted considerable attention since early May, when the carrier conducted bin Laden's burial at sea after he was killed by Navy SEALs in a raid ordered by Obama.
It'll be an impossible ticket, except for the lucky 7,000 or so who will be granted permission to come aboard the 1,092-foot, nuclear-powered carrier. Most of the tickets will go to active military personnel. Tickets won't be sold to the public.
Obama can sit "wherever he wants," said Mike Whalen of the Morale Entertainment Foundation, which is organizing the game.
The president, a huge hoops fan, will be in his element, even if it is an unusual venue for big-time basketball.
Known for playing pickup games, Obama needed 12 stitches in his lip after he was inadvertently elbowed during such a scrimmage last November. His brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, is the coach at Oregon State. Obama has filled out an NCAA tournament bracket the last three years for ESPN, which will televise the Carrier Classic.
Plus, he has a history with the Tar Heels.
Obama played a pickup game with UNC's players during a 2008 campaign stop. The following spring, he correctly picked the Tar Heels to win the 2009 NCAA title -- which they did by routing Michigan State -- and then hosted them at the White House.
Tar Heels coach Roy Williams was excited to hear Obama will be at the Carrier Classic.
"My guess is he wouldn't be there unless things in the world were in good shape," Williams said with a grin at preseason media day. "So I hope he can stick to that commitment and be there.
"This is one of the biggest thrills in my coaching career, to be involved in that kind of game," Williams said. "It really is as neat of a deal as you can possibly imagine."
Obama is scheduled to begin Veterans Day by laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery before flying to San Diego.
"He looks forward to a great game," the White House said in a statement.
Whalen said there will be appropriate security considering the dignitaries who are expected to attend. Besides Obama, top Navy officials and congressional delegations from North Carolina and Michigan have been invited. A postgame concert is scheduled, but organizers haven't announced the acts.
James Worthy and Magic Johnson will serve as honorary captains for their alma maters.
The carrier, which has been in San Francisco for Fleet Week, will be at its berth at North Island Naval Air Station. To the south is Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, where SEALs train. Across San Diego Bay is Naval Base San Diego.
The court, surrounded by temporary stadium-style seating, will be located between the island and the forward catapults. In case of rain, the game will be moved below to the hangar deck.
Navy officials got the news on the sea service's 236th birthday.
"We're honored that President Obama plans to attend the game on the Carl Vinson," said Rear Admiral Dennis Moynihan, the Navy's chief spokesman. "The ship is a representative of more than 100 Navy ships that are deployed right now. We see this as a celebration of service for all veterans, and we also see this as a great opportunity to showcase what our Navy does on a daily basis."
Whalen, a former Marine, was happy, too.
"We're excited that President Obama would even consider showing up. We feel like we won the lottery," he said.
Morale Entertainment Foundation, which hopes to help raise the visibility of the Navy with the Carrier Classic, brings notable Americans, such as former astronauts Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan and Jim Lovell, as well as coaches and race car drivers to visit troops in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
The Carrier Classic is sponsored by Quicken Loans (ESPN, 2011).
Title: ESPN To Televise Hoops Game From Deck of U.S. Aircraft Carrier
Date: May 12, 2011
Abstract: ESPN has reached an agreement with the Morale Entertainment Foundation to televise Michigan State vs. North Carolina in the Carrier Classic 11-11-11, the first men's college basketball game to be played on the deck of a United States military aircraft carrier, on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. ET. The United States military ship to host the unique Veteran's Day event honoring the men and women in the armed forces is to be determined but will be positioned in the San Diego harbor.
As part of the telecast, ESPN will televise a special halftime entertainment show and post-game concert organized by Morale Entertainment Foundation. Specific coverage plans for the Carrier Classic 11-11-11, featuring a rematch of the 2009 National Championship won by North Carolina, are being finalized. A basketball court with seating for approximately 7,000 fans will be constructed on the flight deck. The game will be played below the flight deck in the event of rain. Tickets will not be for sale.The Carrier Classic 11-11-11 will mark the first men’s college basketball telecast of the 2011-12 season on ESPN or ESPN2 (ESPNU will open the season with Coaches vs. Cancer matchups).
"We are privileged to be a part of this tremendous initiative honoring our veterans and troops,” said Nick Dawson, ESPN director, programming. “We commend Morale Entertainment, Michigan State University and the University of North Carolina and the United States Navy for their creativity and enthusiasm. It’s exciting to still be able to televise new and unique games after 32 years and more than 9,500 live game telecasts.”
Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo said, “I can’t think of a better way to start the season than playing in the Carrier Classic 11-11-11 on Veterans Day. The opportunity to give something back to those that serve in the military and their families is a humbling experience. On the court, the game will feature two of the top programs in America, but it also provides an opportunity for life lessons off the court, including those about the real meaning of sacrifice and dedication. As coaches and athletes, we are familiar with terms like wins and losses, but to our servicemen and women, those phrases have very different meanings. It’s a concept that first hit home during one of my trips to visit our troops in Kuwait, and one that I’ve carried with me since then. I’m sure that being a part of this game will create life-lasting memories for all involved. I know it certainly will for me.”
North Carolina Coach Roy Williams said, “It is an honor for Carolina Basketball to play in such a unique game that will benefit and salute the United States’ armed forces. We thank the U.S. Navy for presenting us with this remarkable opportunity. The look on our players’ faces when I told them they would be playing outdoors on the deck of an aircraft carrier was priceless. The experience will create for them a lifetime of memories. Even more important is the chance to combine the start of the college basketball season with saluting and thanking our military personnel for all they do to allow us to safely live and play each day in the United States of America.”
Mike Whalen, director of the Morale Entertainment Foundation, added, “From the very beginning, we felt the only outlet that could capture the significance of this event, and the excitement surrounding it, was ESPN. We are thrilled ESPN is joining the Foundation to honor the service of our current members of the Armed Forces and recognizing the service of the millions of veterans and their families who have gone before them."The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Wounded Warrior Project, the San Diego Air and Space Museum and the San Diego Sports Commission are assisting game organizer Morale Entertainment Foundation with various elements surrounding the event (ESPN, 2011).
2. SAN DIEGO & TERRORISM
OBAMACSI.COM: San Diego has recently made national headlines for alleged terror threats, and the Obama assassination scenario in San Diego plays out nicely with the "Fast and Furious Scandal" involving Mexican drugs gangs and guns (especially considering that Mexico is only about 10 miles from San Diego). In May of 2011, reports surfaced that Al-Qaeda was attempting to use trains in an upcoming terror strike. Coincidentally, trains ride along the San Diego Bay, making a perfect sniper's nest. New reports also surfaced of an alleged Hezbollah terror cell across the border in Mexico that's waiting to strike in America. As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approached, Keith Slotter, special agent in charge of the San Diego office of the FBI, told a news conference, "Al Qaeda and others have always had a fascination with significant dates in history".
Title: Terrorist Group Setting Up Operations Near Border
Date: May 4, 2011
Source: 10 News San Diego
"They are more shooters than thinkers … it's a lot of muscles, courage, desire but not a lot of training," the agent said, referring to al-Qaida.Hezbollah, he said, is far more advanced." Their operators are far more skilled … they are the equals of Russians, Chinese or Cubans," he said. "I consider Hezbollah much more dangerous in that sense because of strategic thinking; they think more long-term.
"Hezbolah has operated in South America for decades and then Central America, along with their sometime rival, sometime ally Hamas. Now, the group is blending into Shi'a Muslim communities in Mexico, including Tijuana. Other pockets along the U.S.-Mexico border region remain largely unidentified as U.S. intelligence agencies are focused on the drug trade. "They have had clandestine training in how to live in foreign hostile territories," the agent said.
The agent, who has spent years deep undercover in Mexico, said Hezbollah is partnering with drug organizations, but which ones is not clear at this time. He told 10News the group receives cartel cash and protection in exchange for Hezbollah expertise."From money laundering to firearms training and explosives training," the agent said. For example, he tracked, along with Mexican intelligence, two Hezbollah operatives in safe houses in Tijuana and Durango. "I confirmed the participation of cartel members as well as other Hezbollah individuals living and operating out of there," he said.
Tunnels the cartels have built that cross from Mexico into the U.S. have grown increasingly sophisticated. It is a learned skill, the agent said points to Hezbollah's involvement. "Where are the knowledgeable tunnel builders? Certainly in the Middle East," he said. Why have Americans not heard more about Hezbollah's activities happening so close to the border? "If they really wanted to start blowing stuff up, they could do it," the agent said.According to the agent, the organization sees the U.S. as their "cash cow," with illegal drug and immigration operations.
Many senior Hezbollah leaders are wealthy businessmen, the agent said."The money they are sending back to Lebanon is too important right now to jeopardize those operations," he said. The agent said the real concern is the group's long-term goal of radicalizing Muslim communities. "They're focusing on developing … infiltrating communities within North America," the agent told 10News (10 News San Diego, 2011).
Title: San Diego Officials React To Al-Qaeda Railway Threat
Date: May 6, 2011
Source: Fox News 5
Abstract: Intelligence officials said Thursday that U.S. railways may be the next target for Al-Qaeda, but San Diego law enforcement officials say they are not worried.
Department of Homeland Security issued a warning Thursday following the transcription of a note found in Osama Bin Laden's Pakistan compound indicating a potential attack on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
San Diego FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth said he is not overly concerned.
"We do not have any information which indicates that we have an imminent threat to the rail sector here in San Diego or Imperial counties," he said. "These bulletins are sent out on a regular basis out of an abundance of caution to provide situation awareness so authorities know what to look for and what activity may be suspicious."
The DHS message was prompted by notes discovered in the Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound where bin Laden was killed. According to U.S. officials, the handwritten notes, which were contained in a book, weren't addressed to any particular operative. They were described as "ramblings" and "aspirational" by one Obama administration official. It isn't clear if bin Laden or someone else wrote them.
The notes talked about "attacking America during symbolic times and using mass transit," one administration official said.
"If there's a specific threat toward the City of San Diego, a verified threat, then we are immediately notified and will take the appropriate actions," said San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne. "Right now there isn't one. There is no need to panic."
FOX-5 talked to some rail riders Thursday hours after the DHS issued its warning.
"Anything can happen right now, you just have to do what you do, have a blessing from God and say 'here I go,'" said Alicia Barker, who frequently rides the Amtrak to visit her daughter in Los Angeles.
"I think culturally we've been prone to think that it's going to happen on a plane, but why not a train?" said Adam Boone. "Even so, I still don't think about that."
Foxworth said often times members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force or other agents are on modes of mass transit without the public ever knowing it. He said if there ends up being a real threat to San Diego, JTTF along with FBI and SDPD would take the necessary actions to keep the city safe.
"The strength of the JTTF is the intelligence sharing, it's the collection of information of all the agencies looking at what potential threats are here," said Foxworth.
"It's not something that should stop people from enjoying themselves and doing what they normally do, there's absolutely no information specific to San Diego," Lansdowne said (Fox News 5, 2011).
Title: San Diego Officials Urge Vigilance As 9/11 Anniversary Nears
Date: August 25, 2011
Source: LA Times
Abstract: Reporting from San Diego -- With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaching, San Diego political and law enforcement officials launched a campaign Wednesday to warn residents to look for signs of terrorist planning.
"Al Qaeda and others have always had a fascination with significant dates in history," Keith Slotter, special agent in charge of the San Diego office of the FBI, told a news conference.
A locally produced six-minute video titled "The Eight Signs of Terrorism" is posted on a county government website: http://www.ReadySanDiego.org.
San Diego's proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border and the presence of numerous military bases require an extra level of vigilance, said San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, a former police chief.
The eight warning signs were compiled by the San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force and the federal Department of Homeland Security. The department has begun a national campaign, "If You See Something, Say Something."
Among the signs of possible terrorism: People appearing to watch potential targets to gain information and people impersonating law enforcement officers or letter carriers.
Other signs include people using cash for large purchases; people buying large quantities of products such as fertilizer, weapons or uniforms; and people appearing to rehearse an attack or moving equipment or supplies into position.
"When in doubt, call law enforcement," San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said. "We'll handle it.... We're not targeting any particular group, we're looking at suspicious activity regardless of who is doing it."
San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne recalled the police and firefighters who dashed into the second building of the Twin Towers when it was struck by a plane.
"Remember what happened on 9/11 and show that level of courage," he said.
Three of the hijackers who flew a plane into the Pentagon had lived in San Diego. Two of the three had taken flying lessons in San Diego.
In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, there was criticism about lack of coordination and sharing of information between federal and local law enforcement and U.S. intelligence agencies.
Without directly mentioning that criticism, officials at Wednesday's news conference said that coordination has improved.
"We've never been more prepared," Lansdowne said (LA Times, 2011).