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OBAMACSI.COM: A terror attack at a NASCAR event is currently being planned for or against by NASCAR officials and security. During a meeting at the 2011 Annual NASCAR Summit, NASCAR and government officials from DHS, FBI, and the Secret Service spoke about the security vulnerabilities of NASCAR, particularly the "Active Shooter" scenario.

While all race locations are potential targets, NASCAR and DHS have been drilling emergency response in Phoenix, Arizona.  

1. The NASCAR Security Team: John M. Power (FBI), O.T. Gagnon (DHS), and Raymond Thrower (expert on active shooters), Steve Lampo (FBI) and head of NASCAR security Gerry Cavis formerly of the Secret Service all met for the 2011 Annual NASCAR Summit to discuss "safety" for NASCAR and its fans. This event was the likely meeting where the NASCAR terror scenario was decided and ultimately green lighted. If the personal that NASCAR has hired is any indication, a false-flag terror attack on NASCAR is almost a sheer certainty.

2. NASCAR & DHS: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and NASCAR have been quite busy of late making sure that NASCAR personnel at NASCAR events are trained in "First Observer" terror training. This move is to psychologically prepare NASCAR for a future terror attacks and to attempt to release liability in the attack on behalf of NASCAR. NASCAR was also mentioned as a terror target in the 2009 Virginia Terror Threat Assessment, and DHS has been concocting surveillance of NASCAR events for some time.

3. Racing & Terror Training: At various racing events across America from NASCAR to the Indianapolis 500, racing fans are being trained to look out for terrorists and have been equipped with the latest gadgets to get news and information related to terror attacks. Should a terror event occur at a racing event, tens of thousands of fans will get the news simultaneously, thus leading to a mass panic which will no doubt kill more people than the initial act of terror itself. 

4. Racing & Terror Threats: Alleged terror threats concerning racing events have repeatedly occurred at the Indianapolis 500. These terror threats, like most terror threats, are propagated by the government in order to terrorize the population and to give plausible deniability if and when an attack occurs by basically stating "We told you so".





1. THE NASCAR SECURITY TEAM


OBAMACSI.COM: John M. Power (FBI), O.T. Gagnon (DHS), and Raymond Thrower (expert on active shooters), Steve Lampo (FBI) and head of NASCAR security Gerry Cavis formerly of the Secret Service all met for the 2011 Annual NASCAR Summit to discuss "safety" for NASCAR and its fans. This event was the likely meeting where the NASCAR terror scenario was decided and ultimately green lighted. If the personal that NASCAR has hired is any indication, a false-flag terror attack on NASCAR is almost a sheer certainty.

Title: Cavis Bio
Date: Present
Source: USM

Abstract
:
Gerry Cavis serves as the Managing Director of Security for NASCAR, where he is in charge of all aspects of both corporate and race event security. NASCAR annually hosts 17 out of the 20 highest attended spectator events within the US. A 30-year veteran of law enforcement, Gerry Cavis retired from the U.S. Secret Service in 2004, as the Special Agent in Charge - Orlando, Florida field division.

Gerry has had direct responsibility for some of this country’s largest events. While with the Secret Service, Gerry co-authored the major event planning process that evolved into the National Special Security Event process employed by the federal government today for all significant events (USM, 2011).
 


Title: 2011 Annual NASCAR Summit: Security Speakers
Date: January 10-13, 2011
Source: NASCAR

Abstract:

John M. Power, Director Security:
Vulnerability Assessment

Mr. Power is a graduate of the 183rd session of the FBI National Academy. Since his retirement in 1996, Mr. Power has worked for International Speedway Corporation (ISC), headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. ISC, a leader in motorsports entertainment, owns eleven major motorsports facilities across the United States and also owns and operates MRN Radio, Daytona USA, the official attraction of NASCAR and Americrown Service Corporation.

O. T. Gagnon III (Ollie):
Vulnerability Assessment

Mr. Gagnon was appointed by the Department of Homeland Security as a Protective Security Advisor on March 21, 2005. In this capacity, Mr. Gagnon assists state and local efforts to protect critical assets and provide a local perspective to the national risk picture. Prior to assuming his present position, he traveled worldwide on behalf of the Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency conducting comprehensive physical security assessments of critical infrastructure complexes, facilities and systems around the world. Mr. Gagnon also served in the United States Air Force for 22 years in the various physical security, law enforcement and training positions. In his final military assignment, he exercised security decision-making authority affecting the protection of the President of the United States as the Chief, Presidential Aircraft Security. In this position, Mr. Gagnon personally directed security aboard Air Force One during 200 trips transiting all 50 states and 65 countries in support of President William J. Clinton and President George W. Bush.

Raymond Thrower: Active Shooter

Raymond H. Thrower, Jr. has thirty plus years experience in higher education public safety. He has served as Director of Campus Safety at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota for the past twelve years. Prior to Gustavus, he served as Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police for Davidson College, in Davidson, North Carolina. Before Davidson College, he was Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police for Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Thrower holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Sacred Heart College.

As past president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), he has and continues to contribute extensively to the national and international dialog for K-12 and campus public safety. During his tenure as president, he convened a high level task force (and co-authored) to review the various reports and to make recommendations for institutions of higher education through a public safety lens resulting from the tragic shooting incident at Virginia Tech in April of 2007. The task force published “The IACLEA Blueprint for Safer Campuses” which has been read by campus public safety departments and others around the world. He have appeared and been quoted on numerous news services in the arena of campus public safety.

He serves as a master trainer for the Community and College Consortium for Health and Safety Training (C.C.C.H.S.T.); adjunct instructor at South Central College in the departments of Environmental Health and Safety, Fire and Police; adjunct instructor for Michigan State University Outreach School of Criminal Justice. He holds two national certifications - Firefighter II and a Level II Fire and Rescue Instructor.

Thrower has extensive knowledge/experience in the area of incident command/ emergency management and has instructed institutional presidents, administrators and first responders from around the world (U.S, Canada, China, South Africa, U.K. and Saudi Arabia). In 1998, he oversaw emergency response operations for a F-3 tornado that hit Gustavus Adolphus College resulting in 60 million dollars in damage.

Steve Lampo, Supervisory Special Agent, Law Enforcement Online (LEO) Unit, FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division

Steve Lampo grew up in Western Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Systems from Grove City College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.  He worked as a software developer for Mellon Financial Corporation for about 10 years before coming to work for the FBI as a Special Agent in February of 2004.  He was first assigned to the FBI's Newark Division, where he worked Public Corruption and Health Care Fraud investigations before securing a long-term assignment working Cyber investigations.  In October of 2009, he accepted a promotion as a Supervisory Special Agent in the Law Enforcement Online (LEO) Unit at the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division.   He and the members of the LEO unit have overseen Virtual Command Centers at events ranging from NASCAR races to the Super Bowl, the Presidential Inauguration, and large-scale law enforcement takedowns.

Gerry Cavis, Managing Director, Security, NASCAR

A 30-year law enforcement veteran, Gerry retired from the U.S. Secret Service in 2004. While with the Secret Service, Gerry served on the elite Presidential Protective Division (PPD) where he was the lead agent in charge of overall security for 25 foreign and domestic presidential trips. Gerry supervised one of the four close personal protection shifts with direct responsibility for the life of the President. He was in charge of developing the overall security plans for the Presidential campaign, which included supervising and coordinating the operational security planning and the anti-terrorism contingencies for all of the candidate protective details, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates, as well as the 1997 and 2001 Presidential Inaugurals. Gerry is a recognized master logistics and operations commander for managing large scale events involving thousands of personnel, communications, equipment, lodging, transportation, training, contingency planning and after action reporting.


Upon retiring, Gerry served as the Director of Security for the non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) where his responsibilities included addressing all aspects of security assessment. Gerry served most recently as the National Security Specialist at Fox Valley Technical College where he oversaw government grants and training for the college’s nationally-recognized law enforcement and Criminal Justice Center programs. While there Gerry wrote and trained a variety of law enforcement programs for seminars and skills specific needs that included dignitary protection; facility security assessment; case management and intelligence information analysis and sharing; major event planning; incident command center and communications center development/management for events or emergencies; field and table-top exercise coordination; courthouse security; shopping mall and other public use facilities security and safety planning; school safety/security planning, identity theft, credit and banking fraud, and cyber security.


Forrest Frazier, Senior Manager, Security, NASCAR

Prior to joining NASCAR, Forrest worked for Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA. as the Director of Security. Forrest retired with 32 years of law enforcement with the California Highway Patrol, Sacramento County Sheriff Department and California Alcohol Law Enforcement. Forrest worked a variety of positions and retired as the commander of Special Operations Unit specializing in narcotics and organized crime.

Forrest has extensive experience having participated in joint operations in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe New Years events, multiple agency narcotic investigations and rescue operations during floods and disasters (NASCAR, 2011)




Title: At The Frontline: NASCAR Security Chief Gerry Cavis
Date: February 8, 2011
Source: Security Info Watch

Abstract: Later this month, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) will begin its 2011 racing season at the famed Daytona International Speedway and its signature event, the Daytona 500.

Overseeing security at this and the sport’s other racetracks, some of which measure more than two-and-a-half miles in circumference, is the responsibility of Gerry Cavis. Cavis, who serves as managing director of security for NASCAR, is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and retired from the U.S. Secret Service in 2004 as special agent in charge of the Orlando, Florida field division.

As a Secret Service agent, Cavis helped to create the agency’s major event planning template, which is a security planning model that is now used by the Department of Homeland Security to help secure all major national events. In this “At the Frontline,” Cavis discusses how he’s leveraging his security experience to help keep fans, drivers and other personnel safe at NASCAR events.

With the 2011 NASCAR season getting underway later this month, what are some things that you are preparing for from a security perspective?

Every year, we prepare for each season by ensuring that we’ve looked at every incident from the past, our current operating structure, our current security procedures and we reassess all of that for updates and changes. This is based on incidents, as well as the current threat level and any changes to what the marketing people have done in terms of how they’re going to structure the event and the timeline. When you bring in large stars like Keith Urban or Tim McGraw as we have done in the past, it dictates a certain level of security for different issues that you have to address and it dictates a different timeline for how early people show up. Seventeen out of 20 of the nation’s largest annual events are NASCAR races and Daytona is one of those. It’s a huge undertaking for us and we want to make sure we review everything annually to ensure that we have the latest procedures and practices and the best case scenario for our security operation plan.

In recent years, there have been instances of fans throwing beer cans on the track to show their displeasure at the outcome of a race. What kinds of risks do these instances pose and what steps has the sport taken to curtail this type of behavior?

We are certainly looking to local track security and the training that they provide on several different issues. Number one, crowd management from the grandstands and what have they taught the ushers and the security personnel that they use and how well are they trained to manage those individuals should that type of incident occur? The next issue is what’s on the track? Are we under a caution? Are we in a hold? Are we actually racing or is this after the race and (the fans) are displeased with who the winner is? The security personnel on the track and the track management people, along with communications through the (track) tower and wherever we are at in terms of the event… we ensure all of those people are coordinating through security so that we can manage the incident as quickly and efficiently as possible with the proper resource. It happens. It’s certainly a concern that we have to constantly remain cognizant about.

How do you coordinate security with individual tracks and their security staffs?

We spend a lot of time interacting with them on the proactive and preventative side. We have a minimum security requirement that each track must adhere to. In addition to that, we have what we call an emergency action plan that is a recommended template that each track submits to us prior to the event. So we coordinate with them. The emergency action plan… is a template off of the Homeland Security major event planning process. In my prior career, I was a Secret Service agent and I was involved in creating the major events division for the Secret Service. At that time, we created the process that is now in place wherein Homeland Security designates what events in the United States will be national special security events. From that process, we coordinate with the local public safety and law enforcement community for any aspect of track security both inside the venue, as well as outside. We also spend a great deal of time going track-to-track and answering their questions, working with their local track security directors or track security personnel with regards to credentials, tickets, issues such as the drunk fan, as well as counterfeit tickets or any other issue. We work with them on every element that could challenge their venue or jeopardize the integrity of the event. Along with that, every year we conduct the NASCAR Summit, which is a January event held prior to the season where we gather track safety and security personnel from all the tracks across the country and bring them to our (R&D center) in Concord, N.C., where we conduct a training and overall assessment of what we are doing through a weeklong conference.

What are some of the inherent challenges of securing venues the size of NASCAR tracks?

One of the biggest security challenges we have is the size of our event. We are talking about hundreds of thousands of people. The next challenge we have is that NASCAR is not like other major league sports. When you buy a ticket to a basketball or football game, in a six-hour window, you’ve got a seat to sit in, you’ve got a bathroom and you’ve got a couple of vendors and you are locked into that area. You cannot go in and out. It’s apples and oranges, but when you come to a NASCAR event, it’s a four or five-day event. Depending on the level of ticket or participation that you have purchased, you could bring in a coach and park on the infield and camp or you could park outside on one of the campgrounds and have campfires and all the things that go with that. It’s a four-day long tailgate and then you come to the race. The size of the venue, the response necessary for the venue and the assets required for the venue are the concerns that we have.

NASCAR has a reputation for being one of the most fan-friendly sports. How do you balance that level of fan access with security?

It’s one of our greatest challenges. First of all, giving our fans access to our drivers and to our tracks is who we are and it is what our fans appreciate. The most loyal fans in any sport are NASCAR fans and it’s because they meet the stars, they see the stars, they are reaching out and touching the stars and we are not going to change that. But with that, security has to take into account, how do we address anything from an autograph session to the race itself? Our concerns are making sure we have broken everything down, component-by-component, to cover all of those contingencies.

What kinds of security technologies do you utilize across all of your venues?

We take a layered approach, very similar to what I bring from the Secret Service. We apply many, many assets on the front side and it begins with intelligence. We are a part of the Department of Homeland Security intelligence community working with the fusion centers along with Department of Justice intelligence community working through the Joint Terrorism Task Force. We are integrated into all of the intelligence community to look at event-by-event-by-event. Everything from counterfeit ticket sales, to terroristic threats, to criminality, we are integrated on the first layer through intelligence. At the operational level, we are looking at making sure we have the network of necessary local security, track security and then law enforcement/public safety involved in the event so we can have the appropriate layers of traffic management, gate management, infield management, criminal response, and civil response (Security Info Watch, 2011).




2. NASCAR & HOMELAND SECURITY


OBAMACSI.COM: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and NASCAR have been quite busy of late making sure that NASCAR personnel at NASCAR events are trained in "First Observer" terror training. This move is to psychologically prepare NASCAR for a future terror attacks and to attempt to release liability in the attack on behalf of NASCAR. NASCAR was also mentioned as a terror target in the 2009 Virginia Terror Threat Assessment, and DHS has been concocting surveillance of NASCAR events for some time.


Title:
2009 Virginia Terror Threat Assessment
Date:
March 2009
Source:
DHS: Virginia Fusion Center

Abstract:
The purpose of the 2009 Terrorism Threat Assessment is to convey potential terrorism threats affecting the Commonwealth of Virginia. Terrorism, for the purpose of this report, is defined as politically motivated violence or threat of violence designed to coerce action or to prevent others from taking intended actions. While there is no intelligence that indicates terrorists are currently planning attacks in Virginia, the presence of extremists, evidence of trends linked to terrorism, and the abundance of potential targets, suggests that the potential for Virginia to be targeted remains significant.

As with previous years, the threat from terrorist and extremist groups can be categorized as international or domestic threats. Each of these groups holds particular values and political goals and thus represents a different type of threat to Virginia and the U.S. The international terrorism threat to Virginia and the nation as a whole stems from several radical Islamic militant groups. The domestic terrorist threat is comprised of a wide variety of groups, to include special interest groups, anarchists, race-based groups, including black separatists and white supremacists, militias and sovereign citizens, and homegrown extremists
.

The City of Richmond has a significant number of Banking and Finance assets, including a branch of the Federal Reserve Bank. Division 1 also has a strong transportation sector, with major interstates and bridges, railways, a port, and an expanding aviation presence. Energy sector assets of interest include coal and nuclear power generation facilities, multiple chemical plants along the James River, and a significant presence of farms and food processing facilities. Richmond is also home to several large commercial facilities, including a major NASCAR track (DHS: Virginia Fusion Center, 2009).




Title:
NSM Surveillance Assists Richmond International Raceway Security For NASCAR Race
Date: October 14, 2010
Source: PR Web

Abstract: NSM Surveillance (formerly NS Microwave of San Diego, CA) an integrator and supplier of advanced portable, concealed and covert surveillance solutions for the federal and state and local homeland security markets, today announced that it has successfully participated with the Henrico County Police to provide security for the September 11th NASCAR race at the Richmond International Raceway, in Richmond Virginia

NSM Surveillance provided its “Bufferzone & Event Security System (BESS)” to the Henrico County Police Department to assist the securing of the over 100,000 spectators who attended the nationally televised NASCAR event. NSM Surveillance’s Buffer Zone & Special Event Systems are transportable and integrated systems that combine best in class surveillance systems, including long range cameras, explosive trace detection technologies, crowd management/evacuation management systems and long range acoustic devices to provide for a comprehensive approach to special event security.

“We are pleased that NSM Surveillance was selected to participate in this important sporting event to ensure the security of the spectators and the NASCAR participants, particularly during a time of increased concern about terrorism in the US and worldwide. NSM Surveillance prides itself on working closely with its law enforcement partners to provide comprehensive, effective, and scalable solutions for a wide variety of security environments”, said Andy Berdy, President, NSM Surveillance.

NSM Surveillance has worked with state and local jurisdictions on providing comprehensive surveillance solutions for special events and buffer zone protection requirements for over 20 years with projects such as the Super Bowl XLII in 2008 at Glendale, AZ, the Baltimore, MD Inner Harbor and other federal, state and local clients. NSM Surveillance specializes in providing transportable surveillance systems with Wi-Fi, microwave, mobile phone, or Ethernet connectivity for backhauling to command centers or remote command posts to provide maximum coverage and flexibility for the end users ranging from special events to providing security at remote border locations nationwide.

“Having NSM Surveillance as part of our security team was a tremendous force multiplier for us” said Capt. Humberto Cardounel, Henrico County Police, “their surveillance solutions were completely adaptable and flexible to meet our needs as our planning evolved in preparation for the event. Their support during the event significantly contributed to the successful outcome” (PR Web, 2010).



Title:
  DHS Launches Month-Long Multi-Band Radio Pilot During NASCAR Events At Phoenix International Speedway
Date:
February 23, 2011
Source:
DHS

Abstract: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate today announced the kick-off of a 30-day multi-band radio pilot for emergency responders, to begin Friday during opening day of NASCAR events at the
Phoenix International Raceway. Fifteen participating law enforcement and emergency management partners across the state will incorporate technology into their daily operations and provide feedback on its utility.

The multi-band radio enables police officers, firefighters, and other emergency response and management personnel to use a single mobile radio to communicate with multiple agencies and jurisdictions operating on different radio bands. The multi-band radio can replace up to five different radios and operate on a single radio band, at a cost comparable to just one of the existing high-end portable radios—providing responders with the cutting-edge communication capabilities necessary to successfully respond to emergencies.

“Access to radio equipment that enables effective communication with all partners regardless of radio band is critical to successful coordination among emergency responders,” said Tom Chirhart, Program Manager for S&T’s Multi-Band Radio Program. “Pilot programs like this one allow DHS to work closely with responders to ensure the technologies align with their needs.” Kicking off the month-long pilot, the multi-band radio will support the Arizona Department of Emergency Management and the City of Phoenix during the week of NASCAR events, whichprovides a unique opportunity to evaluate the multi-band radio’s capabilities at a time when race day crowds nearly double the population of the region, requiring extensive interagency cooperation and communications interoperability (DHS, 2011).



3. RACING & TERROR TRAINING


OBAMACSI.COM: At various racing events across America from NASCAR to the Indianapolis 500, racing fans are being trained to look out for terrorists and have been equipped with the latest gadgets to get news and information related to terror attacks. Should a terror event occur at a racing event, tens of thousands of fans will get the news simultaneously, thus leading to a mass panic which will no doubt kill more people than the initial act of terror itself.


Title:
NASCAR Parking Pros Rev Up For Anti-terrorism Training
Date:
February 15, 2011
Source:
International Parking Institute

Abstract:
NASCAR's managing director of security, Gerald Cavis, U.S. Secret Service (Ret.),  has recommended that security and other staff at all NASCAR track facilities participate in the First Observer™ parking-specific, anti-terrorism training program that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration developed in partnership with the International Parking Institute.  The NASCAR Season begins this weekend with the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway at 1 pm on Feb 20.

Cavis explains:  "I have encouraged all NASCAR track facility security directors to take advantage of this outstanding grant-funded program to train their stadium staff.  I also discussed First Observer at our annual NASCAR summit in Concord, North Carolina, in January. With First Observer, each of our track security directors and staff will have the opportunity to build their skills to detect crimes, safety violations and terrorist threats.  As a result, they will be better prepared to keep NASCAR fans safe."

According to Cavis, if you include NASCAR's three major racing series, the Sprint Cup, the Nationwide and the Camping World Truck series, the combined security personnel impact more than 100 events at more than 30 track facilities nationwide.

The First Observer training program, which is entirely funded by the federal government and available at no cost, trains parking professionals to address five critical security areas: on-street, surface parking lots, garages/decks, special events, and shuttle operations. First Observers recognize and report potential threats using a concise, accurate and simple communications process.

Funded by the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), First Observer was developed with the help of the International Parking Institute (IPI), the largest trade association of the parking industry.  The program supports the National Preparedness Guidelines of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  IPI was recently named by TSA as their Partner of the Year.

"IPI is pleased to help bring the First Observer program to NASCAR's facilities," says IPI's Executive Director Shawn Conrad, CAE.  "First Observer enables NASCAR track facility officials to enhance their collective anti-terrorism efforts and help ensure an enjoyable, safe experience for NASCAR fans" (International Parking Institut, 2011)




Title: Indy DHS Shows Off New Terror Alert System
Date: May 18, 2011
Source: Wish TV 8

Abstract: Indianapolis has a new way to keep you safe at major events and you can get that information in the palm of your hands.

The Division of Homeland Security unveiled a new alert system Wednesday that sends text messages to users. The system will be used at this year’s Indianapolis 500 and other major events that take place in the city.

"It allows us to reach out to attendees and fans with quick emergency information. If we had something occur, people can start getting information" said Gary Coons who oversees the city's Division of Homeland Security.

Once complete, you can test the system. Within a few seconds you will receive a text saying you successfully signed up.

Administrators know, not everybody will take advantage of the alert system. They say the text alerts are just one tool they will use to keep the public informed of impending dangers.

"We will still use our sirens, we will still use our PA systems we will still send messages out on Twitter, and Facebook, all that" said Coons.

Federal grant money paid for the computer system.

Users will be charged for the text messages according to their individual cell phone plans.
Once an event is over, user information is deleted from the system.

That means you have to sign up each time you want to use the alert system (Wish TV 8, 2011).



4. RACING & TERROR THREATS


OBAMACSI.COM: Alleged terror threats concerning racing events have repeatedly occurred at the Indianapolis 500. These terror threats, like most terror threats, are propagated by the government in order to terrorize the population and to give plausible deniability if and when an attack occurs by basically stating "We told you so".


Title:
Feds: No Credible Terror Threat To Indy 500
Date: May 1, 2008
Source:
USA Today

Abstract:
The Indianapolis 500 is an attractive target for terrorists, federal authorities said, but there has been no credible or specific threat aimed at the Memorial Day weekend race.

In an internal FBI/Homeland Security Department assessment released Monday to local police, officials said such sporting events, which attract hundreds of thousands of spectators, are attractive potential targets. The assessment said these popular events are inviting to terrorists because of the potential to inflict large numbers of casualties while the whole world is watching.

The assessment is supported by a congressional report, expected to be released this week, about the threat to mass gatherings. The report, written by the democratic staff on the House Homeland Security committee, finds that major events -- such as NASCAR races, the Super Bowl and presidential nominating conventions -- are all attractive targets to terrorists. The report also raised the potential for infectious disease outbreaks and other bioterror threats at such events.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said first responders and private organizations are working hard to secure these events and prepare for mass causalities. But Thompson, chairman of the House committee that wrote the report, said in a statement Monday, "Without increased federal support and guidance, mass gatherings will remain vulnerable."

Indianapolis Motor Speedway spokesman Fred Nation said Monday, "We are fortunate to have excellent cooperation with all appropriate federal, state and local agencies to monitor and protect the security of our fans."

Officials estimate between 200,000 and 300,000 people from around the world will attend the Indy 500. And during the NASCAR season, thousands of people pack small towns across the country for as long as 10 days.

Monday's FBI/Homeland Security assessment did not address health concerns. But it hammered on the ease in which terrorists could steal or falsify identification to get access to the event areas.

The assessment listed instances in the past six months when law enforcement credentials were lost or stolen in the Indianapolis area. Among those are an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department badge and identification which were reported stolen on December 15; a local deputy prosecutor's badge and driver's license reported stolen on Dec. 21; a firefighter's badge and military ID card stolen March 3; and a Tennessee homeland security official's ID that was stolen March 30 from a car parked in Indianapolis.

For the report, congressional staffers went to the Talladega SuperSpeedway in Alabama and Lowe's Motor Speedway in North Carolina last October to observe how NASCAR managed security. The congressional investigators also met with members of Major League Baseball, the NCAA, the NFL and presidential nominating convention security officials in Colorado and Minnesota.

The congressional report found that infectious diseases or toxins and could inflict widespread illness at NASCAR events because of the sheer number of fans gathered in small towns that are not used to providing public services for that many people. The congressional report also notes that a naturally occurring disease, such as the flu, could cause an outbreak at a mass event. Because of this, it is important that people are up-to-date with their immunizations, the report said.

Last September, Democrats on the committee were criticized when a committee staffer suggested that staff aides get immunizations before visiting health facilities at the two racetracks.

Taking all this into consideration, NASCAR has found a way to work with local, state and federal law enforcement as well as public health agencies to not only protect the areas where the races are held, but also to prepare to respond should there be an attack or other emergency that would produce mass casualties, the congressional investigation found.

NASCAR requires that each host facility has an emergency plan. In addition, Alabama and North Carolina deployed regional public health teams to the stadiums during NASCAR events last year.

The congressional report encourages other states and organizations to make similar security arrangements. For major events, the highest level of officials -- from NASCAR executives to state homeland security advisers -- should be involved in the planning, it said.

The report also calls on state and local law enforcement and emergency responders to partner with public health agencies all year round, not just during major events (USA Today, 2008).



Title:
Police: Indy 500 To Be Most Secure In History
Date: May 2, 2011
Source: ABC News

Abstract: Amid concerns that the killing of terror leader Osama bin Laden could spark attacks against Americans, local law enforcement leaders are planning for what they call the most secure Indianapolis 500 in history.

The FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a joint intelligence bulletin Monday that said the core al-Qaida group is less likely to carry out attacks against the U.S. in the immediate future, but its spin-off groups around the world could use bin Laden's death as an excuse to speed up plans for attacks.In Indianapolis, police have targeted additional patrols at more than 100 locations where infrastructure or services have been deemed vital to the city's survival, 6News' Jack Rinehart reported.

The intelligence community has no information of advanced terror plots in the U.S., but believes U.S. cities, aviation, mass transit and U.S. government facilities will continue to be attractive targets for terrorists, according to the joint bulletin obtained by the Associated Press.Indianapolis Public Safety Director Frank Straub said security will be stepped up at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the centennial celebration of the race."(Fans will see) more K-9 explosive dogs. They should expect to see random vehicle searches, trucks being checked and radiation detectors will be deployed. Our license plate readers will be deployed," he said.Police working the event have been told to be more vigilant and fans are being asked to report any suspicious activity (ABC News, 2011).