The NFL & DHS have signed a partnership including 5 teams and the NFL has just geared up for cancer awareness month this October 2011 in a potentially reprehensible move to psychologically prepare its viewers for an upcoming radiological attack. Coincidentally, the NFL is recognizing Veterans Day and is honoring the Armed Services during the month of November 2011. The NFL states that: "The National Football League will honor veterans and active duty members of the military during November, with teams designating home games as special Military Recognition Games throughout the month."
In order to politically grandstand in the aftermath of a terror attack involving
the NFL, U.S. President Barack Obama's Chicago Bears will likely be play one of the
victims. One thing is clear; if the NFL is attacked, it will occur during a nationally
televised game such as Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, or
Thanksgiving Day Football. Alex Jones of Infowars, a known government operative
and radio host, recently stated, "And when bombers blow up a shopping
mall...and when they have an event at a football game." Clearly, something sinister is amiss in the NFL today.
1. The NFL & Co.: Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner
responsible for investigating a terrorist attack on the NFL, appears
to have been hand-picked for "Black Sunday" by special interests.
Goodell is associated with certain political, governmental, and corporate
figures that have been implicated in the attacks of 9/11. Goodell is the
son of a U.S. Senator and married to former Fox News anchor Jane Skinner.
Skinner's father was Sam Skinner, the former Secretary of Transportation in the
George H.W. Bush Whitehouse. Should an NFL
terror plot come to fruition, it should come at no surprise for as legendary
sports radio host Jim Rome has stated, "You are who you roll with”.
Shortly after the nuclear terror failure at Super Bowl XLV, head of NFL
security Milt Ahlerich retired after 16 years in the position. The new position
has been filled with Jeffrey B. Miller, the former commissioner of the
Pennsylvania State Police.
2. The New NFL Logo: Although the NFL says that the new 4 and 4 star logo is representative of the four divisions within the NFC and AFC conferences, the NFL is looking to expand with potential franchises in Mexico, Canada, and Europe, so the 4 and 4 star concept would only be valid for a few years. More likely, the 4 and 4 star logo is representative of the 44th President of the United States: Barrack Hussein Obama. Since the nuclear terror attack at Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, Texas, on February 6, 2011, was to take place under his watch, the NFL was apparently kind enough to change their logo for him prior to this earth changing event.
3. NFL & DHS Partnership: The NFL has decided to partner with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ensure that acts of terror are not committed at NFL events. This general partnership was forged just prior to the 2011 Super Bowl XLV and again recently with specific teams such as the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, and the San Diego Chargers.
4. NFL Except from Terrorism Lawsuits: The NFL, although being a private corporation, is conveniently except from terrorism lawsuits stemming from a would-be terror attacks NFL stadiums. This dissolves any responsibility the NFL has in keeping their fans safe on any given Sunday.
5. NFL Security & Plausible Deniability: In order to effectively stage a false-flag terror attack on the NFL and escape the inevitable blowback that will ensure, the NFL must publicly appear that it is doing everything it can to prevent terrorism prior to the terror attack being committed. Therefore, the NFL has instituted a TSA type of pat down for all of its patrons and has allowed random acts of violence to occur both inside and outside of its stadiums.
6. NFL Terror Propaganda: News and propaganda related to terror and the NFL has been rampant, especially in regards to the Super Bowl. Stadiums are named as potential terror targets and officials state that it’s just a matter of time before they are attacked.
7. NFL Terror Plots & Patsies: Since 9/11, there have been a number of incidents involving terror threats to NFL stadiums, not counting the Super Bowl. These aforementioned terror plots, although never serious in nature, made national headlines. In the first case, a man wrote threats online about blowing up 7 NFL stadiums with dirty bombs, while the other case featured two men of Arab descent who were caught in the Pittsburgh Steelers stadium. The men were charged with trespassing, although the news report stated that their car tested positive for "bomb" residue.
8. The Chicago Bears: Aside from being one of the featured teams in the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security's partnership with the NFL, the
Chicago Bears has gained international attention as of late when they were
invited by Obama to the White House to celebrate their 1985 NFL Super Bowl championship, 26
years after-the-fact, and when they played and won in London, England in October of 2011. The Bears recent international media exposure and the
fact that Obama is a huge Bears fan may indicate that a terror attack involving
the Bears may occur in the near future.
9. The Philadelphia Eagles: The situation regarding the Philadelphia Eagles is strange. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has stated that the NFL forced him there, and the Eagles made national headlines by signing almost every NFL free agent on the market before the 2011 season. These moves prompted the slogan "Dream Team" in reference to the team that the Eagles have compiled. Unfortunately, the Eagles have not lived up to the hype, but nonetheless, they are still one of the most exciting teams in the NFL. Unfortunately, Philadelphia has been set up for massive riots, so if a terror attacks does occur at an Eagles game, we can expect massive riots, looting, and chaos in the aftermath. Also, the state of Pennsylvania has conducted multiple dirty bomb drills and surrounding states such as New York and Maryland have drilled dirty bomb response in Pennsylvania, particularly the Philadelphia area.
10. The Pittsburg Steelers: The Steelers
were a team featured in Super Bowl XLV and they had the only NFL terror plot
which specifically targeted their franchise. The state of Pennsylvania has
conducted multiple dirty bomb drills and surrounding states such as New York
and Maryland have drilled dirty bomb response in Pennsylvania.
11. The Baltimore Ravens:
Aside from being one of the featured teams in the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security's partnership with the NFL, Baltimore was the city in which a nuclear
bomb was placed in an NFL stadium in the movie "The Sum of All Fears".
The state of Maryland has also conducted dirty bomb drills, and surrounding
states such as New York and Pennsylvania have drilled dirty bomb response in
Maryland, particularly the Baltimore area.
12. New York: Giant & Jets: New York has conducted the most dirty bomb drills of any U.S. state to date, and should a dirty bomb explode at a New York Giants or Jets game it will occur in New Jersey where the stadium is located. The state of New Jersey has gained international fame as of late with MTV's reality show entitled Jersey Shore, so should something happen in New Jersey, the entire world will know exactly where it occurred. T
13. Operation Urban Shield & Mountain Guardian: The NFL's partnership with the U.S. Deparment of Homeland Security features 5 NFL franchises: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, and the Chicago Bears. Aside from these teams, the News England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders may also be targeted. Boston was home to Operation Urban Shield, a full-scale terror drill, and has conducted a number of dirty bomb terror drills of late. The San Francisco bay area was also home to Operation Urban Shield and also featured an NFL shooting outside Candlestick Park at the beginning of the NFL season.
14. Super Bowl XLV: If there was any doubt that the NFL is working with or
is part of the military industrial complex, the 2011 Super Bowl was the answer.
Super Bowl XLV was chosen as the prime location where a nuclear terror attack
would occur and there is a host of evidence that
substantiates this claim. Given this premise, it should come as no surprise
that the NFL would therefore serve as a staging ground for lesser acts of
terrorism such as dirty bombs or active shooters in the near future.
1. THE NFL & CO.
Title: Roger Goodell [NFL Commissioner]
Abstract: Roger S. Goodell is the Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL), having been chosen to succeed the retiring Paul Tagliabue on August 8, 2006. He was chosen over four finalists for the position, winning a close vote on the fifth ballot before being unanimously approved by acclamation of the owners. He officially began his tenure on September 1, 2006, just prior to the beginning of the 2006 NFL season. As Commissioner, he is also President of NFL Charities. Many commentators have described him as "the most powerful man in sports".
Goodell was born in Jamestown, New York, the son of the late United States Senator Charles E. Goodell, a Republican from New York, and the late Jean Rice Goodell of Buffalo, New York. Goodell is a 1981 graduate of Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania with a degree in economics. Goodell is married to former Fox News Channel anchor Jane Skinner and they have twin daughters (Wikipedia, 2011).
Title: Charles Goodell [Roger Goodell's Father]
Abstract: Charles Ellsworth Goodell was a U.S. Representative and a Senator from New York, notable for coming into both offices under special circumstances following the deaths of his predecessors. Goodell was a congressional liaison assistant for the Department of Justice in 1954–1955. He won a special election on May 26, 1959, as a Republican to the 86th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Daniel A. Reed. In NY District 43, Goodell polled 27,454 votes (65 percent) to the Democrat Robert E. McCaffery's 14,250 ballots (33.8 percent).
Goodell was re-elected in November 1960 to the 87th Congress, and re-elected three times thereafter. He resigned on September 9, 1968, to accept an appointment, effective September 10, made by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller to fill the vacancy caused by the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Because the vacancy had occurred so soon before a scheduled general election, a special election to fill the vacancy would not be held for over two years (Wikipedia, 2011).
Title: Jane Skinner [Roger Goodell's Wife]
Abstract: Jane Skinner is a former daytime news anchor who worked for Fox News Channel, co-hosting Happening Now with Jon Scott from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. On June 24, 2010, she announced on-air her retirement from her daytime news anchor position at the end of her usual "Happening Now" segment, claiming a desire to spend more time with her family
Jane Skinner was raised in Lake Forest, Illinois and graduated from Lake Forest High School in 1985. Skinner received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Northwestern University. Her father is Sam Skinner, former Secretary of Transportation and White House Chief of Staff under President George H.W. Bush. She is married to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and resides in Westchester, New York, with their twin daughters (Wikipedia, 2011).
Title: Samuel K. Skinner [Roger Goodell's Father-In-Law]
Abstract: Samuel Knox Skinner (born June 10, 1938) is an American politician, lawyer and businessman. Skinner served as U.S. Secretary of Transportation and White House Chief of Staff under President George H. W. Bush.
Skinner was instrumental in developing President Bush's National Transportation Policy and the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), which served as the catalyst for the whole ITS industry.
In that capacity, he served as chief executive officer of a cabinet-level federal department with a budget of over $30 billion and a workforce of 105,000 people. As Secretary, Skinner was credited with numerous successes, including the development of the President's National Transportation Policy and the passage of landmark aviation and surface transportation legislation.
He also developed the "open skies" policy of the United States that liberalized U.S. international policy and significantly increased the number of international flights to and from the U.S. In addition, Mr. Skinner acted as the President's point person in numerous crisis situations, including the Eastern Air Lines strike, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the northern California earthquake, Hurricane Hugo, and the 1991 national rail strike. Washingtonian magazine twice gave Mr. Skinner its highest ranking for his performance as Secretary of Transportation.
From 1977 to 1989, Skinner practiced law as a senior partner in the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where he served on the firm's executive committee. From 1984 to 1988, while practicing law full-time, he also served as Chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority of northeastern Illinois, the nation's second largest mass transportation district. Also during that time, President Reagan appointed Mr. Skinner as Vice Chairman of the President's Commission on Organized Crime (Wikipedia, 2011).
Title: Jeffrey B. Miller [NFL Chief of Security]
Abstract: Jeffrey B. Miller, AA, BS, MPA, was the former commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. Miller, a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, served in that position from March 24, 2003, after being confirmed by the Pennsylvania State Senate, until August 8, 2008.
Miller enlisted with the state police in 1984. He went on to become a member of the fifty-sixth graduating class of the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He then moved through the ranks, attaining: Corporal in 1988, Sergeant in 1990, Lieutenant in 1993, Captain in 1995, and Major in January 2002.
On January 9, 2003, Governor Edward G. Rendell nominated Miller to become 18th Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, a Cabinet-level post. Col. Miller was unanimously confirmed by the Senate of Pennsylvania March 24, 2003.
Miller is known for his handling of the Amish school shooting in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania.
Following his career with the Pennsylvania State Police, Miller accepted a position with the National Football League (NFL). He currently serves as the league's "Director of Strategic Security", a newly created position. Miller will police fan behavior, stadium security, even cheating by teams (Wikipedia, 2011).
2. THE NEW NFL LOGO
Title: NFL To Revamp Shield With Redesigned Logo
Date: August 31, 2007
Source: USA Today
Abstract: The National Football League is launching a makeover of its red, white and blue "NFL Shield" logo that adorns everything from player jerseys to fan T-shirts and hats.
The new shield features eight stars (representing the eight AFC and NFC divisions) vs. 25 on the current logo. Why 25? It's a mystery. After researching the shield's origins, the designers could find no reason for 25 stars, says Jaime Weston, director of brand and creative operations. The shield logo was first used around 1940, two decades after the NFL's founding in 1920.
The football at the center has been redesigned to resemble the ball atop the Vince Lombardi championship trophy, says Baird. It replaces the old-fashioned pigskin nicknamed the "Hamburger" inside league offices.
NFL vendors will probably thank the league for switching to fewer stars. Some vendors, without permission, have used fewer stars rather than shoehorning 25 tiny stars into smaller shields on hats and T-shirts.
Tinkering with one of the country's most powerful and ubiquitous sports brands will be a risky and expensive business. NFL sponsors such as Reebok, Riddell, Wilson and EA Sports will have to switch shields on everything from uniforms (players wear three logos at the neck and waistlines and on the helmet) and licensed merchandise to the official "Duke" game ball and Madden video game. Even groundskeepers will have to adopt the new shield at NFL stadiums.
But Baird believes the cleaner, more modern symbol will "pop" better during TV telecasts. The less-busy logo will also show up better on "third screens" increasingly used by sports fans: cellphones, laptops, iPods and PDAs.
During testing with focus groups, consumers liked the switch to eight stars for eight divisions, she says.
"People felt that made more sense than tying in to 32 teams," says Baird (USA Today, 2007).
3. NFL & DHS PARTNERSHIP
OBAMACSI.COM: The NFL has decided to partner with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ensure that acts of terror are not committed at NFL events. This general partnership was forged just prior to the 2011 Super Bowl XLV and again recently with specific teams such as the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, and the San Diego Chargers.
Title: Big Sis Set To Expand Spy Program To Sports Stadiums
Date: December 29, 2010
Source: Prison Planet
Abstract: If you thought seeing Big Sis urging Americans to “report suspicious activity” at Wal-Mart checkouts was creepy enough, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Homeland Security announced yesterday that the program was set to be expanded to include 9,000 federal buildings, as well as sports stadiums, businesses and communities in general.
Despite the official Homeland Security You Tube channel being bombarded by almost 6,000 profanity-filled comments from Americans outraged that their country is sinking into a decrepit Soviet-style informant society, Janet Napolitano announced yesterday that the “If you see something, say something,” campaign will be extended to include around 9,000 federal buildings across the country.
“In the coming weeks, “If You See Something, Say Something” public awareness materials designed to help America’s businesses, communities and citizens remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping our homeland safe will be posted in approximately 9,000 federal buildings throughout the country,” states a DHS press release. “Signage will appear at FPS guard stations at each facility, and any calls reporting suspicious activity will be directed to the existing national network of FPS call centers, which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
The memo also indicated that the campaign would be extended to sports stadiums, labeled “sports and general aviation industries” in the press release, as well as businesses and communities in general – so before too long expect to see and hear Big Sis reminding you that you live in a Sovietized police state wherever you happen to be.
“In the coming months, the Department will continue to
expand the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign nationally
with public education materials and outreach tools designed to help
America’s businesses, communities and citizens remain vigilant and play
an active role in keeping the country safe,” states the release (Prison Planet, 2010).
Title: Secretary Napolitano Announces "If You See Something, Say Something™" Campaign Partnerships
Date: September 12, 2011
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Abstract: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced new partnerships between the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) "If You See Something, Say Something™" public awareness campaign and several sports organizations and collegiate universities. Partnerships include National Football League (NFL) teams, Major League Baseball (MLB) teams, the U.S. Open Tennis Championships (USTA), Ohio State University, and the University of Oklahoma. "Every citizen plays a critical role in identifying and reporting suspicious activities and threats," said Secretary Napolitano. "By expanding the ‘If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign we are working together to ensure the safety and security of fans, players, employees, and students."
The "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign -- originally implemented by New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority and now licensed to DHS for a nationwide campaign -- is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.
Over the past year, DHS has collaborated closely with federal, state, local and private sector partners, as well as the Department of Justice, to expand the "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign and the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative—an administration effort to train state and local law enforcement to recognize behaviors and indicators related to terrorism, crime and other threats; standardize how those observations are documented and analyzed; and ensure the sharing of those reports with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) led Joint Terrorism Task Forces for further investigation.
The "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign originally partnered with the NFL in January 2011 during the Super Bowl XLVI, and is now expanding the campaign to the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, and San Diego Chargers with digital and video materials displayed at each stadium. Similarly, the "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign partnerships with MLB began last season and has now expanded to the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. The USTA has announced their partnership with the "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign for a second year, and have displayed digital and print materials during all matches.
Other partnerships with the "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign have been recently launched by the states of Florida and Maryland, the cities of Baltimore and Newark, the Inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix, and state and major urban area fusion centers across the country.
DHS will continue to expand the "If You See Something, Say
Something™" campaign nationally to help America's business, communities
and citizens remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping the
country safe (U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2011).
4. NFL EXCEMPT FROM TERRORISM LAWSUITS
OBAMACSI.COM: The NFL, although being a private corporation, is conveniently except from terrorism lawsuits stemming from a would-be terror attacks NFL stadiums. This dissolves any responsibility the NFL has in keeping their fans safe on any given Sunday.
Title: NFL Eempt Fom Terrorism Lawsuits
Date: March 10, 2009
Source: USA Today
Abstract: The National Football League and dozens of other companies and organizations have won exemption from lawsuits under a post-9/11 law that prohibits them from being sued if terrorists attack a site they are protecting.
The law, called the SAFETY Act (Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies), aims to help security providers by guaranteeing they will not pay any claims that terror victims might file after an attack.
The law was created in 2002 in response to multibillion-dollar lawsuits filed after the 9/11 attacks that left companies afraid they would be sued if security equipment failed to stop terrorists.
The protection extends only to companies' services or equipment that the Homeland Security Department has approved as being effective in anti-terrorism.
Among those with top-tier protection is the NFL, which in December received liability exemption against future claims stemming from an attack at any of the nation's football stadiums. The law requires a court to dismiss lawsuits against companies whose products have Homeland Security's highest reliability rating.
The NFL got the protection after the government approved the league's nine-page stadium-security guidelines.
The benefit to the NFL is "fairly obvious," said NFL security chief Milt Ahlerich. "An attack from a terrorist organization could put us out of business." League guidelines, developed shortly after 9/11, include digital security cameras in stadiums, quick searches on entering spectators and barriers that keep cars and trucks 100 feet from a stadium.
Many beneficiaries of the legal protection are large government contractors that sell equipment such as airport X-ray machines and chemical sensors.
Among the other companies are aviation giant Boeing Corp., which got the exemption for its strengthened flight deck doors on planes, and IBM, granted an exemption for its software used to more accurately verify names and identities.
Homeland Security spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said the protection has led to "wider deployment of anti-terrorism technologies and services."
Another class of companies on the list is given a lesser form of liability protection — they can be sued, but the law limits damages to the amount of the company's insurance coverage.
The law requires all of the protected companies and organizations to carry terrorism insurance. The amounts vary (USA Today, 2009).
5. NFL SECURITY & PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY
OBAMACSI.COM: In order to effectively stage a false-flag terror attack on the NFL and escape the inevitable blowback that will ensure, the NFL must publicly appear that it is doing everything it can to prevent terrorism prior to the terror attack being committed. Therefore, the NFL has instituted a TSA type of pat down for all of its patrons and has allowed random acts of violence to occur both inside and outside of its stadiums.
Title: NFL Wants Pat-Downs From Ankles Up At All Stadiums
Date: September 15, 2011
Source: USA Today
Abstract: The NFL wants all fans patted down from the ankles up this season to improve fan safety.
Under the new "enhanced" pat-down procedures, the NFL wants all 32 clubs to search fans from the ankles to the knees as well as the waist up. Previously, security guards only patted down fans from the waist up while looking for booze, weapons or other banned items.
The stricter physical screening policy impacts the 16.6 million fans expected to attend live regular season NFL games this season. The more thorough searches will spell longer lines for ticket-holding fans seeking entry to games. It's sure to raise the ire of some fans who consider it an invasion of privacy.
The NFL recommended the new guidelines before the kickoff of the 2011 season which coincided with the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The league hopes fans will be "patient," says spokesman Brian McCarthy, and arrive earlier to games to avoid long, punishing lines.
"The enhanced security procedures recommended by our office before the start of the season will further increase the safety of fans but will require some additional time," McCarthy told USA TODAY in a statement Thursday. "We encourage fans to come early, enjoy their tailgating tradition, and be patient as they enter the stadium."
THE HUDDLE: Brady tells Pats fans to start drinking early
The NFL predicts its live gate will be equal this year to last season's overall regular season attendance of 16,569,514.
The Buffalo Bills have announced the changes for fans attending this Sunday's home game against the Oakland Raiders at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills' announcement reads in part:
The Buffalo Bills will be implementing an enhanced pat-down procedure starting with this Sunday's game and the organization wants to communicate this new process to all fans attending the game. The new procedure is a recommendation from the NFL in accordance with the league's Best Practices policies. Specifically, the enhanced portion of the pat-down is for the area from the knees to the ankles. Bills officials have long recommended that fans arrive early to the gates and continue to do so, especially with the enhanced pat-down now part of the security measures taken at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
UPDATE: The Indianapolis Colts also issued a statement Thursday announcing stricter security screenings for fans entering Lucas Oil Stadium:
At the direction of the NFL, fans attending this Sunday's Colts vs. Browns game, and future NFL games, will be subject to an enhanced personal security screening prior to entering Lucas Oil Stadium. The screening will include physical pat-down (above the waist as well as below the knees) and inspection of all items. The enhanced personal security screening is in addition to the process guests have typically experienced at NFL games since 2001. In order to accommodate this security enhancement, guests are asked to arrive earlier than normal to avoid longer security lines at the checkpoints. Guests may refuse inspections; however, management reserves the right to refuse entry.
The idea of being physically searched by strangers while attending
NFL games has been controversial for years. Several fans have filed
lawsuits across the U.S., challenging the league's physical screenings
in court. But the NFL's policies were upheld in court (USA Today, 2011).
Title: Green Bay Packers To Use Security Wands To Check Fans Entering Lambeau Field Starting With Sunday's Game Against The Denver Broncos
Date: September 27, 2011
Source: Green Bay Press Gazette
Abstract: Green Bay Packers fans should arrive early and expect some delays for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos as the team implements heightened security measures for the games at Lambeau Feild this season.
The National Football League is pushing for enhanced security, and starting with Sunday’s game at Lambeau, all fans will be subject to a hand-held, metal-detecting wand test before being admitted.
The procedure would be similar to wand inspections at the airport, but this process would be less invasive than the full-body exam, said Doug Collins, Packers director of security.
“We think it’s a more thorough process, without having the hands-on in particular. We understand there has been some negativity out there from what the (Transportation Security Administration) has done. … This just eliminates that process,” Collins said. “Pretty much the whole body will be scanned with the hand wand.”
The Packers previously performed upper torso pat-downs at the security gates.
The Packers are encouraging fans to arrive early as the new process will likely result in some delays in getting into the stadium.
“Be prepared for something different. It may take a few seconds longer, so if (fans) arrive a little earlier at the gates that would be helpful,” Collins said. “I don’t anticipate there being any lines that are so long that people miss the game or anything like that. … But every officer in every line will have those wands.”
Green Bay Police Lt. Kevin Warych said bags will still be subject to traditional searches and, to speed up the process, he advised fans to bring only what’s necessary.“Only bring the bare essentials,” Warych said. “The less you bring, the faster it is for people to move through the line” (Green Bay Press Gazette, 2011).
OBAMACSI.COM: News and propaganda related to terror and the NFL has been rampant, especially in regards to the Super Bowl. Stadiums are named as potential terror targets and officials state that it’s just a matter of time before they are attacked.
Title: Threat Of Terrorist Attacks On NFL Stadiums Deemed Not Credible by Federal Authorities
Date: October 18, 2006
Source: Washington Post
Abstract: Federal agencies are expressing skepticism about the credibility of an Internet threat of terrorist attacks on NFL stadiums that was revealed today.
The warning was posted on Oct. 12 on a Website that links to multiple online conversations and cartoons. A poster said that seven NFL stadiums would be hit this weekend by bombs containing radiological material. The stadiums mentioned were in New York, Miami, Houston, Oakland, Cleveland, Seattle and Atlanta. The posting said the bombs would be delivered to the stadiums in trucks and Osama bin Laden later would claim responsibility.
Authorities alerted NFL officials to the threat but the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI indicated they doubted the credibility of it. According to the Associated Press, a Homeland Security spokesman said that members of the public should continue to go about their normal routines, including attending football games (Washington Post, 2006).
Title: Stadiums And Terrorism
Date: September 2008
Source: The Public Sphere
Abstract: The public’s right to know or the public’s right to be safe? Preserve civil liberties at all costs or err on the side of caution? These questions, honestly asked, are at the heart of debates over how best to preserve both our safety and our liberties in an age of terrorism and violence.
Some time ago, an ideal test case for these questions played out here in Texas, where the Dallas Cowboys tried to fight requests (that entered the legal system and fast became demands) for public release of the plans for their new $650 million stadium in Arlington.
Their rationale? Both security and business concerns.
The problem? At least $325 million, and likely a lot more, is coming out of taxpayer pockets, and the city used eminent domain to force homeowners to sell their property to make way for the new stadium. Whoever has their name on the lease, the stadium is in many ways public property and should be considered only nominally the Cowboys’ property.
The Cowboys and their advocates argued that both proprietary business interests and security concerns should have allowed them to keep the information secret. Yet, for the public, the Cowboys sacrificed their proprietary business claims as soon as they stuffed their snouts in the public trough. The Cowboys’ claim so reeked of arrogance that it almost overwhelmed all of the other arguments about security. It is increasingly common for professional sports teams to suckle at the public teat and then turn around and pretend that they owe that same public nothing because they are fundamentally engaged in private enterprise.
Billionaire owners want to have the public pay for their opulent facilities, in which the former will charge exorbitant prices for tickets and concessions. The public is slowly learning, just like the poor guy who stands in line at halftime to spend $60 for a gelatinous pile of food and drinks, that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Or a half-billion dollar stadium.
But the other claims, those tied to security, are less temporal and thus gave pause. After all, we now know the plans for the stadium, but security will be an enduring concern. I’ve argued for years, even before 9/11 and the occasional recent news of potential attacks at football games (always revealed to have been a hoax, but such hoaxes still remain all too credible), that stadiums on game day or concert night are among the most vulnerable targets for terrorist attacks: tens of thousands of people in a celebratory mood, unwary and focused on something else; screaming crowds; loud public address announcers; amps at rock shows; lots of drunk people; showy but largely perfunctory security. Providing diagrams and blueprints to terrorists, whether Islamist or of the home grown variety (Many in the U.S. seem to have forgotten about the Eric Rudolph, Ku Klux Klan, Tim McVeigh, Unabomber, Charles Whitman types), does appear shortsighted at first blush. The public does not have the right to know everything.
Then again, someone with malicious forethought can take plenty of time to plan an attack upon an open stadium. Providing diagrams that, once a stadium opens, will be available anyway hardly seems like a serious breach of either public safety or security. The danger will not come from terrorists simply knowing a stadium’s layout, however essential that might be to a planned attack, but rather from terrorists who are able to identify and exploit weaknesses and security flaws.
Prevention of a stadium attack will come in the form of vigilance, intelligence, and competence, rather than slapdash and showy efforts to appear tough. A little sanity would also go a long way in bringing a level of reasonableness to our discussions. When you enter a stadium on a hot day and are drinking a bottle of water, scare stories from the news notwithstanding, the odds that your water will become a deadly weapon are almost nil. It is hard not to be cynical about a policy that happens to profit the concessionaires who sell overpriced drinks without demonstrably increasing safety. It also inspires less, not more, confidence if our official approach to matters of terrorism and security seems reactive to news stories or rumors rather than part of a rational and comprehensive strategy. Meanwhile, if I had hidden a gun in my waistband, security would not have noticed because they did not bother checking. In terms of odds, I would surmise that an attack at a big game will more likely come from someone wielding a gun than someone wielding a half-empty bottle of water.
We are similarly foolish and shortsighted in our approach to security at airports, where appearing vigilant and tough on potential terrorism has taken the place of commonsense policies that will actually make us safe. A batty Englishman tries to light a shoebomb, and now we all have to take our shoes off at security. There are rumors that terrorists are going to try to use small amounts of liquid explosives, so we develop an inane policy whereby we can take on a few ounces of liquid in small containers that we must place in a plastic bag. In your shaving kit? It’s a menace to the airways. In a ziplock? We can all breathe easier. And then there is the water issue again–if you try to bring a bottle of water or juice or soda through security, you’re going to lose it. But don’t worry, you can buy any drinks you want at the usurious rates the airport concessionaires are able to get away with charging. You can even buy an extra hot venti coffee right before you board–a potentially more lethal weapon than all of the aftershave and Nikes and half-consumed Ozarka water. But woe unto you if you forget to take your laptop out of its case or if you are impatient with a security person because your child is crying and you’d rather attend to her than to the guy who randomly pulled you out of line for a perfunctory pat-down.
Texans take football seriously. They take travel seriously. They take terrorism seriously. But there is a difference between serious and foolish. The Cowboys finally released the plans to the enormous new stadium, as was inevitable. Thus far, nothing bad has happened to Jerry Jones’ gleaming jewel. And if terrorists ever do attack the new stadium, the blame will fall on our scattershot, improvised, shoddy policies and lack of foresight because we were preparing for the last attack rather than the next one (The Public Sphere, 2008).
Title: Police Prep For Stadium Security Alert
Date: September 22, 2009
Source: CW 33
Abstract: North Texas visitor, Mamie Dorris stood outside the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington snapping pictures. She didn't know federal officials had issued a terrorist security alert for stadiums. "That is very unnerving", says Dorris.
Dorris knows the horror of a terror attack. She survived the 9/11 attack on the pentagon, after a plane piloted by al-Qaida terrorists crashed directly into her office. She says no threat can be taken lightly. "I think anytime there is a threat on our grounds, it needs to be taken seriously".
Police say they are taking notice of several security alerts issued by the FBI and Homeland Security. Officials say terrorists may attempt to use homemade backpack bombs, car bombs or even airplanes to attack crowded, public places.
Arlington police say they received the alerts and are taking that into consideration to insure the safety of fans during upcoming Cowboys games at the new stadium. Already on game days, all bags are searched. Authorities use bomb-sniffing dogs to inspect vehicles parked close to the stadium.
Security experts say they aren't surprised by the stadium alerts. "Anytime you have a large venue event that you have a lot of people then it will be attractive to terrorists", says Former FBI Special Agent in Charge, Danny Defenbaugh. The former federal agent says since 9/11 busy public places, like stadiums have been on the terror radar.
Defenbaugh says proper training for event staff members is important to protect against the threat of attack. "They need to be suspicious and look for unusual behavior", says Defenbaugh.
A few months ago, Arlington Police and several other agencies conducted a massive training exercise at the new stadium, to test out their preparedness for a real emergency.
Dorris says that everyone should learn to be on alert at all times and report anything suspicious. She says she is living proof that an attack can happen to anyone. "I was just fortunate it wasn't my time" (CW 33, 2009).
Title: U.S. Terror Alert Expands To Transit And Stadiums
Date: September 23, 2009
Source: CBC News
Abstract: The U.S. government expanded a terrorism warning from transit systems to sports stadiums, hotels and entertainment complexes this week, as federal investigators look into a possible plot to set off bombs hidden in backpacks.
Federal bulletins were sent to police departments this week saying that while no specific plots against stadiums and other entertainment venues were known, police officers and private companies were cautioned to be vigilant.
The warnings come after the arrest on Saturday of three men, including Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year-old Denver airport-shuttle driver who authorities say received al-Qaeda training in Pakistan and who was found entering New York City two weeks ago with bomb-making instructions on his computer.
Zazi, his father and a local imam in New York face charges of lying to authorities in a continuing terrorism investigation.
Authorities claim in court documents that Zazi played a direct role in the alleged terror plot, although officials have said they don't know the timing or location of any planned attack.
"It's not totally clear to us at this point what it is they had in mind, though I think it is clear that something very serious and something very organized was underway," Attorney General Eric Holder told CBS.
The bulletins to stadiums note that al-Qaeda's training manual makes specific instruction for "blasting and destroying the places of amusement, immorality and sin ... and attacking vital economic centers."
Sports officials from the major hockey, football, baseball and basketball leagues in North America said they were confident they had adequate measures in place to thwart a potential attack
"We are aware of the memos from the federal government, including that there is no information specific to any sports stadium," National Football League spokesman Greg Aiello said.
"This underscores the high levels of stadium security that are maintained and will continue to be maintained at every NFL game for the safety of our fans and teams."
National Hockey League spokesman Frank Brown said security is a collaborative effort for the league.
"We work closely with our arenas and local law enforcement agencies to create a safe, secure environment for our fans at all times," he said. "We work with our partners continually to update and apply appropriate security measures to address security concerns."
Sports fans said the latest warnings wouldn't affect their plans.
"If it happens, it happens," said Lynn Calhoun, an Indianapolis computer programmer who visited Conseco Fieldhouse — the home of the Indiana Pacers — to purchase orchestra tickets.
"Where are you going to go? What are you going to do? You can't just go and hide out in Canada for a month."
At a Cleveland Indians game, Jess Pryor said she thinks most fans don't worry about their safety at games.
"It will be that way until something else happens again," she said.
New York's transit agency said it has increased police presence around the city, in part because of the meeting in the city of the United Nations General Assembly.
Thousands of visitors and politicians are also scheduled to meet in Pittsburgh on Thursday for a two-day Group of 20 economic summit (CBC News, 2009).
7. NFL TERROR PLOTS & PATSIES
OBAMACSI.COM: Since 9/11, there have been a number of incidents involving terror threats to NFL stadiums, not counting the Super Bowl. These aforementioned terror plots, although never serious in nature, made national headlines. In the first case, a man wrote threats online about blowing up 7 NFL stadiums with dirty bombs, while the other case featured two men of Arab descent who were caught in the Pittsburgh Steelers stadium. The men were charged with trespassing, although the news report stated that their car tested positive for "bomb" residue.
Date: October 12, 2006
Suspect: Jake J. Brahm
Location: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Charges: Making a terrorist threat over the Internet
Notes: Brahm was accused of writing that radioactive “dirty bombs” would be detonated at seven football stadiums.
Title: Grocery Store Clerk Arrested In Stadium Hoax
Date: October 21, 2006
Source: Washington Post
Abstract: A 20-year-old grocery store clerk who authorities say amused himself by posting prank Internet warnings of terrorist attacks against NFL stadiums was arrested Friday on federal charges that could bring five years behind bars.
Jake J. Brahm was accused of writing that radioactive “dirty bombs” would be detonated this weekend at seven football stadiums. He admitted posting the same threat about 40 times on various Web sites between September and Wednesday, authorities said.
The Wauwatosa man surrendered to federal authorities and appeared in court in Milwaukee later in the day.
“These types of hoaxes scare innocent people, cost business resources and waste valuable homeland security resources. We cannot tolerate this Internet version of yelling fire in a crowded theater in the post-9/11 era,” said U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie in Newark, N.J., where Brahm was charged in a sealed complaint filed Thursday. One of the stadiums mentioned was Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Brahm was charged with making a terrorist threat over the Internet, which carries a maximum five-year prison sentence and $250,000 fine. When the potential sentence was read in court Friday afternoon, his mother, Valerie Brahm, with whom he lives, closed her eyes and put her hand over her mouth.
U.S. Magistrate Patricia Gorence released Jake Brahm without bail, citing his spotless record and strong community ties. She prohibited him from using the Internet or traveling outside Wisconsin and New Jersey, where his lawyer said he plans to make a court appearance.
When reporters asked him for comment after the hearing, Brahm smiled and laughed but said nothing.Brahm’s attorney, Patrick Knight, said after the hearing that his client was shocked by the way the threats were received. He described Brahm as quiet and gentle and said he had not seen anything to indicate Brahm meant any real harm.
“When you’re a 20-year-old, and you roll a snowball, and the next thing you know, it’s as big as a house rolling down a hill, it surprises you a bit,” Knight said.
Richard Ruminski, the FBI agent in charge of the Milwaukee office, said Brahm thought posting the threats would be funny.“As I understand it, Mr. Brahm had put out this threat thinking it was so preposterous that no one would take it seriously,” Ruminski said. “Unfortunately, he was wrong.”
The warnings briefly set off a scare this week, before federal authorities announced the warnings were a hoax.
Wauwatosa police Chief Barry Weber said Brahm had bragged to friends about his actions.
An FBI official in Washington, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is still under investigation, told The Associated Press that Brahm acknowledged doing it as part of a “writing duel” with a man from Texas to see who could post the scariest threat.
One of the threats, dated Oct. 12, appeared on the Web site “The Friend Society,” which links to various online forums and off-color cartoons. Its author, identified in the message as “javness,” said that trucks would deliver radiological bombs Sunday to stadiums in Miami, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Cleveland, Oakland, Calif., and the New York City area, and that Osama bin Laden would claim responsibility.
On a separate blog under Brahm’s name, the writer posted a photo of a football stadium next to a list of goals for 2006, which included committing a felony and “trying to leave the house at least twice a week.”
Brahm worked at Outpost Natural Foods, a co-op near his house. “He was a normal guy. That’s all we’re going to say at this time,” said Jeremy Layman, assistant manager.
Mallory McKenney, who graduated a year before Brahm from Wauwatosa East High School, said: “He was quiet but always seemed friendly whenever we were in a group of people together.”
Erik Vasys, an FBI spokesman in San Antonio, said there would be no charges against the Texas man because he did not take part in the writing of the threats (NBC, 2006).
Date: October 12, 2006
Suspect: Sudeep Paul, Anand Shankar Durvasula
Age: 20, 21
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Weapons: Video camera
Charges: Criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass
Notes: Dogs registered two separate "positive hits for explosives" on suspects vehicle
Title: Heinz Field Arrests Spur Terror Response
Date: November 6, 2006
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Abstract: Two Carnegie Mellon University students caught trying to sneak into Heinz Field in the middle of the night -- purportedly to film a music video -- prompted an anti-terrorist response that included pumped-up security at yesterday's Steelers game against the Broncos.
The two young men were being held last night in the Allegheny County Jail on $1 million straight bond each.
Although explosives-sniffing canines found nothing of interest around the football stadium, an affidavit said the dogs registered two separate "positive hits for explosives" in the Lexus sport utility vehicle the men were driving.
What might have fallen under the prank category in pre-9/11 days was treated as anything but that by authorities, who conducted full searches of the students' apartments and heightened security throughout the afternoon around the stadium on the North Shore.
"We take everything seriously, especially in today's light," Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper said at a morning news conference, while the suspects were still being questioned by agents from the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Arrested outside Heinz Field around 2 a.m. yesterday were Sudeep Paul, 21, of Woodbury, N.Y., and Anand Shankar Durvasula, 20, of Morgan Hill, Calif. Chief Harper said they are U.S.-born. Both were charged with criminal conspiracy, and Mr. Durvasula with criminal trespass. The $1 million straight bond has to be paid in full for release.
Heinz Field security officers spotted the men on a security camera trying to enter the stadium, a Steelers spokesman said. They first opened an exterior door at Gate B without going inside, police said. They then took a folding chair to the fence at Gate 5 on Art Rooney Drive, and Mr. Durvasula allegedly stepped up on the chair to scale the fence.
Heinz Field security officers then approached the pair, and as they tried to walk away, they were apprehended by Pittsburgh police officers who had been summoned. They told police initially they were trying to check out the stadium because they had tickets to yesterday's 4:15 p.m. game against the Denver Broncos, Chief Harper said.
He said they told investigators later that Mr. Paul was trying to complete a music video featuring Mr. Durvasula, and they intended to do the last scene inside Heinz Field. A video camera and tripod were found inside the vehicle, parked nearby, which police towed away.
The affidavit said the vehicle was registered to Paul Swapan Kumar, 41, of Woodbury, N.Y., but it could have meant Kumar Paul, as police initially referred to Sudeep Paul as Paul Sudeep.
"We don't know exactly what their intentions were," Chief Harper said. But, he said, it was unwise for them to attempt to break into the stadium at about 2 a.m. There was no evidence the men had been drinking, he said.
Kumar Paul, who was unaware of the son's troubles, said he gave his son the Lexus.
"He's such a good kid," said Mr. Paul. "He's a bright student and an honor student."
Last month, a Wisconsin man was charged with making a terrorist threat over the Internet for threatening that radioactive "dirty bombs" would be detonated at seven football stadiums.
The nature of yesterday's incident led to extra precautions surrounding the Steelers-Broncos game, which was played without incident. Chief Harper said the quick response that resulted in the men being detained showed that security arrangements "are very well up to speed," and not something to worry the public.
"We have taken steps to make sure Heinz Field is secure," Chief Harper said. "We have brought in extra canine dogs from Lawrence, Mercer and Beaver counties to conduct a sweep of the facility. ... We have brought in additional officers as well as state police, county police and the FBI."
Steelers spokesman Dave Lockett said fans attending the game were to receive the same kind of pat-downs from security staff as is customary for all games. He said it was the first such incident he was aware of at Heinz Field, and fans should still feel safe in attending.
"The only thing that needs to be said was that the security system worked in getting things done quickly," Mr. Lockett said.
Police described the two men as cooperative throughout, agreeing to a police search of their off-campus residences in Squirrel Hill.
A Carnegie Mellon spokeswoman declined comment on the incident, other than to confirm both men are seniors at the school, with Mr. Paul a business student and Mr. Durvasula in the humanities and social sciences program.
University-related Web sites suggest that both men have been active, involved students. Mr. Paul is listed as activities director of the Undergraduate Finance Association, and Mr. Durvasula as a committee chairman of the Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Association. Both also were involved in Carnegie Mellon's Mock Trial competition, a program in which students take on judicial roles to practice their speaking and analytical skills.
Mr. Paul, on his own Web home page, lists his grade point average as 3.7 out of 4.0. He made the dean's list last spring (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2006).
Title: Two Shot, One Attacked, At NFL Pre-Season Game
Date: August 21, 2011
Abstract: Two men were shot and wounded in the parking lot of Candlestick Park after a preseason National Football League (NFL) game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders, and a third man was beaten unconscious inside the stadium, police said on Sunday.
A 24-year-old man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries from the shooting on Saturday night, while the other man, is in his 20s, was hospitalized with less serious injuries, San Francisco police said.
Police said they had no suspect in custody from the outbreak of violence in the parking lot of San Francisco's Candlestick Park, and that it was not immediately clear if any of the men who were shot were fans of any particular team.
The two men were found in different locations outside the stadium, and investigators are still unsure if those two attacks are related, said San Francisco police spokesman Sergeant Michael Andraychak.
During the game, a 26 year-old man was beaten unconscious in an upper-level bathroom at the stadium, and he also was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, Andraychak said.
Police said they have not arrested a suspect in the bathroom beating.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan issued a joint statement about the violence.
"The incidents at Candlestick Park last night after the San Francisco 49ers versus Oakland Raiders game are completely unacceptable, and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," they said.
The shootings and beating come less than five months after a San Francisco Giants baseball fan was severely assaulted outside Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, sparking outrage in the city and causing some to question security arrangements at the stadium.
In the Bay area preseason showdown between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders on Saturday night, the 49ers won 17-3.
Andraychak said the violence at Candlestick Park was unusual, and that more often police and security there deal with relatively minor problems, such as public intoxication or use of profanity.
The NFL, which is trying win back fans after a bitter labor dispute threatened to delay the upcoming season, condemned the violence.
"We deplore the activities of a handful of fans at last night's game and pledge our full support to Mayors Lee and Quan and to state and local law enforcement agencies," said a statement issued by the NFL.
"We are carefully reviewing the events to make sure we have a full understanding of the facts" (Reuters, 2011).
Title: Cops: Man Got Taser Into NFL Game On 9/11 Anniversary
Date: September 13, 2011
Source: CBS News
Abstract: A South Carolina man was arrested after allegedly using an illegal Taser in a fight with other fans during the Dallas Cowboys-New York Jets game Sunday night, state police said.
Leroy McKelvey, of Moncks Corner, S.C., was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and two weapons counts. The 59-year-old McKelvey was taken to the Bergen County Jail, where bail was set at $22,500. It wasn't known if he had retained an attorney.
The website Deadspin posted a cellphone video Monday of the fight. One fan can be heard on the video saying: "How did he get in here with that thing?"
MetLife Stadium CEO Mark Lamping said no one was seriously hurt in the incident during the Jets' 27-24 victory.
There was an increased security presence at the game on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, including bomb-sniffing dogs checking every car that entered. Fans were also patted down and had their bags checked, typical of game day security.
"Procedures for pat downs established by the NFL and used at every game were in effect at all entry gates," Lamping said in a statement.
It's possible there could be changes in the security methods, though. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is "always refining and improving our security procedures."
Title: Stabbing In Qualcomm Lot During Chargers' Game
Date: November 10, 2011
Source: Sign On San Diego
Abstract: A 25-year-old man was stabbed Thursday night during a fight in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot during the Chargers-Raiders game, San Diego police said.
The fight occurred about 7:30 p.m. near the front gate. The man was stabbed in the abdomen, police Officer David Stafford said. He was taken to a hospital, and the injury was not believed to be life-threatening, police said.
The victim was uncooperative with police and did not give officers a description of an assailant or assailants, Stafford said.It was not immediately known if the victim was a local resident (Sign On San Diego, 2011).
8. THE CHICAGO BEARS
OBAMACSI.COM: Aside from being one of the featured teams in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's partnership with the NFL, the Chicago Bears has gained international attention as of late when they were invited by Obama to the White House to celebrate their 1985 NFL Super Bowl championship, 26 years after-the-fact, and when they played and won in London, England in October of 2011. The Bears recent international media exposure and the fact that Obama is a huge Bears fan may indicate that a terror attack involving the Bears may occur in the near future.
Title: Barack Obama Salutes '85 Bears
Date: October 8, 2011
Abstract: Da '85 Bears finally got their White House due.
Declaring "This is as much fun as I will have as president of the United States," President and sports fan in chief Barack Obama on Friday saluted his hometown team for winning the Super Bowl a quarter century ago.
"This team changed everything for every team that came on after, on and off the field," Obama said. "They changed the laws of football. They were gritty. They were gutsy. They were hard-working. They were fun-loving. Sort of how Chicagoans like to think of themselves."
As he wrapped up his welcome, Obama invited the team to stick around and enjoy themselves: "Don't break anything. And keep your eyes on McMahon."
For the team, this was a long-awaited recognition. The team did not get the usual White House reception in 1986, a decision attributed to the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, which occurred two days after the Bears beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
"On behalf of the 1985 Chicago Bears, we consider him one of us," the team's coach, Mike Ditka, said. "We're very proud that you honored us by bringing us here. It's only 26 years after the fact, and five administrations, but thank you."
The '85 Bears remain one of the most storied teams in NFL history, a one-loss juggernaut that blew out New England 46-10 in the 1986 Super Bowl. They are remembered as much for their prowess on the field as they are for their pop culture status.
The ringleader was McMahon, who openly squabbled with the fiery Ditka and who wore his signature headband and sunglasses during the White House ceremony. ("He gave me a headband," Obama said, "but I'm not wearing it.") The team included future Hall of Famers Walter Payton, Dan Hampton, Richard Dent and Mike Singletary. And it featured the 300-pound-plus lineman and occasional running back William "The Refrigerator" Perry.
In an era before YouTube, Twitter and 24-hour sports networks, the team managed to capture national attention, even filming a video of themselves doing the "Super Bowl Shuffle."
"There were suggesting that I should dance the Super Bowl Shuffle," Obama said. "Can't do it."
The team's appearance was full of subtexts.
There, standing at Obama's side were Ditka and Buddy Ryan, the defensive coordinator with whom Ditka often feuded. Obama declared that their joint appearance was "a sign that anything is possible, even in Washington."
There was Ditka himself, a prototypical Chicagoan with a working-class ethic who turned down Republican entreaties in 2004 that he run against Obama for the U.S. Senate. Instead, he stuck with his job as a television sports commentator.
Good thing, Obama joked. "I would have been terrible on ESPN."
There, too, were defensive end Dent and linebacker Otis Wilson, who over time befriended Obama and became his workout partners.
But the remembrance was also bittersweet.
Payton, known as "Sweetness" and who retired as the NFL's all-time leading rusher after the 1987 season, died from a rare liver disease and bile duct cancer in 1999. According to a new book, Payton abused painkillers in retirement and became suicidal after football.
"Chicago still loves Sweetness," Obama said. Wilson said: "I think about him every day."
Perry was diagnosed in 2009 with Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disease that attacks the nervous system and can cause paralysis. He was unable to attend.
It was also a reminder of the game's punishing price.
McMahon has had memory issues, sometimes finding himself in a room and not remembering why he's there. And Obama paid tribute to Dave Duerson, a safety on the defense that was the backbone of the team, who committed suicide in February after asking his family to donate his brain to researchers studying the effect of head trauma in athletes.
"Hopefully lessons from his great struggle, with the kind of brain injuries those hits might have caused, will help today's players down the road," Obama said (ESPN, 2011).
Title: NFL Wants Two London Games
Date: October 9, 2011
Abstract: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is interested in adding a second regular-season game in London and says the move will be discussed at the owners meetings this week.
"It's been tremendously successful," Goodell said before the Buffalo Bills' game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. "Fan reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, and we want to build on that."
The commissioner said the league was happy with the game it played in Mexico City in 2005 -- the first regular-season game outside the United States -- but noted the NFL is focusing on adding a regular-season game in England.
The league played its first regular-season game in London in 2007 when the New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins 13-10. Since then, there have been three other annual games played at Wembley Stadium, and on Oct. 23 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take on the Chicago Bears in the English capital.
Goodell said that game is still not sold out, but attributed it to tickets not going on sale until after the lockout ended.
The commissioner touched on several other topics during a 35-minute question-and-answer session with about 100 Bills season-ticket holders in a large suite overlooking the field.
With the Oakland Raiders' flag flying at half-staff before the game at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Goodell continued to pay tribute to Raiders owner Al Davis, who died Saturday.
Goodell said a moment of silence will be held prior to every game this weekend. He added that the Raiders are making plans to honor Davis by adding a designation to their uniforms.
"He really was a legend of the game," Goodell said. "There's not many people who had the kind of impact on the game. He was a commissioner, he was an owner, he was a coach, he was a general manager, and he was passionate about the game of football. He loved the NFL as much as anybody I know."
Goodell also is happy with the "Bills In Toronto" games in which Buffalo is in the fourth year of a five-year agreement to play eight games -- including five regular-season games -- at Rogers Centre.
"I really think right now our focus would be on making what we've done here with the Bills playing the one game -- and the preseason game every other year -- into Toronto successful," he said. "The more we work on that and focus on that makes it even better for this market and for Toronto, because for us it's all one region in many ways."
Goodell also reiterated his confidence, and provided the biggest assurance so far, that the Bills will stay in Buffalo. Bills owner Ralph Wilson has said that he will not sell the team as long as he is still living.
"I hope Mr. Wilson's going to be around owning this team for a long time," Goodell said. "I spoke to him on Friday. ... Talk about a guy who loves the game of football, loves this community and loves the Bills. He has what he thinks are the right steps for the team. We will obviously work with him and work with the team to fulfill his wishes. I know he will do, and we are confident that we will do, what's in the best interest of this community and the NFL in general. I think that's being taken care of."
Wilson, who turns 93 this month, broke his hip in June and the injury prevented him from attending the Bills' first two home games.
Goodell, who is from nearby Jamestown, N.Y., attended Sunday's game with friends and family members, including his brother Bill. He planned to watch the game from the stands.
"It's a great stadium to watch the game," he said. "The Bills, the state and the county have done a great job in continuing to make improvements in the stadium to keep it competitive. But you have to continue to do that" (ESPN, 2011).
OBAMACSI.COM: The situation regarding the Philadelphia Eagles is strange. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has stated that the NFL forced him there, and the Eagles made national headlines by signing almost every NFL free agent on the market before the 2011 season. These moves prompted the slogan "Dream Team" in reference to the team that the Eagles have compiled. Unfortunately, the Eagles have not lived up to the hype, but nonetheless, they are still one of the most exciting teams in the NFL. Unfortunately, Philadelphia has been set up for massive riots, so if a terror attacks does occur at an Eagles game, we can expect massive riots, looting, and chaos in the aftermath. Also, the state of Pennsylvania has conducted multiple dirty bomb drills and surrounding states such as New York and Maryland have drilled dirty bomb response in Pennsylvania, particularly the Philadelphia area.
Title: Would It Be So Bad If The NFL Pushed Vick Toward The Eagles?
Date: August 18, 2011
Abstract: Collusion is bad. I don't want the NFL to be a place where the league decides what players go where, because it suits their purposes. Teams should build their rosters according to the capabilities of their own scouting staffs and talent evaluators.
So if what Michael Vick(notes) said happened -- that the league urged him to sign with Philadelphia and not Cincinnati or Buffalo -- really happened, then the league overstepped its bounds, and it's got some serious explaining to do to the Bills and Bengals organizations.
However, in this particular case, I think there's a devil's advocate argument to be made for what the league did. It was a super-unique situation that certainly introduced some shades of gray into the equation. If anti-collusion is the rule, is it not possible that some situation out there might merit an exception?
Rewind to 2009. You're Roger Goodell. You've got a player coming back into the league who is public relations thermite. With the previously unseen level of attention (and yes, hatred) aimed at him, his presence puts everyone in a dangerous position. If he makes one significant misstep, he, the team he plays for, and the entire league is under fire from every mainstream media source in the country.
On top of that, there's the "right thing to do" aspect. Michael Vick has pretty clearly demonstrated that he's not always going to make the best decisions in regard to who he surrounds himself with. If you're in a position to do so, don't you have some kind of responsibility to put him in a situation where he's going to be supported and given proper guidance?
And if you do, wouldn't it be the responsible thing to do to guide Vick away from Cincinnati and Buffalo? More Cincinnati than Buffalo, really. Neither is known as a cradle of player development, but do you really want Bengals owner Mike Brown(notes) to be the one guiding Michael Vick's life choices? You've got a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback there right now, and he'd rather retire from football entirely than play another down for that travesty of an organization.
That's where you want Vick? You want him sharing a locker room with Pacman Jones?
Or, you can steer him to the Eagles where the depth chart alone means that he'll be out of the spotlight for a little while. He's in one of the NFL's most stable organizations, playing for a coach who develops quarterbacks. If Vick was going to return to stardom, the process would be slow, and he wouldn't have to deal with the pressures of having to resurrect a team or being the face of anyone's franchise.
The league did something (and for the record, the league has yet to respond to Vick's claim, and I'm sure it'll deny steering any player toward any organization) that makes sense. As it's turned out, it was best for pretty much everyone involved. Maybe not the Bills or Bengals, but who knows what would have become of Vick had he gone to either of those teams?
Meanwhile, Vick has seemed to be on the right track, the league has another superstar, and because of the way Vick (and whoever else was helping steer the ship) handled his comeback, the league is a better, more interesting place
Should a terror event occur at an NFL stadium, it will likely occur at a feild owned by one of the NFL's Jewish owners. While a terror attacks could happen at any field, history shows us that terror attacks perpetrated by the Israeli Mossad usually occur against targets owned by Jewish interests, the Patria incident and 9/11 being prime examples. This allows control of the investigation and also allows the "victim" to profit immensly from insrance policies.
The ownership of the Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, and the Philadelphia Eagles are all owned by Jewish interests. This does not mean that a non-Jewish team will not be targeted, quite the contrary.
The franchise of the Green Bay Packers is owned by the city of Green Bay, a governmental organization, and may also serve as a possible staging ground for a false-flag terror attack. After all, if it can hapen in Green Bay, it can happen anywhere.
If Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, Texas, inolving both the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburg Steelers was any indication, these two teams might also be involved in another false-flag event. Super Bowl XLV in Dallas served as a staging ground for a nuclear false-flag terror attack that was subverted at the last minute by a document entitled The Nuclear Bible.
10. THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS
The Steelers were a team featured in Super Bowl XLV and they had the only NFL terror plot which specifically targeted their franchise. The state of Pennsylvania has conducted multiple dirty bomb drills and surrounding states such as New York and Maryland have drilled dirty bomb response in Pennsylvania .
11. THE BALTIMORE RAVENS
OBAMACSI.COM: Aside from being one of the featured teams in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's partnership with the NFL, Baltimore was the city in which a nuclear bomb was placed in an NFL stadium in the movie "The Sum of All Fears". The state of Maryland has also conducted dirty bomb drills, and surrounding states such as New York and Pennsylvania have drilled dirty bomb response in Maryland, particularly the Baltimore area.
12. THE NEW YORK GIANT & JETS
OBAMACSI.COM: New York has conducted the most dirty bomb drills of any U.S. state to date, and should a dirty bomb explode at a New York Giants or Jets game it will occur in New Jersey where the stadium is located. The state of New Jersey has gained international fame as of late with MTV's reality show entitled Jersey Shore, so should something happen in New Jersey, the entire world will know exactly where it occurred.
13. OPERATION URBAN SHIELD & MOUNTAIN GUARDIAN
OBAMACSI.COM: The NFL's partnership with the U.S. Deparment of Homeland Security features 5 NFL franchises: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, and the Chicago Bears. Aside from these teams, the News England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders may also be targeted. Boston was home to Operation Urban Shield, a full-scale terror drill, and has conducted a number of dirty bomb terror drills of late. The San Francisco bay area was also home to Operation Urban Shield and also featured an NFL shooting outside Candlestick Park at the beginning of the NFL season.
Operation Mountain Guardian, which occurred in Denver, Colorado, on September 23, 2011, involved over 100 local, state, and federal agencies. These agencies drilled for terror attacks at Park Meadows Mall, Smedley Elementary School, Denver Union Station, Community College of Aurora (Lowry Campus), Denver International Airport, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Denver Health Medical Center, University of Colorado Hospital, Catholic Charities (NW Denver), and Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Based on these last three major terror drill operations, it can be concluded that the new concept of simultaneous terror attacks at multiple locations appears to be next stage in the war on terror. This change in "counter-terror" policy is likely due to two distinct events; the 2006 Sears Tower false-flag terror plot in Chicago which was foiled by Army Captain Eric May, and the foiled false-flag nuclear terror attack at 2011 Super Bowl.
The U.S. government and its terror sidekick Israel have apparently shifted terror gears in a desperate attempt to fly under the false-flag radar and to recapture the element of surprise. With the national Emergency Alert System being activated weeks after these terror drills concluded, it unfortunately confirms that massive false-flag terror attacks are planned for the near future. These attacks will likely be committed in a desperate attempt to save the presidency of U.S. President Barack Obama and possibly institute martial law in America.
14 SUPER BOWL XLV
OBAMACSI.COM: If there was any doubt that the NFL is working with or is part of the military industrial complex, the 2011 Super Bowl was the answer. Super Bowl XLV was chosen as the prime location where a nuclear terror attack would occur and there is a host of evidence that substantiates this claim. Given this premise, it should come as no surprise that the NFL would therefore serve as a staging ground for lesser acts of terrorism such as dirty bombs or active shooters in the near future.
Title: The Nuclear Bible:
Date: January 28, 2011
Source: Nuclear Bible
Abstract: The Nuclear Bible is a FREE EBOOK which was distributed worldwide via the internet on January 28, 2011.
The Nuclear Bible is composed of over 1,000 news articles which ultimately connect the dots of an upcoming false-flag nuclear terror attack.
Due to the 30-60 second nature of a nuclear explosion, it is highly likely that the Super Bowl, World Cup, NBA Finals, World Series or Olympics will be targeted with millions watching on LIVE TV.
Unfortunately, Pakistan has been set up over the last 30 years as the scapegoat of all terror and nuclear proliferation. "Revolutions" in the Middle East are now likely to domino all the way to Pakistan where alleged terrorists will gain access to Pakistan's nuclear arsenal.
Therefore, it is imperative that the information contained within The Nuclear Bible be forwarded to media and governmental agencies worldwide so that we can collectively avoid this impending nuclear holocaust and the World War III scenario (Nuclear Bible, 2011).