US Super Bowl: Militarization

The militarization of corporate sport and its spectacles such as the NFL Super Bowl is justified by the “war on terrorism” Yet, according to the U.S. military’s own super_bowl_xlviii_event assessment “no credible terrorist threats to Super Bowl XLV or its associated events and venues,” as revealed by WILLIAM M. ARKIN in 2012.

) – Janet “The American Commandant” Napolitano, the Secretary of Homeland Security, must be a hell of a football fan. She’s employing the full might of the Department’s “If You See Something, Say Something” ™ public awareness campaign to secure Super Bowl XLVI. Napolitano has toured the security operations at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, overseeing the additional security being brought in to screen cargo, secure the air space and provide security screening.

No less than the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey has also delivered a Super Bowl message to the troops. The Defense Logistics Agency began planning the left hook to Afghanistan in June. They have now delivered thousands of pounds of mozzarella cheese sticks, jalapeno poppers, chicken mini bites, chicken wings, pork and beef meatballs, turkey wings, chili, pizza, french fries, onion rings, potato chips and non-alcoholic beer to wash it all down. Ironic, I guess, that America’s warriors in the field will be the only Americans not drinking; but then so many aren’t old enough to drink.

And it isn’t just homeland security and the Pentagon who are involved.  The FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center are monitoring the intelligence.  I don’t know how many feds or intelligence people are involved in this year’s event, but for the last Patriots-Giants meeting in Super Bowl 42, according to a briefing I have, security included:

  •  300+ personnel working interior
  • 500+ personnel working exterior
  • 600+ specialty personnel available
  • 60+ agencies involved in planning
  • 24+ months of planning & preparation
  • 8 Interoperability Meetings specifically related to Super Bowl
    • 90+ attendees, 50+ agencies represented

Here how the Arizona battlefield looked then:

For last year’s Super Bowl, the combined federal agencies issued a nine page “for official use only” intelligence report, suggesting properly cleared personnel should consult the further intelligence available on the Secret-level SIPRNET and the Top Secret-level JWICS.

But here was the punchline; the report said: “The FBI, DHS, the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC), and Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex-area (DFW-area) law enforcement agencies have identified no credible terrorist threats to Super Bowl XLV or its associated events and venues.  Nevertheless, the Super Bowl’s high profile could make it a desirable target for violent organizations or individuals seeking to exploit intense media coverage to promote their cause.”

I know, I know, this is important, this Superist of American battles.

Sorce: William M. Arkin Online


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