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Coast Guard says security incident involved ‘routine training exercise’ September 11, 2009

Posted by scmla in Drill Report.

This is one of many reports of the Coast Guard incident (in this case, a timeline from USAToday). As usual, I’m not buying the official story on this one. Was this a false flag foiled? Time will tell.

Two things to keep in mind–1) the drills were run concurrently and went live on 9/11, thus having a successful false flag attack, and 2) they, the power elite, are itching for us to jump early. Remain calm, keep your eyes peeled, but this is very suspicious.
— Silver

Coast Guard says security incident involved ‘routine training exercise’

CNN is reporting that the Coast Guard has fired on a boat on the Potomac River.

Update at 10:10 a.m. ET: The report of some activity on the river comes only minutes after President Obama concluded 9/11 memorial ceremonies at the Pentagon not far away.

Update at 10:12 a.m. ET:
CNN says the Coast Guard fired 10 rounds at the boat.

Update at 10:14 a.m. ET: CNN broadcasts what it says is audio of the Coast Guard apparently speaking to a suspicious boat. The Coast Guard speaker is heard saying; “Slow down or you will be fired on.”

Update at 10:27 a.m. ET: The AP quotes the Coast Guard as saying training was being conducted in Potomac River moments before Obama motorcade crossed.

Update at 10:30 a.m. ET:
CNN quotes two police sources as saying the incident was a possible Coast Guard training exercise.

Update at 10:32 a.m. ET: Fox News quotes Coast Guard Chief Keith Moore as saying no shots were fired as part of the exercise.

Update at 10:33 a.m. ET: Reuters quotes an FBI spokeswoman as saying the agency was told by the Coast Guard that no shots were fired at a boat in the Potomac.

Update at 10: 41 a.m. ET: NBC’s Pete Williams, quoting a “senior Coast Guard official,” says the incident was just an exercise to “challenge response times.”

Williams says the exercise was strictly a “radio exercise” and did not involve any boats or any firing by the Coast Guard. Williams reports that a “citizen” overheard the radio exercise and passed that along to some news organizations, which broadcast reports of possible shot being fired.

Update at 10: 53 a.m. ET: USA TODAY’s Kevin Johnson reports that the Coast Guard say that no shots were fired and that the incident involved a “radio exercise.” Johnson says the Coast Guard is preparing a statement for release in a few moments, which we will carry.

Update at 12:01 p.m. ET: Here is a statement on the incident from the Coast Guard:

The U.S. Coast Guard reported on Friday that reports in the media were based on overheard radio calls made over a training frequency and that no shots were fired during the exercise. The exercise was planned in advance and was being conducted on a marine radio frequency reserved for Coast Guard training and operations. No recreational boaters were involved in this training exercise. We are still gathering information of how this training event might have been misconstrued as an actual incident. We will conduct a thorough review of this incident.

Coast Guard boats were operating in the vicinity of 14th Street and Memorial Bridges this morning. Whether or not these were the same boats using the marine radio frequency used for training purposes has not yet been confirmed. The best way that we in the Coast Guard can remember Sept. 11 and our security obligations to the nation is to be always ready and this requires constant training and exercise. To ensure the appropriate readiness posture we conduct training scenarios across the nation on a daily basis.

How and when this exercised was conducted will be reviewed.

Update at 12:07 p.m. ET: Vice Adm. John Currier, Coast Guard chief of staff, tells reporters that the incident was a “low profile, normal training exercise” that, he says, is done everyday.

Update at 12:24 p.m. ET: Currier says there will be a top to bottom review of the incident and that changes, if warranted, will be made to their training protocols, including how they interact with the media.

He says the normal procedure is to announce “This is a drill” before and after such exercises, and that while he has not heard the tapes of this particular incident, he has a “high degree of confidence” that normal protocols were followed.

He also says the incident involved maneuvers by four small Coast Guard vessels operating on the Potomac, but that no shots were fired.

Currier says other agencies were not notified because of the low-profile and routine nature of the event.

Asked why some police units were seen around the Potomac area after the incident, he replied: “What you see here is a loop between what actually happened, press reports, and the uncertainty that was generated by that because of the high profile of the press reports. Other agencies due to that uncertainty reacted as they normally would, they dispatched units.”

He also confirmed that the FAA briefly grounded flights out of nearby Reagan National Airport as a response to the media coverage.

“Radio intercepts generated intense media coverage, and, justifiably so, but what you saw is this spiral up,” Currier say. He says one area they will examine is “press engagement” and that they may ask the media for input.

Update at 12:39 p.m. ET: CNN’s Jeanne Meserve, who covered the breaking story, says CNN contacted the Guard Guard before airing their first report to ask what was happening, based on the radio intercepts and activity in the river. She said, “They couldn’t tell us. They didn’t know what was happening.”

CNN also broadcast excerpts of the audio of what turned out to be an exercise in which one person is heard shouting “slow down … or you will be fired on.” She also says that in other excerpts a person is saying “10 shots have been extended, we are going ino to assess the situation.” Meserve says there was no indication that this was a drill.”

Posted by Doug Stanglin at 10:09 AM/ET, September 11, 2009 in Remembering Sept. 11 | Permalink


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