2012 NATO summit

Chicago To Host Nuclear Security Summit 2016

This morning, I found out Chicago will be hosting another international summit two years from now. Stacy St. Clair reported on the Chicago Tribune website a short time ago:

President Barack Obama will host the next nuclear security summit in Chicago in 2016, once again gathering world leaders in his hometown for a major international event.

Obama made the announcement this morning at the end of this year’s summit in the Netherlands, where the leaders from 53 countries participated. The exact date has not been announced.

This would be the second major international gathering held in Chicago during Obama’s presidency. In 2012, the city hosted a NATO summit that drew representatives from more than 60 countries as well as a sizeable group of protestors from around North America…

Ah yes, the protesters. I’m sure the Chicago Police Department are thrilled to hear of this announcement.

Here’s some video of the “civil disobedience” taking place at this year’s Nuclear Security Summit at The Hague:


“The Netherlands: Nuclear Security Summit draws protests”
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Not much unruliness going on from what I can see. Still, two years from now economic conditions may be significantly worse, with the gathering serving as a focal point for increased discontent.

For all you Chicagoans hoping to get out of Dodge during the summit, like St. Clair said, nothing’s been scheduled yet. However, the prior three summits have all taken place in late March-first part of April, if that helps.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

St. Clair, Stacy. “Obama to host nuclear security summit in Chicago in 2016.” Chicago Tribune. 25 Mar. 2014. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-obama-to-host-nuclear-security-summit-in-chicago-in-2016-20140325,0,5154031.story). 25 Mar. 2014.

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Chicago NATO Summit Protesters In My Backyard

Last week in my neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side, I spotted some individuals who didn’t look like they were from around here.

While walking down the street Monday morning, my girlfriend ran into some guy who also appeared out of place.

While I hear there are some burglars operating in this part of town, I guessed these were probably the vanguard of thousands of protesters expected to arrive in the Windy City for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit over the next few days.

And tonight, with seemingly nothing else better to do, a group of protesters chose- of all places- to hang out behind my building, which is adjacent to railroad tracks belonging to the regional train system (Metra).

Turning in somewhat early tonight (10:45 PM- long week, not much sleep), I heard loud voices coming from somewhere outside. Seeing that this is a Friday evening, in which my building/neighborhood is typically hopping, I assumed one of the neighbors was having people over. But while closing up shop, I spotted several individuals partially-secluded by bushes just beyond the parking lot and some landscaping that comprises my “backyard.” I originally thought they were some local teens who sometimes hang out there sharing a cigarette, but these voices sounded older. Buttoning up the rest of my pad for the night I noticed that this obnoxiously-loud group still hadn’t left several minutes later. Around 11 PM, a Metra passenger train barreled down the line- at which point one of these schmucks rushed the tracks in a mock suicide attempt. Probably guessing that train operators called the incident in, five young men emerged from the dark and spilled out into my backyard- but not before one of them tried to rip a young tree out from the edge of the parking pad. Not having the strength to remove this perennial from the ground, another person came over to help his defeated buddy.

Needless to say… Charlie Brown’s X-Mas Tree 1, Wimpy Dudes 0.

Shortly thereafter, the small group finally exited the parking lot down a side drive and onto the main thoroughfare in front of my building.

Good riddance.

So who were these chumps? Almost certainly NATO Summit protesters judging by their backpacks. I also think they were underage considering the many popular waterholes located just down the street from me.

Hopefully, these guys won’t be back tomorrow night. But I intend to stick around just in case their aspirations go beyond trying to dismantle a menacing young tree.

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Friday, May 18th, 2012 Civil Strife, Crime 1 Comment

Black Bloc, Terrorists Could Threaten Chicago NATO Summit

Activity continues to grow surrounding the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit taking place here in Chicago this weekend and into early next week. From the Chicago Tribune this afternoon:

The first rally of the NATO protest weekend went off peacefully but groups of protesters conducted impromptu marches afterward on downtown streets that Chicago police tried to contain.

The two groups of protesters that had been marching through the Loop converged at Michigan Avenue shortly before 3 p.m.

Police, who had allowed the groups to wander through Loop streets largely unrestricted, stopped them halfway across the Michigan Avenue bridge, not allowing them to go further north.

On the bridge, one protester in a black shirt and Mohawk jumped up and pulled down a NATO banner on the bridge. Police officers quickly surrounded him, put him on the ground, and handcuffed him. One police officer appeared to strike her head on the bridge during the incident. Another protester obtained a police officer’s baton and threw it across the bridge…

Loop workers watched the impromptu march from their offices windows as the downtown streets seemed devoid of the typical tourist traffic often found in Chicago on warm Friday afternoons.

Drivers became impatient, however, as demonstrators snarled traffic by walking among cars and bringing the streets to a standstill.

The rally was far from the angry, violent protests seen at other gatherings of world leaders…

While I’d like to think the summit will remain that way, significant threats to law and order could come from the “Black Bloc” and terrorists. So what exactly is the Black Bloc? From Phil Rogers on the website of Chicago NBC affiliate Channel 5 this past Tuesday:

As Chicago prepares for the NATO Summit this weekend, police in other cities, and even some veteran demonstrators are offering some advice: “beware of the black bloc”.

Black Bloc demonstrators are self-styled anarchists who appear at large demonstrations, often at world summits, and are known for inciting violence.

From Reuters’ Andrew Stern on MSNBC.com that same day:

The main risk, security experts said, is that so-called “BlackBloc” anarchists will wreak havoc.

A recent tweet posted on the Twitter site of #blackbloc, a shadowy anarchist group, said: “#blackbloc comrades, keep a low profile till u are forced 2 act. We do no 1 any good in jail all day.”

If recent reports shared on an unofficial Chicago Police Department blog are to be believed, Black Bloc demonstrators will make their presence known in the Windy City in the coming days. From Second City Cop yesterday morning:

Has anyone been checking the Greyhound Station lately? Because our network people who are monitoring the subversives relate the following:

• According to their counting, 700 members of “anonymous” are arriving from the East Coast;
• 1200 are arriving from the West Coast;
• upwards of 3300 members of the “black bloc” and associated groups are coming from Canada and Seattle;

All of this prior to Friday. Is there a bit of bravado and exaggeration in those numbers? Undoubtedly. But the ones that do show up are going to be the truly dedicated assholes just itching to disrupt, damage and destroy.

View more videos at: http://nbcchicago.com.

And then there’s the threat of terrorism. Andrew Stern wrote in a piece on the Reuters website last night:

The FBI said on Thursday there was “absolutely no indication” of a terror attack threat in Chicago, although the city was considered a potential target even before President Barack Obama and other leaders meet for this weekend’s NATO summit.

FBI agent Ross Rice said the agency will be on heightened alert in Chicago, with extra agents brought in to react if its intelligence network sniffs out a plot. The FBI has agents in 70 countries, gathering intelligence.

“Several international terrorist groups have elevated Chicago in their mind to their No. 1 target for terrorist attack,” Rice said in an interview at the U.S. government’s nerve center inside a non-descript suburban Chicago office complex. Reporters were asked to keep the location secret.

“But there’s absolutely no indication that we’ve developed that any group or organization has a plan afoot to disrupt the summit this week,” Rice said.

Jeff Coen also talked about the potential threat from terrorism during the NATO Summit and wrote on the Chicago Tribune website last Friday:

Experts agreed that although any pooling of world leaders presumably makes for a tempting target for the likes of al-Qaida and other networks, the city is probably not under any more serious threat than usual.

As I type this from Chicago’s northwest side late this afternoon- here’s hoping the experts are right.

Sources:

“Thousands rally, hundreds then march.” Chicago Tribune. 18 May 2012. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/natosummit/chi-first-nato-weekend-rally-unfolds-at-daley-plaza-20120518,0,5210924.story). 18 May 2012.

Rogers, Phil. “Police, Peaceful Protesters: Beware the “Black Bloc” Channel 5 Chicago. 15 May 2012. (http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-nato-summit-protesters-black-bloc-151650715.html). 18 May 2012.

Stern, Andrew. “Chicago braces for violence at NATO summit.” Reuters. 15 May 2012. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47439309#.T7a8rVIUP8l). 18 May 2012.

SCC. “Those Whom the Gods Would Destroy…” Second City Cop. 17 May 2012. (http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2012/05/those-whom-gods-would-destroy.html). 18 May 2012.

Stern, Andrew. “’No indication’ of terror threat to Chicago NATO summit-FBI.” Reuters. 17 May 2012. (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/17/nato-summit-security-idUSL1E8GHDSN20120517). 18 May 2012.

Coen, Jeff. “Terrorism at NATO summit viewed as improbable, not impossible.” Chicago Tribune. 11 May 2012. (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-05-11/news/ct-met-nato-summit-terrorism-risk-0511-20120511_1_nato-summit-summit-events-nato-host-committee). 18 May 2012.

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Chicago NATO Summit Overhyped?

Leaders from around the world are gathering in Chicago this spring for an important diplomatic summit hosted by President Barack Obama. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold meetings in Chicago from May 20-21, allowing the city to highlight its economic vitality, its arts and architecture, and its can-do spirit.

• This will be the first time an American city other than Washington has hosted a NATO summit.
• About 2,000 journalists from across the world are expected in Chicago to chronicle the events.

-From the Official Host Committee Website for the Chicago NATO Summit

It’s still a couple of days before the NATO Summit kicks-off here in Chicago, but activity related to the meetings is picking up. From Maudlyne Ihejirika and Rummana Hussain yesterday on the Chicago Sun-Times website:

After assessing the protests held thus far as a lead-up to the NATO Summit, “I think we’re off to a pretty good start,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Wednesday.

That was after another day that saw protests downtown, including an Occupy Chicago-organized rally and march by about 150 people Wednesday morning, where participants demanded a year-long moratorium on foreclosure evictions in Cook County.

By Wednesday afternoon, McCarthy said, his police department had overseen four major protests he said involved less than 300 people — and made 12 arrests…

However, he said, “So far, the events have been orderly. We’re equipped. We’re trained. And at this point, we feel that we’re off to a good, successful start, and we’re actually excited to get this done.”

Partly due to the small sizes and relative calm of these initial protests, some are suggesting the summit- and forecasts of tens of thousands of protesters seriously-impacting law and order around the city- has been overhyped. Brian C. Thomas blogged in Your Doubting Thomas (part of the Chicago Tribune’s ChicagoNow website) yesterday:

Here we are. NATO week. Our media has been in a collective frenzy about NATO and the commensurate mass protests and road closures. For over a month, NATO has been the story with underlying fear and trepidation.

I want to yell at the television: Hey! We’re Chicagoans, we got this!

Major cities close down when there is half inch of snow– we’re open for business the day after getting dumped with 30 inches– guys, we can handle a couple protesters.

A word of advice, Brian. Don’t yell at the TV- lest you want your significant other to give you endless grief about it.

And here’s some anonymous comments I came across while reading a May 15 post on the unofficial Chicago Police Department blog Second City Cop:

• “There will be loser protesters but not near as many as they think.”
• “Personally, I’m not intimidated by a bunch of aging hippies and school aged narcissists.”
• “All they have to do is lock their mother’s basements where these malcontent idiots live and that will be about 50% fewer protesters out there spewing their nonsense and causing trouble.”

Mooooooommmmmm!!! All kidding aside, who knows how many protesters will be showing up in the Windy City to protest these meetings. But they’re already arriving. From Kim Janssen on the Chicago Sun-Times website yesterday afternoon:

They’re here, and more are coming — lots more.

The first major busload of out-of-town anti-NATO protesters arrived in Chicago Wednesday evening.

Sixteen hours after they pulled off from a dark New York street corner at 4 a.m., more than 40 tired but excited Occupy Wall Street activists stepped down onto a leafy Lincoln Park block at 7 p.m. wearing Robin Hood masks…

An additional 16 buses — funded, like the Occupy Wall Street bus, out of a $218,000 donation from anonymous donors and National Nurses United — are due to arrive in time for Friday’s “Robin Hood Tax” rally from Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Providence and Washington, D.C.

While those who dismiss the upcoming NATO Summit and its “hype” are entitled to do so, it might be best to wait and see how things play out. There are a number of X-factors out there that probably don’t register on the radars of casual observers of these events.

More later…


Skinny Puppy, “Pro-Test” (2004)
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Sources:

Hussain, Rummana and Ihejirika, Maudlyne. “Top cop on NATO: ‘We’re off to a pretty good start.’” Chicago Sun-Times. 16 May 2012. (http://www.suntimes.com/news/12568934-418/top-cop-on-nato-were-off-to-a-pretty-good-start.html). 17 May 2012.

Thomas, Brian C. “Chicago and NATO: Have we proven we’re a first class cow town?” Your Doubting Thomas. 16 May 2012. (http://www.chicagonow.com/your-doubting-thomas/2012/05/chicago-and-nato-have-we-proven-we%E2%80%99re-a-first-class-cow-town/). 17 May 2012.

SCC. “It Begins.” Second City Cop. 15 May 2012. (http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2012/05/it-begins.html). 17 May 2012.

Janssen, Kim. “Busloads of protesters head to Chicago for NATO Summit.” Chicago Sun-Times. 16 May 2012. (http://www.suntimes.com/12572016-417/busloads-of-protesters-head-to-chicago-for-nato-summit.html). 17 May 2012.

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Thursday, May 17th, 2012 Mainstream Media, Public Safety No Comments

Evacuation Plan Uncovered For Chicago Residents Should NATO Summit Get Out Of Control

One more post for local readers before I switch into “doomsday mode” for the next couple of days. It seems an evacuation plan is in place for Chicago residents should next month’s NATO summit require it. Mike Parker wrote on the website of CBS affiliate Channel 2 (Chicago) Wednesday night (hat tip Second City Cop blog):

Is there a secret plan to evacuate some residents of Chicago in the event of major trouble during the NATO summit next month? CBS 2 has uncovered some evidence that there is. It comes from the Milwaukee area branch of the American Red Cross.

CBS 2 News has obtained a copy of a Red Cross e-mail sent to volunteers in the Milwaukee area.

It said the NATO summit “may create unrest or another national security incident. The American Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin has been asked to place a number of shelters on standby in the event of evacuation of Chicago.”

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

According to Parker, the Red Cross chapter spokesperson said the directive came from the City of Chicago and the Secret Service. The veteran reporter added that the City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications said the directive did not come from them, while the Secret Service did not return calls for comment.

Needless to say, a number of downtown Chicago residents are concerned.

With an event like a NATO summit, obviously anything can happen. Some point to this directive as proof the federal government knows the “Windy City” could be in for a lot of trouble. Others claim a “false flag” event is being set up. My biggest concern is not so much of civil disobedience transforming into civil strife, but rather the summit being the target of terrorism. In which case, I’m glad to hear some initiative is being taken in putting together an evacuation plan should it be necessary.

Source:

Parker, Mike. “Milwaukee Red Cross Told To Prep For Chicago Evacuation During NATO Summit.” Channel 2 (Chicago). 25 Apr. 2012. (http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/04/25/milwaukee-red-cross-told-to-prep-for-chicago-evacuation-during-nato-summit/). 27 Apr. 2012.

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Update On Chicagoland Military Training Exercise

Some more insight into the U.S. military training exercise being conducted this week around the Chicagoland area. Editor Jean Lotus wrote on the Forest Park Review website yesterday afternoon:

Things got choppy in Forest Park last night between 8 and 9:30 p.m. as five helicopters from the U.S. Special Forces participated in training exercises that involved landing and taking off from the village-owned property behind the Altenheim…

Participating were Special Operations military personnel from multiple branches of the military, said a U.S. military spokesperson, who declined to give his name.

“We had some multiple tactical scenarios for upcoming mission deployments these units all have. We landed helicopters at the Altenheim,” he said…

The exercises were “not tied to the NATO visit in Chicago in any way,” he said. “These exercises have been planned since February, 2011.”

Lotus reported that the training was being coordinated by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) out of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, “which coordinates helicopter trainings around the country to ‘meet mandatory training certifications,’ according to the CEMC [City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications] website.”

I wonder if Forest Park first responders found themselves unexpectedly busy during the drill- seeing that the Altenheim is a senior citizen’s home. What a spectacle that must have been for the residents.

Source:

Lotus, Jean. “New use for the Altenheim: Special Ops training.” Forest Park Review. 19 Apr. 2012. (http://forestparkreview.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=38&ArticleID=6470). 20 Apr. 2012.

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Military Training Exercise Moving To Chicago Suburbs

Here’s the latest on that “routine military training exercise” going on around the Chicagoland area from April 16-19. Michelle Stoffel reported on the TribLocal (Chicago Tribune) website this morning:

The U.S. military will be using the vacant Sheraton Northwest hotel for training exercises Thursday, police said this week.

Military personnel will land helicopters on the hotel, sometime during the late afternoon or evening, Arlington Heights Police Capt. Nicholas Pecora said.

The U.S. military informed Arlington Heights police they would use the former hotel for urban battle training, but did not disclose their particular mission, he said. Arlington Heights also informed neighboring Palatine and Rolling Meadows of the exercises.

The same military unit was swooping around downtown Chicago Monday as part of a similar exercise.

I don’t know about you, but the exercise is sounding less like civil strife/martial law training to me. And as I mentioned in that April 16 piece, the military already has significant urban warfare training resources and facilities at their disposal.

Therefore, I have to wonder if it’s a counter-terrorism drill in advance of the upcoming NATO summit in May, or in anticipation of something else?

Perhaps even some posturing as well?

“Inquiring minds want to know.”

Source:

Stoffel, Michelle. “Military training exercises planned for Thursday.” TribLocal. 18 Apr. 2012. (http://triblocal.com/arlington-heights/2012/04/18/military-training-exercises-planned-for-thursday/). 18 Apr. 2012.

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