Vivisection: The Practice of Animal Experimentation

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Call to Action: Complaint – Medical Malpractice Related to Unnecessary Surgery

“We are all, collectively, disgusted and dismayed at the concept of the Oregon State University (OSU) partnering with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct cruel and unnecessary sterilization experiments on federally protected wild fillies and mares.  It is unconscionable and we do NOT want it to proceed and we surely don’t want to watch/observe it.  We want to STOP IT!!!

Many times our readers ask what they can do to help, how can they make a difference, what can be done to stop the madness…well here is your chance to speak out.

Printed below is a letter, minus your personal contact information, that you can update, print out, snail mail or email electronically to OSU and even cut and paste into the United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s web form page.  We also have provided a link where you can download the letter in Word along with the contact information.

So have at it and please proceed with haste; enter your contact information and let it fly…the wild mares are running out of time.

If you need any assistance, feel free to contact me, personally, at rt@rtfitch.com or rtfitch@wildhorsefreedomfederation.org.

Get after it, my friends, spread the word…you have the tools!” ~ R.T.


Send To:

1.) Oregon State Veterinary Medical Examining Board
800 NE Oregon Street, Ste. 407
Portland, Oregon 97232

ovmeb.info@state.or.us

Attn: Veterinary Board Investigator

Re: Leon Peilstick, DVM

https://www.oregon.gov/OVMEB/Pages/howtofile.aspx
2.) United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (web form)

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalwelfare/complaint-form


July 22, 2016

Oregon State Veterinary Medical Examining Board
800 NE Oregon Street, Ste. 407
Portland, Oregon 97232

ovmeb.info@state.or.us

Attn: Veterinary Board Investigator

Re: Complaint – Medical Malpractice Related to Unnecessary Surgery

Medical Malpractice Related to Unnecessary Surgery

By Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C.

Unnecessary surgery is a type of medical malpractice. A form of medical malpractice that has become an alarming and growing problem in the U.S. is unnecessary surgery.

This type of malpractice can lead to life-threatening complications and completely alter an individual’s life. When a surgeon performs an unnecessary surgery, it is an act of medical negligence. Doctors should take every precaution before deciding to prescribe any type of invasive surgery to a patient. When there is a failure to do this and it results in unnecessary surgery, they may be held legally liable. Unnecessary surgery can lead to serious or even life-threatening complications. Some of the risks include hemorrhaging, damage to organs, infection, amputation and anesthesia errors. Putting animals through unnecessary surgery where they face complications that could significantly alter their life is a form of medical negligence.”

The facilities in violation include the Oregon State University (OSU) & the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). BLM facility locations are the Burns Oregon and Hines Oregon wild horse holding locations but this complaint is in conjunction with any and all other government or private facility under direction of the BLM.

The Oregon State licensed veterinarian in violation of this medical malpractice related to unnecessary surgery is Leon Pelistick; and others – names of which are unknown to me at this time.

Name: PIELSTICK, LEON G DVM
Location: BURNS OR 97720
License Type: Veterinarian
License #: 1282
License Status: Active
Initially Licensed: 7/20/1973
License Expires: 12/31/2016
 

The United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in conjunction with the Oregon State University, is planning a cruel and completely unnecessary sterilization “research” which includes dangerous experimentation on pregnant wild horse mares. The surgeries will be overseen by the University’s Veterinary School. In coordination with BLM, veterinarians have been assembled by Oregon State University (OSU) to conduct these unnecessary and dangerous surgeries. Three additional veterinarians licensed in the State of Oregon will conduct the procedures.

Dr. Charles Mayo, of the famous Mayo Clinic, stated:

“I abhor vivisection … it should be abolished … I know of no discovery that could not have been obtained without it…”

What is vivisection? Vivisection is the practice of animal experimentation. This can include administering drugs, infecting with diseases, poisoning for toxicity testing, brain damaging, maiming, binding, and other painful and invasive procedures.

Don Moore, DVM is a respected Veterinarian who has extensive knowledge about wild horses and wild horse behavior. He states, “The three surgical procedures for permanent sterilization of mares described in the mare sterilization research project, ovariectomy via colopotomy, tubal ligation and hysteroscopically-guided laser ablation of the oviduct papilla all require certain pre-operative and post-operative considerations for aseptic surgical protocol and pain management.

Pre-operative bloodwork and a thorough examination are always performed on the relatively few domestic mares which are spayed. Other options other than surgery are always considered first due to the risk involved with any of these procedures. Aseptic surgical protocol and pain management is the standard of care for each and every surgery or the performing veterinarian would undoubtedly be sued by the owner and reprimanded by the state veterinary board.

Wild mares will not have their surgeries performed in a sterile surgical suite. Their surgery will be performed in a non-sterile chute or standing in stocks at the local BLM facility without the benefit of the routine standard of care. Unlike domestic mare who are easily handled, the very handling of these wild mares presents additional pre-operative stressors, which cannot be mitigated.

The BLM does not possess the statutory authority to treat America’s wild free roaming mares as research test subjects to perform surgeries which are not the standard care for domestic mares.

This type of trial and error butchery is a violation of the least feasible management clause of the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

Mass experimental surgeries performed under these conditions outlined in the proposal amounts to negligence and abuse. I believe experiments such as this proposal are unethical, inhumane and unwarranted. Any veterinarian(s) who would perform these experiments is in violation of the oath taken as a graduating veterinarian, ‘above all else, do no harm’. If a veterinarian in private practice performed these procedures in the manner described in this document, they would most certainly be reported to and disciplined by the regulatory board of that state. Discipline would likely mean suspension of that veterinarian’s license to practice in that state.”

Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse, is the human infliction of suffering or harm upon any nonhuman animal, for purposes other than self-defense or survival. Experimenting on wild horses and burros is cruel, inhumane and absolutely unnecessary. BLM and Oregon State’s cruel, inhumane torture of and experimentation on our wild horses is absolutely not acceptable. In no way does this sterilization proposal conform to the minimally intrusive management on the range that the Congressionally Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 demands to protect these wild creatures.

 Sterilization is a term referring to any process that eliminates (removes) or kills (deactivates) all forms of life.  Sterilizing a wild horse or burro herd is the opposite of the intent of the 1971 Wild Free-roaming Horse and Burro Act (WFRHBA) and it fails to analyze an alternative that follows the Congressional Act that states, the wild horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death’. It would be anomalous to infer that by authorizing the custodian of the wild free roaming horses and burros to “manage” them, Congress intended to permit the animals’ custodian to subvert the primary policy of the statute by harassing and experimenting on the very animals that congress sought to protect from being killed and harassed and captured and removed from the wild.

The thinking, feeling animals who are used in experiments are treated like nothing more than disposable laboratory equipment. They are not only physically traumatized but they are psychologically traumatized and all of this is done unnecessarily. Animal experimentation is an inherently unethical practice. Under conceptual approaches to animal cruelty, performing unnecessary experiments or demonstrations upon animals that cause them substantial pain or distress may be viewed as cruelty.

There is nothing sterile about a holding facility, and these are wild mares that are going to be absolutely terrified by being confined in this chute and having an incision made in their vaginas so the veterinarian’s arm can reach in and rip out their ovaries. The possibility of the mares panicking despite the sedation is high, and they could break their necks in the chute. They can also die from sedation, or their hearts can stop from sheer terror. The sterilization procedures that BLM is proposing to conduct on federally protected wild mares are dangerous, costly and impractical for use in the field, including any BLM holding facility due to the serious health risks they pose to the horses and their unborn foals. BLM’s cruel, inhumane torture of and experimentation on our wild horses is absolutely not acceptable and in no way conforms to the minimally intrusive management on the range that the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 was passed to ensure.

More information:

https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/56292/75587/83697/Decision_Record_-_May_2016.pdf

Your action is urgently needed to prevent the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) plans to conduct cruel and unethical and unnecessary sterilization experiments on wild horses, including painful and life-threatening surgeries on pregnant mares and young fillies in non-sterile environments. The first sterilization experiments are slated to occur any day now in partnership with Oregon State University and under the direction of Leon Pelistick, DVM. Unless halted, these unnecessary and brutal experiments will begin immediately.

Sincerely,


Send To:

1) Oregon State Veterinary Medical Examining Board 800 NE Oregon Street, Ste. 407 Portland, Oregon 97232 ovmeb.info@state.or.us Attn: Veterinary Board Investigator Re: Leon Peilstick, DVM
https://www.oregon.gov/OVMEB/Pages/howtofile.aspx
  2) United States Department of Agriculture  Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (web form)
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalwelfare/complaint-form

To download in Word:  https://app.box.com/s/5ivxbqs9kpdsxl1d4qkf5i3l46bmvjfx

 

Resources:

Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Call to Action: Complaint – Medical Malpractice Related to ..

What is Vivisection? | About NEAVS

OVMEB How to file a complaint – oregon.gov

Veterinary Medical Examining Board About Us –

State of Oregon: Veterinary Medical Examining…

Pending Processor Applications – Oregon

 

Hospitals Prepare for Mass Emergency at the Republican and the Democratic National Convention

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RNC hosp– Photo: Emergency personnel wait with stretchers at the emergency entrance to Orlando Regional Medical Center hospital following the shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub on June 12, 2016.

Hospitals Increasingly Anticipate Mass Shootings

During the Emergency Nurses Association‘s annual meeting in October at the Orlando Orange County Convention Center, 40 nurses and 100 actor volunteers simulated a to prepared for a Mass-Casualty terrorist attack before 3,000 people. Please read that paragraph again. What a coincidence!

During the Nurses Association’s exercise, a mock shooter blew himself up, killing and injuring 100 local volunteer actors.

There was blood, screams and moans, wounds and dead people – all fake – to create a “realistic training exercise.”

The association had “no way of knowing” that a nearby nightclub just eight months later and 10 miles away would become the site of the “deadliest mass shooting in American history,” (except Wounded Knee and Waco) but the training illustrated the growing recognition by health care providers that treating victims of bombings and mass shootings is becoming increasingly commonplace in U.S. hospitals.

ORLANDO MASSACRE– Photo: Orlando terrorist drill.

“Hospitals are preparing and recognizing the need to prepare for these kinds of events,” says Dr. Jay Kaplan, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. That’s a sad commentary in that it’s a reality.”

Even Orlando Regional Medical Center, a hospital that treated 44 victims of the mass shooting that occurred at Pulse nightclub had been preparing for such an attack.

“We do weekly trauma simulation, regular all-hospital preps, as well as city-wide simulations that cover all possible situations,” a hospital spokesperson posted via social media.

The gunman at the nightclub, identified as Omar Mateen, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others. The details surrounding the shooting are still emerging, but there is growing speculation that many of those killed and injured were from police gun fire.


os-emergency-nurses-mass-casuad-jpg“This collaboration between hospitals and law enforcement has grown, says Dr. David Callaway, who is on the American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) High Threat Emergency Casualty Care Task Force . “Hospitals are taking a much more aggressive stance with law enforcement to get [officers] on scene during mass shootings,” he says.

But health care providers are looking for better ways to treat victims of these mass attacks. Kaplan, who is also vice chairman of emergency services for Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, says research is needed. “The military knows how to deal with these incidents, but there hasn’t been a lot of knowledge and training in our hospitals to deal with this,” he says. “We need to better understand these kinds of injuries and deaths for these kinds of civilian casualties.”

Callaway, who is also director of Operational and Disaster Medicine (ODM) at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, agrees. “If you were to ask me for the major preventable cause of death, I would say I don’t have any data,” he says. “We need a system in place to gather and analyze this data. The lack of this information hampers our ability nationally to effectively train and equip first responders and trauma professionals.”

Emergency doctors and nurses now expect to treat victims of terrorism

MetroHealth Ohio– Photo: The steel structural beams are now in place on top of the Emergency entrance at MetroHealth’s main campus. The construction is slated for completion a few weeks before Cleveland hosts the Republican National Convention the week of July, 18 2016.

Eight months before Cleveland hosts the Republican National Convention, local hospitals are working to prepare for whatever the large and high-profile event may throw their way.

Hospital operators, along with public health and public safety officials, are plotting a strategy to maintain normal operations, while also preparing to accommodate for as many as 50,000 extra people who will travel to Cleveland during the convention. The chief medical officers for the Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and University Hospitals have been holding regular training’s to coordinate resources for the RNC, scheduled for the this week (July 18, 2016).

“Who knows what this will bring,” said Dr. David Perse, CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. “We’re just trying to be prepared for whatever comes.”

Health officials are preparing for scenarios ranging from the mundane to the catastrophic.

Also, emergency medical services will need to reconfigure their protocols for transporting patients to hospitals to account for security measures and crowds that may make it difficult to travel around downtown.

And then there are volatile circumstances that uniquely apply to the RNC and other high-profile, large events. Police could pepper-spray protesters, requiring a mass-decontamination. Or, either by accident or through an intentional act, hospitals may need to deal with a wide-scale disaster resulting in numerous casualties.

Marek Owca, director of emergency management for MetroHealth, said he expects a “flawless, beautiful convention.”

“But we’ll still be ready for anything less than that,” he said.

If something does happen, MetroHealth will be a little more prepared than usual. That’s because the healthcare system plans to finish an expansion of its Critical Care Pavilion, the first phase in a nearly $1 billion long-term construction plan, a few weeks before the RNC began.

That means for the short period of time after the expansion is complete and before the old space is decommissioned, MetroHealth will have double its normal ICU capacity.

“If there’s a need for complex, monitored care, we’ll have a surge capacity,” Owca said.

Orlando-Active-shooter-simulation-noon– Photo: Mock mass casualty event/drill.

As part of its ongoing emergency preparation efforts, MetroHealth in June sent a team of senior employees to a federal facility in Alabama for disaster training.

Owca said he expects local health officials will receive similar training geared toward the RNC — either in Alabama or here — early next year.

“The value of that is we will be able to learn from the same playbook,” Owca said.

Perse, the CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, said his hospital often is overlooked in favor of the other larger and more celebrated facilities in town.

But he said since St. Vincent is the closest hospital to downtown, where convention activities will be concentrated, it could be thrust into an unusually prominent role.

“We are very well aware that we are the most proximal major institution to the event,” Perse said. “For that reason, we have already given notice to our employees that during the week of the convention, we’re suspending our paid time off scheduling during that period.”

“Due to the presence of as many as 15,000 credentialed members of the media, as well as high-profile politicians and other dignitaries, anything short of a perfect response could result in negative national or international attention, he said.

“We have our concern focused on providing service in a quality way … But I guess when you soberly look at the issues, there’s reason to be concerned about the reputation of St. Vincent Charity Hospital” and how that might affect the reputation of Cleveland overall,  he said.

University Hospitals is preparing to make sure that care for its regular patients is not disrupted due to the convention. Its location near University Circle and its access to highways east of downtown should help minimize that, according to Chief Medical Officer Michael Anderson.

RNC police“The citizens of Northeast Ohio and the delegates of the RNC now will have the benefit of having two level 1 trauma centers in town,” Anderson said. “I think that  means we really will provide care across the continuum, goodness forbid that something should happen.”

Anderson said local hospitals have dealt with large events in the past, but nothing on the scale of the RNC. He said he hopes the media spotlight will present Cleveland with an opportunity to showcase its strength as a medical center to RNC delegates.

“Obviously when they come to Cleveland, the delegates are very, very busy, and they want to just nominate their candidate and finalize their platform,” Anderson said. “But Northeast Ohio has such a rich heritage of biomedical care and research and medicine … We just want to make sure that we can show off and demonstrate our great resources here.”

Cleveland Clinic is prepari for a number of “RNC-related scenarios,” including “staging an emergency-related evacuation,” safely transporting a dignitary for treatment or even figuring out the event’s impact on parking, according to Chief of Protective Services Gordon Snow.

“Planning for the convention from a law-enforcement standpoint has involved a number of different agencies,” said Snow, whose department also oversees the Clinic’s police force.

“Everybody’s coming to the table, and I know it will be a multi-state event, but it seems like they’re doing a really good job on communication, preparation and coordination, from the mayor’s office on down.”

Officials with the administration of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson declined an interview request for this story.

 

 

 

 

** Both Cleveland and Philadelphia has an incident command center, where a central authority will make top-line medical decisions in the event of an emergency

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New Cleveland RNC Police & Military Docs: FEMA Base To Setup At NASA

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nssepicViolence is infantile and devoid of reason; thus the steady expansion of this military/police machine is a central part of the dumbing down of America.

A trove of new documents exposes how Cleveland’s impending Republican National Convention will subject the public to a massive domestic military operation. Following decades of planning and millions of dollars spent, the RNC this July will amass into an unprecedented security state, constricting the constitutional rights of thousands of people.

As the panopticon descends on Cleveland, military forces will begin staging security operations at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, while other federal forces begin staffing a “Multi Agency Communications Center” (MACC), located at the International Exposition Center (IX) near the Hopkins International Airport.

The mechanics of America’s most distilled form of political lockdown, the National Special Security Event (NSSE), are spelled out in a series of posted PDFs, some from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (these have since been taken down). NSSEs are massive security operations managed by the Secret Service, which activate many supporting federal and military agencies, such as Homeland Response Forces, and tactical units from state and local police departments across the region.

NSSEs have regularly featured extreme abuses of human rights, combined with sophisticated messaging to bolster acceptance of authoritarian policies. At the 1999 WTO protests, FEMA operated a detention facility at Sand Point Naval Station. After the 2004 RNC, New York City paid out $18 million to settle lawsuits stemming from the mass detention of thousands of people inside Pier 57, which was contaminated with oil and asbestos. During the NATO Summit in Chicago in 2012, some anti-war protesters were taken to Homan Square, a notorious “black site” where people report being assaulted and tortured by local police and access to legal council was systematically denied.Large event planning has evolved dramatically since the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention marshaled massive police, federal and military support. NSSEs were defined and systematized as perpetually repeating large activations by President Bill Clinton in 1998’s Presidential Decision Directive 62 (PDD-62). In 2016, the NSSE framework remixes the Incident Command System (ICS) for civilian law enforcement aided byFEMA, along with a “Dual Status” Joint Task Force military command.

In the spring of 2016, we interviewed author Kris Hermes about NSSEs, watch below:

Cleveland has struggled with state violence in recent years; the killing by police of twelve-year-old Tamir Rice is one example among many. The police department is currently run under a consent decree reached with the Department of Justice. Foreshadowing coming events, community protests in Cleveland have been targeted with counterinsurgency-style policing in the last two years, with mass arrests taking place and protesters being detained at Burke Lakefront Airport.Surveillance technologies normally used domestically in the “war on drugs“, such as real-time video spying from an RC-26 aircraft, are known to be used during National Special Security Events. High resolution live video is transmitted into military geospatial intelligence platforms and combined with data from social media and classified federal databases for real-time analysis by each fusion center. The extreme abuse by police combined with domestic military surveillance forms a potent mix of dystopian authoritarianism.

An anonymous zine about the 2016 RNC points out the county attorney is a ‘lame duck’ already rejected by voters, and many national-level police forces have bailed out of the event. Now mired in logistics failures, the city’s 48-slide planning overview claims they are trained to send out Mobile Field Forces (tactical police), conduct mass arrests, and prepared for “civil disturbance operations” (CDO), aka riot control. Meanwhile, the Cleveland police union has repeatedly warned their riot gear doesn’t fit and arrived too late for substantial training.

Roughly $50 million dollars are distributed to secure each NSSE, which bolsters local militarization of police after the spectacle leaves town. In Cleveland’s case, Congress reached a package deal in late 2015 to fund NASA‘s Glenn Research Center, with the condition that the center host the Pentagon’s forward staging base “DCO/E (FWD)” during the event. After acquiring the federal grant to cover NSSE costs, the city of Cleveland and its police department are able to obtain insurance policies that provide massive amounts of funds to fend off lawsuits via technicalities and discovery demands against plaintiffs. During the 2008 RNC in Minnesota, the collapsing insurance giant AIG insured the city of St. Paul and local police so they wouldn’t have to directly defend themselves from lawsuits over unconstitutional mass arrests, searches and raids. Even more money gets disbursed to regional units of government, providing an overtime bonanza with new expensive equipment for law enforcement, such as the infamous Harris Stingray (IMSI cell interceptor) and long-range acoustic sound cannon (LRAD), first introduced to US citizens during the 2009 G20 Conference in Pittsburgh. All of this is done with money Congress borrows by issuing debt as Treasury bonds.

Below is a timeline of the military build-up in preparation for the RNC 2016These new documents help create, as they call it, a “Common Operating Picture” to understand the structural layers of this militarized domestic policing system. Other supporting documentation about previous NSSEs helps understand how each event builds on the last one, which should help all concerned parties navigate a uniquely awful event management framework. It is also important to document the names of all public officials involved so event activities can be properly subpoenaed and open record data requested.

FEMA Eagle RisingHere is a 27-minute summary of the two slide decks, running through dozens of details:

2016 RNC Exposed: New Cleveland police & military docs

Key elements in the two major slide decks: logistics around the FEMA/NORTHCOM base at the NASA site; how the Pentagon builds its response task forces and “dual status” authority. Below the slide decks, context since 1960s urban unrest; our conclusions. We found so much research we set up separate appendices with more information. Let’s dive in.

Below: NSSE Slide Deck: City of Cleveland Safety Preparedness Update Republican National Convention 2016 (Download PDF)

 RNC 2016

This little-noticed slide deck from the City of Cleveland shows the entire NSSE civilian/police level command structure, first linked on Cleveland.com May 31st after a presentation to the corporate media. It explains how the units involved have been trained to use FEMA’s National Incident Management System to control the protesting population; says that academic & medical researchers have targeted “anarchist tactics” for state benefit, and many other important details. It does not explain the military role at all.

P6: Describes the “Hard Zone” and police supervisors outside that area.
P7: NSSE Executive Steering Committee. Robe Rowe is the Secret Service coordinator.
P8: Totally support constitutional rights, you bet “within the guidelines set forth”.
P9: Unified command structure (based on Incident Command System – ICS). 500 local law enforcement officers (LEOs) and 2500-2700 outsider LEOs. The Cleveland police will use National Incident Management System (NIMS) so they can work in concert.
P10: FBI and FEMA responsibilities
P11: Airspace is restricted. Northern Border Initiative is the task force for waterfront patrol. Four types of spy teams: I-Teams (intel), PICC Teams (Protective intel), CS Teams (counter surveillance), street undercover teams. A “Collaborative enterprise from federal, state, county and local law enforcement.
P13: A special RNC video unit has been created to collect video evidence.
P14: Mass arrest rundown. House of Correction (HOC), Annex Building, Central Prison Unit (CPU), district jail facilities.
P15: Detainees likely at Cuyahoga County Jail, booking and processing. Geauga County Jail also with beds, and municipal courts as well.
P16: They have done several table top exercises (TTX) to simulate mass arrests (likely with FEMA, as seen later)
P17-26: Emergency medical services teams
P27: “National Veterinary Response Team” (NVRT). Yes that is also a team, for the police horses & dogs.
P28-30: Hazmat/Fire teams
P31: Comms intro, used plans from 2012 Charlotte & Tampa, backup systems.
P32: Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) has priority service for mission critical functions and individuals. GETS and its parent program, NCS has a long history since 1963 in major national crises, including Iran-Contra and 9-11. More on GETS below.
P33: City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is a key central location managed by city. Talks to other nodes: Multi Agency Coordinating Center (MACC), Joint Operations Center (JOC), Critical Infrastructure Coordinating Center (CICC), Intelligence Operation Center (IOC), Cuyahoga County EOC, and State of Ohio EOC, and all other command centers and posts. (see our map for locations already identified)
P34: EOC is the city clearinghouse, using Area Command Model of Incident Command System, 24 hours a day, in 12-hour shifts. 0600-1800 is A shift, 1800-0600 is B shift. The Joint Information Center is located to distribute propaganda to media corporations at this EOC.
P35: EOC: Incident Action Plans (IAPs) and Situational Reports (SITREPs) will be produced regularly and posted on a Knowledge Center vendor system.
P36: The EOC has three rooms: main floor, tactics room, and JIC propaganda center. EOC tech tools: 100+ Networked security cameras provide spying. 20 big TV screen “video wall” will help “make more informed decisions”. Knowledge Center software is available (see knowledge-center.com). All three rooms can video conference.
P37: Typical agencies represented, including FBI, FEMA, National Guard, First Energy utility.
P38: Complete organizational chart of the “A Shift” includes names of unit and section chiefs. The Law Enforcement Branch has Blue, Gold, Purple, White, Internal divisions, and others..
P39: FEMA provides multi-day riot control training including via the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). Police employees trained into National Incident Management System.
P40: more FEMA training courses, some got PER-200 Field Force Operations. See https://cdp.dhs.gov/training/courses/ffo
P41: Police Executive Staff got a special FEMA training with three-day Table Top Exercise (TTX) “on how to mitgate a concentrated-coordinated attack”. Includes advanced ICS and FEMA CDP MGT-300 Field Force Command and Planning (FFC) and MGT-300-1 Field Force Command: Executive Command (FFE). “Captains of Field Operations have been trained and certified in FEMA CDP:MGT 300 Field Force Command and Planning”. This highlights how closely FEMA is working on engaging local police on mobile protester crackdowns.
P42-43: Similar FEMA NIMS training for medical and field force operations.
P44: Emergency Medical Executive Staff also got FEMA sponsored training and three day Table Top Exercise.
P46: Fire employee division gets similar with more hazardous material and extrication tactics trainings, and Event Security Planning MGT-335
P47: More training for nuclear, rail, intermodal container and hazardous material incidents. “Anarchist Tactics During Large Events (Cleveland Clinic/Mercyhurst University Research Team)” seems like weaponizing health and academia. This has not been reported elsewhere.
P48: The city got $50 million from the DOJ Bureau of Justice Affairs. In the “small sample list of goodies: SUVs, pickups, cargo vans, transport vans, utility vehicles (UTVs, like large ATVs), bicycles, chemical munitions, “housing at local universities for out-of-state Law Enforcement Officers”, Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with external law enforcement entities. This implies cash changes hands via the MOUs.


Below: Colonel Frederic A Drummond, DCO Region V presentation at Ohio Emergency Management Spring Conference, April 26 2016, about Defense Coordinating Officer (DCO) + Defense Coordinating Element (DCE). (Download PDF)

This dense but interesting 17-slide deck shows: the “dual status” military command headed at the NASA research facility with FEMA logistical support; specifies how the Multi Agency Communications Center will be operated at the International Exposition Center; how “Title 10” and “Title 32” domestic military authority are combined.

P2: DCO/DCE conducts Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA, USNORTHCOM CONPLAN 3501) coordinating “Title 10 forces and resources in support of the Federal Primary Agency (PA)
P3: Explains how USARNORTH is a three-star command at Fort Sam Houston, TX, responsible inside NORTHCOM for Homeland Defense, Civil Support, working with Canada and Mexico. FEMA region DCOs are under USARNORTH.
P4: Every DCO contact info from each FEMA Region. The presenter is the DCO for Region V and based in the Chicago FEMA office “in order to protect the American people and our way of life.”
P5: Types of emergency support functions. Includes National Communications System (NCS) notes later in post.
P6: Tons of agencies they work with, generally including Canadian and Mexican security, Pentagon Agencies and Homeland Security, NASA, CDC, Red Cross, etc.
P7: Title 10 (T10D) and DCO Functions. DCOs are main point of contact for Pentagon in Fema regions. Title 10 function include command and control (C2) “by the GCC to a DSC” (?) to run missions for agencies.
P8: Defense Support of Civil Authorities activity spectrum. Includes aiding law enforcement (JTF-N is Joint Task Force North, fka Joint Task Force 6 which goes after drugs. See http://www.jtfn.northcom.mil.) RNC + DNC are “Most likely – small” in the spectrum. ( NOTE NEED NC + IRA definitions). “Most dangerous” includes hurricanes and New Madrid earthquake, the subject of a National Level Exercise in 2011, (LINK to CONPLAN story)
P9: Structure of DCO/E teams.
P10: Org chart naming all DCE officers in Region V. Includes State EPLO teams for every state in Region V.
P11: Typical DSC C2 (command and control) model. Shows how a Dual Status Commander at the RNC will inherit delegated authorities of the Governor, via the state National Guard, and the President of the US, via the Secretary of Defense and NORTHCOM, as well as a mysteriously empty box.
P12: Bureaucratic process to activate a DCE to help after some disaster or similar.
P13: National Response Architecture: How a Unified Coordination Group works between a state level EOC, and the FBI, a Joint Task Force and private sector NGOs to provide “Emergency Support Functions (ESFs).
P14: DCO/E REGION V RNC-16 Concept of Support: Crucial slide shows numerous command centers, with NASA Glenn Research Center as the forward base [DCO/E (FWD)] for military activity, in conjunction with several others. Also notes FBI is lead in Crisis Management (CrM) and FEMA in Consequence Mangement (CqM) in case of major disaster. Importantly, also shows: FEMA IOF at NASA; DCO rear base in Chicago at FEMA’s downtown RRCC office; Coast Guard District 9; the FBI “JOC/IOC” somewhere in Cleveland; OEMA SEOC in Columbus; RNC Joint Task Force (JTF-RNC) based in North Canton; Ohio National Guard JFHQ (headquarters) at Columbus; Base Support Installation (T, Transport?) at Wright-Patterson.
P15: DCO/E Task Organization for RNC-16: Includes: “RNC Battle Rhythm and Timeline”; names of each officer stationed at the different command facilities. Also includes a huge list of preparatory exercises with names like Eagle Rising, hosted by FEMA, two “battle assembly” prep events, and table top exercises. Proves the MACC will be at the International Exposition (IX) Center. Also indicates ARNORTH personnel will work from the Chicago FEMA RRCC office on GIS technology. COMMEX 1300 at the NASA site is probably a communications exercise.
P16: All Hazard PLanning indicates plans to activate various teams like medical response.
P17: Includes Col Drummond’s contact information, email and phone numbers.


NASA’s Glenn Research Center to host FEMA & military forward bases

The NASA Glenn Research Center near the Cleveland airport is becoming a central logistical hub for RNC 2016 security operations. National Special Security Events (NSSEs) such as national conventions, G20 gatherings and major sporting events are important sources of pork spending for federal agencies; they receive large sums of money appropriated by Congress, which helps keep bureaucracies well-fed and busy. NASA is well-known for having tight budget concerns, so the agency will be happy to get its hands on NSSE cash in exchange for hosting a police state logistics hub.

A 2014 editorial on Cleveland.com compared the economic impact of the 2016 RNC to the ongoing role of the Glenn Research Center facility, saying Glenn has suffered “death by a thousand cuts” as dwindling space program funding tends to get diverted to the southern US.

“NASA’s Cleveland center is the space agency’s primary driver of research, technology and systems designed to advance not only space exploration, but also aviation.”

In December 2015, locals were relieved that the Glenn Research Center secured ample federal funding.

On March 18, 2016, NBC affiliate WKYC-3 reported that the Ohio affiliate of the ACLU and others were concerned about RNC militarization. They added, “The Omnibus Appropriations Bill will allocate the $50 million for convention security, as well as full funding for Cleveland’s NASA Glenn Research Center.”


NORTHCOM, Civil Disturbance Operations, FEMA DCO teams, Conplan 3502 & Defense Support of Civil Authorities

US Army North (ARNORTH) is a command in Texas, a unit of US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO, which is primarily responsible for critical and classified domestic population control plans. NORTHCOM runs its activities using ‘mad libs’ style planning templates called CONPLANs, where regional commanders fill in the blanks. (NORTHCOM was created in 2002 as a Pentagon global combatant command similar to SOUTHCOM or CENTCOM, with an Area of Responsibility over the US, Canada and Mexico. it is the Pentagon’s counterpart to the Department of Homeland Security, also responsible for “homeland defense” missions.)

USNORTHCOM CONPLAN 3501, “Defense Support of Civil Authorities” (DSCA) is the generic planning template for NSSEs and massive natural disasters. When activated, NORTHCOM units are made available to state-level emergency operations centers, and Joint Task Force commands may be set up, using the DCO officers stationed at FEMA Region HQ offices to coordinate between Pentagon agencies and civil authorities.

For example when National Guard Chinook helicopters transport supplies after a hurricane, this is an implementation of CONPLAN 3501. Detailed DSCA planning documents are available online. (Other CONPLANs such as CONPLAN 3591, “Pandemic Influenza” are partially classified, including the sections about controlling American media outlets in such a medical emergency.)

ARNORTH is also responsible for refining the more ominous and classified U.S. Northern Command CONPLAN 3502, “CIVIL DISTURBANCE OPERATIONS,” which is to be used when certain conditions are met, namely state government losing control in an ‘insurrection’. Before 2002, CONPLAN 3502 was known as GARDEN PLOT, and applied in Pentagon domestic interventions such as the 1992 Los Angeles uprising. [A reporter at MuckRock tried to get CONPLAN 3502 released, but it was blocked.]

A Powerpoint file left on an Army Corps of Engineers webserver discovered and reported in 2010 by a member of Unicorn Riot described how Colonel Francey of ARNORTH was responsible for overseeing revisions to CONPLAN 3502, and had refined the plan in the aftermath of the heavily militarized 2009 G20 NSSE in Pittsburgh. This established a link between NSSE activity and ARNORTH’s overall ‘martial law’ style contingency planning.

It is no surprise then, that ARNORTH has a massive role in the 2016 RNC. ARNORTH is coordinating a large set of exercises which will most likely be modeled on CONPLAN 3501 and 3502, for both environmental and ‘civil disturbance’ conditions. NSSEs provide the Pentagon an opportunity to run through these command activations as if a full-blown insurrection were unfolding.


Conclusions

As we wrap up this story for publishing, several team members are listening to local authorities coordinate through the EOC, grappling with celebrating basketball fans, in another big moment for “civil disorder” in Cleveland.

Lots of important questions crop up. What will multi-jurisdictions intelligence and counter-surveillance teams do? Will they run G20-style snatch squads? Will they stage a massive arrest sweep early on to “take attendance” into new biometrics databases? What did the Cleveland Clinic/Mercyhurst University academics discover regarding “counter anarchist tactics”? Will the Division of Fire extrication teams buzz-saw their way through lock-downs? What happened in the three-day table top exercise to set up mass arrest situations?

This bureaucratic, highly structured threat of violence is itself a stupefying force, some theorists claim. Violence is infantile and devoid of reason; thus the steady expansion of this military/police machine is a central part of the dumbing down of America. As David Graeber explains:

“it is not so much that bureaucratic procedures are inherently stupid, or even that they tend to produce behavior that they themselves define as stupid—though they do do that—but rather, that they are invariably ways of managing social situations that are already stupid because they are founded on structural violence.” —The utopia of rules: on technology, stupidity, and the secret joys of bureaucracy

By any reasonable standard, the 2016 RNC is a dumb, even infantile, use of limited social resources. Another layer of satellite surveillance, another round of FEMA training in riot control, another military drug task force sent over Cleveland with fancy spy-planes tapping all the phone serial numbers, won’t solve any of America’s problems.

Humanity used to aim higher and worked towards exploring the stars. Now humans put more soldiers in the NASA research base because higher dreams have failed; the vision of our species has decayed into merely threatening each other down here on this rock. With all the gear used to threaten the public left behind, after the show leaves town local officials need listen even less to the desperate pleas of the population for justice.


See also the new 2016 Republican National Convention research appendices, for hundreds of pages in PDFs we couldn’t fit into this report. (Appendix A: More 2016 RNC specific information, Appendix B: Bonus infocakes for further research: Domestic military intelligence activity, telecoms and more, Appendix C: ICWatch Files show NSSE geospatial intelligence tech & “Common Operating Picture”). Thanks to @SmilyUs for notifying us of the ARNORTH slides.


 

 

 

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Ohio’s Homeland Response Force presentation

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NSSE’s Feed Millions of Dollars Toward Militarization of Police Across American Cities

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U.S. Northern Command CONPLAN 3501-08 Defense Support o

USNORTHCOM Civil Disturbance Operations Plan CONPLA

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Glenn Research Center News – NASA

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DoD-NORTHCOM Defense Support of Civil Authorities Republ

Defense Coordinating Officers Point of View on Catastrophe

PM Press – Kris Hermes

Defense Coordinating Officers – U.S. Army North

Martial Law in America – Conplan 3502 Exposed – NORTHCOM

Secret ‘Trigger’ & blueprint for emergency domestic military crack

Joint Task Force Civil Support Brief NORTHCOM – Scribd

ARNORTH Cdr Brief – TimelineJS Embed

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Cascadia Rising 2016 | FEMA.gov

White House Continuity Of Government Plan and National Coo

/pol/ – /cfg/ Clinton Foundation General – Corrupt Foundation …

Unicorn Riot

Pretty darn Massive exposure of domestic military operations
http://tc.indymedia.org/2010/nov/tc-i…
http://www.hongpong.com/archives/2010…
Reveals NORTHCOM CONPLAN3502 as the new Garden Plot template plan for domestic military operations, National Level Exercise

 

More info @ links.

– evidence! https://eportal.usace.army.mil/sites/…
Related official New Madrid government / Army Corps disaster videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_x6I6…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4YMzc…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlhHIo…

The 2016 RNC: Emergency Operations Training

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2016 Republican National Convention

 Emergency Operations and Training

rnc2What is a National Special Security Event?

The 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) is a National Special Security Event (NSSE).  This means that security will be coordinated by a number of federal agencies, rather than the Cleveland Police alone. The U.S. Secret Service Major Events Division will design and direct a master security plan in partnership with local law enforcement. Additionally, partner federal agencies will likely be involved in planning and overseeing the event, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Defense. For example, the Federal Aviation Administration will oversee air control, and likely institute strict airspace regulations. Additionally, Cleveland will contract with other agencies for security purposes (see list below).

The NSSE designation comes with $50 million to pay for heightened security measures, including expanded law enforcement and surveillance.  

Measures used in the past include:

  • Less-lethal ammunition. Weapons are named “less-lethal” when the government does not consider them deadly (e.g., guns, bombs), even though they can cause death. These weapons include rubber or wooden bullets, Tasers, tear gas, sound amplifiers, bean bags, sting ball grenades, pepper spray, physical or hand-to-hand force, and other devices. Less-lethal weapons are commonly used at these events.
  • Free speech zones. Security plans often include zones or pens to contain protesters. These tend to be small enclosures where law enforcement can monitor demonstrations and control their volume and size. Constitutionally, a designated speech area should, at minimum, allow the protesters’ messages to reach the target audience.
  • Security perimeters around the event. Generally, there are two levels of security perimeter; one restricted to the NSSE attendees, and the other is open to individuals employed within the perimeter but not the public.

These large security grants from the federal government also allow cities to purchase military grade equipment of questionable value in policing municipalities, referred to as militarization.  An over-reliance on high performance weaponry means less effort is made to provide speech venues and employ tactics that avoid confrontations.

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NEED TO KNOW: Here are the specifics

 Law Enforcement and Public Safety Agencies Announce Security and Traffic Restrictions for the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH July 17-21

Partners:

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office
Cleveland Division of Emergency Medical Service
Cleveland Division of Fire
Cleveland Division of Police
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office
Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department
Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Protective Service
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
National Park Service
North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Ohio Department of Public Safety
Ohio Emergency Management Agency
Ohio National Guard
Ohio State Highway Patrol
Transportation Security Administration
U.S. Attorney’s Office / NDOH
U.S. Capitol Police
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement / HSI
U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM)
U.S. Secret Service 
Today, Law Enforcement and Public Safety Agencies announce the Security and Traffic Restrictions for the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio. Events and activities encompassing this designated National Special Security Event will take place Sunday, July 17 through Thursday, July 21.
Security and transportation plans have been developed by a partnership of local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies outlined above. Every effort has been made to minimize the impact of these safety measures on the public.
Security Screenings
Only individuals with credentials/tickets will be allowed access to the Republican National Convention Complex (RNCC), which consists of the Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field, and the Huntington Convention Center, which will serve as the media center. Those individuals will be subject to a thorough security screening before entering and should allow additional time to access these facilities. No other individuals will be allowed access.
Road Closures, Parking, and Pedestrian Restrictions
The transportation plan below provides the general outlines for road closures, vehicular and pedestrian restricted zones, charter vehicles, pedestrian routes, and public transportation. Additional information is available online as indicated below via partnering agency websites. Additions to this plan may be made prior to the start of event and will be updated on agency websites. Specific questions regarding this transportation plan should be directed to the participating agency partners as identified above. Road closures, parking, and pedestrian restrictions are subject to change.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Voinovich Park, and Great Lakes Science Center
The following road closures will be implemented beginning 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, July 17. The restrictions will remain in effect until 1:00 a.m. Monday, July 18:

  • Cleveland Memorial Shoreway from West 45th Street to the Innerbelt Freeway ramp
  • Northbound East 9th Street at Lakeside Avenue
  • Lakeside Avenue from East 9th Street to West 3rd Street
  • Northbound West 3rd Street at Lakeside Avenue
  • Alfred Lerner Way from West 3rd Street to North Marginal Road
  • North Marginal Road is closed at Aviation High School
  • South Marginal Road westbound at East 38th Street
  • Erieside Avenue
  • Key Plaza
  • Burke Lakefront Airport is accessible via North Marginal Road from East 55th Street

***North Marginal Road will be open for vehicles carrying patrons to Forest City Yacht Club, Lakeside Yacht Club, and residents of Quay 55.***
Burke Lakefront Airport
Burke Lakefront Airport will close at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 17. The airport will be accessible from North Marginal Road via E. 55th Street until 6:00 p.m. on this date. Burke Lakefront Airport will only be open to private aviation when the security gateway airports (Youngstown Airport and Canton-Akron Airport) are operational. Gateway screening will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18 and from 2:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19 through Thursday July 21.
North Coast Harbor Marina
The North Coast Harbor Marina will close to all marine vessels at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. All vessels, crew, and passengers must depart the marina at that time. The marina will re-open to vessels at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18.
East 9th Street
The following traffic restrictions will begin at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 and remain in effect until 6:00 a.m. on Friday, July 22:

  • East 9th Street is northbound only from Prospect Avenue to the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway. The southbound lanes of East 9th Street will be closed from St. Clair Avenue to Prospect Avenue, and East 9th Street is closed to all traffic from Prospect Avenue to Orange Avenue
  • Eastbound traffic will be able to cross East 9th Street at St Clair Avenue
  • Eastbound and westbound traffic will be able to cross East 9th Street at Superior Avenue
  • Eastbound and westbound traffic will be able to cross East 9th Street at Vincent Avenue
  • Eastbound and westbound traffic will be able to cross East 9th Street at Euclid Avenue
  • East 9th Street ramps from Interstate 71, Interstate 90, and Interstate 77 will be closed

***Pedestrians will be directed to the east sidewalk of East 9th Street from Carnegie Avenue to Prospect Avenue***
Huntington Bank Cleveland Convention Center
The following traffic restrictions will begin at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 and remain in effect until 6:00 a.m. on Friday, July 22:

  • St. Clair Avenue between Ontario Street and East 9th Street will be eastbound only
  • Westbound lanes of St. Clair Avenue between East 9th Street and Ontario Street will be closed
  • Lakeside Avenue between West Mall Drive and East Mall Drive will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians
  • West Mall Drive between Lakeside Avenue and St. Clair Avenue will be closed
  • East Mall Drive between Lakeside Avenue and St. Clair Avenue will be closed
  • Eastbound traffic towards the Justice Center on St. Clair Avenue will be diverted north or south at West 3rd Street
  • Westbound traffic towards the Justice Center on St. Clair Avenue will be diverted north or south at Ontario Street

***Parking garages for Key Bank Center and Marriott Hotel are accessible via St. Clair Avenue. City Hall, County Courthouse, Huntington Garage and Willard Garage will be accessible via Lakeside Avenue. East 9th Street from St. Clair Avenue to Prospect Avenue will carry only northbound traffic. East 9th Street from Prospect Avenue to Orange Avenue will be entirely closed to vehicular traffic***
The Republican National Convention Complex
(Quicken Loans Arena & Progressive Field)
The following road closures will be implemented beginning 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 16 and will remain in effect until 6:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23:

  • Southbound lanes of East 9th Street from St. Clair Avenue to Prospect Avenue
  • East 9th Street from Prospect Avenue to Orange Avenue
  • Carnegie Avenue from East 9th Street to West 20th Street
  • Ontario Street from Prospect Avenue to East 14th Street
  • West Huron Road from West 6th Street to Ontario Street
  • Huron Road from Ontario Street to East 7th Street
  • East 7th Street
  • Bolivar Road west from East 9th Street
  • Eagle Avenue west from East 9th Street
  • Lorain-Carnegie (Hope Memorial) Bridge from West 20th Street to Carnegie Avenue at East 9th Street

The following roads will be restricted to local vehicle traffic beginning 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 18 through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, July 22:

  • West Prospect Avenue from West 3rd Street to Ontario Street
  • Carnegie Avenue from East 14th Street to East 9th Street

The following streets are pedestrian access only and are off limits to vehicles beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 18 through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, July, 22:

  • Prospect Avenue from Ontario Street to East 9th Street
  • Huron Road from East 7th Street to Prospect Avenue

***Residents of 668 Euclid Avenue can access their parking garage via Prospect Avenue from East 9th Street and enter a vehicle screening area. Residence Inn patrons can utilize the same screening location. Patrons of the Radisson Hotel on Huron Road will be permitted to walk to the hotel from Prospect Avenue***
Deliveries to Prospect Avenue, East 4th Street, and Tower City Businesses
Vehicles that must make deliveries to businesses located on East 4th Street or Prospect Avenue between Ontario Street and East 9th Street from 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 18 through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, July, 22 will be directed to a remote delivery site (RDS) for cargo screening:

  • Deliveries for Prospect Avenue and East 4th Street must be conducted between 3:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. beginning on Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22 at 6:00 a.m.
  • Only those vehicles that have gone through the RDS and have been escorted by on-site law enforcement personnel from the RDS will be granted access to Prospect Avenue
  • All drivers must have a valid driver’s license approved for the rating of the vehicle they are operating
  • Exigent/emergency deliveries falling outside of the designated RDS hours to locations along Prospect Avenue and East 4th Street may be facilitated on a case-by-case basis

***Tower City deliveries utilizing Canal Road must also go through the RDS and are subject to the additional terms outlined above***
Canal Road
The following traffic restrictions will be implemented on Canal Road for the days and times noted below:

  • On Monday, July 18, Canal Road between East 9th Street Extension and Robert Lockwood Jr. Drive will be restricted to westbound traffic only starting at 12:00 p.m.
  • On Tuesday, July 19 through Thursday, July 21 Canal Road between East 9th Street Extension and Robert Lockwood Jr. Drive will be open for two-way traffic until 4:00 p.m.
  • Canal Road between East 9th Street Extension and Robert Lockwood Jr. Drive will close daily (Monday through Thursday) at 4:00 pm. All vehicles exiting businesses and lots after 4:00 p.m. on Canal Road will be directed westbound towards Flats East and Ohio City
  • On Friday, July 22 at 2:00 a.m., Canal Road between East 9th Street Extension and Robert Lockwood Jr. Drive will be open for normal traffic

***As noted above, Tower City deliveries utilizing Canal Road must also go through the RDS and must also be escorted by law enforcement.***
Innerbelt Freeway (Interstate 90)
The following traffic restrictions will be implemented beginning at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 18. Unless otherwise noted below, the restrictions will remain until 2:00 a.m. Friday, July 22.

  • All commercial vehicles as defined below are restricted from traveling westbound on the Innerbelt Freeway between East 21st Street and Interstate 490 interchange
  • All commercial vehicles as defined below are restricted from traveling eastbound on the Innerbelt Freeway between the Interstate 490 interchange and Prospect Avenue
  • Westbound lanes of the Innerbelt Freeway will be restricted to one lane from East 21st Street to 500 feet west of the West 3rd Street overpass
  • Eastbound lanes of the Innerbelt Freeway will be restricted to one lane from 500 feet west of the West 3rd Street overpass to the East 14th Street interchange
  • On Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22, the Innerbelt Freeway will be closed in both directions nightly (Monday through Thursday) from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • I-90 on ramp at Ontario will be closed
  • I-90 on ramp at East 9th Street will be closed
  • I-90 off ramp at East 9th will be closed
  • I-77 off ramp to East 9th Street and Ontario Street will be closed

***Chester Avenue exit ramp from Interstate 90 eastbound and Interstate 71 northbound has been modified to allow vehicles to turn left on Chester Street to mitigate the closure of East 9th Street ramps.***
NOTE: Commercial vehicles means a motor vehicle or combination vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property if the motor vehicle — (1) has a gross combination weight rating or gross combination weight of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more) whichever is greater, inclusive of a towed unit(s) with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) whichever is greater; or (2) has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of 11,794 or more kilograms (26,001 pounds or more), whichever is greater; or (3) is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver; or 4) is of any size and is transporting material that has been designated as hazardous under 49 U.S.C. 5103 and is required to be placarded under subpart F of 49 CFR Part 172 or is transporting any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR Part 73. 49 CFR 383.5
City Parking Restrictions
Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 18 through 2:00 a.m. on Friday, July 22, street parking in the central business district of downtown Cleveland will be unavailable within the below boundaries:

  • All streets west of East 26th Street and east of West 10th Street
  • All streets north of Carnegie Avenue within boundaries of East 26th Street and West 10th Street
  • West 25th Street from Detroit Avenue to Gehring Street

Public Viewing Areas (Republican National Convention Complex)
Starting at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18 through 2:00 a.m. on Friday, July 22, the below locations are gathering spaces available to the public for expressive activities as well as for sightseeing:

  • In the triangular green space at Ontario Street on the western side of the Republican National Convention Complex. This space is accessible from the west side of the Lorain-Carnegie (Hope Memorial) Bridge via the north side pedestrian path
  • On Erie Court between East 9th Street and East 14th Street
  • On Prospect Avenue (the segment that is closed to vehicle traffic) between Ontario Street and East 9th Street
  • On Huron Road from East 7th Street to Prospect Avenue

***As a reminder, items such as backpacks and coolers are not allowed to be brought into public viewing areas, pursuant to the City of Cleveland’s prohibited items list for the Event Zone.***
Health Information / Guidance
Transit and events associated with the RNC will potentially require extensive walking and outdoor exposure. The historical daytime temperatures for this time period is mid-to-high 80s, however, many reports have come across stating that this would be an above average summer in regards to temperature due to the La Nina. Attendees and other visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, make appropriate use of sunscreen, and to stay hydrated by consumption of water and non-caffeinated beverages.
Attendees and other visitors on medications should bring enough medication for the duration of the visit, and as a precaution, are encouraged to carry the day’s medications with them. Attendees and other visitors with medical conditions are encouraged to keep a list containing their medical conditions, medications taken (including dosage and frequency), and physician’s telephone numbers readily identifiable on their cell phone or on their person.
For more detailed information, please visit https://www.ready.gov.
Airspace Restrictions
The FAA will have flight restrictions in place in and around Cleveland, OH during the RNC which will affect airport operations in the area and will restrict certain types of flight operations. Flights within certain areas will be subject to increased security procedures.
Pilots are strongly encouraged to check NOTAMs frequently for possible changes prior to operations in the area or contact a Flight Service Station at 1-800-992-7433 to check for all current NOTAMs.
No Drone Zone
Cleveland, OH and surrounding communities are No Drone Zones under the FAA flight restrictions for the RNC and local ordinances.
Flying a drone in any of the designated restricted areas is against the law. Any unmanned aircraft –including radio-controlled model aircraft / UAS– are prohibited in the designated restricted areas.
Anyone flying a drone within the designated restricted areas may be subject to civil and criminal charges.
Maritime Security Zones
The Coast Guard has established temporary security zones for navigable waters within Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River during the 2016 Republican National Convention from July 15, 2016 through July 23, 2016.

  • Zone 2 will be in effect from 6 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. on July 17
  • Zone 4 will be in effect daily from 4:00 p.m. on July 18 through 1:00 a.m. on July 22
  • There is currently no plan for zones 1 or 3 to be in effect
  • These times are subject to change in coordination with the event schedule
  • Public notice of enforcement periods will be made via Broadcast Notice to Mariners over VHF channel 16

Maritime Safety Zones (Cleveland Harbor)
The Coast Guard has also established two safety zones located northwest of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and on the Western side of the entrance to the Cuyahoga River to allow individuals expressing their views the means to do so in a safe manner.

  • Zone 5 will be active from 2:00 p.m. through 11:59 p.m. on July 17
  • Zone 6 will be active from 9:00 a.m. on July 17 through 11:59 p.m. on July 21

***A map depicting the zones is provided below***


Public Transit
RTA – Public Transit: The goal of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is to do provide safe, reliable, clean and courteous public transportation to numerous destinations during the RNC. Current level of service On Sunday, July 17, the Waterfront line will be closed. RTA will operate its current level of service on buses, Paratransit vehicles and trains. Staff will be prepared to increase that level on traditional rail and commuter routes to serve individuals who are not regular RTA customers. Due to road closures and parking restrictions, customers are encouraged to take advantage of RTA’s 6,000 free parking spaces at rail stations and use the Rapid to get to the Tower City Station in Downtown Cleveland or across town. RTA’s free trolleys will help link customers from Public Square to all Downtown venues. RNC trolley service will be extended during the RNC until 1:00 a.m. The HealthLine operates 24-7 from Public Square to all Euclid Avenue locations. In addition, nine bus routes serve the Public Square area 24 hours a day. RTA’s rail service operates approximately 21 hours per day. Allow extra travel time. Increased traffic volume may potentially cause delays on regular bus routes and on Paratransit services.
RTA buses/Paratransit vehicles will NOT be allowed in the RNC restricted zones. For added convenience, RTA will sell a $20 special Convention weekly pass for unlimited rides between July 17 and 23. For additional information, including how to purchase the special Convention weekly pass, please visit http://www.riderta.com/2016CLE
Online Information
RNC Law Enforcement and Public Safety partnering agencies encourage members of the public, visitors, delegates, and public safety partners to share information regarding RNC security prior to and during the events by utilizing #RNCINFO on social media.
RNC Law Enforcement and Public Safety partnering agencies will use the below online resources for communicating useful information on street closures, traffic disruptions and more:

  • WordPress: Clevelandpolice.wordpress.com
  • Twitter: @Clepolice
  • Facebook: Clevelandpolicedepartment
  • U.S. Secret Service

Additions or updates to this plan may be made prior to the start of the event.
EDITORS NOTE: For questions concerning this release, please contact the United States Secret Service Office of Government and Public Affairs at 202.406.5708. This press release will also be posted at http://www.secretservice.gov and on participating agency websites.
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Ohio EMA Training Current Course List – Ohio EMA Current

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These are the Current Training Courses Being Offered

Course ID Name Description Session Location Enroll
EMA-L214UnifiedHazMitAssistanceJuly2016 L214 Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance: Project Implementation and Programmatic Closeout course This two-day L214 Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance: Project Implementation and Programmatic Closeout course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills required for effective implementation and closeout of a Hazard Mitigation Assistance project. Course objective: Describe general management principles that apply to project implementation and closeout. Apply project management principles to project implementation. Explain the procedural steps to accomplish project implementation and closeout. Use project management principles to closeout a project and identify the drivers and barriers that impact the successful completion of project closeout. July 28 – 29, 2016 Ohio Emergency Management Agency 2855 W. Dublin-Granville Road Columbus, Ohio 43235 Enroll
EMA-G191 G191 ICS/EOC Interface Course This is a “Required” course in the Advanced Professional Series (APS) Program and meets the minimum requirements set forth by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission for eight continuing education course hours. Course Description: This course is designed for personnel associated with On-Scene Incident Command, EOCs and Multiagency Coordination (MAC) System entities. The goal of the course is to provide state and local emergency management officials with the knowledge and skills they need to operate an Emergency Operating Center (EOC) and interface it with an Incident Command System (ICS) field operation. It enables the participants to begin developing an ICS/EOC interface for their community by applying Incident Command System (ICS) principles. The course reviews ICS and EOC responsibilities and functions and depends heavily on exercise and group discussions to formulate the interface. Recommended Prerequisites: IS-0100.b, Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100; IS-0200.b, Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents; and/ or EOC Management courses. These courses are available on line by going to http://training.fema.gov/IS/ and clicking on the “ISP (Independent Study Program) Course List” link in the blue menu box. Independent Study Exams now require a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number. If you do not yet have a SID, register for one today: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid. Target Audience: Community ICS and EOC personnel. August 4, 2016 (Franklin) Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, 5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43230, Host POC: Pamela Tickle, Manager Training/Grants (614) 794-0213 Enroll
EMA-ICS300FairfieldCoAug2016 ICS-300 Intermediate ICS This 18-hour classroom course is designed for front-line personnel with supervisory responsibilities, such as the Incident Commander or Planning Section Chief. The three-day curriculum includes instruction in general principles associated with incident command, along with various tabletop exercises that allow students to put this knowledge to practical use. August 6 & 7, 2016 Ohio Christian University, SC203 Hickman Student Center 1476 Lancaster Pike Circleville, OH 43113 Enroll
EMA-MGT323InstructorDevWkSpAug2016 MGT-323 Instructor Development Workshop This course primarily serves to give instructors, most of whom already have years of instructional experience within their own organizations, insight into adult education principles as well as the opportunity to comment on and improve their instructional style. The course focuses on enhancing instructional skills that may be applied within DHS-certified courses, but it also discusses organization-specific policies, procedures and practices. The goal of this course is to ensure instructional excellence by providing a forum for experienced instructors to share their experiences with participants and learn together, both during discussions of instructional techniques and in commenting on each other’s presentation skills during prepared teach-backs. August 9 – 11, 2016 Ohio Emergency Management Agency 2855 W. Dublin Granville Rd. Columbus, Ohio 43235 Enroll
EMA-ICS400FairfieldCoAug2016 ICS-400 Advanced ICS This training is a 14-hour classroom course that provides training on the advanced resource management provisions of the Incident Command System (ICS). Course topics include explaining the special management challenges of major incidents, as well as explaining how Multi-agency Coordination Systems (MACS) are established. The target audience for this course is senior personnel who expect to perform in a management capacity in an Area Command or Multi-agency Coordination Entity. August 20 & 21, 2016 Ohio Christian University, SC203 Hickman Student Center 1476 Lancaster Pike Circleville, OH 43113 Enroll
EMA-G191 G191 ICS/EOC Interface Course This is a “Required” course in the Advanced Professional Series (APS) Program and meets the minimum requirements set forth by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission for eight continuing education course hours. This course is designed for personnel associated with On-Scene Incident Command, EOCs and Multiagency Coordination (MAC) System entities. The goal of the course is to provide state and local emergency management officials with the knowledge and skills they need to operate an Emergency Operating Center (EOC) and interface it with an Incident Command System (ICS) field operation. It enables the participants to begin developing an ICS/EOC interface for their community by applying Incident Command System (ICS) principles. The course reviews ICS and EOC responsibilities and functions and depends heavily on exercise and group discussions to formulate the interface. Recommended Prerequisites: IS-0100.b, Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100; IS-0200.b, Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents; and/ or EOC Management courses. These courses are available on line by going to http://training.fema.gov/IS/ and clicking on the “ISP (Independent Study Program) Course List” link in the blue menu box. Independent Study Exams now require a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number. If you do not yet have a SID, register for one today: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid. Target Audience: Community ICS and EOC personnel. August 23, 2016 (Paulding) Paulding County EMA 503 Fairground Dr. Paulding, Ohio 45879 Enroll
EMA-OH910 Modular Emergency Response Radiological Trans. Training (MERRTT) This 2-day training program is designed to take the complex topic of a radiological accident response and break it down into 16 easily understood modules and hands-on practical exercises. Students are presented with a simplified approach for training on complex topics while developing a comprehensive understanding of radioactive material, radiological survey instruments, decontamination techniques for handling radiological contaminated victims, and resources available to responders during a response. An important element of the training is detailed information on the types of packages used to transport radioactive material. The course includes use of “live” radiation sources in the practical exercises to reinforce learning. Upon successful completion of the MERRTT course students will receive a certificate from the Department of Energy’s Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program, including up to 10.5 hours of continuing education hours (CEH) for medical response personnel. MERRTT meets the WIPP Land Withdrawal Act training requirements and is listed on the Department of Homeland Security Federal Approved Courses Listing.Target Audience: All types and levels of emergency responders assigned the responsibility to enter the hot zone, perform emergency rescue, identify package types, and isolate the hot zone until advanced level support arrives. August 23-24, 2016 (OEMA) Ohio Emergency Management Agency 2855 West Dublin-Grandville Road Columbus, Ohio 43235 Enroll
EMA-L197IntegratingAccessFunctionalNeedsAug2016 L197 Integrating Access & Functional Needs into EM Planning To provide participants who are responsible for providing or participating in Emergency Planning with the information necessary to utilize disability and access and functional needs-inclusive practices, as well as the additional updated skills and knowledge they will need to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. August 23 – 24, 2016 Ohio Emergency Management Agency 2855 West Dublin Granville Road Columbus, OH 43235 Enroll
EMA-ICS300UnionCoAug2016 ICS-300 Intermediate ICS This 18-hour classroom course is designed for front-line personnel with supervisory responsibilities, such as the Incident Commander or Planning Section Chief. The three-day curriculum includes instruction in general principles associated with incident command, along with various tabletop exercises that allow students to put this knowledge to practical use. August 29 – 31, 2016 Union County EMA / EOC 940 London Avenue Marysville, Ohio 43040 Enroll
EMA-ICS400UnionCoAug2016 ICS-400 Advanced ICS This training is a 14-hour classroom course that provides training on the advanced resource management provisions of the Incident Command System (ICS). Course topics include explaining the special management challenges of major incidents, as well as explaining how Multi-agency Coordination Systems (MACS) are established. The target audience for this course is senior personnel who expect to perform in a management capacity in an Area Command or Multi-agency Coordination Entity. August 31 – September 1, 2016 Union County EMA / EOC 940 London Avenue Marysville, Ohio 43040 Enroll
EMA-ICS300FranklinCoSept2016 ICS-300 Intermediate ICS This 18-hour classroom course is designed for front-line personnel with supervisory responsibilities, such as the Incident Commander or Planning Section Chief. The three-day curriculum includes instruction in general principles associated with incident command, along with various tabletop exercises that allow students to put this knowledge to practical use. September 13 – 15, 2016 Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security 5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd. Columbus, OH 43230 Enroll
EMA-ICS300HamiltonCoSept2016 ICS-300 Intermediate ICS This 18-hour classroom course is designed for front-line personnel with supervisory responsibilities, such as the Incident Commander or Planning Section Chief. The three-day curriculum includes instruction in general principles associated with incident command, along with various tabletop exercises that allow students to put this knowledge to practical use. September 13, 14 & 15, 2016 Symmes Township Public Safety Building 8871 Weekly Lane Symmes Township, OH 45249 Enroll
EMA-ICS400FranklinCoSept2016 ICS-400 Advanced ICS This training is a 14-hour classroom course that provides training on the advanced resource management provisions of the Incident Command System (ICS). Course topics include explaining the special management challenges of major incidents, as well as explaining how Multi-agency Coordination Systems (MACS) are established. The target audience for this course is senior personnel who expect to perform in a management capacity in an Area Command or Multi-agency Coordination Entity. September 15 – 16, 2016 Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security 5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd. Columbus, OH 43230 Enroll
EMA-OH-605 OH-605 IA Damage Assessment Workshop This course provides a detailed overview of the following topics related to post-event assessment of the impact and magnitude of natural and person-made disasters to the private sector. Instruction includes: an overview of the local damage assessment process, criteria for Private Sector impacts, local damage assessment information reporting methods and standards for Private Sector, training local teams (composition or membership of damage assessment teams) and the roles and responsibilities of the Individual Assistance Damage Assessment Coordinator and team leads.Target Audience: The primary participants for this class include the county Emergency Management, local governments (Townships, Villages, Cities), CERT, ARES, schools, authorities and special districts, certain private non-profit organizations, organized local damage assessment teams and organized volunteer organizations. Prerequisite: There are no Pre-requisites for this course September 15, 2016 (Miami) Miami County Communications Center 210 Marybill Drive Troy, Ohio 45373 Enroll
EMA-AWR345UASDM-Sept2016 AWR-345 Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Disaster Management This free 8-hour AWR-345 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in Disaster Management classroom course will discuss the wide variety of uses of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in disaster response, recovery, preparedness, and mitigation. The course will also discuss the various types of UAS, as well as the current regulations on UAS use and what the steps are to become authorized to use UAS. Targeted Audience: First responders, as well as city, county, and state emergency management government officials. September 15, 2016 Ohio Emergency Management Agency 2855 West Dublin Granville Road Columbus, OH 43235 Enroll
EMA-L110BasicAcademySept2016 L110 National Emergency Management Basic Academy (TtT) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognizes the need to tie training programs to an established set of emergency management competencies and to a career development program through a progressive training and education system that includes the foundational-level Basic Academy. The Basic Academy provides a structured and progressive framework for acquiring the knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the challenges of an ever-changing emergency management environment. The Foundations Course Train-the-Trainer (L110) consists of 1 day of discussion about course objectives, how to set up and facilitate the class, time management, and other general topics. The last 2 days will consist of participant teach-backs that summarize a portion of the Foundations course subject matter and describe activities and exercises in addition to time for critique and questions. September 19 – 23, 2016 Ohio Emergency Management Agency 2855 West Dublin Granville Road Columbus, OH 43235 Enroll
EMA-G288 G288 Local Volunteer and Donation Management This free training supports local governments and their emergency management partners in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disaster events at the local level. The course is designed to strengthen the abilities of local jurisdictions to successfully prepare for and handle volunteer and donations management issues that may arise. The course content and activities may also serve as a template, thereby enhancing uniformity in addressing areas of donated unsolicited goods, unaffiliated volunteers, and undesignated cash. This training also provides information regarding the state’s volunteer and donations management responsibilities, which are designed to help build relationships between government and non-governmental organizations. G-288 is an “Elective” course in the Advanced Professional Series (APS) program. Emergency Managers and voluntary organizations responsible for the management of spontaneous volunteers Local Volunteer/ Donations Coordinator, Coordinator’s Alternate, Leading stakeholders of voluntary organizations, State/ local VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) Chair or Designee, Public Information Officer or Liaison, Program Functional Leads, Government-Private Sector Liaison September 26-27, 2016 (Paulding) Paulding County EMA 503 Fairground Dr. Paulding, Ohio 45879 Enroll
EMA-G557 G557 Rapid Needs Assessment Course This is a “Required” course in the Advanced Professional Series (APS) Program(formerly G250.7) There is No Charge to the Student for this Course. This course provides information and resources that will enable participants to plan an effective Damage Assessment Program and conduct rapid and effective damage assessments in order to save lives, protect property and the environment, and begin the process of Recovery and Mitigation. Class registration is from 7:30 to 8:00 AM and course hours are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Target Audience: The target audience for this course includes Local officials who are responsible for assessing, collecting, and reporting damages during and after any event that causes damage of private, public, and critical infrastructure. First response agencies (fire, police, EMS, etc.), planners, and county CERT & ARES volunteers will benefit from this course. September 27, 2016 (Franklin) Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security 5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd. Columbus, Ohio 43230 Enroll
EMA-ICS300BelmontCoOct2016 ICS-300 Intermediate ICS This 18-hour classroom course is designed for front-line personnel with supervisory responsibilities, such as the Incident Commander or Planning Section Chief. The three-day curriculum includes instruction in general principles associated with incident command, along with various tabletop exercises that allow students to put this knowledge to practical use. October 4 – 6, 2016 Belmont College 68094 Hammond Road, Saint Clairsville, OH 43950 Enroll
EMA-G272 G272 Warning Coordination Course This course is the latest in the hazardous weather series of courses produced in partnership with the National Weather Service (NWS). Every year, the United States experiences more severe weather than any other country in the world. In order to reduce deaths, injuries, and property losses, Emergency Managers must work closely with the NWS and the news media to provide effective warnings that can be received and understood by people at risk. This course is intended to help facilitate that process. Course topics include: The Social Dimensions of Warning Response; Developing Effective Warning Messages; Developing an Effective Community Warning Process; and Working with the News Media to Create a Weather Warning Partnership. In addition to lecture and discussion, the course includes case studies, exercises, and an opportunity for interaction with representatives of the local news media. October 6-7, 2016 (Wayne) Wayne County EMA Emergency Operations Center, 201 West North Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691, Enroll
EMA-ICS400HamiltonCoOct2016 ICS-400 Advanced ICS This training is a 14-hour classroom course that provides training on the advanced resource management provisions of the Incident Command System (ICS). Course topics include explaining the special management challenges of major incidents, as well as explaining how Multi-agency Coordination Systems (MACS) are established. The target audience for this course is senior personnel who expect to perform in a management capacity in an Area Command or Multi-agency Coordination Entity. October 12-13, 2016 Symmes Township Public Safety Building 8871 Weekly Lane Symmes Township, OH 45249 Enroll
EMA-G428 G428 CERT Train-the-Trainer Course This two-and-a-half day course prepares students to organize and teach the CERT Basic Training Course by demonstrating instructional methods and familiarizing students with the instructional modules of that course. This course also covers basic considerations for developing and implementing a CERT program. Those completing this CERT Train-the-Trainer course will be provided copies of all CERT Basic Training Course materials in hardcopy and electronically on CD-ROM and a CERT kit. Who Should Attend? This is a course designed for CERT trainers and program managers for the county, local, or department level. Participants in the Train-the-Trainer course are typically from first responder organizations, emergency management, volunteer organizations involved in disasters, or existing CERT teams wishing to expand a local program. Prerequisites: Participants should have a working knowledge of the CERT program and curriculum as this is not a CERT course, but a course on how to teach the CERT course and establish or enhance a local preparedness-training program. Previous experience providing and facilitating instruction for adults is desirable, but not required. Registrants without a fire, rescue, or disaster preparedness background are required to have completed the standard 20-hour CERT course or equivalent experience. Those with a fire, rescue, and/or disaster preparedness background that have not taken or taught the CERT course are required to complete the online IS-317 Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams course available at http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/IS317/#content. Please visit http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams for additional information on the CERT program and related training materials. October 14-16, 2016 (OEMA) Ohio Emergency Management Agency 2855 West Dublin Granville Rd. Columbus, OH 43235 Enroll
EMA-G191 G191 ICS/EOC Interface Course This is a “Required” course in the Advanced Professional Series (APS) Program. This course is designed for personnel associated with On-Scene Incident Command, EOCs and Multiagency Coordination (MAC) System entities. The goal of the course is to provide state and local emergency management officials with the knowledge and skills they need to operate an Emergency Operating Center (EOC) and interface it with an Incident Command System (ICS) field operation. It enables the participants to begin developing an ICS/EOC interface for their community by applying Incident Command System (ICS) principles. The course reviews ICS and EOC responsibilities and functions and depends heavily on exercise and group discussions to formulate the interface. This course meets the minimum requirements set forth by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission for eight continuing education course hours. Ohio EMA Training offers 0.7 CEUs for this course. October 19, 2016 (Butler) Butler County Emergency Operations Center, 1810 Princeton Road., Hamilton, Ohio 45011 Enroll
EMA-G393 G393 Mitigation For Emergency Managers This free course is designed to enable the non-technical emergency worker to acquire skills in the use of Mitigation. The course provides training in how to perform Mitigation activities fundamental to reducing and eliminating long-term risk from hazards. It addresses the important roles of the Emergency Program Manager (or other local government representative) in Mitigation: Motivator, Coordinator, and Monitor in local implementation of the National Mitigation Strategy. This is a “Required” course in the Advanced Professional Series (APS) program. October 25-27, 2016 (Licking) Licking County Regional Communications Center (911 Center) 119 E. Main Street Newark, OH 43055 Enroll
EMA-ICS300SummitCoOct2016 ICS-300 Intermediate ICS This 18-hour classroom course is designed for front-line personnel with supervisory responsibilities, such as the Incident Commander or Planning Section Chief. The three-day curriculum includes instruction in general principles associated with incident command, along with various tabletop exercises that allow students to put this knowledge to practical use. October 25 – 27, 2016 Summit County Public Health – Command Room 1867 West Market Street Akron, Ohio 44308 Enroll
EMA-ICS400SummitCoNov2016 ICS-400 Advanced ICS This training is a 14-hour classroom course that provides training on the advanced resource management provisions of the Incident Command System (ICS). Course topics include explaining the special management challenges of major incidents, as well as explaining how Multi-agency Coordination Systems (MACS) are established. The target audience for this course is senior personnel who expect to perform in a management capacity in an Area Command or Multi-agency Coordination Entity. November 2 – 3, 2016 Summit County Public Health – Command Room 1867 West Market Street Akron, OH 44308 Enroll
EMA-ICS400BelmontCoNov2016 ICS-400 Advanced ICS This training is a 14-hour classroom course that provides training on the advanced resource management provisions of the Incident Command System (ICS). Course topics include explaining the special management challenges of major incidents, as well as explaining how Multi-agency Coordination Systems (MACS) are established. The target audience for this course is senior personnel who expect to perform in a management capacity in an Area Command or Multi-agency Coordination Entity. November 3 – 4, 2016 Belmont College – Horizon Hall 68094 Hammond Road St. Clairsville, OH 43950 Enroll
EMA-AWR342OP3Nov2016 AWR-342 Maturing Public Private Partnerships (OP3) Course Description: The Maturing Public-Private Partnerships Workshop is a three-day, in-person instructional training program. Topics covered in this Workshop include the historic foundations of public-private partnerships; what makes a successful partnership and typical problem areas; standardized methods to align interests and outcomes and leverage collaboration and communications; procedures to build strong pre-incident partnership teams and shared situational awareness during events; innovative models, legal considerations, and workshop tools. This Workshop will require in-person dialogs among stakeholders to explore lessons learned and fully vet best practices. The Workshop culminates in the presentation of personal partnership improvement plans that each participant will develop during the three days of training. November 15 – 17, 2016 Ohio Emergency Management Agency 2855 West Dublin Granville Road Columbus, OH 43235 Enroll
EMA-ICS300HuronCoDec2016 ICS-300 Intermediate ICS This 18-hour classroom course is designed for front-line personnel with supervisory responsibilities, such as the Incident Commander or Planning Section Chief. The three-day curriculum includes instruction in general principles associated with incident command, along with various tabletop exercises that allow students to put this knowledge to practical use. December 14 – 16, 2016 Fisher-Titus Medical Center, 272 Benedict Avenue, Norwalk, Ohio 44857 Enroll
EMA-ICS300OttawaCoJan2017 ICS-300 Intermediate ICS This 18-hour classroom course is designed for front-line personnel with supervisory responsibilities, such as the Incident Commander or Planning Section Chief. The three-day curriculum includes instruction in general principles associated with incident command, along with various tabletop exercises that allow students to put this knowledge to practical use. January 7 – 8, 2017 Carroll Township Service Complex 11080 W. Toussaint East Road Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449 Enroll
EMA-ICS400HuronCoJan2017 ICS-400 Advanced ICS This training is a 14-hour classroom course that provides training on the advanced resource management provisions of the Incident Command System (ICS). Course topics include explaining the special management challenges of major incidents, as well as explaining how Multi-agency Coordination Systems (MACS) are established. The target audience for this course is senior personnel who expect to perform in a management capacity in an Area Command or Multi-agency Coordination Entity. January 12 – 13, 2017 Fisher-Titus Medical Center, 272 Benedict Avenue, Norwalk, Ohio 44857 Enroll
EMA-ICS400OttawaCoJan2017 ICS-400 Advanced ICS This training is a 14-hour classroom course that provides training on the advanced resource management provisions of the Incident Command System (ICS). Course topics include explaining the special management challenges of major incidents, as well as explaining how Multi-agency Coordination Systems (MACS) are established. The target audience for this course is senior personnel who expect to perform in a management capacity in an Area Command or Multi-agency Coordination Entity. January 14 – 15, 2017 Carroll Township Service Complex 11080 W. Toussaint East Road Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449 Enroll
EMA-G402 G-402 ICS Overview for Executives and Senior Leaders There are no pre-requisites for this course. This course provides an orientation to executives and senior officials (including elected officials, city/county managers, agency administrators, etc.) to the Incident Command System (ICS). Topics covered include: • Part 1: What is ICS? • Part 2: ICS Organization and Features • Part 3: Unified and Area Command • Part 4: Coordination and Incident Management Assessment • Part 5: ICS Preparedness Who Should Attend? Executives and Senior Officials, including Elected Officials, City/ County Managers, Agency Administrators, etc. January 16, 2017 (Portage) Portage County Emergency Operations Center 8420 Infirmary Road Ravenna, Ohio 44266 Enroll
EMA-MGT347ICSFormsFeb2017 MGT-347 Incident Command Systems Forms Review This 4 ½-hour workshop provides a detailed introduction to emergency response supervisors and mid-to upper-level managers to the Incident Command System (ICS) forms used in the development of an Incident Action Plan (IAP). Participants will examine the primary forms used in an IAP, as well as supporting and other utility forms. In addition, participants will review the planning process and where, within that process, the forms are filled out and by whom. The workshop includes a practical application designed to instruct participants in the development of Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Time-based (SMART) control and management objectives. We will provide the ICS 300 Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents Course at 1:00 PM on the same day as this course. February 7, 2017 Ohio Emergency Management Agency 2855 West Dublin Granville Road Columbus, OH 43235 Enroll
EMA-MGT904ICS300Feb2017 ICS-300 Intermediate for Expanding Incidents Enhance your Incident Command skills, with a special focus on new concepts of the Incident Command System (ICS). The training and resources provided in this course will assist personnel who require advanced application of the ICS. The course will also benefit any person who has a responsibility to function in a command post managing an expanding incident. Students will participate in group activities that introduce the development of the Incident Action Plan (IAP) and demonstrate the interactions between the Command and General Staff sections of the ICS. February 7 – 9, 2017 Ohio Emergency Management Agency 2855 West Dublin Granville Road Columbus, OH 43235 Enroll

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RNC– Photo: Cleveland’s The Quicken Loans Arena is ready for the Republican National Convention.

If a single sentence could capture the madness about to hit Cleveland, it’s this: You can’t bring a water gun to demonstrate outside the Republican National Convention, but you can bring an AK-47.

As tens of thousands of Donald Trump supporters and opposing activists begin arriving for next week’s nominating convention, law enforcement officials say they are ready for anything. They’ll have to be.

Despite the city’s temporary bans on items as innocuous as tennis balls and bicycle locks in downtown Cleveland, Ohio state law will allow demonstrators with radically different viewpoints to legally open-carry handguns and rifles as they encounter each other outside the convention. And it’ll be up to a multi-agency police force of thousands of officers, and demonstrators themselves, to keep things from getting violent.

“This thing is like a woman in labor – that baby is coming no matter what, whether we think we’re ready or not,” said Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association “We’re going to have two very, very passionate groups of people here, and I’m not judging one side or the other. … But I’m going to have what amounts to a handful of police officers standing between them.”

STRASBOURG, FRANCE - APRIL 01: A protestor holds a water gun during a demonstration against the upcoming NATO summit on April 1, 2009 in Strasbourg, France. The NATO's 60th anniversary summit will take place in Strasbourg, France, Baden-Baden and Kehl, Germany from April 3-4. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)– Photo: Don’t make plans to pack a Super Soaker while walking the streets outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. A legally owned gun, however, is just fine.

Republican National Conventions have often been heavily protested, sometimes leading to hundreds of arrests. The concern is that Trump’s presidential run this year has brought especially passionate opposition from left-wing groups and noticeably vocal support from far-right groups.

A group of white nationalists and skinheads who recently brawled with anti-fascist protesters in Sacramento have said they’ll attend so they can protect Trump supporters. The New Black Panther Party is also planning to come to Cleveland, though the group’s chairman has walked back a statement that his members would be armed.

That’s on top of the array of left-wing anarchists, right-wing Oath Keepers, antipoverty activists, antiabortion activists and Trump supporters who have signaled their intentions to join the eddy of political views expected to swirl together in the streets, sidewalks and parks outside Quicken Loans Arena. The inflammatory Westboro Baptist Church has also obtained a demonstration permit to join in stirring the pot.

In preparation, officials have been readying for anything, from a mass shooter to chemical or radiological attacks. Police have stocked up on riot gear, and airspace over the city will be restricted starting Sunday. FBI special agents have been knocking on the doors of activists around the country in search of information, or at least to let them know they’re watching. Journalists are bringing body armor.

Bikers-For-Trump-628x356– Photo: Republican Convention in Cleveland: Bikers to truckers, pro-Trump groups plan forceful presence.

Police departments from as far as Ft. Worth are sending up to 2,500 officers to help beef up outdoor security provided primarily by the Cleveland Police Department – which itself has come under federal scrutiny for its repeated use of “unreasonable and unnecessary force,” in the words of a 2014 Justice Department investigation.

Cleveland’s municipal court system is prepared to keep staff on hand from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. during the convention, with a dozen judges available to process up to a 1,000 arrests a day, if necessary.

“Hopefully that will be enough,” court spokesman Ed Ferenc said, adding that jail officials were trying to free up space in case of mass arrests. Courtrooms may be so full that officials are planning to live-stream arraignments for protesters.

MetroHealth OhioHospitals have also prepared. The MetroHealth System, which has the city’s longest-serving trauma 1 center, sped up construction on a new critical-care facility when it learned the convention was coming to town, said spokeswoman Tina Shaerban-Arundel.

“We definitely saw the value of having those extra ICU beds available just in case something happened,” Shaerban-Arundel said.

If Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams is nervous, he isn’t showing it.

“We’ve done events in the past where people have presented themselves in an open-carry format and we’ve handled that,” Williams said at a televised press briefing Wednesday. “Assault rifles, handguns, you name it…. Our officers are used to it, we’ve handled it before.”

Open-carry laws have drawn extra scrutiny since last week’s ambush in Dallas, where a gunman angered by recent police shootings killed five officers and wounded others. Dallas police said they were confused by several protesters who were open-carrying, and at one point even wrongly identified a protester with an AR-15 as a suspected gunman.

In response, Cleveland police “have sort of tweaked our policy a bit, our tactics, to ensure everybody is safe, including that person open-carrying,” Williams said, declining to elaborate further.

Loomis, the head of the patrolman’s association, was more skeptical, and he urged demonstrators not to bring guns.

“While it’s your legal right to guns in an open-carry type of situation, you have a moral obligation to not make things more difficult,” Loomis said in an interview. “I’m here to tell you that this is very irresponsible ideology – to think that you’re going to bring guns in here and it’s going to make things better. It’s not. We saw that in Dallas.”

Police officers, Loomis added, are looking forward to getting the convention over with. “You’re going to have a lot of people going on vacation the week afterward, I’ll tell you that.”

 

 

 

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BREXIT FEAR MONGRING NOW FOCUSES ON LACK OF CIVIL SERVANTS

Eugenics and pandemics

“The Government may have to look far and wide to find the legions of staff it needs for post-Brexit trade talks,” reports The Telegraph in the latest wave of scare mongering.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-36700468

Has the civil service not heard of training? Aren’t they able to set up a series of courses for commercial officers in embassies around the world, and not just for the EU, to familiarize them with every aspect of trade negotiations?

Participants could learn the basic economics of trade, the elements of a good trade deal (more UK exports, but imports in sectors where the UK has a need and little or no domestic supply), tariffs, customs etc in a few short hours.

There could also be a Masterclass in legal issues concerned with trade, existing international and national trade laws, and contracts.

Step by step guides could help embassy staff to preparing new trade details, how to…

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The Clintons’ connection to the Panama Papers

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dem_2016_clinton2When the recently leaked “Panama Papers” exposed the existence of thousands of offshore bank accounts of the politically high and mighty, Hillary Clinton quickly decried them as “outrageous tax havens” for “the super-rich.”

But it turns out that the Democratic presidential front-runner and her husband have multiple connections with people named in the papers — including staffers and major donors.

Among those named in the papers as using the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca to set up offshore entities are Gabrielle Fialkoff, who served as Clinton’s finance director during her first campaign for the Senate in New York, according to a report published online at mcclatchydc.com.

hillaryFialkoff is also a senior adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio and director of the city’s Office of Strategic Partnership.

Another name from the papers is billionaire Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining magnate and longtime crony of Bill Clinton who has donated $100 million to the Clinton Foundation.

Yet another name from the paper is The Chagoury Group, an international developer based in West Africa that has pledged $1 billion in projects to the Clinton Global Initiative.

Additional names include Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng, who was at the center of a Democratic fund-raising scandal during the Clinton administration, and Marc Rich, the notorious international fugitive pardoned by Bill Clinton in his final hours as president in 2001, McClatchy reported.

McClatchy Newspapers and some 350 other reporters under the umbrella of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists have been pouring over a massive dump of more than 11.5 million files  Mossack Fonseca documents, revealing their first findings earlier this month.

The firm has denied any wrongdoing.

Panama Papers investigation– Photo: Gabrielle Fialkoff is a contributor to Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s campaign committee, New Yorkers for de Blasio, which is reportedly the subject of a wide-ranging, Federal corruption investigation. Before she was named as director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships, Ms. Fialkoff was chair of Mayor de Blasio’s inauguration committee.

“Now some of this behavior is clearly against the law, and everyone who violates the law anywhere should be held accountable,” Hillary Clinton said of the scandal at a recent AFL-CIO convention.

“But it’s also scandalous how much is actually legal,” she added.

The Clintons themselves do not appear to be mentioned in the document dump, McClatchy reported.

But their ties to multiple big-money names that turn up in the documents as using offshore accounts will be sure to fuel the campaign rhetoric of Bernie Sanders, Hillary’s Democratic presidential rival.

Sanders has condemned Hillary as a wealthy Washington insider who is in league with Wall Street fat cats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Britain Fires a Shot Heard ’Round the World

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BrexitMove will resonate in the U.S. as powerful demonstration of a rising populist tide

The implications of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will reverberate through the Continent’s politics and economy for years. But it may have an even more immediate global political significance with resonance here in the U.S. as the most powerful demonstration yet of a rising populist tide transforming the established order across the West.

The victory for the Leave campaign was perhaps the single largest blow the British populace has delivered to its establishment in modern history.

Voters defied the impassioned—and unified—opposition of the leadership of all five major political parties. They rejected the advice of more than 1,200 corporate CEOs, including half of the chiefs of the FTSE 100 companies who wrote to The Times newspaper last week urging rejection of “Brexit.”

Banks in the City of London, one of the world’s major financial centers, along with the Bank of England, the country’s central bank, and most of its influential think tanks and academic institutions, had warned of the risks to the U.K.’s economic security and global financial pre-eminence if Britain did not stay in the EU. A procession of eminent foreigners, from most heads of European governments to James Dimon, the CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase, had urged a vote to stay.

Barack Obama warns Brits– Photo: US President warns Brits not to ‘pull back from the world’ and ‘reject cynicism’ after controversial Brexit threat.

In April, President Barack Obama traveled to London to weigh in, telling British voters that Britain would “put UK ‘back of the queue” in negotiations for trade agreements with the United States if they chose to leave.

All to no avail. This unprecedented establishment campaign of persuasion failed to sway a majority of British voters who opted instead to take a step the government had repeatedly described as an act ofeconomic self-harm with global ramifications.”

Brexit Not since universal adult suffrage in the U.K. has the electorate been so willing to reject the concerted and unified advice of its political and economic leadership. Instead they chose to side with politicians who directly challenged the establishment, such as Boris Johnson, the Conservative former mayor of London, and Nigel Farage, the leader of the populist United Kingdom Independence Party.

The Leave campaign, of course, was a singularly British phenomenon, channeling longstanding national resentment of the cession of power by the government to an unelected supranational Brussels bureaucracy. But in its message and its appeal it had much in common with surging popular anger seen across the Continent and in the U.S. Populist movements have been on the rise in Europe and America since the financial crisis eight years ago. As dissatisfaction with slow growth, high unemployment and stagnant wages has risen, political parties such as the Five Star movement in Italy, the Alternative for Deutschland in Germany, the National Front in France and Podemos in Spain have made gains at local and even national levels, and populist parties have actually taken power in smaller countries such as Hungary and Poland.

Brexit voteIn the U.S., the Tea Party rode popular resentment against economic weakness, government spending and bailouts for banks beginning in 2010. And of course this year, Donald Trump emerged from outside the established political order to become the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party.

With exquisite timing, Mr. Trump himself happened to land in the U.K. in the midst of the populist triumph. Opening his new golf course at Turnberry in Scotland, he congratulated Britons.

“People want to take their country back,’’ he said. And then to drive home the similarities between his own ascent and that of the Leave campaign, he said: “There are many other cases where they will want to take their borders back. You’re going to see that more and more… I love to see people take their country back.”

Tea Party supporters also identified with the victorious Leave campaign Tea Party Nation, a leading umbrella group, congratulated the British on their “Independence Day” and said in a statement “the land that gave us Magna Carta decided they wanted freedom and not a socialist dictatorship.”

Brexit1– Image: The UK has had enough of the bureaucrats in Brussels. EU commissions regulate everything from the bend of bananas to the curvature of cucumbers.

There are striking parallels between the campaigns in the U.K. and the U.S. Support for Leave, as for Mr. Trump, cuts across party lines. While most of the leading campaigners to leave the EU were Conservative politicians, Leave did disproportionately well among Labour voters especially in the party’s heartlands in the north of England. Leave voters seem to have been animated most heavily by concerns about rising immigration levels into the U.K., especially from the EU. Leave voters, like Mr. Trump’s, were disproportionately older and white and working class.

They expressed frustration to opinion pollsters about a perceived loss of national British identity in the face of inflows of immigration.

Crucially, they appear much more energized than the general population. Turnout in the referendum was unusually high in pro-Leave districts, while in the areas of the country that backed Remain, such as London and Scotland, the turnout was much lower.

The key messages that resonated with Leave voters were a powerful anti-incumbent sentiment, a frustration with established political leaders, and a desire for change.

To be sure, Mr. Trump faces unique challenges in his bid for the presidency—punishingly high disapproval rates, a lack of campaign funds, the occasionally outrageous outburst and a large demographic hill to climb with minority voters, especially Hispanics.

But the shocking Brexit victory has shown the growing appeal in much of the West of a nationalist message. It has also demonstrated that anger that is not addressed by the existing party leaderships can be harnessed to propel an improbable campaign to victory over the forces of an establishment of both major parties arrayed against them,.

On Thursday, Britain experienced a political earthquake. The aftershocks may reverberate far beyond its shores.

One can only hope.

 

 

 

 

 

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On Eve of SCOTUS Abortion Decision, Texas Accused of Suppressing Key Data

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AUSTIN, TX - JULY 01: Supporters of Texas women's right to reproductive decisions rally at the Texas State capitol on July 1, 2013 in Austin, Texas. This is first day of a second legislative special session called by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to pass an restrictive abortion law through the Texas legislature. The first attempt was defeated after opponents of the law were able to stall the vote until after first special session had ended. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)The Supreme Court is expected on Monday to announce its decision on Texas’ abortion law, in what could be the most consequential ruling on the issue in a generation. The question: New requirements on abortion providers pose an unconstitutional “undue burden” on Texas women.

But among the reams of evidence presented to the high court and the public debate in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, something is still missing: A full, official account of the initial impact of the law on Texas women.

A state employee with knowledge of the annual data Texas collects on abortion spoke to NBC News and is accusing state officials overseeing the Department of Health Services of intentionally blocking the information and instructing staff members to mislead people who ask for it. Because fact-finding traditionally ends after such a case goes to trial, long before it reaches the Supreme Court, the justices may or may not have considered it. But in the court of public opinion, the data could potentially undermine Texas’ official argument that its requirements pose no particular burden on women.

First catapulted to the national stage by then-state Sen. Wendy Davis’ pink-sneakered filibuster, the law has a bundle of abortion restrictions. Local abortion clinics have asked the Supreme Court to block two of the rules: that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at local hospitals and that even early procedures, including “medication abortions” that involve only taking two pills, take place in expensive ambulatory surgical centers.

Whole Womans Health v. HellerstedtSaying they are unable to comply with the admitting privileges provision — in one border town, McAllen, no hospital would even send abortion providers an application — about half of the clinics in Texas have already closed since 2013. If the Supreme Court allows the other requirement to go into effect, only nine or 10 clinics will be left in a state with 5.4 million women of reproductive age.

The court previously defined an illegal “undue burden” as “the purpose or effect of placing a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus.” That’s what makes information about the potential effect of the law so crucial, and it’s why public health researchers and advocates are anxious to see Texas’ data from 2014, the first full year the admitting privileges requirement was in effect.

The state did release a provisional raw number of abortions in 2014, which showed a sharp decline in the procedure, but the full figures would break down the data by procedure, gestational age, region and race, which potentially corroborates the argument that the law poses an undue burden.

“The data is not final. If the data were final, we would release it. We hope to have it finalized soon,” said Carrie Williams, a spokeswoman for the department.

But according to the state employee, who provided emails and screenshots to NBC News that appear to corroborate the TIMELINE, the abortion statistics were in the final stages months ago. In fact, according to this individual, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of ongoing employment there, in December 2015, researchers in the relevant department were actually told to get the information ready sooner than the usual 15 months.

“They definitely wanted the abortion data earlier,” the state employee said. The researchers went to work on finalizing the numbers, delivering them in mid-February to a supervisor.

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Supreme Court on abortionIt was a particularly high-profile moment for the 2013 law, known in Texas as HB 2. The Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case on March 2, and the justices expressed particular interest in the evidence of how abortion patterns had changed in the state, including the chosen method of terminating a pregnancy and whether the changing number of clinics could meet the existing demand.

But they did so without access to the official Texas data. After weeks of silence, according to the state employee, a supervisor instructed the department to stop discussing the abortion statistics over email or phone and to respond to any requests for information by saying the numbers weren’t ready.

Report: New Law Led to Statewide Drop in Abortions

In a June 15 letter, the ACLU of Texas, which first referred the state employee to NBC News, wrote, “Rather than responding honestly and claiming a legal basis for withholding the 2014 statistical tables, it appears that your agency has chosen to hide the truth.” The letter continued, referring to Texas’ state public records law, “Lying in response to Public Information Act requests would subvert the purpose of the Act, whether or not there is an arguable legal basis for withholding information.”

Asked to respond to these allegations in detail, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services wrote in an email in part, “The 2014 tables are under review, and we hope to have them finalized and released soon. For the last several years, Texas abortion data was typically finalized and published between March and June.”

Minutes later, when NBC News followed up specifically to repeat claims that the data release was being intentionally delayed and employees were told to pretend they were not yet ready, the only answer was an out-of-office message.

abortian pilllVideo above: How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

The information could also potentially undermine Texas’ rationale for the law, which is that it makes women safer.

Texas officials have told the courts that their intention was not to make abortion harder to access — which would almost certainly render the law unconstitutional — but rather to protect women’s health. The American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists submitted a brief to the court saying the law is medically unnecessary and actually endangers women by shuttering legal clinics and making them wait longer to see a doctor.

So far, the most comprehensive information about the impact of the law since it went into effect in mid-2013 has come from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) at the University of Texas, which canvassed clinics directly about the first six months the law was in effect.

Dr. Daniel Grossman, a member of that research consortium and a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, was a key witness for the case against the law. He said he had no knowledge of whether the official information is being suppressed or delayed. “During the trial, Texas said our data couldn’t be trusted because these weren’t official statistics and that we had to wait for the official statistics to come out. It did seem ironic that they had the information.”

In a series of published papers, TxPEP has found a more drastic drop in the overall abortion rate in Texas than the steadier nationwide decline, at the same time that the state cut family planning funds.

never going backCrucial to the question of whether the law advances women’s health, the researchers also found a “small but significant increase in the proportion of abortions that are second trimester,” according to Grossman, suggesting women were facing longer waits or other hurdles.

“Abortion is safe in the second trimester, but it does have more complications and is more expensive and harder to find,” Grossman said. “From a public health perspective, I think that’s really very concerning if the proportion of later abortions is increasing because of HB2. These are the kinds of things that I think will be revealed in the official statistics.”

TxPEP researchers also reported a 70 percent decline in the number of medication abortions in Texas in the first six months after the law went into effect, even as health statistics show more women nationwide are choosing to end their pregnancies that way.

The state employee declined to provide the official data, but according to the ACLU of Texas’ staff attorney, Trisha Trigilio, the numbers indicated “an across-the-board drop in abortions. With respect to medication abortions, the drop was significant. There was a disproportionate drop in border communities.”

All three data points are potentially relevant to the Supreme Court case. At oral argument, Justice Anthony Kennedy apparently referred to Grossman’s data when he asked the Texas solicitor general about the finding that “this law has really increased the number of surgical procedures as opposed to medical procedures, and that this may not be medically wise.”

A separate provision of the law, not before the court, specifically restricted the method Kennedy referred to as “medical procedures,” or medication abortion. Women had to make up to four separate visits to a clinic, faced a smaller window of availability, and a higher, potentially riskier dosage of the pills involved. For women whose nearby clinics have closed, the additional visits in particular would have posed a potentially unconstitutional burden.

As for the geographical data, clinics in El Paso, Brownsville and McAllen, all along the Mexican border, closed when their doctors were unable to comply with the admitting privileges portion of the law. The clinics argued in their challenge that the law specifically burdened the disproportionately low-income and Latina residents there.

The state employee chose to come forward, the individual said, because of dismay that public information was being mishandled. “This is not political data,” the employee said. “This is information that should be used for research or to make decisions about policy like the current Supreme Court case. It’s not right.”

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These pro-lifers should go on ahead and adopt all of the fetuses they so desperately wanted to save from abortion. If they cared so much about the “potential life,” then they should resume all responsibility for the child and raise it as their own. If they have a problem with that, then they obviously aren’t as “pro-life” as they thought they were: just “pro-birth.”

 

 

 

 

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Everything you need to know about virtual reality porn

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VR-banner-l2– Photo: New adult VR venture turns voyeurs into participants.

Every time someone finds out that I have an Oculus Rift at home there’s two things I can count on. First, that they’re going to ask me if I get motion sick, and yes, I do. Second—and this happens without fail—that the person I’m talking to will make a joke about watching porn on it. It’s inevitable and I think it’s an inescapable truth of human sexuality that sooner or later every technological advancement will be used in a way that helps us get off.

A complicated affair

Let’s start with the basics. In order to actually watch some adult entertainment with a VR twist you need some type of head-mounted display. That can be anything from the pricey Oculus Rift to the much more affordable Google Cardboard, but your experience will definitely hinge on how high-quality your device’s display happens to be as well as the quality of your, ahem, media. For this NSFW outing, I used the Oculus Rift DK2.

I went all-out and dropped a few bucks on a trial membership to VirtualRealPorn (NSFW). This site offers its movies in resolutions as high as 3,000 by 1,500 and features positional head-tracking so you can look around and pretend you’re there, which is really the entire point.

This brings us to the first drawback of VR sex: It’s really complicated. It’s not just you, your computer monitor, and a website—it’s you, your computer, your VR headset, about a half dozen cords, two extra programs, and a video that you downloaded instead of streamed. It’s a colossal pain and it’s something you have to actually work on preparing ahead of time, which isn’t how many people like to consume their porn.

To be fair, this was simply my experience using the Rift on a Windows computer, and if you’re using a smartphone VR headset with pre-configured apps, it could end up being much smoother. For me, however, it definitely wasn’t anything resembling smooth. Cumbersome porn isn’t good porn.

amor_andaluz_thumb_3– Image: Amor Andaluz – VirtualRealPorn

As far as the actual viewing experience goes, it’s exactly what you’d expect. It’s 3D of course, and while it’s slightly disorienting, looking around the scene is actually really cool, purely from a geeky standpoint. Almost everything in the VR porn market as it currently exists is shot in a POV style, where the camera that servers as your viewpoint is positioned on one of the participants heads for maximum immersion.

Are you a guy who wants to please a beautiful woman? Done. Are you a lady who wants her own Channing Tatum-esque dancer? No problem. You can even take on the role of another gender and explore your sexuality a bit—it’s a remarkably freeing experience no matter what you choose. Assuming your VR device has a reasonably high-resolution screen, it’s not difficult to suspend your disbelief and let your mind wander. And it can be thrilling.

Porn paranoia

Speaking of pleasure, lets talk about the next and perhaps most damning issue I’ve discovered about VR porn: It’s not a great masturbatory tool. Sorry to be blunt, but there it is. This probably goes against what you’d assume, given that I just got done talking about how the experience is fantastic, but there’s definitely a problem here and it all starts with the headset.

Using a head-mounted display means taking two of your most important senses and throwing them into a different realm. You eyes are transported to a virtual world via the headset and your ears—tucked snugly in a headset—follow along. You turn on your X-rated entertainment and your brain tells you your body is engaged, but in reality your body is sitting in front of your computer, and your hand is probably doing something that would mortify anyone who happens to wander by.

VirtualRealPorn-JapaneseChopsticks-04-1– Image: Japanese Chopsticks – VirtualRealPorn

I don’t care who you are, there’s a fantastic chance you know the paralyzing fear that shoots up your spine when you’re watching a smidgen of erotica and you think you hear the door open, a creak from the stairway, or even a random footstep. That feeling is amplified to an insane degree when you can’t actually see or hear what is happening around you, and it’s not an experience that is conducive to self pleasure. If I lived alone, on my own island, and a plague had wiped out the rest of humanity, I’d be able to enjoy it to its fullest extent and with reckless abandon… but I don’t.

The dirty truth

Virtual reality is indeed a fantastic new evolution of adult entertainment, and in the right setting it’s exhilarating, titillating, and just plain cool, but at the moment it’s definitely a novelty. VR porn is definitely going somewhere, and this first tip-toe into what it’s capable of is thrilling to say the least. While the technology is there, and the visuals are great, the entire experience is in beta. There are some very human things (i.e., sweaty foreheads from headsets, the terror of being walked in on) we’re going to have to figure out before this becomes mainstream.

USA_SCI_VR_08_xs Virtual sex. Pornographic application of virtual reality, showing a man mauling his virtual conquest provided by his headset and data glove & an unseen computer system. Virtual, in computer parlance, describes equipment or programs that assume one form yet give the illusion of another. Here, the image of the woman is provided by the system through goggles in the head-set; contact is effectively faked by optic-optic sensors in the black, rubber data glove, which relay information on aspect and movement of the man's fingers. Photographed at Autodesk Inc., USA. MODEL RELEASED. (1990)– Image: Virtual sex. Pornographic application of virtual reality, showing a man mauling his virtual conquest provided by his headset and data glove & an unseen computer system. Virtual, in computer parlance, describes equipment or programs that assume one form yet give the illusion of another. Here, the image of the woman is provided by the system through goggles in the head-set; contact is effectively faked by optic-optic sensors in the black, rubber data glove, which relay information on aspect and movement of the man’s fingers.

It’s not something I’d recommend investing in expensive electronics for, but if you already have the hardware, it’s definitely an experience you won’t forget. Still, actual human experience is not to be replaced.

 

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