The Republican and Democratic national conventions are quickly approaching. Security expenditures for both events will be unprecedented. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security just allocated 50 million dollars to the host city of Cleveland. DHS will surely follow suit with Philadelphia. Most of the grant money is designated for personnel, wages and physical security (riot gear, collapsible batons, metal fencing, etc.).
However, there’s a persistent looming threat that hovers over every large crowd. But it’s something that nobody’s allowed to talk about. And when I say nobody, I really mean it. Mainstream media, venue management, sports ownership, federal and state government, city officials, basically everyone. This threat is known as an “artificially generated stampede.” The concept isn’t complex. But it is, by nature, undiscussable. It’s simply the modern, technological equivalent of shouting “FIRE” in a crowded theater.
These days, virtually everyone carries an active cell phone. And these mobile devices are capable of receiving false information in a virtually unlimited variety of ways and means. If a dissemination of information (phony evacuation orders, bomb threats, panic-inducing content, etc.) was convincing and the saturation was well-timed, and more important, virally decentralized, I suspect enough people might fear for their lives, thus setting off a mass panic.
I occasionally post generic warnings about such an event on sites related to the NFL and NCAA. If you’re able to objectively think with a long-term event horizon, you’ll eventually come to the conclusion that there’s a “discernible inevitability” in play. At some future point in time, a scenario like this will occur. Will it be successful in creating a full-fledged human stampede? I honestly don’t know. I suspect that would depend upon a variety of factors. But will it eventually be attempted? Yes, of course.
If a renegade individual or terrorist group wanted to commit an atrocity, their degree of malicious intent would likely steer them in the direction of multiple stadiums (dominipede). Ballparks and motor speedways would be other conceivable targets. Further down the line, I’d start worrying about amphitheaters and arenas. But regardless of the type of venue(s), the concept is simple and straightforward. It does not require a degree in military theory. Just a little creative thinking and a willingness to challenge the status quo. It’s merely the weaponizing of a human stampede.
When the Republican and Democratic conventions occur, Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland (July 18 – July 21, 2016) and the Wells Fargo Center in southeast Philadelphia (July 25 – July 28, 2016) will be at the brink of capacity. Tickets aren’t “sold” in the traditional sense. They’re given away to lobbyists, political insiders and operatives, prominent fundraisers, delegates, elite representatives and the media. Take my word for it. Both venues will be packed to the rafters. The optics for live television require a raucous full house.
Question: Now what do both arenas have in common?
Answer: They’re both wirelessly hyper-connective environments.
Attendees will be receiving and transmitting massive quantities of real-time cellular information. Now here’s another question you might ask — is there any type of “cyber-filtration” system or wireless shield that protects individuals from hoax information? I’m afraid the correct answer is… no.
Question: Now if the threat is so grave, why have I never heard of it?
Answer: Because if you acknowledge the security disconnect exists, you own it. And if something bad happens, you’re to blame. The entire premise of the artificially generated stampede is grounded in a catch-22. This asymmetric, cyber-security threat remains non-addressable and undiscussable. But does anybody have actual knowledge of the issue? Uh… yeah.
How can I say this with the utmost certainty? Well, the official facebook pages for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia Flyers have permanently blocked me for posting my concerns. I’ve also been blocked by the following presidential candidates: Marco Rubio, John Kasich, George Pataki, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul and Lincoln Chafee. This outright refusal to acknowledge, and deliberate attempt to suppress generic public safety information, is NOT a good omen for those who will be attending the conventions.
There’s a very tangible irony in play. Upon entering either venue, attendees will repeatedly hear a looped message compliments of the Department of Homeland Security. Please report any suspicious activity. If you see something, say something. Now let’s be honest. You’re allowed to report certain things: an unattended briefcase, a discarded fast food bag, a dubious individual in a dark alley, etc. But nobody’s allowed to talk about the hypothetical downside of cellular communication. Once again… this is NOT a good omen.
Both conventions have received the maximum “Tier 1” security designation from the Department of Homeland Security. Many would argue that the level of logistical security will even supersede events such as the presidential inauguration and the State of the Union. As far as crowd safety goes, these conventions are comparable to the Super Bowl and the Olympics combined. Local, state, and federal agencies, SWAT, Secret Service, K-9, rooftop snipers, IED and bomb disposal control units. Everyone will be on maximum alert, prepared for absolutely any conceivable threat whatsoever. Well, except for the most obvious one that nobody’s allowed to talk about.
People have a fundamental right to know…
that if they’re in a large, confined crowd and receive an evacuation order and/or panic-inducing information from their cell phone or mobile device…
it’s almost certainly a malicious hoax designed to create an artificially generated stampede.
What if the government spends all that money and later discovers that the ultimate security solution would have been free of charge? It’s called telling people the truth.