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TERRORISM AND DETROIT: Threats won't change security plans

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  • Charles C. Primas
    Super Bowl XL: News TERRORISM AND DETROIT: Threats won t change security plans January 31, 2006 BY AMBER HUNT FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2006
      Super Bowl XL: News

      TERRORISM AND DETROIT: Threats won't change security plans

      January 31, 2006





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      Officer Danyel Harris, left, and Lt. Rhonda Tillman -- both of the
      Detroit Police Department -- work at the Super Bowl security hub Monday.
      (KATHLEEN GALLIGAN/Detroit Free Press)

      The latest terrorist threats against the United States have caught the
      attention of Super Bowl officials -- but they're not changing their
      security strategy.

      So said Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings during a news
      conference Monday, shortly before showing the Super Bowl's security hub
      to the Free Press.

      "It has not changed anything we're doing," Bully-Cummings said. "We've
      received no information that there's a specific threat in the city of
      Detroit or for this event."

      Two weeks ago, Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden warned that his fighters
      are preparing to attack the United States. On Monday, Ayman al-Zawahri,
      bin Laden's second-in-command, was shown mocking President George W.
      Bush and threatening an attack "on your own land."

      Law enforcement officials said the Super Bowl already is classified as a
      Special Event Level 1 -- the highest security level possible.

      If anything does happen, those staffing the security hub would be the
      first to know.

      The room -- the location of which Bully-Cummings asked not be published
      -- will provide laptops and phone lines for public safety workers,
      beginning at 4 p.m. today.

      Some spots were reserved for the FBI and State Police, while others were
      saved for DTE Energy representatives and Detroit Mayor Kwame
      Kilpatrick's staff.

      "This is where all the information will flow," Bully-Cummings said,
      standing in a room hugged by four movie theater-style screens, two of
      which showed CNN. The other two were reserved for E Team,
      emergency-management software that will allow agencies to share data in
      real time.

      The room, dubbed the Events Operation Center, also featured computers
      monitoring area freeways, Comerica Park, Hart Plaza and Ford Field. It
      will be staffed 24 hours a day until Feb. 6.

      That, matched with the 100-plus agencies Detroit police are working
      alongside this week, is why Bully-Cummings said she isn't as concerned
      with terrorist threats as she is with clogged traffic.

      "I'm not concerned about Sunday, Feb. 5," she said. "I'm concerned with
      the zillion events leading up to it."

      Contact AMBER HUNT at 313-222-2708. Staff writer Ben Schmitt and the
      Associated Press contributed to this report.

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