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URBAN POLICE STATE ENVIRONMENT: Chicago Militarized for NATO - Detailed Report from Chicago
by Stephen Lendman
Global Research Canada, May 20, 2012
Ready or not, NATO arrived on May 19 and 20. Chicago's in virtual lockdown.
Residents feel occupied. Building occupants got special instructions.
This writer's residence advised "leaving town between May 18 - 22." Otherwise limit city travel. Have essentials on hand, including food and water. Consider working at home. Avoid certain parts of the city. Observe curfew and other mandates.
No large deliveries will be allowed. Special precautions are being taken.
Visitors must have verifying photo IDs. Vehicular restrictions will be enforced. Portions of the building will be locked and inaccessible. Avoid large gatherings if at all possible. Stay close to home.
In early May, CBS local affiliate Channel 2 reported that "the government is informing small plane pilots that if they enter (a restricted) no-fly zone during the summit, they might be shot down."
"This is no joke," the report continued. "It will be enforced from May 19 to May 21."
The FAA established flight advisory rules. Non-commercial aircraft are prohibited from flying within 10 nautical miles of downtown at altitudes below 18,000 feet.
Restrictions also include an outer perimeter extending 10 - 30 miles around Chicago. All aircraft violating flight restrictions will be intercepted. The advisory states:
"The United States Government may use deadly force against the airborne aircraft, if it is determined that the aircraft poses an imminent security threat.""Be advised that noncompliance with the published may result in the use of force."
Violators face criminal penalties. For three days, no-fly zone enforcement extends from Lake County, IN to Lake County, IL. It includes Cook and DePage Counties as well as portions of Lake Michigan.
O'Hare and Midway Airports are affected. So are small suburban ones. Around a dozen overall face restrictions. When Obama arrives, he'll be well protected downtown. So will other heads of state and their entourages.
Security is extremely tight. F-16s, Blackhawk helicopters, and drones patrol Chicago area skies. Elaborate barricades were erected in preparation.
Police may confront protesters violently. Local residents were warned to stay away. For many, conducting normal activities will be nightmarish. With dozens of motorcades coming, so will traffic.
Secret Service operatives head Operation Red Zone enforcement. They'll direct federal, state and local law enforcement.
Militarized May Day was dress rehearsal preparation. Police patrolled streets in battle dress. McCormick Place is summit headquarters. Nonetheless, virtually the entire Loop and surrounding areas are locked down.
High police visibility began May 1. Protest groups were briefed. Marches require permits. Strict restrictions apply.
Occupy Chicago, other OWS participants, Veterans against War, immigrants and environmental rights groups, National Nurses United, CANG8, unions, and other organizations marched on May 1 under the slogan:
"We are Workers. We are Students. We are Documented. We are Undocumented. We are Occupiers."
"They are Detaining Us. They are Shutting Down our Clinics. They are Closing our Schools. They are Taking our Wealth. They are Busting our Unions."
"Come May 1st. We are on the March! Join Us!"
From May 19 - 21, they're back.
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