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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

TOPOFF Dustup?

The April 4, 2006, Hartford Courant reports disagreement between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Coast Guard (USCG) during TOPOFF, a national security exercise conducted a year ago. The FBI and the USCG could not agree on which agency's tactical response team would board a hijacked ferry.

The Courant article summarizes the disagreement well.

A detailed account of the institutional disagreement is in the redacted and unclassified report of the US Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General dated March 2006 and entitled The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Efforts to Protect the Nation's Seaports.

TOPOFF was an exercise, but the potential threat to our seaports has been well-documented. Hopefully the FBI and the USCG will work out their disagreements before someone tests the security of our ports with a real attack.


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