Airport-Style Security For Super Bowl XLVIII
The Super Bowl's annual role as a poster child for the police state will continue uninterrupted this year with low flying helicopters, airport-style security and checkpoints throughout New York and New Jersey.
"The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration will use a twin-engine Bell 412 helicopter equipped with radiation sensing technology, flying in a grid covering about 10 square miles at altitudes of 150 feet or higher at about 80 miles per hour, according to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management," reports the Jersey Journal.
The low flying chopper will fly at an altitude of just 10 stories in order to measure background radiation as a "security measure" in preparation for a potential dirty bomb attack targeting the Super Bowl.
As we reported last week, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would be flying a similar helicopter at low altitudes over Baltimore for years to come in order to prepare for a potential nuclear attack.
Other Super Bowl security measures include increased random bag searches and other checkpoints that will be commonplace throughout New York and New Jersey transit hubs.
"For those taking mass transit, police recommend traveling light because there will be numerous check points throughout the entire week," reports NY1.com.
The FBI has also announced that "agents across the world will be monitoring any threats."
Fans attending the MetLife Stadium for the big game on February 2 will face measures more stringent than airport security. A secure perimeter will extend well beyond the stadium itself with no public access allowed for certain areas.
The list of items that are banned from being brought into the stadium is lengthy. Only clear plastic bags and small clutch bags will be allowed inside, with all purses or bags larger than 4.5" x 6.5" banned, along with computer bags, binocular cases, camera bags, seat cushions and containers of any type. Cameras with lenses over 6" are also prohibited.
As we previously highlighted, at the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis the DHS trained hot dog sellers and other vendors to spot terrorists in a move that received widespread ridicule and condemnation. The following year, TSA screeners were on hand to conduct pat downs of fans entering the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The Department of Homeland Security has not yet indicated whether TSA agents will play any role in security for the 2014 event.
Fans planning to attend the game may want to consider joining the Muslim Brotherhood, members of which now get to enjoy VIP treatment from the DHS with no need to submit to any of the onerous security procedures that ordinary Americans have to suffer.