Stupor Bowl or Snooper Bowl: Police State Technology Ready to Play Big Game

Police State Gets Ready for Super Bowl XLVIII
from Super Bowl XLVIII is a level one national security event declared by the Department of Homeland Security allowing Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 to kick in. The directive means the federal government considers the game to be a possible terrorist target and provides authority for the feds to act as the lead in all security operations in New Jersey and adjacent New York.

Philadelphia Police Headed to Super Bowl
from Philadelphia is going to the Super Bowl! Well, the Philadelphia police are. The team we are sending already started setting up its game time defensive strategy inside Met-Life Stadium in the Meadowlands. “We were recently up there and we secured that stadium. Now they have it secured to the point where it’s sterile, to where we return back on Super Bowl Sunday,” Detective Joseph Rovnan said. The Philadelphia Police Department’s Counter-Terrorist Unit is a key part of the security plan for the Big Game. It is a plan that will include a total of 3,000 law-enforcement professionals. But New Jersey State Police made sure to bring in Philadelphia’s Anti-Terror Unit because it is one of only a handful across the country with the technology, equipment, and training needed to secure an event of the Super Bowl’s magnitude.

Fort Collins Police Getting Ready For Super Bowl Sunday
from Police across the state want to remind everyone to keep things safe when having Super Bowl celebrations on Sunday. Fort Collins police plans to put five times the normal amount of officers on the street on Sunday and will spend as much as $10,000 trying to keep the most crowded areas safe.

NYPD Install 200 Security Cameras to Guard Against Super Bowl Terror
from New York City police commissioner Ray “Get Used to It” Kelly is out of office, but the department’s zeal for surveillance persists. Police have installed 200 temporary security cameras around midtown Manhattan in order to guard against terrorism during the city’s Super Bowl activities, reports the Associated Press. The department has plenty of experience with events that draw large crowds, including New Year’s Eve in the same area. Police used a similar strategy during the New York City marathon when they covered the finish line with cameras. The temporary cameras will supplement the thousands of permanent ones the department already monitors as part of its “Domain Awareness System.” That system, which has a reported 3,500 to 6,000 cameras, also includes analytical software that detects suspicious activity. There will also be hazmat and bomb squads, bomb-sniffing dogs, plainclothes police officers, and officers watching overheard from rooftops and helicopters. This year’s game is the first to be hosted by two states, New York and New Jersey, and the first cold weather Super Bowl to take place outdoors. The actual game will take place at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

The Super Bowl’s Super Security Boat: The Moose
The Super Bowl’s Super Security Boat: The Moosefrom Maritime defense is particularly important for Super Bowl XLVIII. Both the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are staying in hotels along the Hudson River, the same body of water that many fans will traverse via automobile, bus and train on game day. Which makes it the perfect opportunity for the New Jersey State Police, the agency coordinating security efforts among dozens of federal, state and local agencies, to show off a $1 million, state-of-the-art patrol and transport vessel purchased with Federal Emergency Management Agency funds. The state police this week have deployed one of their two Moose boats to transport security personnel, including its special operations teams, along the Hudson. The Moose—so called because it’s made by Petaluma, Calif.-based Moose Boats Inc.—is a 13.4-meter diesel water jet-propelled aluminum catamaran that can reach about 80 kilometers per hour and stop “on a dime” (within a length and a half of itself), says Sergeant First Class Ken Ryan, a 17-year veteran of the force who’s spent the past eight with the Marine Services Bureau.

Flashback: Biometrics Used to Detect Criminals at Super Bowl XXXV
from As 100,000 fans stepped through the turnstiles at Super Bowl XXXV, a camera snapped their image and matched it against a computerized police lineup of known criminals, from pickpockets to international terrorists. It’s not a new kind of surveillance. But its use at the Super Bowl — dubbed “Snooper Bowl” by critics — has highlighted a debate about the balance between individual privacy and public safety. Law enforcement officials say what was done at the Super Bowl is no more intrusive than routine video surveillance that most people encounter each day as they’re filmed in stores, banks, office buildings or apartment buildings. But to critics, the addition of the face-recognition system can essentially put everyone in a police lineup. “I think it presents a whole different picture of America,” said Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Florida.

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