Friday, February 10, 2012

The LAPD’s little known high-tech underground “war room”

Inside RACR (Photo credit: Jupiter Systems)
Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

Four stories underground the Los Angeles Civic Center in a functioning bomb shelter, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Real-time Analysis Critical Response (RACR) center was born amidst the fear and confusion which followed the attacks on September 11, 2001.

According to local CBS affiliate KCAL, the idea began at a grass roots level with rudimentary technology and has now grown into a center where police monitor live feeds of traffic and city cameras, counter-terrorism information and real-time crime mapping with “eyes all over the city.”

This surveillance center has reportedly become a model for police departments around the country, which is understandable seeing as police departments seem to love to jump on the bandwagon and take up the latest trend like converting old armored trucks into mobile surveillance platforms.

KCAL was given an exclusive tour of RACR from Chief Charlie Beck – an opportunity which is obviously never afforded to alternative news outlets given the coverage might be a bit more accurate and thus a little less flattering.

Beck exhibited the typical fearmongering tactics employed by law enforcement when attempting to justify their massive expenditures.

“We are targets on our own soil,” Beck said. “We have to be ready.”


Why is Beck not more worried about Angelinos being ready for car accidents? After all, statistically speaking you’re much more likely to get killed in a car accident than a terrorist incident.

My regular readers are probably tired of hearing this, but I think it is always important to point out that there are countless everyday situations and items which pose a much greater danger to our lives than terrorism.

Of course, the government and law enforcement choose to ignore this as it would put the astounding amounts of taxpayer dollars poured into counter-terrorism and homeland security in jeopardy.

“This is a system that cuts through the red tape, that gets information to the people that need it,” says Beck said, adding that it is “the brains of the department, twenty-four/seven.”

Captain Sean Malinowski, the Commanding Officer at RACR, utilized some fearmongering as well in order to justify the program and ensure his job security.

“If we didn’t have that we would be operating blind,” Malinowski claimed. “Essentially we’re always activated here.”

“We have some real-time tools that help us analyze crime as it’s happening,” says Malinowski. “And then we feed that information out to the geographic areas and to patrol divisions.”

They claim that RACR is “a critical crime-fighting tool at the center of every high profile incident in the City of Los Angeles.”

The police boast about using it in visits from the Royals, President Obama and the crackdown on Occupy Los Angeles along with a string of arsons in Hollywood.

Interestingly, Malinowski admitted that in addition to video cameras owned by the city, the police also monitor outside streams like those provided by protesters at Occupy Los Angeles. This indicates that they also incorporate so-called “open source intelligence” or sources of information which are publicly available.

This could very well mean that like so many other agencies they are utilizing social networks and other public outlets in order to monitor activity and trends. Honestly, I would be surprised if that wasn’t part of their monitoring efforts.

RACR is being touted as a blueprint for communities around the country since at the time of its development “there was no template to look at” and “very little technology” according to LAPD Commander Blake Chow.

If historical precedent is any indicator, I think it is safe to say that many police departments will build a facility similar to RACR, if they haven’t already. 

This article first appeared at EndtheLie.com. Read other contributed articles by Madison Ruppert here.

Madison Ruppert is the Editor and Owner-Operator of the alternative news and analysis database End The Lie and has no affiliation with any NGO, political party, economic school, or other organization/cause. He is available for podcast and radio interviews. Madison also now has his own radio show on Orion Talk Radio from 8 pm -- 10 pm Pacific, which you can find HERE.  If you have questions, comments, or corrections feel free to contact him at admin@EndtheLie.com

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6 comments:

apeman2502 said...

All that bling and they still lack the class to tell us who did 9-11 or tell us about the CIA selling drugs to L.A. street gangs and murdering Gary Webb with two .38 slugs to the back of the head after he gave U.S. Senate testimony and Skull and Bones' 'cash and Carey', the committee chair, gave him the brush-off.

Anonymous said...

Clue: When government feels the need to entrench themselves into hardened bunkers, and militarized redoubts against its own citizens. Perhaps, that power structure should question its own legitimacy. The people need to bide their time, and realize, that once they have themselves incased in their fortresses, they have built themselves an expensive prison. They will eventually run out of drones, and we will pick them off as them surface for air, trying to reinstitute their authority.

Illuminati Agenda said...

Yes, just what we need - 'pimped out' underground police stations - a grotesque waste of taxpayers money.

Richard said...

Just another of the countless examples of the insideous nature of institutions. They always seem to grow like a cancer. It's not enough to have patrolmen keeping our city streets safe. Now there is a need, for high tech surveillance laboratories buried underground.

The path to a safer LA is much less complicated, access to food, shelter, and education, not an underground surveillance compound.

Anonymous said...

Just Who are the REAL bad guys?

Anonymous said...

Its the same story day after day,, our country is now gone, we are controlled by maniacs, and lunatics. The majority of people are so drugged up that they cant see what is going on,, and they are so numb that they dont care. I feel bad for all of our children and it will be interesting to see how this all turns out,, I for see lots of deaths and lots of destruction,, that is the saddest part, what we really need is peace and freedom

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