Most things went wrong during Norwegian counterterrorism exercise.
The counterterrorism exercise "Gemini" revealed major challenges in the cooperation between armed forces and police, according to participants in the exercise.
The military was unable to supply important assistance resources and most of the support system failed, say police and defense sources.
For some strange political correct reason the scenario was that militant environmentalists (!) had gone aboard a supply ship and a drilling rig and taken more than 200 hostages.
It took 28 hours before the situation was resolved.
"Along the way we had to take repeated and long pauses in the exercise so that the armed rescue squad could arrive and have something to practice on.
- In a real situation all hostages would have died, says a source who had a key role during the exercise.
Subsequently, several people who attended the exercise, both from the police and the military, have been told to keep quiet about everything that failed during the exercise, according to sources.
«The military emphasize that the lessons learned from the exercise Gemini is classified information. Therefore it will not be commented on our part. We urge you NOT to write about this," said an email from the spokesman of the Joint Headquarters, Lieutenant Colonel Ivar Moen, to the media who revealed the utter failure.
Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Defence attended the crisis response team, and Minister of Justice, Anders Anundsen, participated actively in the exercise.
- We expect that the Minister of Justice informs the Parliament of actions to be taken to improve cooperation between government agencies in an emergency or terrorist situation, to make it function better, says the Democrats spokesman, Kristian Kahrs.
First of all, there are no militant environmentalists in Norway that would take 200 hostages and kill them, so instead of this unlikely mad scenario, the exercise should have been about todays real threat, militant Islamists, who would kill the hostages.
Secondly, after the failure by the police response team on Utøya, when crazy Breivik shot dead 69 participants of a Labour's Youth League (AUF) summer camp, and the police almost drowned as they overloaded a small rubber dingy, promises of a much better counterterrorism and readiness were flying everywhere.
Also, the police response team on Utøya used a very long time to get there, and failed to require a helicopter, even though media had one flying over the area shooting pictures.
If ISIS should decide to attack in Norway…. well, lets just hope they postpone it for a while, giving the military and the police a chance to get their shit together!
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