What the President and the DOD do not want you to know about Alabama Bunker Standoff
Alabama hostage rescue under direct authority of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta —Alabama hostage rescue: why some secrets will remain in the bunker 05 Feb 2013 While more will surely be told about the ordeal in Alabama, which ended Monday with a late afternoon raid that saved 5-year-old Ethan but ended in the death of Jimmy Lee Dykes, it’s also clear that parts of the operation will remain shrouded in secrecy, given that it involved America’s most expert paramilitary counter-terrorism units collaborating with US special operations forces, under the direct authority of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. “This all rings of a unique covert operation,” says Randall Rogan, a crisis communications expert at Wake Forest University who has been following the story closely, adding the multiagency involvement is “atypical, quite honestly, for…what, after all, is not a significant terrorist event.” “There may be some general overview and general description of what happened, but there won’t be full, complete disclosure,” he says. “And that’s understandable. There are people out there who pay attention and who would make note of it, who are cognizant of what transpired and how it transpired, and who may take steps to prevent that sort of tactic from being utilized in the future.”
High-tech military detection gear delivered to aid in Alabama hostage surveillance 04 Feb 2013 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta approved a request from the FBI for high-tech military detection equipment to assist in surveillance on the underground bunker in Alabama where a 5-year-old boy was held hostage, CNN has learned… The military detection equipment was delivered on site, according to a military official, but it could not immediately be determined if the equipment was used before or during the rescue. Three Defense Department officials tell CNN that the equipment requested was similar to the technology used in war zones to detect buried explosives. Some small number of troops would have been needed to operate the equipment on-site. “Panetta personally approved it” said one senior Defense official, emphasizing the military was prepared to offer whatever it could to assist in rescuing the child.