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USCG Thwarts Terror Attack?

By Greg L | 11 September 2009 | National Politics | 33 Comments


The U.S. Coast Guard fired on a boat in the Potomac River today.  Stay tuned for details.

UPDATE: The word from the USCG is that this was a training exercise, but the Park Police who observed this weren’t aware of that.  Not hard to blame them, since the utter stupidity of conducting an exercise with munition simulators on the morning of 9-11 in view of where one of the planes went down utterly boggles the mind.  Incredible.

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  1. Truth to Power said on 11 Sep 2009 at 10:16 am:
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    IF THIS WAS AN EXERCISE… whoever is in charge has just ended their career.

  2. Not SPLC said on 11 Sep 2009 at 11:22 am:
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    DATE: September 11, 2009 11:41:45 EST
    Document Number: 517
    Office of Public Affairs
    U.S. Coast Guard

    News Release Date: Sept. 11, 2009

    Contact: Lt. Nadine Santiago
    (202) 372 - 4644

    Coast Guard statement on media report of gunfire on the Potomac

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard reported on Friday that reports in the media were based on overheard radio calls made over a training frequency and that no shots were fired during the exercise.

    The exercise was planned in advance and was being conducted on a marine radio frequency reserved for Coast Guard training and operations. No recreational boaters were involved in this training excercise.

    We are still gathering information of how this training event might have been misconstrued as an actual incident. We will conduct a thorough review of this incident.

    Coast Guard boats were operating in the vicinity of 14th Street and Memorial Bridges this morning. Whether or not these were the same boats using the marine radio frequency used for training purposes has not yet been confirmed.

    The best way that we in the Coast Guard can remember Sept. 11 and our security obligations to the nation is to be always ready and this requires constant training and exercise. To ensure the appropriate readiness posture we conduct training scenarios across the nation on a daily basis.

    How and when this exercised was conducted will be reviewed.

    Saving Lives and Guarding the Coast Since 1790.
    The United States Coast Guard — Proud History. Powerful Future.

  3. TedKennedysSwimInstructor said on 11 Sep 2009 at 11:47 am:
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    During the real attacks of 9/11 CNN smeared Bush for seeking safe harbor during the evidents.

    During a Coast Guard training exercise, where CNN intentionally misconstrued radio traffic, CNN cites utmost concern for Obama’s safety as his motorcade crossed the Potomac.

    Be careful before you blame the Coasties.

  4. startover said on 11 Sep 2009 at 12:24 pm:
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    OK, Lets not jump to conclusions. Report is that no shots were fired.
    Someone snuck a interruption on a SITE where they should have not been and started Fear amoung the People. CNN or what or whoever reported needed to get facts first.
    Call the Coast Guard and Check!

    They have to practice and if we start eliminating Days,this would really be restrictive.

    Lets relax and let the Coast Guard practice and the same goes for Quantico. People yip about Quantico and we have always figured out they are practicing for our Safety and feel very proud that they do this tactic.

    They say there were no shots fired,so someone was out to cause trouble. Why?

  5. Not SPLC said on 11 Sep 2009 at 1:10 pm:
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  6. smurf said on 11 Sep 2009 at 1:13 pm:
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    I agree with Ted,

    these exercises are routine (4 times per week was mentioned) there were no shots, some bonehead CNN reported said she heard “bang bang bang” on a training frequency.

    I would want them doing exercises.

    I doubt anyone will lose their jobs.

    the white house is supporting the USCG.

    They are out in the potomac all the time running drills, why should they lapse today?

  7. smurf said on 11 Sep 2009 at 1:17 pm:
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    please remember when when you bash them that you have a service that busts their tails 24/7/365 doing the real thing. Please remember the extensive mission portfolio the CG has and how little money they get, yet they still get the job done. The Country get’s the biggest bang for the buck from the CG more so than arguably any other service so the taxpayers should be thanking them, not bitching. I think it’s a load of crap to bash them.

  8. anonny said on 11 Sep 2009 at 1:27 pm:
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    Smurf, I wish others thought like you . . .

    Posting As Pinko September 11th, 2009 at 11:48 | #14 Reply | Quote What if is wasn’t an exercise and the “just an exercise” label has been put out there to cover it all up so people won’t panic? Or what if it was screw up by the Coast Guard and now they need to cover up? Have I been watching too much NCIS?

    Moon-howler September 11th, 2009 at 12:09 | #15 Reply | Quote Probably, Pinko, but sometimes I think I have watched too many xfiles.

    Vice Admiral Currier is making a press statement now….smoothing it all over. I expect this one isn’t going to smooth as easily as he would like. Typical military answer for everything.

    The left becomes unhinged again and bashes the military!

  9. anonny said on 11 Sep 2009 at 1:30 pm:
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    startover -

    I have no problem with Quantico doing their drills. Granted, my house shakes a little, but I’d rather my house shake from a drill than another terrorist attack.

    Let them be - they were doing what they are supposed to be doing. It’s a case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  10. TedKennedysSwimInstructor said on 11 Sep 2009 at 1:41 pm:
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    The libtard CNN news hag stated she could hear “bang, bang, bang” on the USCG radio transmission.

    Perhaps she was having one of those mid-morning-dryspell- fake-Obama-libtard-orgasmic reactions when she saw the Presidential limo hit that pothole on the 14th Street bridge.

  11. Groveton said on 11 Sep 2009 at 1:42 pm:
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    The Coast Guard?

    When Katrina hit New Orleans the ONLY US governemnt agency credited with excellence of execution was the US Coast Guard. Why? Because they drill and drill and drill so they’ll be ready when the kim chee hits the fan. This morning the Coasties were out in the river sharpening their skills. Good for them. Some dim bulb at CNN decided to report an attack without having their facts straight. Shame on for them.

    Everybody knows the US Marine Corps motto - semper fidelis or “always faithful”. What is the US Coast Guard motto? semper paratus or “always prepared”. And how do they remain “always prepared”? Practice, practice, practice. And what was the USCG doing this morning? Practicing.

    Maybe I’ll send a couple of cases of beer to the US Coast Guard station that had the boats out in the river getting ready to hose down any terroists that are dumb enough to tangle with the Coasties.

    Anybody know where the guys out in the river this morning are stationed?

  12. TedKennedysSwimInstructor said on 11 Sep 2009 at 1:44 pm:
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    As a former Coastie myself, semper paratus means “always ready”

    great post otherwise!

  13. A PW County Resident said on 11 Sep 2009 at 2:44 pm:
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    Groveton, the Vice Admiral said that they report to Baltimore.

    I was watching CNN when they reported the error. it was like “we all listen to the radio, that’s what we do.” When asked if anyone called the USCG, the reporter said that she had and they said something like “we don’t know what you are talking about.”

    She took that as hiding something rather than the fact that she called USCG HQ instead of Baltimore. HQ said that they wouldn’t have known about the exercise.

    But if you want to get on TV, report it anyway.

  14. Anon35 said on 11 Sep 2009 at 3:57 pm:
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    “The White House derided CNN Friday for misreporting a Coast Guard training exercise near the Pentagon that the network represented as a possible suspicious incident complete with gunfire……”


    Leave it to CNN to screw things up. Better yet, leave it to CNN to lie.

  15. Not SPLC said on 11 Sep 2009 at 3:59 pm:
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    CNN did hear Bang, Bang, Bang. It was said, just like that, Bang, Bang, Bang so really she wasn’t lying.

  16. Groveton said on 11 Sep 2009 at 4:09 pm:
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    First, thank you for your service to our country. Second, I should have gone to the US Coast Guard web site to look up the motto instead of Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Us_coast_guard. Wikipedia had two translations and I picked the wrong one.

    A PW County Resident

    Thanks for the update. Hopefully, those guys don’t have to get their boats from Baltimore to the Potomac if something bad starts to happen. I’ve been fishing the Bay and the Potomac most of my life and that’s a long way!

    I’ll see if I can get an e-mail to the Vice Admiral’s office with my support and offer to buy the guys involved some beer. Who knows? I’ll probably first have to convince them that I am not some zonked out liberal trying to send them poisoned beer. Or, they can go have some beer and send me the tab.

  17. Anon35 said on 11 Sep 2009 at 4:12 pm:
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    Not SPLC said on 11 Sep 2009 at 3:59 pm: Flag comment
    CNN did hear Bang, Bang, Bang. It was said, just like that, Bang, Bang, Bang so really she wasn’t lying.

    OK, I’ll give you that one.

  18. Anonymous said on 11 Sep 2009 at 5:18 pm:
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    CNN is always out there with “breaking news.” Most of the time you get no follow-ups because the story was a non-story but they won’t tell you that. You just don’t hear anything more from them on the subject they touted as a “breaking news story.” Go FOX network!

  19. Anonymous said on 11 Sep 2009 at 5:26 pm:
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    Not SPLC said on 11 Sep 2009 at 3:59 pm: Flag comment

    CNN did hear Bang, Bang, Bang. It was said, just like that, Bang, Bang, Bang so really she wasn’t lying.

    Someone was getting “Banged.”

  20. A PW County Resident said on 11 Sep 2009 at 5:31 pm:
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    I understood that it was the spoken words “bang, bang, bang”. I didn’t take it as the sound of gunfire.

  21. Dave in PWC said on 11 Sep 2009 at 5:34 pm:
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    Don’t pick on the “Puddle Pirates”. They do a very difficult job and they do it very well. Ever watch those pilots and divers do a rescue in the Gulf of Alaska in winter? They have huge brass ones.

  22. smurf said on 11 Sep 2009 at 6:11 pm:
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    we are in the same boat, however the word “former” does not apply.

  23. smurfette said on 11 Sep 2009 at 6:20 pm:
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    send the beer to coast guard station washington D.C. on bolling AFB:) i’m sure the guy’s and gal’s there will love it. anything with red/white and blue on the label.

    wow..that pinko person is really jacked up, was she dropped on her head once too many times as a kid? maybe one too many paint chip eaten? If that’s her picture in the potomac news paper (I’m assuming she’s that chick called katherine gotthardt) she looks scary….

  24. smurfette said on 11 Sep 2009 at 6:29 pm:
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    the bottom line is america loves their coast guard, they get it done every time. those fools on the other website are just showing their complete ignorance in everything and honestly showing what true americans they are not. pissing on the military is bad juju no matter how you slice it these days.

  25. Maureen said on 11 Sep 2009 at 6:44 pm:
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    I love our military and they need to be thanked every time we see them!

  26. Maureen said on 11 Sep 2009 at 6:45 pm:
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    BTW- TEA PARTY tomorrow! We are going to have soooooooooo much fun. Come on down to D.C. AND RALLY WITH US.

  27. TedKennedysSwimInstructor said on 11 Sep 2009 at 7:20 pm:
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    I was a 44′ Motor Lifeboat Coastie in Oregon.

    “The real Guard”


    Thank you for your service sir!

  28. TedKennedysSwimInstructor said on 11 Sep 2009 at 7:24 pm:
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    Station Telephone Numbers:
    ( 202)767-1194



    Mailing Address:

    Commanding Officer
    U.S. Coast Guard Station Washington D.C.
    Building 91
    Bolling AFB
    Washington DC 20032

  29. smurfette said on 11 Sep 2009 at 7:43 pm:
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    Mr. Smurf and Mrs. Smurf both serve. Smurf was a former boat driver, Im an aviator!

    have a good one Ted!

  30. Groveton said on 11 Sep 2009 at 8:07 pm:
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    Those are 44′ boats? Yikes! I roll out to the Gulf Stream in a 50′ fishing boat out of Oregon Inlet and I feel like I am going to Davey Jones’ locker about one third of the time.

    Thanks for the address and phone numbers - I’ll see what they say about the free beer offer.

  31. smurf said on 12 Sep 2009 at 12:31 am:
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    44 MLB’s are decommissioned at this time, their replacements are the 47 FT. MLB’s (the ones with the aluminum paint job) those are the ones you’ll be seeing. very impressive.

  32. Dittyman8 said on 12 Sep 2009 at 6:21 am:
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    I wish that reporters get a confirmation before jumping to conclusions. I guees they want to be famous too bad.

  33. smurf said on 12 Sep 2009 at 8:32 am:
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    whatever happened to reporters back-checking their information? This would have been a non-issue had they done that. Wherever I’ve been stationed local news media had good working relationships with the units and called all the time. Why they didnt directly call the unit responsible (they “should” have known, if they were good reporters)? A quick call to the station would have cleared this up. However they decided to release anyway, which was stupid.

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