We are at war. Please don’t forget that. And although we have been fighting it on the turf of the enemy for the past few years they DO want to bring home to us again. Read this, make plans for your safety and your loved ones, then be alert.
New York City hospitals are on the lookout for impostors trying to scope out health-care facilities and locate radioactive materials following warnings late last month from the Department of Homeland Security and the city Police Department about an emerging pattern of “suspicious incidents” in some American cities.
In an April 22 bulletin, the Department of Homeland Security warned hospitals that a string of people falsely representing themselves as inspectors for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations had visited hospitals across America at odd hours, demanding information about the inner workings of the facilities.
The incidents occurred in Los Angeles and Boston, where the impostors entered hospitals at 3 a.m., as well as in Detroit and at several hospitals in New Jersey, the bulletin said. After hospitals received the Homeland Security alert, another incident was reported, in Indianapolis.
“These said individuals were attempting to gain public health service information from hospital personnel, and behaved in a manner inconsistent with legitimate inspection professionals,” the bulletin warned.
Although the department said it knows of no specific terrorist plot, the bulletin said: “These most recent nationwide impersonations are more noteworthy when seen in the broader context with similar incidents which have occurred from October 2004 to February 2005.” The letter went on to detail a series of incidents in that period in which people were caught taking unauthorized pictures of hospitals, asking for hospital blueprints, requesting information about the whereabouts of medicines that would be used in biological attacks, and inquiring about the institutions’ capacity for cardiac care, trauma care, helicopter access, and private rooms.
“We really don’t know why these incidents are happening,” he said. “There are a lot of things in a hospital that are desirable. Medications. Drugs. Equipment. In a post-9/11 world, one’s mind can wander and assume the worst.”