Boston’s Custom Designed Terror: Operation Urban Shield

The following draws on artifacts from the forthcoming Boston Marathon Bombing Timeline.

On  June 6, 2013 “Operation Urban Shield Boston” published videos via its YouTube Channel highlighting the so-named 2011 and 2012 law enforcement and emergency response drills that bore a remarkable resemblance to the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing allegedly carried out by Tamarlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev.

Two days after the videos were distributed the Boston Globe reported that the entire April 15 Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath indeed played out almost in identical fashion to the Department of Homeland Security-sponsored terrorist drill scheduled for June of 2013.

A foremost project of the Cytel Group Incorporated, Urban Shield designs staged terror drills in major cities throughout the United States.[1] This from the Cytel Group’s website:

Creating secure, prepared and resilient regions by developing capabilities based on accurate risk assessments. Ensure coordination, cooperation, collaboration, and focused effort throughout entire government structures, as well as private and non-government organizations, to reduce risk and increase security.

The list of Urban Shield’s “sponsoring agencies” includes dozens of local and regional US law enforcement entities, in addition to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the countries of Brazil, Guam, Norway, Switzerland, the State of Israel, and the Israeli National Police.[2] Israeli newspapers reported that a trip by representatives of the Israeli Police was planned prior to the April 15 attack to collaborate on such maneuvers.[3]

The anticipated June 2013 exercise scenario was painstakingly planned: A homegrown terrorist group called “Free America Citizens,” intending to injure scores of people around Boston, would leave backpacks filled with explosives at Faneuil Hall, the Seaport District, and nearby towns, spreading waves of panic and dread. Detectives then would pursue and catch the culprits. Urban Shield was developed to train dozens of detectives in the Greater Boston area to work together and thwart such a threat.[4]

“The real thing happened before we were able to execute,” a law enforcement official intimately aware of the planned exercise said. “We’ve already been tested.” This would have been the third year for the 24-hour Urban Shield training exercise developed to test the response of law enforcement and other public safety personnel in a major emergency. The training is made possible by a $200,000 Homeland Security grant and will probably be rescheduled for early next year, one official states.

The basic plot involved having members of Free America Citizens gauge the police response to a bomb scare. The “terrorists” would plant hoax devices, then stay on the scene to monitor and record the bomb squad and detectives as they responded. Yet the participating detectives would not have known they were being observed, only that they were responding to a real terrorist threat. The goal of the training was for such personnel to figure out the motives of Free America Citizens as they investigated the case, a Boston police official said.[5]

The planned exercise has uncanny similarities to the April 15 attack and ensuing police investigation that led to the capture of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose images were caught on video cameras and who were captured after a car chase and shoot-out with police. Officials intend to repeat Urban Shield at a future date. A police spokeswoman declined to say what a new training event might look like. “We can’t talk about what we’re doing for emergency preparedness,” she said. “The people who participate in this don’t know what the scenario is.”[6]


[1] Scott Creighton, “Boston Bombing Psyop, Operation Urban Shield, Cytel Group and … Israel,”, June 12, 2013.

[2] “Israeli Police Head to US to Aid in Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation,”, April 17, 2013.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Maria Cramer, “Police Response Training Planned, But Bombs Hit First,” Boston Globe, June 8, 2013.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid.

Republished at Global Research on August 12, 2013.

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28 thoughts on “Boston’s Custom Designed Terror: Operation Urban Shield”

  1. The operation forgot a couple of letters. It should have been been called by this – OUSTT or Operation Urban Shield the Truth. Or in the case of the real time propaganda exercise that even hoodwinked the Boston intelligentsia, it could also have been called Operation Scare American Citizens into Submission.

    As to the notorious, remarkable Jeff Bauman being wheeled out erect without proper medical treatment, he seems to have been brainwashed (probably before the event) and now has trouble remembering what he’s supposed to say happened. Brian Williams knows the script, however, and does a wonderful job of prompting him.

  2. Operation Shield the Truth continues on Boston TV this summer (2013) with other interviews of victims reciting their scripts.
    Maybe a human physiology expert could tell us how Jeff Bauman remained conscious during and following the double leg removing blast.

    1. with Joe Quinn and Niall Bradley et al, seems to think Bauman is real and authentic.

      I don’t spend any time looking at videos, but I believe that we’re looking at a lot of visual fakery (and actors).

      I even wonder whether there was an actual moon landing in ’69 or ever thereafter.

      So many many many things are put out, are there for drama and to sell product.

      Maybe we’re all on LSD and don’t know it.


      And I think the psychopaths believe they are invincible.

      Ned Lud

  3. Remember how sure the media all were that the culprits were white, right-wingers? Almost as if they had this information ready to go. It was a twist when non-whites were fingered. Left wing sites had the info too and were spreading it far and wide. I recall their disappointment.

  4. Used to work at a nuclear power plant and the gov required many drills. Some in the cycle had to be surprise drills, although logistically, some players always had to know to plan the event. After all, if everyone knows the day will be spent in a drill, it is not as real as being called to your drill position without previous awareness, ie: does the emergency notification system work effectively?

  5. It is interesting that this Urban Shield was drawing inspiration from the Mumbai terror attacks in India. That attack seems similar to the “real Boston bombing” in some other respects as well.

    David Headley, a Pakistani-American confessed to helping plan the Mumbai attack (NYTimes), he also infiltrated an extremist Islamic group while acting as a DEA informant, and admitted to working with the ISI Pakistan. In exchange for this testimony, (in the US) we refused to extradite him, which greatly upset the Indians. Many thought he was a US CIA asset,,evidenced by his freely moving across borders despite being interrogated by the FBI as early as 2001 and being a convicted heroin dealer back in 1989. This also closed the door on any further release of information in that case. (AsiaTimes)

    Also interesting is the role of Media Relations in regards to these Drills and real case scenarios. Cytel Inc., the designer of this prescient senario doesn’t really touch on the roll of media in these crises, despite its highly polished website. An exception would be the latest “Wireless Electronic Alerts”. One might assume that gov’t agencies have very little interest in the Media’s role. An example to the contrary would be Vox Optima, a PR company that has worked with different agencies…..
    “Vox Optima developed situation-based scenarios and realistic media relations situations for the key leaders of FEMA Region VIII including the regional director and several on-site team leaders for emergencies. The Vox Optima training team included an Emmy Award-winning former NBC national news correspondent and several young media professionals who served as reporters during a press conference and in a variety of media interview formats.”

    I would be interested to learn more about the role of PR companies roles in these coordinated events.




  6. I have tried to get the word out about the anomalies of the BMB since day one. Most of America just does not care. They could be thrown into Fema camps tomorrow, and they would be totally surprised. The truth of every false flag in history could be divulged tomorrow, and still they would not care. The lack of critical thinkers out there is staggering. We live in a country of people who are, or at least claim to be opened minded. Open minded to anything they hear from Brian Williams, or Al Roker. If I had gone into banking or politics, I would gladly steal everything they have. Most of them deserve their servitude.

    1. I think we often target those not awake and while it is true that critical thinking has gone by the wayside we should be more then compassionate given the educational system that has entrapped the populous, topped teaching logic, etc. Fluoridation of water and other chemicals along with the syrup of main stream television and music and movies has blinded the eyes of most. We should be compassionate though. But for those that have perpetrated this deception among the people well there in lies the responsibility.

      1. @Kyle Sainz:

        People are so accustomed to the ‘popular fictions’ given to them by active psychopaths (and their passive and mostly, unwitting, agents/particpants), that they have trouble recognizing compassion. What they recognize and appreciate and look for, is the accepted ficiton created for them (as I just noted).

        The other point I would like to make is that you can use some of the same tactics as a psychopath and it can be compassion (or lead in that direction), IF (and this is a BIG IF) you are not a psychopath, yourself. This is another thing people are not aware of. Hardly anyone.

        Ned Lud

        1. Yes, you could “use” the tactics of a psychopath and achieve a little success. But If you are not truly a psychopath, the people would see you for what you are, a fake. Americans want real full time thieving, lying, well spoken psychopaths at the helm who can walk the walk and talk the talk 24/7.

        2. Be careful of “The ends justify the means”. (Electra, Sophocles 409 B.C.) I believe that kind of thinking is already at play here. Because apparently, when building a resilient sustainable new world anything goes.

  7. We should all be thanking our lucky stars the Federal Government has our back. I dont know where we would be without their help. Id sacrifice a little bit of liberty for safety any day. Obama is a hero! Lets catch those terrorists! Conspiracy Theorists should b locked up.

    1. LOL
      With all our rights and our Constitution shredded, you should be feeling really safe by now.
      But wait, why are they letting terrorists out of prison? Uh oh! Guess our liberty isn’t the problem!

  8. U.S.A. double-agents using a couple of wannabe terrorists (the innocents) to feed the simulated event generating maximum effect across the “Homeland.”

  9. I think there was a lot of double-blind observation in the Boston Marathon drill, that is, the crisis actors thought the crowds coming to their rescue were part of the drill.
    So now I learn here that the Tea Party… I mean Free American Citizens terrorists were supposed to hoax the detectives first. Can we assume they weren’t even aware it was a drill too? Sort of like a Mystery Shop deal w/fake terrorists being the shoppers?

  10. “…the participating detectives would not have known they were being observed, only that they were responding to a real terrorist threat.” What the hell? This matches what we observed of the staged bombing though.

    The person who noticed Jeff’s Canadian accent raises an interesting theory. Were the players in the Boston event from Canada? That would seem to fit the requirements.

    I wouldn’t normally post a video because it promotes video-spam. But, I created this video and it is spot-on topic…

    Sandy Hook & the Boston Bombing: You’re Being Hoodwinked

    1. Derrick,

      Well done. Lots of good material summarizing events. At the 15.50 minute mark at the meeting of Obama and tech luminaries, some are Christian or Jewish or unknown faith and are deemed by you as plotting crooks – agreed – but elsewhere you go out of your way to demonize Israeli companies and a Jewish hospital when all the hospitals in Boston were involved with the hoax. You need to be more sophisticated about the world’s crooks – they come in all religions and races.

  11. “The whole world is a stage.” What did the Bard know about human behavior five-hundred years ago that escapes most minds now?

    You might think the zeal to strut prowess by way of police excess is just a way to use up guns, bullets, armed carriers–it’s a business. On another level of consciousness, it’s just another way to dominate, wired into our DNA.

    Those responders have been sucked into the matrix. We needed them when Hurricane Sandy raped the East Coast. The affected areas found the responses of government woefully undermanned. Too bad the money is spent fighting invented boogeymen. We are like the muscle man who is rendered inert by his own pumped-up bulk.

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