NATO in Chicago . . . Cell Phones May Be Shut Down?
are considering a shut-down of cell phone service in Chicago this weekend. The
excuse: the NATO meeting. The Daily Beast reports that the FBI and Secret
Service have standing authority to jam signals and they can also push for the
shutdown of cell towers, thanks to "Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 303,"
which lays out the nation’s official “Emergency Wireless Protocols.”
Without cell phones, people cannot access Facebook or Twitter unless they are at home or can get to a Starbucks, where there is free WiFi.
Without Facebook and Twitter, there won’t be a “Chicago spring” to match “Arab spring.”
According to the National Communications System, the protocol details a “shutdown and restoration process for use by commercial and private wireless networks during national crises.”