Feds, Pennsylvania Cops Establish Secret “Communications Hub” for G-20


Jerome L. Sherman
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 23, 2009

[efoods]The G-20′s top security officials yesterday unveiled their communications hub for the summit, a windowless room of 100 computers that links to electronic eyes and ears all over the Pittsburgh region.

The Secret Service, which is overseeing security plans, asked that reporters not reveal the location of the Multi-Agency Communications Center, or “the MACC,” only describing it as a spot outside of Downtown Pittsburgh but still within city limits.

About 40 agencies will post high-ranking officials in the MACC round-the-clock during the summit, from 8 p.m. today until 10 p.m. Friday.

That includes representatives from the FBI, National Guard, Coast Guard, state police, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Allegheny County Police, Allegheny County sheriff’s office and Pittsburgh police.

“All the decision-makers are together,” said Robert Full, chief of Allegheny County’s emergency management services. ” … You’ve got every shape of badge and every type of uniform.”

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