Chicago NATO host surprised by reported federal government security plans

April 26, 2012

Jewell Washington

Lori Healey, head of the Chicago NATO Host committee, said she was surprised by a reported federal government security plan called Operation Red Zone Thursday.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cleophas Bradley, deputy regional director with the Federal Protective Service, told federal employees on Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security Unit would deploy "a highly visible police force" near downtown government buildings.

That security could start as early as next week.

"A lot of us seem surprised to read that and obviously the federal government doesn’t consult with the city when they do this", Healey said. "Everybody was unaware of this".

Federal law enforcement will look to protect a vast area of the Loop where thousands of federal employees and dozens of goverment offices are located, according to the Sun-Times.

The police reportedly could shut down NATO city protests. Healey said the Secret Service could reveal more security details next week.