News Update from Citizens for Legitimate Government
18 Oct 2007
Bomb-sniffing dogs focus on vehicle owned by Topoff 4 participant —Bomb threat disrupts Topoff, closes MAX 18 Oct 2007 The Topoff dirty-bomb drill turned into a real-life bomb scare this afternoon after a trio of bomb-sniffing dogs alerted authorities to possible explosives on the first floor of the parking garage of the Doubletree Hotel Portland at 1000 NE Multnomah Street. Michael Chertoff, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was scheduled to be at the hotel for part of the Topoff counterterrorism exercise later in the day. Topoff activities at the hotel were quickly canceled earlier in the afternoon. Schmautz said officers had been sweeping the area in advance of visits by Chertoff and high-ranking military personnel using a pair of “explosives sensitive” police dogs. “One dog got an alert at this car. The second dog was called in and also gave an alert.” A third dog later came to the parking garage, and had the same reaction as the first two. Authorities initially focused on one vehicle, which turned out to be owned by a participant in the Topoff exercise.