Vero Beach FL – (TRUNEWS) For the first time in history, a terrorist attack was declared a National Special Security Event (NSSE) by the Department of Homeland Security, according to a recently obtained police report.
According to a Orange County Sheriff’s Office Incident Report written by Sergeant David Legvold — who served as the Assistant Team Commander for the Critical Incident Management Team (CIMT) on scene at the June 12th Orlando shooting — the attack was declared a National Special Security Event (NSSE) between 05:00 and 09:30 AM and police officers were ordered not to discuss the details.
“I was informed by Lieutenant Mitch Shaban this incident had been declared a National Special Security Event (NSSE) and should not be discussed outside the law enforcement community, ” Sergeant Legvold wrote in the Incident Report on June 12th at 11:32:39 AM, which was also approved by him on June 14th at 11:32:39 AM.
NSSE procedures were established on May 22, 1998 by President Bill Clinton in a portion of the Presidential Decision Directive 62 (PDD-62), titled “Combating Terrorism”. According to information published on the website of the DHS’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the authority for declaring an NSSE originates with the Secretary of the DHS, Jeh Johnson.
According to the DHS, an NSSE can only be declared when an event of national or international significance is deemed to be a potential target for terrorism or other criminal activity.
In a fact sheet published in 2012 from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (DTFHA), NSSE’s include, but are not limited to, presidential inaugurations, presidential nominating conventions, major sports events, and major international meeting.
Prior NSSE’s include:
- World Energy Council Meeting, Houston, TX, September 13th – 17th 1998
- NATO 50th Anniversary Celebration, Washington, D.C., April 23rd – 25th 1999
- World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference of 1999, Seattle, WA, Nov. 29th – Dec. 3rd 1999
- 2000 State of the Union Address, Washington, D.C., January 27th 2000
- International Monetary Fund Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 14th – 17th 2000
- Operational Sail Summer Millennium Celebration, New York City, NY, July 3rd – July 9th 2000
- 2000 Republican National Convention, Philadelphia, PA, July 29th – August 4th 2000
- 2000 Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles, CA, August 14th – 16th 2000
- 2001 Presidential Inauguration, Washington, D.C., January 20th 2001
- Presidential Address to Congress, Washington, D.C., February 27th 2001
- United Nations General Assembly 56th session, New York City, NY, November 10th – 16th 2001
- 2002 State of the Union Address, Washington, D.C., January 29th 2002
- Super Bowl XXXVI, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3rd 2002
- 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City, UT, February 8th – 24th 2002
- World Economic Forum USA Meeting, Washington, D.C., May 21st – 22nd 2002
- 2003 State of the Union Address, Washington, D.C., January 20th 2003
- 2004 State of the Union Address, Washington, D.C., January 20th 2004
- 30th G8 Summit, Sea Island, GA, June 8th – 10th 2004
- State funeral of Ronald Reagan, Washington, D.C. / Simi Valley, CA, June 9th – 11th 2004
- 2004 Democratic National Convention, Boston, MA, July 26th – 29th 2004
- 2004 Republican National Convention, New York City, NY, August 30th – September 2nd 2004
- 2005 Presidential Inauguration, Washington, D.C., January 20th 2005
- 2005 State of the Union Address, Washington, D.C., February 2nd 2005
- 2006 State of the Union Address, Washington, D.C., January 31st 2006
- State funeral of Gerald Ford, Washington, D.C. / Grand Rapids, MI, December 30th 2006 – January 3rd 2007
- 2007 State of the Union Address, Washington, D.C., January 23rd 2007
- 2008 State of the Union Address, Washington, D.C., January 28th 2008
- 2008 Democratic National Convention, Denver, CO, August 25th – 28th 2008
- 2008 Republican National Convention, St. Paul, MN, September 1st – 4th 2008
- 2008 G-20 Washington summit, Washington, D.C., November 14th-15th 2008
- Pre-Inaugural Whistle Stop Tour, Philadelphia, PA / Washington, D.C., January 17th 2009
- Pre-Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C., January 18th 2009
- 2009 Presidential Inauguration, Washington, D.C., January 20th 2009
- 2009 Presidential Address to Congress, Washington, D.C., February 24th 2009
- 2009 G-20 Pittsburgh summit, Pittsburgh, PA, September 24th – 25th 2009
- 2010 State of the Union Address, Washington, D.C., January 27th 2010
- 2010 Nuclear Security Summit, Washington, D.C., April 12th – 13th 2010
- 2011 State of the Union Address, Washington, D.C., January 25th 2011
- Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, Honolulu, HI, November 12th – 13th 2011
- 2012 State of the Union Address, Washington, D.C., January 24th 2012
- 38th G8 summit, Chicago, IL, May 19th – 21st 2012
- NATO 2012 Chicago Summit, Chicago, IL, May 19th – 21st 2012
- 2012 Republican National Convention, Tampa, FL, August 27th – 31st 2012
- 2012 Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, NC, September 3rd – 6th 2012
- 2013 Presidential Inauguration, Washington, D.C., January 20th 2013.
- 2013 State of the Union Address, Washington, D.C., February 12th 2013
- 2016 State of the Union Address, Washington, D.C., January 12th 2016
- 2016 Super Bowl 50 (SEAR 1 Classification), Santa Clara, CA, February 7th 2016
- 2016 Republican National Convention, Cleveland, OH, July 18th – 21st 2016
- 2016 Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, PA, July 25th – 28th 2016
The DTFHA fact sheet also detailed that Federal planning for an NSSE may begin two to three years prior of the event, and local planning should begin 12 to 18 months in advance.
This implementation mirrors similar planning protocols involved in a full scale military operation, and would include:
- Establishing a steering committee
- Establishing subcommittees
- Identifying and acquiring resources
- Constructing an operational security plan
- Establishing protocols
- Conducting training
- Executing the plan
- Completing after-action reviews
The DHS notes that when an NSSE is declared, the U.S. Secret Service is placed in charge of event security, the FBI is placed in charge of intelligence, counter terrorism, hostage rescue, and investigation of incidents of terrorism or other major criminal activities associated with the NSSE, and FEMA in charge of recovery management in the aftermath of terrorist or other major criminal incidents, natural disasters or other catastrophic events.
The DHS specifically notes that the NSSE designation is not a funding mechanism, and that there is no specific federal “pot of money” to be distributed to state and local governments within whose jurisdiction the NSSE takes/took place.
Speaking by phone on July 7th, Sergeant Legvold told TRUNEWS correspondent Edward Szall that he cannot comment on Report 16-53354 or provide information about the NSSE, and referred all questions to Captain Angelo L. Nieves, the Unit Commander for Orange County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer (PIO) Department.
Captain Nieves could not be reached for comment, but Jane Watrel, a former NBC reporter who currently serves as a Public Information Officer and the Social Media Specialist for Orange Country Sheriff’s Office, agreed to process a public records request for TRUNEWS on this matter and other inconsistencies involved in our ongoing investigation.