The Department of Homeland Security still will sent people on a zombie training exercise during a counterterrorism summit.
Officials watched as actors drenched in fake blood lurched through a mock village only to be gunned down by other actors in special forces uniforms, reports The Telegraph.
The “zombies” wore safety goggles and ear plugs and delicately lay themselves down on the ground after being “shot”. One made a half-hearted effort to eat a prosthetic hand.
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn claims in his report that â€śpaying for first responders to attend a HALO Counterterrorism Summit at a California island spa resort featuring a simulatedÂ zombie apocalypseÂ does little to discourage potential terrorists. I hope this report encourages DHS to award funds based on calculated risk, not politics.â€ť
More than $35 billion has been spent on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant programs since 2003 with the intent to make Americans safer from terrorist attacks. However, 10 years later, DHS has been unable to establish goals or metrics to ensure that funds were used to make Americans safe, and cannot accurately measure how much safer we are today after spending $35 billion.
Zombie Apocalypse Training: Grant funds were approved to pay the $1,000 fee for a week-long conference at Paradise Point Resort and Spa in San Diego. The marquee event over the summit, was its highly-promoted â€śzombie apocalypseâ€ť demonstration. Strategic Operations, a tactical training firm, was hired to put on a â€śzombie-driven showâ€ť designed to simulate a real-life terrorism event.
The firm performed two shows on Halloween, which featured 40 actors dressed as zombies getting gunned down by a military tactical unit.
Two weeks out from the December 21 people are guessing how the world will really end, and death by flesh-eating zombies is the most likely â€“ according to people willing to put cold hard cash on the doomsday scenario.
Most people are betting modest amounts but he said someone has just put down $150, which will give them a healthy return in the unhealthy eventuality that flesh-eating zombies do indeed finish off the human race.
Summit organiser Brad Barker said the chaos, mass casualties and confusion were serious training for real-life events like a terrorist attack or pandemic.
Conference attendees listened to speeches from Cindy McCain, the wife of John McCain, as well as head of the Los Angeles Police Department’s counter-terrorism unit and Michael Hayden, the former head of the CIA.
HALO is composed of former military special operators as well as intelligence and national security experts.
HALO has partnered with Strategic Operations Inc., which specializes in hyper-realistic tactical and combat traumaÂ trainingÂ that makes use of various special effects and actors performing as role-players.
The whole zombie craze seemed to start long time ago, when some people were caught eating peopleâ€™s flash. There was a case in Miami when Rudy Eugene, 31, was killed by cops while in the process of eating almost the entirety of a homeless manâ€™s face off.
The gruesome parade of crimes involving cannibalism has continued with a man in Sweden who allegedlyÂ cut offÂ and ate his wifeâ€™s lips, followed by a story out of New York where a man chewed the ear off another man at a Staten IslandÂ restaurant.