By Doug Hagmann | July 8, 2016
At 5:18 ET this morning, I received a call to my private number as a result of an email I sent to a Dallas, Texas police officer who I first met during my visit to that city earlier this year. Given the volatility and ongoing nature of the events taking place, the call came earlier that I anticipated but was met with welcome relief.
Thankfully, he was uninjured and not directly involved in the firefights that have so-far claimed the lives of five police officers (four from Metro-Dallas, one from DART), but knew two of the victims very well. He was broken up and the conversation was difficult, a stark contrast to our early-morning meetings over coffee for the better part of a week last March.
Sophistication of Attacks
I asked him for whatever information he might be able to offer about the attacks against the police during the hastily-planned “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) demonstration in downtown Dallas. He was quick to comply, as he said that the media is already in spin-mode, downplaying and even omitting many important facts.
He emphasized that this was a very well-planned and well-coordinated attack that was executed with a disturbing level of precision. He described the attackers as utilizing body armor and having access to communications equipment, as well as a significant amount of weapons, ammunition and bomb-making materials and devices. He further emphasized that the planning of this attack had certain signatures of paramilitary or Muslim terrorist groups, although was careful not to make any direct linkage at this early stage. “It just had that feel,” he said.
This source stated that the methods used by the attackers in terms of “triangulation of targets” was both acknowledged and alarming, meaning that knowledge of the hastily-planned route used by the demonstrators was known and used by the perpetrators for “maximum damage.” In other words, he stated, “this [attack] against the police might have been planned before the event and adapted for use at this event, which goes back to having certain disconcerting ‘signatures’ as I just mentioned.”