The FBI ran a training exercise where they raided a room at the Revere Hotel in Boston. They raided the wrong room, though, and handcuffed a Delta pilot in the middle of the night.
[L]ate Tuesday night, FBI and Department of Defense agents banged on the door to Room 1505 demanding to be let in.
A Delta Air Lines pilot who was a guest at the hotel was sleeping inside, woke up and opened the door. Agents barged in, handcuffed the man who is in his 30s, interrogated him and put him in the shower.
It was more than 45 minutes before they took off the handcuffs, realized their mistake and apologized.
Sources say the agents were conducting a training operation and a mock interrogation for a Department of Defense deployment.
Why are they even training for a middle of the night interrogation inside a hotel with guests sleeping?
Hotel security called the police, police showed up, but stood down when told that “law enforcement agents were conducting a training exercise inside the building.”
The FBI “interrogated [the pilot] for nearly an hour before realizing their mistake” so either:
- They’re not very good FBI interrogators (hence the training!) since the pilot was literally no doubt telling them they’d made a mistake, or
- They have absolutely no protocols to check whether they’re violating someone’s civil rights in a raid and interrogation
- And didn’t the FBI actor playing the suspect wonder why no one showed up to question him?
According to the FBI,
At approximately 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, the FBI Boston Division was assisting the U.S. Department of Defense in conducting a Department of Defense (DOD) training exercise at a hotel in Boston to simulate a situation their personnel might encounter in a deployed environment.
Based on inaccurate information, they were mistakenly sent to the wrong room and detained an individual, not the intended role player. Thankfully nobody was injured. The Boston Police Department was called and responded to the scene to confirm that this was indeed a training exercise.
Safety is always a priority of the FBI, and our law enforcement partners, and we take these incidents very seriously. The Boston Division is reviewing the incident with DOD for further action as deemed appropriate.
Maybe the most insane part of this story is that the classic bureaucratic deflection, refusing to take responsibility, is what’s used here: “mistakes were made.” Since this was an interrogation exercise for Department of Defense deployment the pilot is lucky, I suppose, that they didn’t go all Abu Ghraib on him.