While the Bangkok Post and local sites report extra security at the U.S. Consulate premises in Chiang Mai, they fail to report that measures are being taken at secret facilities run by the U.S.A. in the city.
A heightened is also noticeable at this mansion house in Nimmanhaemin Rd.
While detractors of Police Minister Chalerm in the Post’s comments paint him as a buffoon or as a sly politician using scare tactics to divert attention from the failed policies in the far south of the country, one must at least give him marks for thoroughness over this threat.
Never-the-less the Nimmanhaemin secret facility is becoming less secure as one can see from the large tree in the photo above. This Toona cilliata, an elegant tall growing native tree of Chiang Mai was rudely lopped a couple of years ago and now it grows many branches from the cut stumps. With the increasingly violent windstorms we are now experiencing from global warming, the likelihood of the new growth being torn off and injuring staff increases.
The other negative factor affecting the facility is a block of flats of several stories under construction at its rear which provide an ideal location for attack. Let us hope the U.S. authorities do not choose to further upgrade security with stouter walls or cutting down trees, but rather give over the site for a Nimman park, for all to enjoy as the road is converted from a traffic clogged nightmare to an “Urban Road” complete with trees, foot and bicycle paths and slow reduced motorized traffic.