compiled by Dee Finney


Massive 'Homeland Defense' Joint Exercise Is Under Way

By Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive. Posted November 15, 2008.

Joint military exercise 'Vigilant Shield,' involving maritime, aerospace,
ballistic missile defense is under way.

This week and into next, NorthCom and NORAD are conducting a joint exercise called “Vigilant Shield ’09.”

The focus will be on “homeland defense and civil support,” a NorthCom press release states.

From November 12-18, it will be testing a “synchronized response of federal, state, local and international partners in preparation for homeland defense, homeland security, and civil support missions in the United States and abroad.”

NorthCom is short for the Pentagon’s Northern Command. President Bush created it in October 2002. (The Southern Command, or SouthCom, covers Latin America. Central Command, or CentCom, covers Iraq and Afghanistan. And the new AfriCom covers, well, you get the picture.)

Vigilant Shield ’09 “will include scenarios to achieve exercise objectives within the maritime, aerospace, ballistic missile defense, cyber, consequence management, strategic communications, and counter terrorism domains,” the press release states.

NorthCom’s press release also says that other participants in the exercise include the U.S. Strategic Command’s “Global Lightning 09,” which is a plan to use nuclear weapons in a surprise attack.

The Pentagon’s “Bulwark Defender 09” is also involved in the exercise, and it is a cyberspace protection outfit of the Pentagon.

Something called the “Canada Command DETERMINED DRAGON” also is participating, as is the California National Guard and California’s “Golden Guardian.”

California’s involvement appears to center around planning for a catastrophic earthquake.

“Under the leadership of Governor Schwarzenegger and direction of his Office of Homeland Security, the nation’s largest state sponsored emergency exercise will take place November 13-18,” a press release from the governor’s office states.

“Golden Guardian 2008 tests California’s capability to respond and recover during a major catastrophic earthquake. The Golden Guardian 2008 full-scale exercise scenario focuses on a simulated, catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake along the southern portion of the San Andreas Fault.”

NorthCom is being shy about giving out additional information about Vigilant Shield ’09. When I called for a fact sheet on it, I was told there was none.

But the Pentagon did issue such a fact sheet for Vigilant Shield ’08.

Last year’s exercise included “the simulated detonation of three nuclear dispersal devices.” The fact sheet stressed the need to support a “civilian-led response” and to “exercise defense support of civil authorities,” including involvement in “critical infrastructure protection events” and coordinating “Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection activities.”

That fact sheet ended by saying: “There will be minimal deployment of active duty forces and no crossborder deployments. We anticipate little to no direct impact on local communities.”

NorthCom has been in the news lately, after the Pentagon designated to it a battle-tested fighting unit from the war on Iraq. This appears to be against the law, according to the ACLU, since the army isn’t supposed to be patrolling our own country.

On top of that, NorthCom was up to its eyeballs in getting peace groups spied upon.

“The security people at USNORTHCOM . . . had begun noticing some trouble at a few military recruiting events in 2005,” Eric Lichtblau recounts in Bush’s Law: The Remaking of American Justice. “Military officials at NORTHCOM asked their counterparts at CIFA [the Pentagon’s Counterintelligence Field Activity] to ping their powerful new database -- do a broader study and find out how many episodes of violence and disruption were actually imperiling their recruiters."

And NorthCom even was in the loop at the Republican Convention in St. Paul.

Is it too much to ask Congress to look into NorthCom?


October 5, 2008

http://projectavalon.net/bill_deagle_4_oct_2008.mp3  Listen to this audio tape.


"Dr Bill Deagle called us early in the morning (in Australia, where we're here for the NEXUS Conference) to report a long night of visions and received information about imminent events which left him shaken to the core. We've published this call unedited and immediately. The audio quality is excellent - after the first 30 seconds, during which there's an initial sequence of Skype tones which we'll edit out soonest. If the information Bill Deagle reports is accurate then nothing could be more important.

He is an "intuitive" - and explains it.
He has had this feeling of spasms
Something is going to start on Tuesday, the 7th of October.
He sounds like he is going to cry.
He feels something very strong. He has had this happen before Oklahoma City, before 911, before Katrina, before the attack with nuclear weapons in Seshuan, China - the best way he can describe it is a NIGHT TERROR. Based on the things that happened in the last few weeks, he feels that this thing on Oct. 7th that it's economic - but he feels the people's physical pain of the survivors. It makes him shake inside.

The forces will be unleashed on the 7th in the morning.
He gets WHAT HE CALLS "Spirit knowledge" that the bailout was a "blood sacrifice". People exchange their time for money - and "all money is blood" -
Congress made this blood sacrifice to Lucifer when they approved the bailout which is a sacrifice of America and the next major event will be a false flag operation - but all he knows is the forces will be unleashed on the 7th.

He sees Martial Law coming, he sees the financial collapse, he sees empty shells, he see violence in cities and smells gunpowder, he sees troops marching, he sees blue hats, he sees black ski masks, he sees all kinds of terrorist things happening.

He sees strange signs in the heavens too! He sees a sky that's RED with clouds and objects in the sky, he is not sure what they are... strange things in the heavens.

He thinks there is a "blamed on Alqueda nuclear event in one or more cities" which is preceded by a financial collapse.

But it's to prepare us for what is coming. He says the location he is getting is in a warmer climate near the coast with massive population and it's got flat terrain. Places that fit that description top on the list is Los Angeles.

It may be the bank holiday that they said was going to happen that starts this.
He sees submarines both Russia and China coming in.
The bailout is not enough to stop the hemmoraging



Britain Conducts The Largest World War III Exercise In History
 « on: September 29, 2008, 05:04:09 AM »

Looks like Brittian is training up for something? There are only a coupl of countries in the world that going to war with could create a WW III type of war scenario.

Britain Conducts The Largest World War III Exercise In History
Published on 28-09-2008

FIGHTER jets, infantry troops, destroyers and submarines will converge on Wales next month for one of the largest military exercises of all time.

The two-week exercise – codenamed Joint Warrior – is designed to recreate a scenario in which Britain and other sovereign nations go to war against a “state-sponsored terrorist movement” – using a vast array of lethal modern weapons.

Taking place between October 6 and October 16, it will provide coordinated training for all three UK Armed Services, plus forces from EIGHT allied nations.

The whole of Wales has been designated as a flying area for the exercise, while so-called “managed danger area” ranges at Castlemartin and Manorbier in Pembrokeshire and Pembrey near Llanelli will be used for ground strafing, bombing and missile practice using live ammunition.

An area of the West Wales coast has also been earmarked as a maritime “warfighting” area for Joint Warrior.

The exercise is aimed at giving pilots, ships’ crews and ground troops vital training before they deploy to war zones like Iraq or Afghanistan.

According to the RAF, Joint Warrior will be particularly useful for Forward Air Controllers (troops directing airborne missile strikes), the role made famous by Prince Harry who became known by his call sign Widow Six Seven while directing fire against the Taliban.

Six companies of infantry, 29 surface and four sub-surface maritime units and 60 aircraft – flying at a rate of about 80 to 100 sorties a day – will be involved in the exercise.

An MoD spokesman said: “The two weeks will develop through a period of tension into simulated warfighting/open hostilities.”

The exercise aims to provide opportunities for all warfighting disciplines including:

-Close Air Support (CAS) – executed by fast jet aircraft and Forward Air Controllers, often using live weapons;

-Convoy Support, Time Sensitive Targeting (TST) and urban close air support scenarios – “in order to replicate current Middle-East operational missions”;

-Large Force Element (LFE) missions – which will target fixed and mobile targets including inflatable Scud Decoys and Electronic Warfare (EW) emitters simulating surface-to-air threats;

-Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (AsuW) and also, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions – all carried out by Maritime Patrol Aircraft;

-Joint fires – involving live weapons on ranges in Welsh Wales;

-Submarine training – boats will complete sub-vs-sub and sub-vs-ship exercises.

The MoD spokesman said: “The exercise will accommodate a squadron of Tornado GR4s from 12 Sqn, RAF Lossiemouth and a squadron of Gripen aircraft from 171 Sqn, Swedish Air Force plus asso-ciated support personnel drawn from support units throughout the RAF.

“This is a particularly important exercise for the Tornado GR4 deployment as this will also act as a full mission rehearsal for their forthcoming deployment to Afghanistan.”

But Squadron Leader Peter Sinclair of the RAF in Wales moved to allay fears about the impact on people – and the environment.

He said: “Some of the exercise areas overlap environmentally-sensitive conservation zones, which contain a wide variety of marine wildlife, sea bird breeding grounds and protected fauna and flora.

“Furthermore, the farming, fishing and tourist industries are important economic activities, which benefit from the natural beauty and relative isolation of some of the exercise areas. Against this background, the MoD recognises the impact of military activity and takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously.

“During the planning of the exercise, Environmental Impact Assessments are conducted for all potentially damaging activities, such as the use of active sonar and live weapons. Furthermore, close working relationships with landowners and key national stakeholders, combined with engagement with local communities, ensure that appropriate environmental mitigation procedures are put in place and then adhered to.

“It should be noted that the MoD has decreed that environmental considerations are always to take priority over the achievement of training objectives. This direction remains a primary consideration throughout exercise planning and execution.”

The director of the exercise, Capt Paddy McAlpine OBE said: “Joint Warrior will offer high-quality joint tactical training with maximum tactical interaction, tailored to meet the participants’ requirements across the whole of the UK whilst creating as little impact on the environment as possible.

“I am sure that the high-fidelity joint tactical training environment provided by JTEPS within Joint Warrior will ensure that UK and allied participants are rigorously prepared for operational tasks in theatres world-wide.”


Russia to stage largest air force war games since Soviet times

Russia will stage its largest air force war games since Soviet times next week in the latest stage of the Kremlin's strategy to show off the country as a military superpower reborn.

Their progress watched closely by increasingly jittery western militaries, dozens of nuclear bombers will take part in the exercise. Tu-95 Bear bombers will fire cruise missiles at targets in sub-Arctic Russia for the first time since 1984.

While Russia insists that the war games are not meant as a gesture of aggression, the West is growing increasingly uneasy about the scale of the manoeuvres.

The aerial exercises, which will take place close to American airspace in Alaska, are part of a month-long war game known as Stability 2008 that Russia claims is the biggest for 20 years.

As the bombers take to the air next week, Russian ships will also be conducting exercises in the North Sea and the Baltic as well as in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. A flotilla of war ships is also sailing to the Caribbean for joint exercises with Venezuela, Washington's greatest foe in South America, which will come within a few hundred miles of the US coastline.

A Russian nuclear powered submarine has also just docked in the Kamchatka peninsula after completing a one-month voyage under the Arctic Ocean without resurfacing. The Kremlin has made territorial claims to a large portion of the Arctic, which holds vast energy supplies under its rapidly shrinking ice.

Not since the end of the Cold War has Russia demonstrated its global military reach in such a manner.

Over 60,000 troops and 1,500 tanks and armoured personnel carriers have taken part in the first fortnight of exercises. Land-based and submarine launched nuclear missiles have also been tested. Once the bombers have fired their cruise missiles next week, Russia will have carried out its first near-simultaneous test launches of all elements of its nuclear triad since the Cold War.

The has worried military observers critical of the Kremlin, who say the scope and character of the exercises does not gel with official explanations that they are designed to train the country's armed forces in counter-terrorism and military defence.

Pavel Felgenhauer, a respected military analyst, says the geographical reach of the exercises suggests that they are intended to simulate a nuclear war with the United States.

"Russia is preparing for the eventuality of a nuclear war," he said. "These are the most elaborate war games for 20 years and is clear evidence that we are returning to the Cold War."

As relations with the West have deteriorated, Russia has shown that it is increasingly willing to flex its military might. Long-range nuclear bombers are again patrolling the skies near Western airspace. One squadron came within 90 seconds of Hull last month after apparently escaping the detection of British warning systems.

Russia, which has become more aggressive in forming friendships with countries opposed to the United States, has also begun an ambitious rearmament programme that will see defence spending double over the next five years. New battleships, air craft carries and nuclear submarines have been ordered.

Not everyone is convinced as the Kremlin appears to be that Russia will soon be as militarily competitive as it was in the Cold War. Despite some improvements, the armed forces – and especially the air force and navy – are still in woeful condition and would be incapable of challenging a medium-sized European country in a conventional war, analysts say.

The Kremlin has been frequently embarrassed by the regularity with which Russian war ships break down.

There was further embarrassment for the administration on Friday after photographs surfaced on the internet showing Anatoly Serdyukov, Russia's portly defence minister, stuck in a submarine hatch last week.

Mr Serdyukov, whose ministry has run a campaign to urge senior officers to lose weight, was inspecting the Russian fleet during exercises in Kamchatka with Dmitry Medvedev, the president, when the incident happened.

Mr Medvedev, a man of slight build, slithered into the submarine with little difficulty. But when Mr Serdyukov followed him, his belly allegedly became wedged in the hatch and he struggled for several minutes before servicemen managed to pry him free.

The photographs, posted on a Russian web site, were quickly removed.


Announcement by the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM): ASEAN's regional emergency response and humanitarian assistance capacities put to the test in simulated typhoon disaster scenario

Simulated Exercise: Typhoon Disaster Scenario

    "In the early morning of 27 August 2008, Typhoon "X" with a velocity of 140 km/hour landed at Muang District, Rayong, an industrial and coastal province in Thailand. The typhoon caused heavy damage to houses, public buildings and facilities, cargo ships and fishing boats. It also damaged electricity poles, triggering a power shortage in the province. Moreover, it caused two chemical gas tanks and pipe racks in the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate to explode, resulting in a high number of fatalities and injuries as well as damage to the environment. Typhoon "X" also caused houses and buildings in nearby provinces to collapse. The national government, directed by National Crisis Management Center (NCMC), responded swiftly to the disaster. A state of disaster was declared by the Prime Minister. In view of the overwhelming need for fire fighting capacity, and search and rescue and relief assistance, the NCMC of the affected country requested for assistance from ASEAN countries, and relevant UN and international organisations through the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance. ASEAN Member States responded swiftly by mobilising their disaster response assets, including search and rescue, medical and fire fighting teams. Other local and international organisations also joined hands in the operation. "

ASEAN's regional emergency response and humanitarian assistance capacities will be put to the test in the simulated typhoon disaster scenario depicted above on 27 August 2008 at the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in the Rayong Province, Thailand. The exercise is part of the ASEAN Regional Disaster Emergency Response Simulation Exercise 2008, code-named ARDEX-08.

The simulated disaster response operations will be led by Thailand, with the support of ASEAN Member States under the guidance of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER). Firefighting teams, experts on hazardous materials and medical teams from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore will participate in the joint emergency response operations, joining the response teams from Thailand. The exercise will also involve evacuation of displaced population affected by the disaster. The ASEAN Emergency Rapid Assessment Team (ERAT) also will take part in the exercise, together with teams from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Thai Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

ARDEX-08 is the fourth in a series of annual disaster simulation exercises that ASEAN conducts to enhance the capacities and capabilities of Member States in joint disaster management operations. Last year's exercise, hosted by Singapore in October 2007, simulated a collapsed structure scenario. The scenarios used in each exercise attempt to replicate the scale and nature of destruction brought about by disasters such as earthquakes, landslides and typhoons which occur in some of the Member States from time to time.

ARDEX-08 will draw on lessons learnt from the mobilisation of the ASEAN-ERAT after Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and the Post-Nargis Joint Assessment. The deployment of ASEAN-ERAT to Myanmar, under the ASEAN Standby Arrangements and Standard Operating Procedure (SASOP) for disaster emergency response operations, was the first-ever experience for ASEAN.

ARDEX-08 is expected to generate constructive and practical inputs for the implementation of the AADMER, in particular the refinement of the SASOP. The simulation exercise also will directly benefit ASEAN Member States as national and international mechanisms for disaster and emergency response, including cooperation and collaboration in humanitarian actions, are collectively understood, tested, and enhanced.

ARDEX-08 is one of the many regional emergency response capacity building activities of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), who are guided by the AADMER which the ASEAN Foreign Ministers signed on 26 July 2005 in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

The ACDM welcomes the participation of other countries; local, regional and international organisations and the media to observe ARDEX-08. Interested parties may obtain further information from the ASEAN Secretariat (Ms. Adelina Kamal), Tel: (62-21) 7262991, or the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Thailand (Mr. Adthaporn Singhawichai), Tel: (662) 2430020 ext. 2401.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Ms. Adelina Kamal
Environment and Disaster Management
Bureau for Resources Development
The ASEAN Secretariat
Tel: (62-21) 7262991 ext. 316
Email: lina@asean.org / akamal.aseanhtf@gmail.com.


In July 2005, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers signed the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER). As part of its endeavours to prepare for the implementation of the AADMER, the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) conducts the annual ASEAN Regional Disaster Emergency Response Simulation Exercise (ARDEX).

The first simulation exercise (ARDEX-05) was conducted in Selangor, Malaysia in September 2005. The second exercise (ARDEX-06) was held in Kein Svay District and Takhmau City, Kandal Province, Cambodia, in September 2006. The third exercise (ARDEX-07) was organised in Singapore in October 2007. The fourth exercise (ARDEX-08) will take place in the Rayong Province, Thailand in August 2008.

For more information about ACDM, visit www.acdm-online.net


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was founded on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration by Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined ASEAN in 1984, Viet Nam in 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar in 1997, and Cambodia in 1999. ASEAN currently has 10 Member States.

The aims and purposes of ASEAN are to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region; and to promote regional peace and stability, with mutual respect for the independence, sovereignty, equality, territorial integrity and national identity of all nations.

As of 2007, the ASEAN region has a population of about 576 million, a total area of 4.5 million square kilometres, and a combined gross domestic product of almost US$ 1.282 billion.

For more information, visit www.asean.org


Alex Young, top, checked on Kyle Calkins, 23, who played the role of a patient, as local, state and federal agencies participated yesterday in a joint exercise on how to handle a plane full of people who have been exposed to bird flu at Honolulu Airport

Teams use airport to stage bird flu drill

Local, state and federal workers and military and civilian health care personnel worked as a team in a bird flu drill yesterday at Honolulu Airport.

The drill, Lightning Rescue '08, simulated what would happen if an airliner from Asia arrived at Honolulu Airport bearing more than 300 passengers with some experiencing symptoms of avian influenza or "bird flu."

"We take it very seriously," said Dr. James Ireland, medical director at Honolulu Airport. "It's unlikely that something like this would happen but we want to be ready."

Dozens of emergency response personnel from different agencies, clad in protective masks and gear, administered first aid to mock patients who were civilian or military volunteers.

The simulation included setting up an emergency intensive care unit in the airport gate called an "Isolation Treatment Facility," with full emergency care facilities designed to run continuously for up to five days, at which time any patients requiring further care would be transferred to a hospital.

Toby Clairmont, director of the Hawaii Disaster Medical Assistance Team, said it would take about two hours to set up the response facilities. The arrival gate used for the drill has a separate air vent system from the rest of the airport, and the air conditioning was turned off to prevent contamination.

The coordinated response plan included personnel from the Hawaii Disaster Medical Assistance Team, federal Centers for Disease Control, airport paramedics, airport firefighters, medical personnel from neighbor island and Oahu hospitals, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents, Joint Task Force-Homeland Defense and others.

On Friday, Lightning Rescue '08 will continue with a second simulation staged at the Naval Pacific Missile Range facility on Kauai. The exercise will examine what happens if there is an excessive amount of bird flu-contaminated flights coming in to Honolulu Airport. The overflow would be diverted to Kauai, where an emergency isolation "Safe Haven" would be set up to quarantine and treat the infected.

From: http://starbulletin.com/2008/07/23/news/story11.html


NORAD/ USNORTHCOM/ FEMA, National Level Exercise Begins In May http://www.norad.mil/News/2008/042808.html

NORAD, USNORTHCOM to train in national exercise

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command will exercise their response abilities to a variety of events during an intensive eight-day national level exercise in May.

National Level Exercise 2-08 will run May 1-8 and will exercise national capabilities to prepare and respond to multiple incidents including both natural disasters and terrorist incidents. The exercise will include hurricane preparedness and response and Defense Support to Civil Authorities coordination in response to a weapon of mass destruction terrorist attack.

USNORTHCOM’s primary exercise venues for NLE 2-08 include locations in Washington and Oregon. Exercise scenarios include multiple terrorist attacks in the state of Washington, an accidental chemical agent release in Oregon, a Category 4 hurricane impacting the mid-Atlantic Coast and the National Capitol Region region and aerospace events throughout North America.

NLE 2-08 will also involve agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, U.S. Transportation Command and the National Guard. Canada Command will participate through its Staunch Maple exercise.

“Exercises like NLE 2 – 08 give us the opportunity to work with other federal agencies, state and local officials, as well as Canada, in the response to multiple events,” said Gene Pino, NORAD and USNORTHCOM Joint Training and Exercise director. “This allows us to look at processes and procedures to identify strengths and weaknesses by stressing the system so that we can be better prepared in the future.”

NORAD, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in May, is the bi-national Canadian and American command responsible for the air defense of North America and maritime warning for Canada and the United States.

U.S. Northern Command was established on Oct. 1, 2002, to anticipate and conduct homeland defense and civil support operations within the assigned area of responsibility to defend, protect, and secure the United States and its interests.


NOTE FOR MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS: For more information on the exercise or for potential media coverage during the exercise, please contact Lt. Cmdr. Gary Ross at the NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs Office, 719-554-6889 or gary.ross@northcom.mil .



National Level Exercise Begins In May

Release Date: April 24, 2008
Release Number: HQ-08-063

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Exercise Program (NEP) will conduct National Level Exercise 2-08 (NLE 2-08) a combined functional and full scale exercise from May 1 through May 8. NLE 2-08 will merge the objectives of U.S. Northern Command's (NORTHCOM) Ardent Sentry 2008 exercise, FEMA National Continuity Program's (NCP) Eagle Horizon 2008 exercise (formerly known as Forward Challenge), and FEMA Disaster Operation's Hurricane Preparedness Exercise (HPE).

The purpose of NLE 2-08 is to exercise national capabilities to prepare and respond to multiple incidents including both natural disasters and terrorist incidents. The exercise was designed to include scenario elements addressing hurricane preparedness and response, national continuity capabilities, and Defense Support to Civil Authorities coordination in response to weapons of mass destruction terrorist attacks. The exercise venues involve a Category 4 hurricane impacting the Mid Atlantic Coast and the National Capitol Region and multiple terrorist attacks in Washington State.

Also during NLE 2-08, the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) will test it's response to an accidental chemical agent release at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Oregon. Canada will also participate through their Staunch Maple Exercise.

The exercise allows Federal officials to implement continuity plans, test communications connectivity, operations and procedures for performing essential government functions from alternate locations, and interagency coordination. Additionally, it serves to demonstrate that essential functions can be effectively conducted during threats and emergencies.

NLE 2-08 is a NEP exercise conducted within the five year exercise schedule. The NEP is the nation's overarching homeland security exercise program, provides the federal government with a national, interagency wide program and a multi-year planning system to focus, coordinate, plan, conduct, execute, evaluate and prioritize national security and homeland security preparedness-related exercise activities.

FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

This release has been modified from its original version.


Iran Encounter Grimly Echoes ’02 War Game

NY Times
Saturday January 12, 2008

WASHINGTON — There is a reason American military officers express grim concern over the tactics used by Iranian sailors last weekend: a classified, $250 million war game in which small, agile speedboats swarmed a naval convoy to inflict devastating damage on more powerful warships.

In the days since the encounter with five Iranian patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz, American officers have acknowledged that they have been studying anew the lessons from a startling simulation conducted in August 2002. In that war game, the Blue Team navy, representing the United States, lost 16 major warships — an aircraft carrier, cruisers and amphibious vessels — when they were sunk to the bottom of the Persian Gulf in an attack that included swarming tactics by enemy speedboats.

“The sheer numbers involved overloaded their ability, both mentally and electronically, to handle the attack,” said Lt. Gen. Paul K. Van Riper, a retired Marine Corps officer who served in the war game as commander of a Red Team force representing an unnamed Persian Gulf military. “The whole thing was over in 5, maybe 10 minutes.”

If the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, proved to the public how terrorists could transform hijacked airliners into hostage-filled cruise missiles, then the “Millennium Challenge 2002” war game with General Van Riper was a warning to the armed services as to how an adversary could apply similar, asymmetrical thinking to conflict at sea.

General Van Riper said he complained at the time that important lessons of his simulated victory were not adequately acknowledged across the military. But other senior officers say the war game and subsequent analysis and exercises helped to focus attention on the threat posed by Iran’s small, fast boats, and helped to prepare commanders for last weekend’s encounter.

“It’s clear, strategically, where the Iranian military has gone,” Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters on Friday. “For the years that this strategic shift toward their small, fast boats has taken place, we’ve been very focused on that.”

In the simulation, General Van Riper sent wave after wave of relatively inexpensive speedboats to charge at the costlier, more advanced fleet approaching the Persian Gulf. His force of small boats attacked with machine guns and rockets, reinforced with missiles launched from land and air. Some of the small boats were loaded with explosives to detonate alongside American warships in suicide attacks. That core tactic of swarming played out in real life last weekend, though on a much more limited scale and without any shots fired.

According to Pentagon and Navy officials, five small patrol boats belonging to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps charged a three-ship Navy convoy, maneuvering around and between an American destroyer, cruiser and frigate during a tense half-hour encounter. The location was where the narrow Strait of Hormuz meets the open waters of the Persian Gulf — the same choke point chosen by General Van Riper for his attack.

In the encounter last Sunday, the commander of one American warship trained an M240 machine gun — which fires upward of 10 armor-piercing slugs per second — on an Iranian boat that pulled within 200 yards of the American vessel. But the Iranians turned away before the commander gave the order to fire.

That was not the case in the simulation, sponsored by the military’s Joint Forces Command. The victory of the force modeled after a Persian Gulf state — a composite of Iran and Iraq — astounded sponsors of what was then the largest joint war-fighting exercise ever held, involving 13,500 military members and civilians battling in nine live exercise ranges in the United States, and double that many computer simulations to replicate a number of different battles.

General Van Riper’s attack was much more complex and sophisticated than anything that could have involved the Iranian boats last weekend. The broad outline of the 2002 war game was reported at the time, but in interviews since last weekend’s episode, General Van Riper and other officers have provided new details about the simulation.

In the war game, scores of adversary speedboats and larger naval vessels had been shadowing and hectoring the Blue Team fleet for days. The Blue Team defenses also faced cruise missiles fired simultaneously from land and from warplanes, as well as the swarm of speedboats firing heavy machine guns and rockets — and pulling alongside to detonate explosives on board.

When the Red Team sank much of the Blue navy despite the Blue navy’s firing of guns and missiles, it illustrated a cheap way to beat a very expensive fleet. After the Blue force was sunk, the game was ordered to begin again, with the Blue Team eventually declared the victor.

In a telephone interview, General Van Riper recalled that his idea of a swarming attack grew from Marine Corps studies of the natural world, where insects and animals — from tiny ant colonies to wolf packs — move in groups to overwhelm larger prey.

“It is not a matter of size or of individual capability, but whether you have the numbers and come from multiple directions in a short period of time,” he said.

Although Washington and Tehran continue to duel over details of the encounter, American officials say the Iranians may have been seeking to provoke a violent confrontation as President Bush was about to visit the region. Or, the officials say, they might have been hoping to test the American reaction. Yet there is no certainty that the encounter was ordered by the government in Tehran.

Pentagon officials on Friday said there were two encounters with small Iranian boats in the region last month. In one, a Navy warship fired warning shots and in the other a warning whistle was sounded. Both encounters ended without injury after the Iranian vessels turned away.

Regardless, American sailors have not forgotten how a small boat that hid among refueling and garbage vessels off a port in Yemen detonated alongside the American destroyer Cole in October 2000, killing 17 Americans and crippling the warship.


“Powerful Iran” war game to be held
Tehran Times Political Desk

TEHRAN, Oct. 20 , 2007 (MNA) – A massive war game codenamed “powerful Iran” will be held near Qom on October 23-25, the Commander of Basij (volunteer) Forces in Ministries and Organizations Masoud Chinigar-Zadeh said on Saturday.

The maneuver in which ten thousand Basijs will participate is aimed at boosting the Basij forces’ defense capabilities, Chinigar-Zadeh insisted.

The commander said the main characteristic of this war game is that it will be held far from capital Tehran and in the vicinity of Qom.

Through maneuvers Basijs show that they are always prepared to protect the country’s borders against any possible invasion by the enemies, he pointed out




A Better Prepared America Through Practice and Preparation

Exercises are a critical part of a Better Prepared America. Our exercises strive to train first responders so that they can practice prevention, reduce vulnerabilities, and hone recovery capabilities in a risk-free environment.

Our goal is to help states, cities, towns and villages gain an objective assessment of their capacity to prevent or respond to and recover from a disaster so that modifications or improvements can be made before a real incident occurs.

TOPOFF 4: Exercising National Preparedness

Top Officials 4 (TOPOFF 4) is the most comprehensive terrorism exercise ever conducted in the United States. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), TOPOFF 4 is the fourth exercise in the TOPOFF Exercise Series, a Congressionally mandated exercise program.

TOPOFF is designed to strengthen the nation's capacity to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks involving weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). This National-level exercise provides the means to conduct "full-scale, full system tests" of collective preparedness, interoperability, and collaboration across all levels of the State, Federal, International government and the private sector.

TOPOFF 4 involves a two-year cycle of seminars, planning events, and exercises that culminate in a Full-Scale Exercise to take place on October 15-24, 2007.

Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)

The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) is a capabilities and performance-based exercise program that provides a standardized policy, methodology, and language for designing, developing, conducting, and evaluating all exercises.

In addition to providing a standardized exercise policy, HSEEP also facilitates the creation of self-sustaining, capabilities-based exercise programs by providing tools and resources such as guidance, training, technology, and direct support. This blended approach to HSEEP implementation promotes exercise expertise, while advancing a standardized means of assessing and improving preparedness across the Nation.

For more information on HSEEP, see the website at: http://hseep.dhs.gov



NORTHCOM Plans 5 Day Martial Law Exercise
Published on Wednesday, September 05, 2007.

By Lee Rogers - Intel Strike Contributing Writer
The United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) has just announced plans for an anti-terrorism exercise called Vigilant Shield 08. The exercise which is slated to run from October 15th to October 20th is described as a way to prepare, prevent and respond to any number of national crises. The exercise is simply a test case scenario for the implementation of martial law. Although the description of the exercise is disturbing, USNORTHCOM also announced that they are more prepared for a natural disaster and a terrorist attack after they used their response to Hurricane Katrina as a test laboratory. During Hurricane Katrina, authorities violated the constitutional rights of citizens by stealing people’s firearms and even relocating people against their will. These announcements are incredibly disturbing on a number of levels as the nature of Vigilant Shield 08 and the admission that Hurricane Katrina was used as a test laboratory shows that the government is actively preparing the military and government institutions for martial law.
Below is the full press release from USNORTHCOM describing Vigilant Shield 08. Also check out the Vigilant Shield 08 fact sheet by clicking here.

North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command along with U.S. Pacific Command, the Department of Homeland Security as well as local, state and other federal responders will exercise their response abilities against a variety of potential threats during Exercise Vigilant Shield ‘08, a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-designated, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM)-sponsored, and U.S. Joint Forces Command-supported Department of Defense exercise for homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities missions.

VS-08 will be conducted concurrent with Top Officials 4 (TOPOFF 4), the nation’s premier exercise of terrorism preparedness sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, and several other linked exercises as part of the National Level Exercise 1-08. These linked exercises will take place Ocober 15-20 and are being conducted throughout the United States and in conjunction with several partner nations including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, as well as the Territory of Guam.

VS-08 and National Level Exercise 1-08 will provide local, state, tribal, interagency, Department of Defense, and non-governmental organizations and agencies involved in homeland security and homeland defense the opportunity to participate in a full range of exercise scenarios that will better prepare participants to prevent and respond to national crises. The participating organizations will conduct a multi-layered, civilian-led response to a national crisis.

USNORTHCOM’s primary exercise venues for VS-08 include locations in Oregon, Arizona and a cooperative venue with USPACOM in the Territory of Guam. NORAD’s aerospace detection and defense events will take place across all the exercise venues, to exercise the ability to mobilize resources for aerospace defense, aerospace control, maritime warning, and coordination of air operations in a disaster area.

This exercise is clearly a way to prepare government to respond to a national crisis with martial law. This announcement also follows a number of other news stories that indicate the government is becoming more actively prepared for the implementation of martial law.

These stories include the following:

George W. Bush issuing a presidential directive declaring that he is a dictator during the case of a national emergency be it a natural disaster, a terror attack or any number of crises.

KSLA reporting that members of clergy will be used to convince people to submit to government in the case of declare martial law. See the video below.

The U.S. Department of Treasury conducting a disaster drill to prepare for a potential economic crisis.

In addition to the announcement of Vigilant Shield 08, USNORTHCOM also announced that they have been using the lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina to better respond to crises. The response to Hurricane Katrina was essentially used as a test laboratory to implement martial law in a city. People were forced to relocate against their will and authorities stole people’s firearms in the name of safety despite these actions being entirely unconstitutional.


“Hurricane Katrina’s impact on this country was unprecedented. There are still many of our fellow Americans whose lives still haven’t returned to normal,” said Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and USNORTHCOM. “It will take many years for the Gulf Coast to fully recover.

“The United States military was deeply involved in the response to the hurricane and subsequent flooding,” Renuart said. “While our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines helped thousands of people, we also learned many lessons.”

According to Renuart, USNORTHCOM has been using the lessons learned from Katrina to modify plans to respond to both natural disasters and potential terrorist actions.

Northern Command also admits in the same article that they have pre-scripted mission assignments coordinated with FEMA to implement martial law under the pretext of disaster response.


USNORTHCOM is ready to help federal, state and local officials to be prepared for a major hurricane and to be successful at conducting response operations, if necessary and requested by the primary responding agency. Some of the ways these objectives are being achieved are:

Through State Engagement programs, USNORTHCOM provides planning support to help states prepare for emergencies.

USNORTHCOM and its subordinates, as well as local, state and federal partners conduct major disaster exercises to refine processes and apply lessons learned.

Working with FEMA, USNORTHCOM has prepared pre-scripted mission assignments to accelerate the disaster response process.

USNORTHCOM conducted a major exercise with the National Guard in May to refine the interface between the National Guard and DoD.

There is no question that Vigilant Shield 08 is either government preparation for the implementation of martial law or a way for criminal elements within the government to distract emergency responders in order to conduct a false flag terror attack as a pretext to actually implement martial law and engage in foreign war. On September 11th, 2001 there were drills run by NORAD including Vigilant Guardian which served as a way to ensure that there was no adequate military response to the hi-jacked planes. A similar scenario unfolding with Vigilant Shield is not out of the question.


Portland PD thwarts Chertoff/SAIC bomb plot

    Heroic local officers with the Portland Police department did an explosive sweep on vehicles belonging to criminal elements connected to Mossad agent Michael Chertoff.  Cherotff was in town to participate in a SAIC-scripted "terror drill." Counterterrorism analysts in the blogosphere had voiced concern that Chertoff would use the opportunity to take the drill "live," blaming a false-flag attack on Iran.

    Portland activists should be commended for alerting local law enforcement as to who the real terrorists are.
    From Portland's The Oregonian October 18, 2007 22:50PM:

    "Portland police cordoned off several blocks around the Lloyd Center, marking off the area with thousands of feet of yellow tape blowing in the afternoon wind. They also shut down MAX trains through the area, and alerted people inside the hotel and surrounding buildings. Some in those buildings chose to evacuate, while others remained in place.

    By 3:45 p.m., Police spokesman Brian Schmautz said officials "were comfortable" there was nothing sinister going on. Shortly after that, TriMet spokeswoman Peggy LaPoint said the red and blue MAX lines were back open in both directions through the area.

    Nonetheless, Topoff activities at the hotel were quickly canceled earlier in the afternoon. Schmautz said officers had been sweeping the area in advance of visits by Chertoff and high-ranking military personnel using a pair of "explosives sensitive" police dogs. "One dog got an alert at this car. The second dog was called in and also gave an alert." A third dog later came to the parking garage, and had the same reaction as the first two.

    Authorities initially focused on one vehicle, which turned out to be owned by a participant in the Topoff exercise.



Subject: Re: 20070911-0636 -  FALSE FLAG EVEN ON SEPTEMBER 14TH?

Fw: Israel has no flights leaving New York on Sep.14 Not booked up But No

I heard El Al was going to cancel all flights out of NYC this morning on the Powerhour, but I couldn't find any documentation. That's the same day Bush orders all the US military jets to stand down.  May be that's the same day we go into Syria to attack Iran.  We have assets in the gulf and Military Planes stationed in their CIA stronghold in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, where HW Bush has his Vinnell Corp. The Vinnell Corporation is an international private military company based in the United States specializing in military training, logistics, and support in the form of weapon systems maintenance and management consultancy, whose most recent claim to fame is their training of portions of the Saudi Arabian National Guard as a joint Saudi/American owned company called Vinnell Arabia. Vinnell Corporation is a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation. They are also party to other joint venture companies; i.e., VBR (Vinnell-Brown & Root). Israel carried out air strikes in Syria.

Syria-Israel bombing incident shrouded in mystery

By Alastair Macdonald Fri Sep 7, 2007


Syria complains about Israel to UN

By SAM F. GHATTAS, A P 09/11/07


Osama was a CIA creation and now there's a second Bin Laden tape and Gen. Betrayus is testifying before Congress
just in time for 911.  C-Span 3

Be prepared for another false flag event in the US on September 14th.   Bush will blame Iran as the nominated enemy,
followed by martial law.  Chertoff has had another "gut feeling," stating small planes and boats could carry WMD, again
 telegraphing his punches.
Cheney Determined To Strike In US With WMD This Summer

Only Impeachment, Removal or General Strike Can Stop Him

By Webster G. Tarpley 07-21-07
Meanwhile Bush is exploiting the grief of 911 relatives.  What a media extravaganza.  
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 12:09 PM
Subject: Re: 20070911-0636 - Fw: Israel has no flights leaving New York on Sep.14 Not booked up ButNo
IRAN is the war cry of this administarion today.......... De'ja` vu ?????????????
"We are the generation that shook up the old order and dared to dream big"...Susan Crandell

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. -M.Twain

"Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom." -- John F. Kennedy

"Fascism will come to this country and it will come disguised as Americanism." -- Governor Huey Long.

Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world." -- Henry Kissinger

http://www.infowars.com/index.html --- http://jackblood.netfirms.com/home/ ---- http://impeachforpeace.org/index.php
-------------- Original message --------------
From: "Jacques Hardy" <
    The message below is just one of a great many, many similar ones,  which I am now constantly receiving from South of the border.  The way I translate it all from American English to Canadian English is like this:
    All the American fools have to come out of their stupidity and rush immediately to Washington D.C., there to TOTALLY DESTROY ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT.  If people do that, they will be saved from a government engineered disaster, if they don't,  they should not be surprised to get what they deserve  ! ! !   This may not happen exactly on the 14th, but anyway between today and the end of October 2007.
    Remember, five nuclear bombs (plus a sixth for Montreal) (Oops! that is where I am), that may not seem to be a lot,  yet I predict that it will signal the end of the Evil Empire. 
Jacques Hardy
An old guy from Canada where we keep our head cool and our feet hot.

Sent: Monday, September 10, 2007 10:58 PM
Subject: Israel has no flights leaving New York on Sep.14 Not booked up But No Flights ?? !

On the same day the U.S. Air Force will be standing down !
Hal Turner Show: http://www.halturnershow.com/  

Strange that the main airline in Israel suddenly has "no flight" from the biggest jew population center outside of Israel on the very same day that the entire US Air Force will be "standing down." 
    A lot of people said that 4,000 jews didn't show up to work at the World Trade Center in New York on 9-11. Jews seemed to "know" some big attack was going to take place that day and they didn't go to work. By the way, on 9-11, the U.S. Air Force was ordered to "stand down" while those attacks were taking place!
    Here we are six years later, the neo-cons are taking all sorts of flak over the Iraq war; the US economy is headed into financial collapse, the jews still want the US to attack Iran but they can't overcome public opinion so. . . . . . another "terrorist attack" on the US would do the trick!
    Strange then, that El Al has no flights from NYC on Friday Sept. 14. . .  Is this a HINT? Do the jews know something about Sept 14 the way they seemed to know about 9-11??
    Comments on off-site comment area (14) Updated 10 September 2007 at 1821 HRS EDT

The show will air from 7:00 - 9:00 PM EDT, then re-air again 2 hours later (after "YAHWEH's Truth" with Pastor Jim Wickstrom and the ARYAN NATIONS radio hour) from 11:00 - 1:00 AM. Pierce spent two hours on the Hal Turner show in 2002 just a few months before he was diagnosed with cancer to which he later succumbed that same year.

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Updated 10 September 2007 at 1236 HRS EDT
Al-Qaida is planning "high-impact attacks against the U.S. Homeland" our Air Force has taken steps to make our entire country vulnerable to such attacks on September 14.  In an order given to all fighter pilots and bomber pilots, the entire U.S. Air Force will "stand down" on Friday September 14.  We will have ZERO air defense for the entire country on that day!
    They have ordered this stand down after five nuclear bombs were "accidentally shipped by plane from Minot AFB in North Dakota to Bartsdale AFB in Louisiana on a B-52 bomber. The military says they need to stand down to go over nuclear protocols.

What is very odd about this order is that Fighter jets NEVER carry nuclear bombs. Only Bombers carry nuclear warheads. So why are fighter pilots also being ordered to stand down?

If a terrorist attack takes place on September 14, then we know that our own government made it possible with a military stand-down order.
    If such an attack takes place, We The People of the United States will be left with no choice but to exercise our "original right of self defense" and remove our government from power by any and all means necessary, barring nothing.
    Those in government are hereby warned:  If your stand down order allows a terrorist attack to occur, we will come for you.
Christian Radio Host Questions Air Combat Command's Decision to Stand Down on Friday

Contact: Ryan Rose, 423-559-7820

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., September 10 /Christian Newswire/ -- "Insanity, seditious complicity, or a planned provocation to induce horrific terror attacks. I can't think of any other explanation for the ludicrous decision." That's the conclusion exclaimed by Christian radio talk show host Rick Wiles who is outraged over the United States Air Combat Command's announcement that it will stand down on Friday, September 14.

Wiles, host of the Trunews radio program, is referring to the announcement by the U.S. Air Force that the entire Air Combat Command will stand down for a day following the incident involving the B-52 bomber that transported nuclear-armed missiles without the crew's knowledge.

The Air Force Times reported that the entire command – about 100,000 active-duty airmen – will be in military classrooms on Friday. The stand down was ordered by the Air Combat Command chief General Ronald Keys.

Wiles said he is stunned by the stand down orders. "Does General Keys know that Osama bin Laden recently resurfaced?" asked Wiles. "Why would America's entire Air Combat Command stand down precisely when America's top enemy stands up?"

Another thing that puzzles the talk show host is why the Air Combat Command publicly announced the stand down. "First, the decision to stand down defies logic and common sense. Even worse, the decision to tell the whole world is more bizarre," stated Wiles. Wiles also questions why the training isn't staggered over several weeks so all of the command's air bases aren't shut down simultaneously.

Wiles said Gen. Keys' stand down orders came as CIA Director General Michael Hayden told the Council on Foreign Relations that al-Qaeda's leadership is planning high-impact plots against the United States of America "that would produce mass casualties, dramatic destruction and significant economic aftershocks."

Wiles said, "There's something wrong with this picture. The CIA chief is openly warning that al-Qaeda is plotting attacks on U.S. soil that could kill large numbers of Americans and wreck our economy. At the same time, the commander of the Air Combat Command has told al-Qaeda and every other enemy that we won't have air defenses for an entire day or longer. This makes absolutely no sense." The talk show host said he wants to know if General Keys was pressured by Washington officials to order the stand down.

Wiles' entire statement can be read at http://www.trunews.com/christianradio.htm. For more information or an interview, contact Ryan Rose at (423) 559-7820 or email Ryan@Trunews.com.


Sunday, September 02, 2007

Untitled Terrorism: Do You Know Where Your Children Are? Hat Tip to Benjamin for the email, I will link here to his weblog when I get the address.

We have seen a story or two, now and then, on this subject but the media firestorm that  we would expect hasn't materialized and we have to wonder why.

Before I show you some very disturbing facts, let me ask you a couple of questions.

Do you have children of school age? Do you drive them to school or do they get picked up by a bus? Do you walk them out to the bus, hand them their lunch money or a bagged lunched, kiss them goodbye and wave as they are leaving? Do they run outside on their own to catch their bus? Do you look at the bus driver and recognize them as the same person day after day? Or is it a new driver today?

Homeland security:
Over the summer months, and while your attention has been upon everything but school, at least 17 school buses have been stolen from a variety of student transportation concerns, including private companies, charter schools and businesses. These thefts occurred within a specific geographical suburb of Houston. No known threat? Oh, yes, there is a very real promissory threat from Islamic terrorists to kill several million American children; this is just one avenue to accomplish that Islamic promise. Figuratively, this falling “tree” is a threat to our children and also involves a transportation system. Did you hear it?

Lets get denial out of the way shall we?

9/11 took years to plan on the part of Islamic extremists, it was a coordinated effort that took forethought, training and men prepared to die to make a "statement".

It is clear that schools are a possible target for terrorists. Aside from Beslan and the dozens of other school attacks over the past 37 years, it has been reported that the U.S. military has found information in Iraq pertaining to U.S. schools, and in September 2004 the FBI notified school districts in six states that photographs, diagrams, and emergency plans had been found in the possession of unidentified individuals.

In 2002, before those captured documents in Iraq, the New York State Education Department set up Terrorism Preparedness Guidelines.
Perhaps a good place to start is to establish a working definition of terrorism. We have defined terrorism as: premeditated threats or acts of violence committed by politically motivated persons whose intent is to intimidate or cause serious physical harm to a specific group of people.

Most Emergency Management Plans include school buses merely as a means of shelter and a method of transportation away from a disaster. We are urging you to seriously consider your big yellow buses as an actual target of terrorism and to take steps to avert any such incidents.

In 2003, Worldnet.daily as well as multiple other news organizations brought us news of videos obtained and shot in Afghanistan of rehearsals of shooting school children and taking hostages.

Videos depicting a mock al-Qaida siege of schools and golf course assassinations are now being reported by other news agencies, confirming an exclusive report by WorldNetDaily last year.

The New York Post says the al-Qaida tapes include the rehearsed shooting of schoolchildren and the taking of hostages.

The training exercise reportedly took place under the guidance of al-Qaida operations chief Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks who is now in U.S. custody.

The location was an abandoned school in Mir Bach Kot, Afghanistan, north of Kabul, a hotbed of al-Qaida activity before the U.S. and allied forces ousted the Taliban.

Former Green Beret Keith "Jack" Idema discovered the tapes in an abandoned house while serving as an adviser to the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance.

He says the video shows bullet-ridden blackboards and cut-out targets in classrooms, apparently representing students and teachers.

"Knowing al-Qaida trained to take out a presidential motorcade or an office building is scary, but nothing is more frightening than their training to take over a school," Idema told the Post. "In a classroom in a camp near Jalalabad, we found little desks with bullet holes in them and the backs of the chairs each had seven or eight bullet holes in them. They were definitely aiming to hit critical mass."

Portions of the tapes viewed by the newspaper showed a hostage-taking exercise and three scenarios where masked men, armed with AK-47s, pistols and hand grenades, storm a school-like brick building. In one assault, two gunmen rappel from the roof onto a ledge and wait for the go-ahead via two-way radio.

The Post recounts the school assault in detail:
"Two of the kidnappers are sitting in the cafeteria," a narrator says in Arabic.

At the command "move!" a janitor sweeping a hallway inside drops his broom and pulls out a gun. Others burst into rooms, fire automatic weapons and bark English commands at a group of children and adults, apparently locals and other camp residents co-opted for the exercise.

"Sit," a hooded terrorist yells to the children, who shriek in horror. "Don't move, don't move," he says. The children are made to kneel and place their hands on the walls while adults stand with hands raised and are frisked.

The armed thugs then herd their captives down the hallways as they shout in English, "Go in here!" and "Don't move!" Some hostages are then ordered to the roof.

"I don't want to go," one sham victim pleads in Arabic.

"Go before I kill you," a rifle-toting thug barks back.

The camera then zooms in on a terrorist, who stomps on a child.

On the rooftop, a lookout announces the arrival of police. A terrorist then drags a "hostage" to the ledge for display.

The Post says other training exercises include an attack at a mock golf outing, as men dressed as caddies drop their bags, pull out guns and open fire.


New nuclear terror drill sparks conspiracy scare
Soros-backed media outlet warns of plot for institution of martial law

Posted: August 19, 2007

By Joseph Farah
© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com

WASHINGTON – A U.S. military drill designed to enhance homeland security in the event of a nuclear terrorist attack has some officials and media outlets funded by billionaire George Soros warning it may be a "false flag" operation leading to the detonation of a real nuclear device to set the stage for martial law.

The exercise, part of the "Noble Resolve" program of the U.S. Joint Forces Command, is set for tomorrow through Friday in Portland, Ore. Like other previous drills, it involves coordination with local officials in a model nuclear attack.

The series of "Noble Resolve" experiments began April 23 in Suffolk, Va. They represent a follow-up to similar series of drills called Urban Resolve that took place in 2006.

The efforts bring together JFCOM, Northern Command, the Homeland Security Department and state and local officials to model responses to nuclear terrorist attacks.

During the experiments, which are largely based on computer modeling, the "bomb" explodes inside the simulation. "Noble Resolve," according to planners, strives to create processes for interactions among local, state, national and international officials.

Last April, a similar "Noble Resolve" exercise took place in Virginia.

However, despite the precedent, some officials and the IndyMedia organization supported by Soros are raising red flags – even claiming that in a similar exercise, President Bush ordered the destruction of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and blamed it on radical Islamic terrorists.

Writing in NewOrleans.IndyMedia.org, Capt. Eric H. May, the military correspondent for the agency, asked the following question about the Portland drill: "But what if they decide to use a real bomb rather than simulate it?"

"A false flag attack is one in which you attack your own people, then blame it on a group of people you want to attack," wrote May. "It's a radical stratagem for instantly creating hatred, and it's common, historically speaking, all the way from ancient to modern times."

May gave the following examples:

  • The Roman emperor Nero burned Rome, then blamed it on emerging Christianity.
  • The German fuhrer Hitler burned the Reichstag, then blamed it on communist Jewry.
  • The American president Bush demolished the World Trade Center, then blamed it on radical Islam.

The jitters in Portland, according to May, caused Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., to grill the Bush administration about National Security Presidential Directive 51, first reported in WND, which authorizes the executive branch to assume extraordinary powers in the event of a national emergency.

"Maybe the people who think there's a conspiracy out there are right," DeFazio told the Portland Oregonian.

DeFazio, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he was denied an opportunity to examine classified documents related to Directive 51.

"At this stage of the Bush regime and its terror-driven global war, there's no shame in conspiracy theory, since it's the only theory that offers consistent, coherent answers to our growing secret government and its terror policies," wrote May.

Meanwhile, Portland's version of IndyMedia, raises even more concerns about the impending exercises.

"There has been a growing concern over the mock or simulation events (nuclear attack and martial law) proposed to take place in Portland, Oregon, by Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other governmental agencies now called Operation Noble Resolve," reports the agency in an article titled "Don't Nuke Portland." "This mock event has been feared by some in the past to set up martial law in Portland during the months of August and September, but newer information has raised concern of graver fears."

The article goes on to speculate that an actual nuclear attack by the U.S. government might take place during the drill. It goes on to assert that the 9/11 attacks were a false flag operation and urges those who have been hired or volunteered to be a part of the exercise to refuse to participate.

"Why participate in a simulation that supposes an external attack on the USA when there seems to be more internal threat by enemies of democracy within?" poses the article.

Besides grants from Soros, IndyMedia.org has also received support from Teresa Heinz Kerry's Tides Foundation. The Ford Foundation has also offered support. Ralph Nader's Public Citizen organization also assists IndyMedia.org.

When star football player Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan, the The Portland, Ore., chapter of Indymedia.org posted the news of Tillman's death accompanied by this headline: "Dumb Jock Killed in Afghanistan."

According to its website, "Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grass-roots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate and passionate tellings of truth."

It maintains websites in 50 major American markets, five chapters in Africa, 13 in Canada, 39 in Europe, 15 in Latin America, eight in Asia, and nine in Oceania.

In light of the scare stories, the Portland Oregonian editorialized in favor of the drill and many local officials are participating in the exercise because they believe it is necessary to prepare for a worst-case scenario.

One nuclear terror expert said earlier this year the chances of a detonation in the U.S. in the next decade are 50 percent.

Also, about the same time, Vice President Dick Cheney said the threat of nuclear terrorism is very real.

"The fact is that the threat to the United States now of a 9/11 occurring with a group of terrorists armed not with airline tickets and box cutters, but with a nuclear weapon in the middle of one of our own cities is the greatest threat we face," he said. "It's a very real threat. It's something that we have to worry about and defeat every single day."

Meanwhile, the most extensive study of the effects of such an attack concluded the U.S. was woefully under-prepared to respond, particularly if the event took place in a major population center.


In 2006, CNN reported that our school bus drivers were receiving extensive training to watch for potential terrorist threats to our children, financed by the Homeland Security Department.


Designers of the program, called School Bus Watch, want to turn 600,000 drivers into an army of observers.

"We are going to teach you how to identify, evaluate, and record unusual activity," instructor Joe Van Aken tells his class of 20 school bus drivers in Brooklyn, New York.

Aken, a bus driver himself, does not want these drivers to confront anyone suspicious but to call the authorities. The more eyes on the road the safer we will all be, he tells his pupils.

It's not just bus drivers on the front lines in the fight against terrorism. Bank tellers, ham radio operators and truckers also are being asked by Homeland Security to be on the lookout.

The department wants the bus drivers to report any suspicious activity, regardless of how small. If an attack is imminent or has just occurred it is important for bus drivers to get the children out of harm's way and to contact their dispatcher or 911 immediately. They, in turn, will direct that information to a national analysis center.

The new effort is part of Highway Watch, a safety program run by the American Trucking Association and financed since 2003 with $50 million from Homeland Security. So far, tens of thousands of bus operators have been trained around the country.

Officials say schools and buses are considered "soft" targets for terrorists, and an attack on them could have huge symbolic impact and lead to many casualties and spectacular images.

We all know that nothing encourages and helps terrorist organizations more than spectacular images all over the television screen in every country.

Anyone prepared to deny that al-Qaeda still wants to hit us? Denying that we have evidence that they have planned, for years to attack us using our children?

If so, you aren't using the brain that God gave you.

Just because you are able to stick your head into the sand and deny the truth doesn't make it any less true.

So while we keep our attention focused on our airports, and while the battle here in America rages on regarding Iraq and while we are busy arguing about politics, buses are being stolen, plans for school attacks are being confiscated, videos of those attacks are being published and then promptly ignored and the question remains.

Do you know where your children are and who is driving them to school?

For a government that is constantly being accused of fear mongering by the left, isn't it kind of amazing that they have downplayed this to avoid panic.

Just another accusation or "talking dull" that the far left liberals like to throw around without acknowledging there is a threat because to acknowledge it would mean they might actually have to show the American public they take these threats seriously, which they cannot because the stigma of being weak on national security is true, they are and as long as they continue to live in their bubble of denial, they will continue to be weak and they will continue to be seen that way.

I would much rather be accused of being a fear mongerer than a defeatist that ignores all threats.

I would much rather be accused of being a war mongerer than a surrender monkey.

I would much rather listen to what are troops say to us and back them, as they ask us to, than to ignore them and claim to be ignoring them because we support them.

I would much rather we win this fight against terrorism than to hand it to the terrorists because it fits the Democratic "political" agenda.

I would much rather be called a neocon, than a liberal leftist that is weak on national security.

As labels go, I will admit to being what they call a neocon, will they admit to what they are, which is a liberal that has no plan to fight terrorism?

I doubt it, they never can admit to what they are.

To follow this up, please read Safe Havens International's piece by Chris Dorn, "School Bus Terrorism".

Take Our Country Back with "Untitled Terrorism".

Last but definitely not least, American Thinker "Terrorists Targeting Students"

Tracked back by:
Untitled Terrorism from Miss Beth's Victory Dance...



Portland to Host Terrorism Drill “NOBLE RESOLVE 07-2”
Published on Sunday, August 19, 2007.

This is an urgent advisory notice from concerned citizens of Oregon and Washington about an upcoming U.S. Joint Forces Command emergency management exercise known as NOBLE RESOLVE 07-2 that will simulate terrorism or disaster scenarios in the Lower Columbia River Basin between Aug. 20th and Aug 24th, 2007.

NOBLE RESOLVE 07-2 was designed and will be directed by U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) and the Department of Homeland Security. We are aware of no public notice concerning this exercise, but preliminary investigation has revealed that Oregon National Guard officials and federal officials will conduct the drill. Details from official sources are minimal.

This advisory is to document our concerns, raise public awareness and urge citizen action based on the following facts:

1. NOBLE RESOLVE is a computer-based simulation of a large-scale emergency situation (e.g. earthquake, hurricane, tsunami, or terrorist attack with nuclear weapon) in order to train for managing all aspects of the emergency response through comprehensive software.
2. Military exercises such as NOBLE RESOLVE 07-2 have a recent history of coinciding with lethal “live” events. This occurred both at the start of Desert Storm in 1990 and on 9/11/01 when five or more major military or security exercises were in progress on the very day of the actual attacks. The same phenomenon occurred with the London Bombings of 7/7/05 during which a drill concerning multiple bomb attacks was being staged on that day.

3. Vice President Cheney, Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff and former Senator Rick Santorum have all warned of a new 9/11 attack this summer, but are giving no evidence in support. Chertoff based his prediction on a “gut feeling”.

4. The May 2007 Presidential Directive NSPD 51 (HSPD 20) addressing “continuity of government” in the event of a massive emergency, includes secret "annexes" which are pertinent additional documents. Some US Congressional Committee on Homeland Security members such as Rep. Peter DeFazio have written to formally request permission to review these secret "annexes" and have twice been denied access by the White House.

5. This particular exercise, NOBLE RESOLVE 07-2, includes one scenario involving an unaccounted for, "loose," ten kiloton nuclear weapon, exactly as Vice President Cheney hinted in recent interviews. Department of Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff claims he fears the same.

6. The plummeting support for the GOP has triggered comments from its members and analyses of its current political strategy that point to a new 9/11 attack as a contributing factor to GOP political salvation. Moreover, it appears that legends or back stories are being disseminated to support just such an event.

Transparency concerning NOBLE RESOLVE 07-2 is vital for the public safety of everyone in the Lower Columbia River Basin. We call on the planners, directors and participants in NOBLE RESOLVE 07-2 to be vigilant and to maintain transparency with respect to these military exercises. We also urge citizens and our elected officials to monitor the activities of participants connected with the exercises and alert authorities to any suspicious behavior. These exercises have an established pattern of becoming “live” events. (Please read references below.) We recommend that officials of the Ports of Astoria, Longview, Vancouver and Portland on the Lower Columbia River take extra care in their monitoring and examination of all shipping on the Lower Columbia River while NOBLE RESOLVE 07-2 is in progress. Finally, we urge all concerned to voice that concern in letters and calls to elected officials and civil servants requesting full transparency and citizen oversight.


1. About Noble Resolve
“Four days of “simulated” nuclear terrorist scenarios in the US & Europe”
USJFOCM - 1 http://www.jfcom.mil/index.htm
USJFOCM – 2: http://tinyurl.com/328eoj

2. History of Military Exercises Coinciding with live events
Internal Look Simulation of Iraq Invading Kuwait Coincides with Start of Desert Storm
Norman Schwarzkopf: "We went ahead and did an exercise, what's called a command post exercise, which is what Internal Look was to test our ability to deal with this particular scenario ... Just so happened we were in the middle of conducting the Internal Look command post exercise at the same time the crisis developed in the gulf."
NYC / Washington DC / Pennsylvania on 9/11/01
London Bombings

3. New 9/11 warnings
http://tinyurl.com/3bqxq4(page 8)
Al Qaeda http://tinyurl.com/2peoqb
Santorum http://tinyurl.com/ypkybx

4. NSPD 51 Grants Martial Law authority
Text of NSPD 51
DeFazio denied access to COG plans

5. Scenario Involving Nuclear Attack in Portland
Harvard Study Maps Results of 10 Kiloton Nuclear Blast in Portland, OR
http://tinyurl.com/2fmtpl(Pg. 9)
Ten kiloton nuclear bomb fact sheet

6. Associating terrorist act to revival of GOP
Republican Party of Arkansas
http://tinyurl.com/27hgez(3rd para. from end)
Paul Craig Roberts

Portland Connections:
Uncertain future (Portland, Oregon) Oregon gets terror drills
Portland Withdraws from Joint Terrorism Task Force http://tinyurl.com/2564to
Swan Island Networks is providing logistical support for Operation Noble Resolve http://tinyurl.com/ytza2a
Mobius & Swan Island http://tinyurl.com/2zsgsa
Maersk Lines now primary US military shipper http://tinyurl.com/23ssy8
Maersk Lines involved with NOBLE RESOVE http://tinyurl.com/2q48qa
SeaSecure & Mobius http://www.seasecure.com/

General Background:
Is America Preparing for Martial Law?
Martial Law is Now a Real Threat: Declaring the US a Battlefield http://tinyurl.com/2zg67l
BAE joins RAINS http://tinyurl.com/2g55y9
London Bombing Drill conducted by Visor http://www.visorconsultants.com/index.html
Guiliani in London on 7/7/05 http://www.prismwebcastnews.com/pwn/?p=969
Giuliani Security & Safety LLC http://tinyurl.com/2f3gke
Dirty Bomb Threat (backstory) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20221065/
New 911-style plot (backstory) http://tinyurl.com/2j7cxu
Al Qaeda cell may be loose in US (backstory) http://tinyurl.com/ytmfdm
Plot would have killed thousands (backstory) http://tinyurl.com/ynl6b8
Doubt cast on 'liquid explosives' threat, Al Qaeda network in UK Identified http://tinyurl.com/



Warfighters sharpen skills during Vigilant Shield
Vigilant Shield 07
Staff Sgt. Xavier Goco monitors radiation levels and tests for potential contamination using a high volume air sampling monitor and an ADM-300 at a simulated aircraft crash site on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 4 during Vigilant Shield 07. Vigilant Shield 07 is a joint nuclear weapon accident exercise designed to train Department of Defense and federal agencies on response efforts as a cohesive team. The exercise involved a variety of agencies representing the county, state and federal governments. Sergeant Goco is assigned to the 355th Aerospace Medicine Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alesia Goosic)
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by Mike Strickler
Air Forces Northern Public Affairs

12/6/2006 - TYNDALL AFB, Fla. (AFPN) -- Warfighters assigned to Air Forces Northern and Continental U.S. NORAD Region are honing the skills needed to respond to such threats during Vigilant Shield 07 which began Dec. 4 and runs through Dec. 14 here.

The annual homeland defense Vigilant Shield exercise, sponsored by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Strategic Command, tests the synchronization of the three commands in responding to complex scenarios that challenge the homeland defense matrix in the U.S. and Canada.

Sor far in the exercise, those inolved have dealt with a major aircraft accident involving nuclear weapons, worked to intercept foreign aircraft penetrating U.S. airspace, dealt with a murder-suicide and monitored deteriorating world events that are teetering North America on the brink of nuclear war.

The two-week exercise challenges the joint team's ability to respond to asymmetric, around-the-clock attacks to better practice crucial warfighting skills, said Col. Mike Beale, Contingency Action Team director for Vigilent Shield.

"I've worked on many staffs in my 25 years of service and this is one of the most challenging and rewarding assignments I've been associated with," Colonel Beale said.

"The U.S. and North America are becoming increasingly hardened targets for any adversary, and our homeland defense is comprehensive, sophisticated and effective, but only because we train the way we fight, and that's what we're doing right now."

Vigilant Shield scenarios are challenging USNORTHCOM's command and control matrix and their ability to provide defense support to the nation during a potential limited ballistic missile attack and maritime domain threat. The Colorado Springs-based command is also exercising its role in supporting a lead agency in response to a simulated nuclear weapons accident.

At the national level Vigilant Shield engages all military services, including Canadian forces in the U.S. and at the Canadian, Alaskan and U.S. NORAD regions. Governmental agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Energy, are working in conjunction with the State of Arizona and the city of Tucson, Ariz., to improve interagency cooperation while cementing relationships between local, state and federal agencies in response to real-world incidents.

"Exercises like this help us protect Americans where they work and live," Colonel Beale said. "Working with our sister services and national responders fosters the interagency cooperation that is so vital to ensuring homeland security."


Allegany County Red Cross Chapter Conducts

Disaster Readiness Exercise


Wellsville, New York, May 8, 2007 – On Saturday, May 5, 2007 the Allegany County Chapter of the American Red Cross collaborated with officials from the Northeast Service Area to conduct a Chapter Disaster Readiness Exercise and Evaluation (CDREE).  The purpose was to assist the chapter in measuring their readiness to respond to disasters and to develop specific strategies to enhance their readiness. 

Disaster readiness means that each chapter has the right resources in the right place at the right time to respond to any disaster event which may impact its jurisdiction.  This includes establishing human resources, material resources, and critical relationships necessary to initiate, sustain, and manage a disaster response.  The CDREE allowed the Allegany County Chapter the opportunity to identify any shortfalls in these resources and relationships and to begin to design short and long-term plans to overcome these shortfalls. 

This was a table-top exercise, meaning that all the action happened in the local Red Cross office in Wellsville.  The chapter was required to “respond” to major flooding of the Genesee River from the Pennsylvania border to Scio.  Two shelters were “opened.”  The first shelter was at the Christian Temple Church in Wellsville, but as time passed and it became obvious more families would be affected, a second shelter was “opened” at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville. 

John Tucker, Allegany County Office of Emergency Services Director was a guest participant who said, “The Red Cross Chapter in Allegany County is a vital resource to emergency and disaster relief.  We rely on them heavily for assistance to our residents.”

Facilitators for the CDREE were Jim Strause, Chapter Solutions Manager from Rochester and Linda de Quintal, Disaster Specialist from New Jersey.   Mr. Strause said, “We already knew that the local Red Cross chapter has a group of highly dedicated volunteers.  We also learned that the local community is very supportive of the Red Cross.  In this exercise local partners such as the Allegany County Office of Emergency Services, the Andover School System, the New York State Police of the Amity Station, the Allegany County Sheriffs Department, the Village of Wellsville and their Police Department, and Ham Radio Operators from across Western New York were ready, willing and able to help the Red Cross meet the emergency needs of people in the local community.  All-in-all, the exercise was very successful. We learned a lot about the strengths of the local Red Cross, and I think the local Red Cross learned a lot about themselves.”

Also assisting in the exercise was Mike D’Antonio who represented the Amateur Ham Radio Communications Systems.   He had amateur radio operators from across Western New York on standby for most of the day.  When the day was over he remarked, "I wish the public could see first hand all of the dedication and hard work that goes into the training that makes the Red Cross as ready as possible to do the seemingly impossible."

The exercise was led by Robert Shook of Cuba, the Chapter Disaster Readiness Officer.  He was assisted by Alison Dickinson of Belmont as Disaster Co-Chair; Beth Shook of Cuba as Staffing Lead; Barb Brown of Wellsville as Training & Support Lead; Judy Kosciewicz of Wellsville and Art Couchman of Scio as Government Liaisons; Jerry Dickinson of Belmont as Logistics Lead; Nick Abraham of Cuba as Community Liaison; Dale Baker of Bolivar as Shelter Manager, Bonnie Strait of Wellsville as Feeding Lead; Dick Wilhelm of Friendship as Disaster Assessment Lead; and Madeleine Gasdik, Chapter Executive Director.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.  You can help by making a financial gift to the Allegany County Chapter of the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster.  Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.




Mr ALLAN SHEARAN: My question is addressed to the Minister for Police. What is the latest information on the Government's efforts to protect Sydney from the threat of terrorism and related matters?

Mr CARL SCULLY: Last week about 400 trained emergency services personnel—both Federal and State—participated in a counter-terrorism exercise on Sydney Harbour. Neptune's Treasure was a three-day tactical exercise that presented unique challenges to NSW Police, working in conjunction with the Australian Defence Force and emergency services personnel. The scenario involved terrorists hijacking two ferries on Sydney Harbour. Critical infrastructure was threatened, as were a number of hostages on board the Sydney ferries. For the first time in these exercises our combined forces were presented with the task of dealing with two terrorist strongholds at the same time. The situation was resolved when simultaneous assaults were launched on both vessels in the early hours.

I am advised that the results of the exercise were as follows. Two police officers were "killed" in the scenario, three hostages were "injured"—although none seriously—and 17 terrorists were "killed". If such an incident really happened it would be unpredictable and our police would be placed in high-risk situations. A detailed assessment of what took place is now under way, as would happen if a similar incident really occurred. It is most important that Federal and State law enforcement agencies learn from this scenario. In particular, I have asked why the two police officers were "killed". Was it a command-and-control situation? Did those individual officers make decisions that resulted in their deaths? Would changes to command-and-control arrangements and decision making on the ground minimise the risk of deaths occurring if a terrorist event were to unfold?

That brings me to the shadow Minister for Emergency Services. He disgraced himself. Anyone who is vaguely familiar with the 9/11 commission of inquiry will know that one of its principal findings was that North American law enforcement agencies failed to co-operate. They were working with a silo mentality and not co-operating or sharing information. In fact, law enforcement agencies throughout the Western World have learned from 9/11 and its commission of inquiry. There is an enormous level of co-operation between State and Federal law enforcement agencies and their counterparts in London, elsewhere in Europe and in North America.

The New South Wales police force has a very good working relationship with the Australian Federal Police, ASIO, the customs office, and our military. One would think the Opposition would recognise that it is sensible to conduct a Federal-State co-operative exercise involving a terrorist scenario on Sydney Harbour in which our State law enforcement agencies and the military also participated. But, no, that character opposite held a press conference and said, "This is a political stunt." I was reeling from that attack. I thought, "That's it, let's cancel the exercise. Go to the Premier and ring the Prime Minister! It's all off because Andrew Humpherson says this is a stunt. Sorry, to the 400 personnel involved in the exercise." But the honourable member's absolute clanger—his knock-out blow—was his claim that the State Government was hanging onto the coat-tails of the Federal Government.

Mr SPEAKER: Order! The honourable member for Davidson will resume his seat. I call him to order.

Mr SPEAKER: Order! The honourable member for Davidson will stop exposing the House to his nonsense and resume his seat. I call him to order for the second time.

Mr CARL SCULLY: This character is obviously embarrassed about his behaviour. Who was at the scenario launch with the Premier? None other than the Federal Minister for Justice and Customs, Chris Ellison, representing the Prime Minister. He is my counterpart at Australasian meetings of Justice and Police Ministers. And who was by his side? None other than the Chief of Staff, Tactical Action Group East. I was aware of the Opposition's view about the exercise, so I asked the chief of staff, "What are the roles of the military and our law enforcement agencies?" I was interested to hear a military view. He replied, "It's quite simple: the law enforcement agencies of the States have the primary lead role in managing a terrorist scenario." So I asked about the role of the military. He replied, "Not surprisingly, it's a combat role." He then said, "If terrorists need to be killed quickly and hostages freed urgently, the military is called in, they take over and then it goes to the law enforcement agencies." They were his words, and I hope we never reach that situation. Those opposite have absolutely no idea.

Mr SPEAKER: Order! I call the honourable member for Davidson to order for the third time. I have now called the honourable member for Davidson to order three times. I warn him that one more transgression will lead to his removal from the Chamber, and it will not be for only an hour or two.

Mr CARL SCULLY: There is great co-operation between the Premier, the Prime Minister, me, my counterparts at the Federal level, Ken Moroney, Mick Keelty—who has been doing a fantastic job—and the head of ASIO. The Federal and State governments are working together across the political divide, irrespective of the different political parties represented, and this character opposite wanders bone-headed into his own press conference and makes those comments. But I do not hold the honourable member fully responsible. He speaks on behalf of his leader so he would not have made those remarks unless the honourable member for Vaucluse had okayed them.

Mr Peter Debnam: Point of order: I had thought the Minister for Police was looking like a real Premier but I think he has lost the plot.

Mr SPEAKER: Order! The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat.


Mr SPEAKER: Order! The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat. The Minister for Police has the call.

Mr CARL SCULLY: The Leader of the Opposition mentioned alternative Premiers so let us talk about him. I think we are entitled to hear about his performance. On Sunday the Premier, the Leader of the Opposition and I attended the police union conference, which is held every two years. The performance of the Leader of the Opposition was embarrassing. It was pathetic.

Mr SPEAKER: Order! The honourable member for Murrumbidgee will come to order.

Mr CARL SCULLY: The Leader of the Opposition pretends to hold dear the issue of law and order. He is always jumping up and bagging the cops, making disparaging remarks about police senior leadership, and trying to earn credit. I thought the Leader of the Opposition might have something sensible to say on Sunday. I am told he had to be convinced by the union to attend because he did not think the conference was important. Then he could not work out what to say. His office was in a panic, frantically looking for the speech he gave two years ago. He found the two-year-old speech and used half of it as the basis of his address to the conference.

The rest of his presentation clearly showed that the Leader of the Opposition had not thought about the issues of moment to police across the State. He had not thought about the law and order issues that matter to our community. He had only a collection of notes that he had scribbled down in the car on the way up the F3. Contrast the performance of the Leader of the Opposition with that of the Premier, on behalf of the Government. We read about it in the newspaper. The Premier gave a fantastic presentation to the conference on a range of issues to do with complaints handling, making police officers' jobs easier, streamlining red tape and providing safer working environments. All the issues that police are worried about were robustly addressed by the Premier and were very well received. I asked some of the police, who are not necessarily interested—

Mr SPEAKER: Order! The honourable member for Bathurst will come to order.

Mr CARL SCULLY: I said to them "What did you think of that performance?" I personally found it pathetic and embarrassing, and they seconded it. The Opposition has this character going around bagging the Commonwealth-States relationships on counter terrorism—and shame on you; I am disgusted by your behaviour. Then the Leader of the Opposition insulted delegates at a conference, first by saying he would not attend, second by saying he might turn up late, and third by not bothering to think about the issues that really matter to them. Shame on you! You are unfit to govern.


On Thursday February 1, 2007 - the Capital Area Chapter took the opportunity to facilitate an unannounced disaster exercise designed to test the chapter's ability to recruit as many of its Disaster Services volunteers and the paid and volunteer staff from the chapter's partner organizations.

Only two (2) individuals knew that the exercise was being developed and when it would be facilitated. By keeping the exercise theme and scheduled date very confidential, allowed the exercise to proceed as though it was a real world event with a high sense of urgency in completing the exercises goals.

What follows is the web based tool used to recruit volunteers using the internet.

As the exercise unfolded, an hourly count of recruited volunteers was posted to this web site. When the exercise was completed at 7:00PM a total of 254 individuals had gone to the chapter's On-Line - Disaster Relief Operation - Availability Registration system and posted their availability.

In conclusion the exercise was deemed as being very successful test of the chapter's ability to recruit large numbers of volunteers to support the chapter's residents when they are struck by a disaster.

Exercise Mission

The mission of the Thunderbolt Exercise was to test the Capital Area Chapter and its partner organizations and churches ability to respond to a severe tornado striking Tallahassee.

Between 11:00AM and 7:00PM on Thursday February 1 all of the chapter's Disaster Services Volunteers, the staff and volunteers from its various partner organizations and churches were requested to register their availability on-line as part of the community's response team. The path of the TORNADO that had struck Tallahassee can be found at the following web site:

 Document   Format 
 Thunderbolt Tornado   JPG   PDF 


Exercise Availability

All American Red Cross Disaster Services Volunteers, the staff and volunteers of various partner organizations and churches were asked to complete the

On-Line - Disaster Relief Operation

11 July 2005  
This article is part of the series: London 7/7 false flag [

Was London  attack false flag operation?
  Exercise on 7/7 identical to London attack

At the same times and places of the attacks in London, exercises were held that imitated what suddenly became reality.
On the same day of the attacks the risk level was 
lowered. Both elements could have contributed to the macabre success
of the attacks.

The Dutch in the original article has been translated into English by Marienella Meulensteen.

The exercises on July 7 were carried out by Visor Consultants, an agency that advises on security and is led by
Peter Power, former anti-terrorism expert of Scotland Yard. On the day of the attack, he tells in a radio interview with
the BBC [short - long MP3, and on ITV News, WMV] how the exercises of that morning suddenly changed into reality: '
[...] within five minutes we made a pretty rapid decision that this is the real one
and so we went through the correct
drills of activating crisis management procedures to jump from slow time to quick time thinking and so on'. Earlier that
day, 'the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) [lowered] its risk level, which is shared by police and large businesses.
 [...] Blair can expect concerted questioning over why the risk level was lowered at such a time', writes The Scotsman.

Former gov't anti-terrorism expert: exercise becomes reality

'POWER: At half past nine this morning we were actually running an exercise for a company of over a thousand
people in London based on simultaneous bombs going off precisely at the railway stations where it happened this
morning, so I still have the hairs on the back of my neck standing up right now.

HOST: To get this quite straight, you were running an exercise to see how you would cope with this and it happened
while you were running the exercise?

POWER: Precisely [...]',
according to part of the 
transcript of the broadcast, as cited in an article by Paul Joseph Watson
 and Alex Jones.

Patterns of attacks on the West starting to become clear
Resemblances with September 11, 2001 are inevitable. DaanSpeak reported already in 2002 about the enormous war
that pulled down the defense system of the U.S. on 9/11. Without these exercises, September 11 could not
have taken place. The exercises in London were carried out on the orders of an anonymous company. 

Nevertheless, the exercise possibly caused confusion for the authorities. Watson and Jones write: 'The exercise fulfils
several different goals. It acts as a cover for the small compartmentalized government terrorists to carry out their
operation without the larger security services becoming aware of what they're doing, and more importantly, if they get
caught during the attack or after with any incriminating evidence they can just claim that they were just taking part
in the exercise
'. Earlier DaanSpeak wrote about the attacks in Moscow in 1999 when agents of the secret service 
FSB were caught planting (bogus?) bombs that would be used during an exercise. This same pretext that the FSB
used could have also been used by Visor Consultants. Of course this is speculation, but with these kinds of attacks it
is wise to be suspicious, because in the past they were often carried out on the orders of the West (see the last paragraph
of this article).

Scotland Yard warns Israeli Embassy before attack
'Just before the blasts, Scotland Yard called the security officer at the Israeli Embassy to say they had received
warnings of possible attacks', writes the Associated Press.

 A consequence was that the former Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu - who was about to leave for an economic conference
in a hotel right above one of the metro stations that was later hit - stayed where he was.

Israel later denied having received a warning from Scotland Yard. Foreknowledge of the attack in London is remarkable,
but not very peculiar. With these kinds of attacks - just think of OklahomaSeptember 11 and Bali - there is more often
talk of foreknowledge.

'Al-Qaeda terrorist' dream criminal for Western governments
Experienced DaanSpeak readers immediately were alarmed when the news appeared that Al-Qaeda had hit again; all
sorts of emails were sent to the DaanSpeak desk. The first motive may have been our article titled Al-Qaeda does not
exist - Bin Laden videos are bogus - Osama bin Laden is dead
. A second reason was possibly our publication about
the attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001. Meanwhile, it appears more and more that this concerns an attack
executed by the U.S. itself.

Consequently, Christians as well as Muslims (and everyone in between) have let themselves be fooled by the U.S.,
and jumped with both feet into the trap that was set for them.

It is part of a tactic that started after the collapse of Communism and that became real with the attack in Oklahoma, as
 we wrote earlier: a matter that reeks to high heaven. From then on it became clear to the American citizen that there
was a danger larger than communism, namely terrorism. If the Commies were a good enemy, the terrorist is
the ultimate opponent: unidentifiable, uneradicable, and in a position to attack at any moment. It is the basis for
current Western politics that rules through fear.

The claim that Al-Qaeda is behind the attack in London is very shaky, according to 'MSNBC TV translator Jacob Keryakes,
who said that a copy of the message was later posted on a secular Web site, noting that the claim of responsibility
contained an error in one of the Quranic verses it cited. That suggests that the claim may be phony, he said.
"This is not something Al-Qaeda would do", he said. 'It immediately reminds one of the car that was found directly
after the attacks of September 11, containing a Quran and a manual in Arabic on how to fly an airplane, and the 
letter [PDF] in Arabic of the head hijacker Mohammed Atta, of which journalist Robert Fisk writes: 'What Muslim
Would Write: 'The Time of Fun and Waste is Gone'? Because crazier things can happen, The Guardian writes in
an article titled Uncle Sam's lucky finds: 'In less than a week came another find, two blocks away from the Twin Towers,
in the shape of Atta's passport. We had all seen the blizzard of paper rain down from the towers, but the idea that Atta's
passport had escaped from that inferno unsinged would have tested the credulity of the staunchest supporter of
the FBI's crackdown on terrorism'.

Attacks on West often false flag operations
A large part of the attacks on the West consist of so-called false flag operations: operations of Western secret services
that blame the attack on their alleged enemies. If you subtract these kinds of operations (think of Gladio) from the total
 attacks, there is not much left. DaanSpeak is full of examples of these kinds of attacks, among them the attack on 
Pearl Harbor and the attacks of September 11. But also think of our article in which we explain how the Mossad had
planned attacks on Israelis to subsequenly have them claimed by Palestinians in the name of Al-Qaeda. In the same
article there is also information under the heading: 'Experts: Israel supported Hamas to sabotage the peace process'.
The first thing to ask yourself with these kinds of attacks is Cui bono, who profits from it? Often the answer is 
Cui prodest scelus, est fecit
; loosely translated: He who profits from the crime is the criminal, a quote that we cited
in an article written about September 11, 2001.
Some journalists suspect that the attacks in London were not
carried out by Muslim terrorists, but by a Western secret service that works according to the motto 'divide and conquer'.
 In this article we call attention to the most important of the facts that are being alleged.

The Dutch in the original article has been translated into English by Marienella Meulensteen.

Radio announcer Alex Jones and author Paul Joseph Watson together were the first to pay broad attention
to the pronouncements of the BBC about the former employee of the anti-terrorism department of Scotland Yard,
Peter Power. Nowadays, he is president of Visor Consultants, which at the time of the attack carried out an exercise
that dealt with exactly what became reality on the spot, as described in part 1 of this DaanSpeak. In a television
 interview [WMV], Power says about that moment: 'We had to suddenly switch an exercise from fictional to real'.

The big question regarding this statement is - why did the participants in this exercise-that-became-reality
suddenly begin carrying out the game in reality instead of immediately packing up and leaving, and moreover -
how were they able to.

Exercise director is mastermind behind attacks
In a follow-up article, Jones and Watson discuss the email that Power tends to send lately to people who ask him
questions about this particular exercise. The reaction contains indications that confirm what the authors wrote earlier,
namely that the attack on London was a false flag operation, thus an operation that blames the attack on the enemy.
Power writes in his reaction: 'In short, our exercise (which involved just a few people as crisis managers actually
responding to a simulated series of activities involving, on paper, 1000 staff) quickly became the real thing and the
players that morning responded very well indeed to the sudden reality of events'. Jones and Watson react a bit puzzled:
'As we have asked before, if the exercise was a mere coincidence and was not related to any government agency or
command structure which was involved in managing the aftermath of the attacks, then why did the crisis managers
 respond to the real thing?
If they were actively involved in the command structure that managed the crisis, then they
must have been hired by a sector of government in the first place.
Power himself has worked for Scotland Yard'.

Jones and Watson note the only tentatively possible conclusion: 'The company that Visor were running the exercise
for is not named by Power. If Visor switched to real time management of the bombings, who else could the company
 be but London Underground or one of their affiliates'?
If the exercises were actually carried out for and with the
employees of the London Underground or one of their affiliates, then it means that the planner of this exercise
is directly connected with the attacks. The planner could have used the participants in the exercise with or
without their knowledge. The thought behind the conclusion of Jones and Watson is that the director of the exercises
must be the mastermind behind the attacks. If this is the truth, it automatically means that the bombing suspects are
innocent and part of a cover story with two possible scenarios:

Bombing suspects possibly part of cover story 7/7
1. The bombing suspects did not place any bombs at all and fell prey to bombs that were placed earlier, just like the
other victims.
2. The bombing suspects joined the exercise, and without realizing it they carried real explosives instead of dummy

The first scenario comes to mind when you see the footage of the families of the alleged bombing suspects. Their
disbelief is so large that it lessens the acceptability that the offenders were the culprits. The bombing suspects were
people of whom it was totally unknown that they were the least bit fanatical, "He didn't do anything other than British
culture", cites CNN. Interviews on television showed total disbelief; it was said that Shehzad Tanweer was only
interested in watching cricket on T.V. A BBC article went over it again: 'Parents at the school told the BBC the teaching
assistant had been highly regarded by both children and parents'. The man had a childjust like another team member.
'One neighbor said: "He didn't seem to be an extremist. He was not one to talk about religion. He was generally a
very nice bloke". Despite the tributes, Mohammad Sidique Khan detonated enough explosives on a Circle Line train to
kill seven people. Documents belonging to him were found near the Edgeware Road blast'. One of the four wore long
garments and another was described as being very religious... In the recent past there have been Palestinians who,
despite a good education, even despite having young children, committed suicide missions anyway. So also the
four alleged London perpetrators could have done it, but it does not sound very convincing.

The four also had  no file with the British secret service either. Be that as it may, Muslims in England and in the
U.S. expressed themselves strongly against the attacks and in doing so tried to limit the damage that was done to
 their image.

The second scenario starts to take shape when reading this sentence: 'The four were captured
on CCTV cameras at King’s Cross Thameslink station, laughing together and carrying rucksacks,
minutes before they set off for their targets at 8.30 am on July 7'. '[The] men were chatting "as
though they were going on a hiking holiday"', writes Sky News. This second scenario becomes
clearer with the remarkable news that the English newspaper The Mirror opens with today, namely
that the bombing suspects had return train tickets on them:

'EXCLUSIVE: WAS IT SUICIDE? Why did they buy return train tickets to Luton? Why did they
buy pay and display tickets for cars? Why were there no usual shouts of 'Allah Akhbar'?
Why were bombs in bags and not on their bodies?'

The newspaper deduces in a neatly politically correct way that the bombing suspects were deceived by Al-Qaeda.
But Al-Qaeda does not exist - Bin-Laden videos are bogus - Osama bin Laden is dead we wrote earlier and so
 says also Tony Blair: '"Al-Qaeda is not an organization. Al-Qaeda is a way of working ... but this has the
hallmark of that approach."' The Mirror: 'A security source said: "If the bombers lived and were caught they'd
probably have cracked. Would their masters have allowed that to happen? We think not".

The evidence is compelling:

The terrorists bought return rail tickets, and pay and display car park tickets, before boarding a train at Luton for
 London. None of the men was heard to cry "Allah Akhbar!" - "God is great" - usually screamed by suicide bombers
as they detonate their bomb. Their devices were in large rucksacks which could be easily dumped instead of being
strapped to their bodies. They carried wallets containing their driving licences, bank cards and other personal items.
Suicide bombers normally strip themselves of identifying material.

Our source disclosed: "The theory that they were not a suicide squad is gathering pace.

They were the weakest link.'

Even before it was known that the bombing suspects carried return train tickets, Jones and Watson write in point two of 
How the Government Staged the London Bombings in Ten Easy Steps
: 'Hire four Arabs and tell them they're taking
part in an important exercise to help defend London from terrorist attacks. Strap them with rucksacks filled with
deadly explosives. Tell the Arabs the rucksacks are dummy explosives and wouldn't harm a fly.
[...] If at any stage of the
attack your Arabs get caught, tell the police it was part of an exercise.' But if all goes well, it is a question of a push of the
 button. This last possibility is supported by information from Vincent Cannistraro, the former head of the CIA's counter-
terrorism center [who] told The Guardian that "two unexploded bombs" were recovered as well as "mechanical timing

London bombing suspects victims of roleplay exercise
These days all sorts of people are being arrested in Pakistan and Egypt. This fits into the working methods of Western
secret services who often work together with foreign agents. Something similar could be seen with the bomb attack on
the WTC in 1993 when six people were killed.
We reported earlier that the plan at the time was for bombing expert
and FBI informant Emad Salem to secretly use dummy explosives in the bomb that he fabricated together with the group
 he had infiltrated. 'The FBI did not stick to the deal. The bomb exploded, so to speak, with the knowledge of the FBI.
The official story of the crime was quickly found: The criminals were evil Muslims', says the German ex-Minister
and secret service expert Andreas von Bülow. Evil muslims are exactly what the FBI again is looking for, to carry out
exercises together. That came out Wednesday in the document-of-the-week of the document site The Smoking Gun:
'The bureau is seeking bids from firms that can provide at least 60 civilian role players to staff these training scenarios
The conclusion of Jones and Watson about the London bombing suspects follows that line. They write in their
'It's beyond doubt that these four Muslims were framed. They were most likely hired as MI6 spies, sent to
Pakistan and then brought back and told they were to take part in an important exercise to test national security.
Give them the rucksacks, get them on the trains and then detonate the bombs remotely. Do you really believe for a
 second that guys with 8 month babies and guys who taught disabled schoolchildren would want to blow themselves
 up and kill other innocent people'?

London exercise ideal cover for criminal plot
John Leonard continues with the scenario in which an exercise is used as a cover. He writes: 'Terrorism expert
Webster G. Tarpley gives an example in his 9/11 Synthetic Terror:

'Staff exercises or command exercises are perfect for a rogue network which is forced to conduct its operations using
the same communications and computer systems used by other officers who are not necessarily party to the illegal
operation, coup or provocation as it may be.

A putschist officer may be working at a console next to another officer who is not in on the coup, and who might indeed
oppose it if he knew about it. The putschist's behavior is suspicious: what the hell is he doing? The loyal officer looks
over and asks the putschist about it. The putschist cites a staff maneuver for which he is preparing. The loyal officer
 concludes that the putschist's activities are part of an officially sanctioned drill, and his suspicions are allayed. The
 putschist may even explain that participation in the staff exercise requires a special security clearance which the
loyal officer does not have. The conversation ends, and the putschist can go on with his treasonous work'.

This could well be the way it went on September 11 when the war games made possible what otherwise would
have been impossible. You cannot make thousands of people who are responsible for the defense of the U.S. part
of your conspiracy. But you can disable their systems by carrying out massive exercises that happen to mimic exactly
what then suddenly starts to happen for real, and people who want to come into action realize for instance that because
of the exercise the jet fighters are not available, etc. But that concerns September 11 about which we already filled many
 pages. The question is now:'

How could this have worked in London? Mr. Powers would be like the loyal agent without the super secret clearance;
his job in the drill was to unwittingly help provide camouflage. Several participants could be given the "play-acting"
role of terrorists who plant bags with "fake" bombs in them at the appropriate point in the scenario—but this time,
real bombs were substituted. Whether witting or not, they would run no risk of arrest—it was "just a drill".
[...]', writes John Leonard.

Bombs made with military explosives
Another indication for the suspicion that 7/7 concerns a false flag operation, comes from The Times which writes on
July 12: 'A SINGLE bombmaker using high-grade military explosives is believed to be responsible for building the four
devices that killed more than 50 people last week, The Times can reveal. [...] “The nature of the explosives appears to
be military, which is very worrying,” said Superintendent Christophe Chaboud, the chief of the French anti-terrorist
police, who was in London to help Scotland Yard'. Earlier, the English police said that the bombs consisted of 'not
homemade material'
. But eight days after the attacks, the Dutch NRC writes in an article on the front page that
English police sources have stated that the bombs were 'probably made with explosive materials that commonly are
for sale at pharmacists or druggists'. This reeks of damage control, glossing over of indecorous information. In his
 book 9/11 - Synthetic Terror Made in USA, author Webster Tarpley points out the phenomenon of honest reporting
in the hours and days after an attack, information that is later amended and affected by spin and damage control.
Think also of the news about bomb explosions in the WTC before the towers collapsed on September 11.

Train bombings a trademark of Western psy-war units
'Train bombings like London 7/7 and Madrid 3/11 are a speciality of NATO psy-war units. The expert on this since 1978
has been Webster Tarpley, who shows in his latest book, 9/11 Synthetic Terror, how the bombing of Bologna Stazione
Centrale in 1980 by the so-called Red Brigades is of one cloth with the Madrid bombings. The supposed "communist
terrorist" Red Brigades were phonies, a patsy outfit created by Lodge P2, the neofascist shadow government with
 Italy in its grip. The Madrid train bombing suspects were police agents, also run by a neo-fascist falange: as Tarpley
notes, one suspect admitted he worked for the old guard, the Guardia Civil, Unidad Central Operativa', writes John
Leonard, the editor of Tarpley's book [Also see: Coverage of speeches by DaanSpeak and Webster Tarpley about
September 11 in the Rode Hoed, May 2005].

Former Mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani, the ultimate expert on exercises-that-coincidentally-become-reality,
 could assist London since he happened to be there at the moment of the explosions, even right by the place where
 the first bomb went off.


The exercises-that-coincidentally-became-reality* in New York on September 11 produced
an extremely valuable expert, namely Rudolph Giuliani, the city's mayor at the time. The
man who then managed the crisis in his city was at the moment of the bombings in London
 present right by the subway station where the first bomb went off and thus, with his unique
 expertise, could be of immediate service to the Brits. Giuliani turned the emergency of
September 11 into a feather in his cap and established 'Giuliani Partners [...], a security
 consultancy and investment bank,' following thereby the same path as former member of
 Scotland Yard's anti-terrorism unit Peter Powers, mentioned in the previous part of this
article, who led the exercise-that-became-reality with his Visor Consultants on July 7 in London.

Powers had to experience what Giuliani had already gone through, and luckily Giuliani was around.
* Read in DeepJournal more about the wargames that brought down U.S. defenses on
September 11, 2001.

Exercise 2004 as Preparation for Exercise 2005
Giuliani in London to MSNBC: 'It seems to me that the emergency services here in London were prepared
for this.
I don't mean prepared for the exact day, but prepared for something like this happening. I think
they expected this to happen. Unfortunately, they didn't know the day or the hour, but they expected this
to happen." The planners of the London exercise-that-coincidentally-became-reality were not totally unprepared. In April of this year a transatlantic exercise was held 'which included 'bombs' being placed
on buses and explosives left on the London underground', wrote The Observer:

'The anti-terror drill, codenamed Exercise Atlantic Blue [...] concentrated on testing security weaknesses
 in the transport system.'

London, July 2005: Giuliani and ex-CIA Agent Robert Kiley
Giuliani was 'just yards from Liverpool Street [...] station, when the bombs went off', wrote Fox News.
When asked how he felt Giuliani said in London: 'I'm not sure, Lester. I don't know. There is a certain
question I have in my mind:

Why was I so close both times? ... Obviously there was no connection, but only God can answer questions
like that, I guess.'

Fox News quotes Giuliani when he says about the bombings: '"They are a very eerie reminder of Sept. 11.
I was right near Liverpool [Street] station when the first bombing took place, so I could hear the sirens
and then kept hearing reports of different bombings, in different parts of the city," he told Sky News
television. Mr. Giuliani was in the City as the Underground system was evacuated and roads were closed
in a rush of emergency vehicles and evacuations.'

  That things ran as smoothly as Giuliani said may be due in part to Bob Kiley, currently Commissioner of
 Transport for London, in earlier days a fairly high-ranking CIA agent.
Giuliani is no stranger to Kiley, the
 savior of the London Underground; more than that, he really likes him:
'London Mayor Ken Livingstone
today welcomed the intervention of his New York counterpart after he backed London's Transport Commissioner Bob Kiley. New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani defended Transport Commissioner Robert
Kiley after Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott's office released figures claiming the New York subway
was far less safe than the Tube. Mayor Giuliani's press secretary said Mr Kiley was "an incredible asset
to New York City"', according to this press release from the mayor of London. Speaking of the CIA and
the London Underground: the CIA and Bechtel have often collaborated; Bechtel is part of a trio of firms
that the Underground is going to freshen up.

Giuliani's Right-Hand Man Associated with Peter Power
The statements of Peter Power -the man behind the exercise-that-coincidentally-became-reality in
London- figured centrally in the last two parts of this article series. Rudolph Giuliani and Peter Power
have a mutual friend, namely Richard Sheirer. Sheirer was Giuliani's right-hand man and on and around
September 11, 2001 was the boss of OEM, 'the major's Office of Emergency Management', writes Mike
 Ruppert on page 406 of his book Crossing the Rubicon.

'He's the guy Giuliani calls "the man behind the curtain."

He's the wizard of OEM', writes New York Metro. Sheirer and Power sat together on the advisory
 commission CCEP, the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness.
Knight Commander of the Order
of the British Empire. Sheirer is Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. And:
'Mr. Sheirer is a Senior Vice President at Giuliani Partners
Giuliani is '.

Suspected Roles of Giuliani and Sheirer on September 11
On September 11 Giuliani was operating out of the Emergency Command Center on the 23rd floor of
World Trade Center Building 7. The command center had its own air supply, fuel tanks and bomb-proof
 windows. WTC 7 was a large building over forty storeys high, was not hit and yet fell in on itself, straight
down in the manner of a controlled demolition [see video 1 2, WMV].

 As if he had foreseen this drama, Giuliani and his team could simply continue functioning because by
chance a large backup-operation center had been created in connection with the Tripod II exercise
scheduled to take place the following day, also under the direction of Giuliani and Sheirer. Also earlier
on 9/11 Giuliani must have enjoyed a sort of prophetic power, namely concerning the collapse of the
WTC towers. Considering the solid structure of the towers, their collapse was unimaginable, and the
 collapse remains contested to this day because bombs would be what brought the WTC towers down.

'Before either of the twin towers collapsed, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and his associates were told to leave
the headquarters they had set up within Building 7. 'We were operating out of there when we were told
that the World Trade Center was gonna collapse,' Rudolph Giuliani told Peter Jennings of ABC News that morning, "and it did collapse before we could get out of the building." Despite this, Giuliani fled WTC 7 at
least eight hours before it collapsed. How did he know that the twin towers were going to collapse if it
was such an unprecedented occurance? Why didn't the firefighters on the ground get the same
warning?', wrote Prison Planet.

Giuliani and Anthrax
Another Giuliani company participated in the cleanup of the anthrax sent to the tabloid Sunday; the attack
on the paper was part of a series of attacks that for a time terrorized the U.S.

CBS wrote: 'The cleanup is being led by BioONE, a company established by former New York City Mayor
 Rudolph Giuliani and Sabre Technical Services, which decontaminated other buildings hit by anthrax
attacks.' Earlier we wrote that according to the Washington Post the anthrax spores were consistent
with those from the Army base Fort Detrick.

This correlation of attacks and Army may be read about also in a section of the previous part of our series
on the bombings in London: Bombs Made with Military Explosives.

The official story of 7/7 collapses further and further: The great mastermind behind 7/7 is a co-worker of the British secret
service MI6; large money transactions have taken place that point to foreknowledge of the attacks; the British government
 shares a rich history with terrorists; news about a bomb 
under a railway carriage points to more than fanatical rucksack

By Daan de Wit
The Dutch in the original article has been translated into English by Marienella Meulensteen.

With the arrest of the notorious Haroon Rashid Aswat, a big fish was caught. The press gladly ran with the story and
readers were impressed by the success of the terrorist sleuths. 'The British counterpart of Osama bin Laden' now
 becomes the possible mastermind and the missing link behind the attacks of 7/7, accused in a court case that is filed
 against him. The thing is that it is not what it appears to be.

Alleged mastermind behind 7/7 attacks is MI6 co-worker
Forbes writes :'Aswat has been named in US and British media reports as the alleged mastermind behind the July 7
suicide bomb attacks in London, but this has not been confirmed by police.' The case is getting a remarkable amount
of play in the U.S., but not in England. The English let him walk time after time. According to terrorism expert John Loftus,
the reason is that Aswat is an employee of MI6, the British secret service.
In an interview with Dayside of TV channel Fox
he says that the British first told the Americans that Aswat was dead. They believe it and discontinue the lawsuit against
him. But also the American Department of Justice is obstructive and 'blocked efforts [to have Aswat convicted] by its
 prosecutors in Seattle in 2002'. However, the man surfaces alive and well in South Africa. Loftus: '[...] the Brits know that
 the CIA wants to get ahold of Haroon. So what happens? He takes off again, goes right to London. He isn't arrested
when he lands, he isn't arrested when he leaves'. Interviewer Mike Jerrick exclaims: 'Even though he's on a watch list'.
The transcript of the show continues:

'LOFTUS: He's on the watch list.The only reason he could get away with that was if he was working for British intelligence.
He was a wanted man.
JERRICK: And then takes off the day before the bombings, I understand it--
LOFTUS: And goes to Pakistan.
JERRICK: And Pakistan, they jail him.
LOFTUS: The Pakistanis arrest him. They jail him. He's released within 24 hours. [...]'. Aswat is a free man again, returns to
South Africa, then to Zimbabwe and subsequently to Zambia where he is arrested. He is now in London where he is awaiting
an American trial because he is suspected of planning to establish a training camp for terrorists in 1999 in the American
state of Oregon. While only last month the Sydney Morning Herald wrote that Scotland Yard was hunting for Aswat, it now
appears that the Brits have no interest in the alleged mastermind. Maybe it is also in this case that having the situation
under control means the end of the fun: Scotland Yard was 'not interested in speaking to Aswat about the London
writes the N.Y. Post on August 8.

U.S. Federal Reserve conducts extraordinary transactions before 7/7
Besides the exercises-that-suddenly-became-reality and the presence in London of experience expert Rudolph Giuliani,
there are another two clear links between 9/11 and 7/7, and they concern money and foreknowledge. On September 11,
 millions were earned by extraordinary speculation on, among others, two airline companies that were involved in the
attacks. As we wrote in our Panorama magazine article about September 11, that money has never been cashed in on.
Also, just before the attacks of 7/7 it was speculated with success that the stocks would plummet; besides that, the
Federal Bank of the U.S. conducted remarkable financial transactions.

Just before 7/7 a number of conspicuous transactions took place. Large amounts of money were poured into the financial
markets so that Wall Street converted the reaction of the exchanges on 7/7 from a large loss to a small gain:
'The one
virtuoso performance of July 7 was that of the Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, and the European Central Bank,
which flooded equity and capital markets with liquidity through such vehicles as the Plunge Protection Team (PPT),
turning a big Wall Street loss into a small gain', writes Webster Tarpley. A blogger named The Cunning Realist has done
some research and proves with some remarkable statistics (1 2) that the Federal Bank of the U.S., shortly before the
attacks on July 7, pumped $35 billion into the market to soften eventual blows. The blogger who publicizes this news
has a job looking at charts like these and compared the transactions of the Fed with other years, but had to conclude
that in this case it showed 'extraordinary activity'. 'The terrorist attacks in London took place on Thursday. The Fed
dramatically increased the pool of liquidity available for stocks to a multi-year high 48 hours before that --- an ideal
amount of time for that liquidity to filter into the market --- and kept it elevated for the next few days. And indeed, it

Speculators profited from the attacks on 7/7 before 7/7

Insider Joseph Farah writes about the successful stock speculations just before 7/7: '[...] it appears some profited by
short selling the British pound in the 10 days leading up to the attacks. The pound fell about 6 percent (approximately
1.82 to 1.72) against the dollar for no apparent reason - until, of course, the terror attacks sent the British markets reeling
still further. [...]

"This was an almost unprecedented weakness and far too sharp to be a coincidence,"

One economist with  more than 35 years of experience in the investment industry [said ...].

The problem is that short selling of this kind can be done with near total anonymity.

"Trade currency futures through a Swiss or Austrian bank via an offshore company incorporated in Cre te and you have
a totally untraceable transaction," the economist noted. "No one will ever know who made the really big money off this
situation, but I guarantee you this - someone did."'

The question now is whether this was a dead Bin Laden from a cave in Pakistan or Western Financial experts who followed
the markets hand-in-hand with the CIA.

Close ties between MI5 and terrorists
The close ties between the British secret service and Arabic terrorists like the aforementioned Haroon Rashid Aswat are
not particularly unique. Already in 2002 we wrote in our September 11 article for Panorama that Bin Laden had paid a visit
in 1996 to the British secret service MI5.
Also in 2002, the BBC writes about the ties between MI5 and Abu Qatada, who is
 described in the article as 'Osama Bin Laden's European Ambassador'. 'He pledged to MI5 that he would not "bite the
hand that fed him".' That 'fed' can also be taken literally: 'Mr Qatada and his family are being lodged, fed and clothed by
British intelligence services', reports the BBC in quoting Time Magazine. 'He also promised to "report anyone damaging
the interests of thi s country". Instead, he was recruiting for Al-Qaeda training camps', writes The Times.

'Tony Blair is bound to be asked about MI5's history with Abu Qatada and other militant clerics who have used Britain
as their base'.

MI6 pays Al-Qaeda £100,000 to murder Qadaffy
Also in 2002, former MI5 agent David Shayler revealed that 'In 1996 Britain's exterior intelligence service, MI6, actually
funded and worked with Al-Qaeda in a plot to assassinate and overthrow Libya's Muhammar Qaddafy', writes Mike
 Ruppert on page 137 of his book Crossing The Rubicon. It cost Shayler six months in jail, and Tony Blair even issued a 
D[efense] notice
to keep the information under wraps, notes Ruppert, who refers to an article in The Observer, where
despite that notice, information is still to be found: 'British intelligence paid large sums of money to an Al-Qaeda cell in
Libya in a doomed attempt to assassinate Colonel Qadaffy in 1996 and thwarted early attemp ts to bring Osama bin Laden
 to justice'.

It concerned £100,000, according to Shayler in the Observer article. While it was Qadaffy, mind you, who two years earlier
 was the first who had Bin Laden put on the wanted list of Interpol, writes Ruppert.
Qadaffy held Bin Laden responsible
for the murder of two German anti-terrorism agents in Libya. One of the members of the assassination cell was Anas
al-Liby, a notorious terrorist with an American bounty on his head to the tune of $25 million. The Observer:

'Astonishingly, despite suspicions that he was a high-level Al-Qaeda operative, al-Liby was given political asylum in
Britain and lived in Manchester
until May of 2000 when he eluded a police raid on his house and fled abroad. The raid
discovered a 180-page Al-Qaeda 'manual for jihad' containing instructions for terrorist attacks'.

Also part of the case against David Shayler was his statement that MI5 withheld information that could have prevented
the attacks in London in 1993 and 1994
, writes The Scotsman.

Londonistan recruiting ground for fanatical black sheep
'"MI-6 is in bed with al Qaeda", Shayler told the crowd', writes Webster Tarpley in his account of the London part of the
 9/11 tour of truth (see also this report of the speeches by Tarpley and DaanSpeak in Amsterdam). In his book 9/11 -
Synthetic Terror - Made in USA
, Tarpley writes in a chapter titled Al-Qaeda and Londonistan:

'There is every reason to believe that London is one of the main recruiting grounds for patsies, dupes, fanatics, double
agents, and other roustabouts of the terrorist scene'. To prove this he gives various examples,
like this citation from the 
Daily Telegraph: 'Britain is now an international center for Islamic militancy on a huge scale [...] and

the capital is the home to a bewildering variety of radical Islamic fundamentalist movements, many of which make no
secret of their commitment to violence and terrorism to achieve their goals'.

In an article from October 2001 with the title Why the Real Name Is 'Osama Bin London', the often well-received EIR cites
 someone who speaks for Bin Laden in a London-based Arabic newspaper as saying: 'that "we have a covenant of peace
with the British government"'. In 2000 EIR wrote a memo to the then American Secretary of State, titled: 'Put Britain on the
List of States Sponsoring Terrorism
'. Tarpley in his book: 'Imam Qureshi of Brixton and others were allowed by the British
 authorities to preach anti-US sermons to the some 4,000 Muslim inmates in British prisons, and thus to recruit new parties
for the world-wide terror machine'. The examples are so numerous that it is a subject in and of itself.

Bomb under rail carriage on 7/7 undermines official version of attack
On his website, Alex Jones refers to an interesting article by the Cambridge Evening News in which an eyewitness testifies:
'As they made their way out, a policeman pointed out where the bomb had been. "The policeman said 'mind that hole, that's
 where the bomb was'. The metal was pushed upwards as if the bomb was underneath the train. They seem to think the
bomb was left in a bag, but I don't remember anybody being where the bomb was, or any bag," he said.'

 Mark Honigsbaum of The Guardian also talks in this radio report [RealPlayer] with witnesses about a bomb under the rail

If indeed this is about bombs under carriages, then the official story of the four rucksack terrorists falls apart even more.
 A bomb under a carriage requires that the bomber can enter a part of the London Underground where outsiders are not
 allowed to enter. This points even more in the direction of previous articles in this series that stressed facts indicating that
an exercise was prepared that very accidentally became reality. In this scenario, the bombers, under the guise of preparing
an exercise, can do their work without being disturbed. The rucksack terrorists would only serve as patsies, just like the
 hijackers on September 11, who did not destroy the three WTC towers with their planes (there also it probably involved
preset bombs, and possibly remote controlled airplanes).

By openly preparing for a so-called exercise, you don't have to set up an enormous conspiracy: 'Thus the drill also helps
 keep the number of witting accomplices small. You don't need an entire agency made up of homicidal sociopaths', writes
John Leonard. Then you place a short message from an unknown jihad organization on an obscure web page, in which
 you even misquote the Quran, and everyone will accept straight away that the Islamic warriors are the perpetrators. The
text was on a server about which The Guardian writes: 'The server in Houston has intriguing connections. Everyone's
 Internet was founded by brothers Robert and Roy Marsh in 1998 and by 2002 had an income of more than $30m (now
about £17m). Renowned for his charitable work, Roy Marsh counts among his friends President George Bush's former
sister-in-law, Sharon Bush, and the president's navy secretary'.

Wild stories in the press are retracted
Magdy el-Nashar is, alongside the aforementioned Haroon Rashid Aswat, another alleged mastermind of the attacks on 7/7,
as appears from various press bulletins. Meanwhile, he has been found innocent after questioning in Egypt where he was
on holiday: 'El-Nashar called his detention "a nightmare," especially when interrogators suggested he was
"the mastermind behind the London bombings."', writes Newsday. He now wants to return to London: '"I want to go back
again. But I am afraid, honestly, I am afraid. Propaganda against me made people think I am terrorist. My picture is
everywhere. Some said I am the first man (behind the attacks). The most-wanted man. If I walk down the street and
someone recognizes me, he might kill me," el-Nashar said. "I am innoce nt". The bulletin was hard for el-Nashar at first.
To give an example, Het Parool wrote on July 15 on the front page with the headline ''Mastermind attacks arrested in Cairo'':
'In a suburb of Cairo, an Egyptian biochemist was arrested who possibly was the mastermind behind the terror attacks in

Another example of journalistic damage is the item about the English boy who was wrongfully presented as a bombing
. With the surfacing of this information, another little fact proved to be an illusion: 'Evidence showing that all three
of the London bombers of Pakistani descent visited Pakistan last year has been thrown into doubt', writes the BBC,
because it was not a third alleged terrorist who had been to Pakistan, but instead a 16-year old boy who happens to have
 the same last name.

Both wild news items turned out to be incorrect after all and had to be retracted, but that does not help very much. The
man-in-the-street knows only that two dangerous types from the Middle East have once again been picked up. Bad news
 has more of an impact and distribution than a story that is retracted, plus a correction never completely erases the
impression that was created in the first place.

Exercise-that-becomes-reality is repeated phenomenon

The attacks in London on 7/7 were not the first example of exercises-that-just-happened-to-become-reality. Earlier there
were the war games on September 11, partly under the supervision of Mayor Giuliani - the man who happened to be in
London during the attacks.

Tarpley adds another example: 'So it was with the Hinckley attempt to assassinate Ronald Reagan, when a presidential
 succession exercise was scheduled for the next day
, as I showed in my George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography (1992;
 reprint by Progressive Press, 2004)'.

In the case of Reagan's demise, Bush would have become president. While Vice President Bush revealed a plaque at the
hotel where President Kennedy spent his last night, John W. Hinckley Jr. [AVI] shot President Reagan, after which the
rehearsal for the presidential succession for the next day was cancelled. Tarpley writes in his book that the day after the
assault it came out that the shooter's brother was invited for dinner by Neil Bush, the son of the vice president. Neil's wife
said to the Houston Post that the Hinckley family had donated a lot of money to the Bush campaign. The parents of the
shooter Hinckley write in their memoirs that their son, after the assault in his cell before being transferred to an institution,
 in a series of notes "described an imaginary conspiracy --either with the political left or the political right [...] to assasinate
the President."' The notes, together with dozens of other pages, were withheld by the FBI and were not admitted in the
trial against the shooter.


DoD Helps Local, State, Federal Agencies in Disaster-Response Exercise

By Petty Officer 1st Class Beverly K. Allen, USN
Special to American Forces Press Service

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Aug. 12, 2004 – It was a nightmare worst-case scenario. But that's what U.S. Northern Command officials had intended for "Determined Promise '04."
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Firefighters, police and military personnel from Los Angeles and the surrounding areas participated in the NORAD/NORTHCOM-sponsored exercises Determined Promise '04 and Amalgam Virgo '04. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shane Wallenda, USN

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This year's exercise was combined with North American Aerospace Defense Command's Amalgam Virgo '04, a binational, multi-agency air-security exercise. The simulated attacks came from land, sea and air.

Scenarios in Virginia involved the simulated release of sarin, a nerve agent, and mustard gas, as well as tunnel and bridge explosions and the crash of a truck hauling chlorine. Other targets were unmanned aerial vehicles launched from an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, and multiple airliners with terrorists on board headed for Portland, Ore., and Ottawa.

The exercise also involved numerous incidents in California, including the simulated detonation of a "dirty bomb" in a Los Angeles harbor, derailment of a train loaded with hazardous chemicals in Ventura County, and business jets swarming over San Diego in preparation for attack.

From Virginia to California and Florida to Canada, the exercise tested the capabilities of NORAD and NORTHCOM and other local, state and federal agencies, said Marine Col. Gene Pino, NORAD and USNORTHCOM director of training and exercises.

"We are at war with a smart, thinking enemy, and we must continue to stay just as smart and think just as hard about these events as they do. When we stop doing that, I think that's when we'll be in danger," said Pino.

He noted that every exercise scenario was built on a strong intelligence platform to test the synchronization and sharing of information from local to national levels to ensure "we are poised to engage a threat."

More than 60 agencies, including local first responders and state and federal emergency services, participated in the exercise, along with the Defense Department.

"The exercise was an extraordinary success, improving the seamless interaction of these agencies," said Army Lt. Gen. Joseph R. Inge, NORTHCOM's deputy commander. "From intelligence gathering and sharing to consequence management, America is much safer today from the terrorist threat, due to the all-out effort of each and every participant in this massive exercise," Inge said.

The exercise was the fifth semiannual training session for NORAD and NORTHCOM since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

NORAD is a binational Canadian and American command responsible for the air defense of North America. NORAD has jet fighters on alert throughout North America, supported by air-to-air refueling tankers, airborne and ground-based radar, surveillance systems and satellites.

NORAD officially began operations on May 12, 1958, to defend the airspace of the United States and Canada from long-range Soviet bombers. NORAD's mission continues to evolve to protect the citizens of the United States and Canada.

NORTHCOM has a two-fold mission: homeland defense and civil support. Specifically, it conducts operations to deter, prevent, and defeat threats and aggression aimed at the United States, its territories, and interests within the assigned area of responsibility. Also, as directed by the president or secretary of defense, the command provides military assistance to civil authorities, including consequence management operations, to help mitigate crisis situations.

(Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Beverly K. Allen works for NORAD and NORTHCOM Public Affairs.)

Our view: Did ya hear the one about America’s disaster planning?

Federal effort to compile list of critical assets provides comic fodder.

If you were building a database of the nation's critical assets, would the Amish Country Popcorn factory near Berne, Ind., or a petting zoo in Woodville, Ala., or Georgia's Kangaroo Conservation Center make the list?

Of course not, you say?

Then you couldn't work for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or for some of the states that fed it information.

For a time, all three sites, plus dozens of similarly obscure ones, were part of the DHS National Asset Database, which was supposed to be, in the department's words, a catalog of the nation's critical infrastructure and key resources.

Now, a top DHS official says such spots are off the list. Nearly five years after 9/11, that's a relief. Even so, their original inclusion is so absurd that it leaves you wondering whether some of the nation's security planning is being handled by late-night comedy writers.

This particular gag took three years and $32 million to write. It lists 77,069 assets. Yes, 77,069, suggesting that government officials at every level aren't willing to set priorities. Pretending to protect everything means that nothing is protected well.

You don't need to be a terrorism expert to know that al-Qaeda targets the premier symbols of America's political and financial might. Yet, a report by Homeland Security's inspector general last month found that the huge database contains "an abundance of unusual, or out-of-place, assets" and other distortions, hampering its value.

One example: Washington state lists 65 "national monuments and icons," 28 more than Washington, D.C.

How did this happen?

After starting with a list of 1,849 assets in 2003, the department put out two calls to states for input on "critical infrastructure and key resources." The department provided "guidance" on what to include, but it did not provide caps. In some cases, Washington got back exactly what it asked for.

Indiana listed the popcorn factory because it met this criteria: agricultural facilities that ship to at least five states, according to state Homeland Security Director Eric Dietz.

A spokesman for Alabama's Homeland Security Department said the data call went to counties, which then thought they were competing for grants and loaded up on critical assets.

Robert Stephan, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at the Homeland Security Department, says the database doesn't drive funding decisions. It's really a catalog of faci a phone book for disaster planning shouldn't be an exercise in mindless bureaucracy. And choosing the nation's most vulnerable and consequential terrorist targets shouldn't be much more complicated than calling the governors, giving them a deadline and putting someone smart and impatient in charge. Chances are they'd produce a better list for closer to $32 than $32 million.

And hold the popcorn.

CSIS “Silent Vector” Energy Terrorism Exercise Finds Nuclear Power Plants “Best Defended Targets”

October 21, 2002, CSIS Press Conference, Washington, D.C.—“Silent Vector” was a two-day national security simulation that focused on the pre-attack phase of a major terrorist incident on the American homeland. The exercise was designed to explore difficulties and reveal vulnerabilities that might arise if the nation were faced with a credible, but ambiguous, threat of a terrorist attack on American soil.


“Silent Vector” was developed and produced by CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies) in partnership with the ANSER Institute and the Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism.


The exercise employed a simulated emergency meeting of the National Security Council at Camp David, played by former senior government officials with relevant experience, including former Senator Sam Nunn acting as President. Throughout the course of the exercise, participants were given increasingly credible and specific intelligence of a large-scale attack on the nation’s critical energy infrastructure. Potential targets included refineries, large LNG/LPG storage operations, pipeline infrastructure, petroleum terminals, nuclear power plants, chemical operations, and dams.


CSIS and ANSER Comments on Nuclear Power Plant Security


“Nuclear power plants have become of great concern to everybody. But they are probably our best defended targets. There is more security around nuclear power plants than anything else we’ve got. When confronted by an aviation attack, there is some concern. But one of the things that we have clearly found in this exercise is that this is an industry that has taken security pretty seriously for quite a long time, and its infrastructure, especially against these kinds of terrorist threats, is extremely good.”—John Hamre, President and Chief Executive Officer, CSIS


“Ultimately, we hope that a new Department [of Homeland Security] is going to establish the foundation for improved communication. That is not something that we necessarily looked at in this exercise. Clearly, there is a very well established connection between the senior leadership and the nuclear power industry through the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. But other than that, the apparatus doesn’t necessarily exist to effectively deal with a scenario like the one that we employed in the exercise.”—Phil Anderson, Director, CSIS Homeland Security Initiatives


“I guess the thing that surprised me most is there were some problems that did not develop that we anticipated. During the eight months of research that went into this, there were some issues like that [communication and coordination] that turned out not to be as great as we thought. And the nuclear industry was one of those that turned out to be much better connected—much more progressive, frankly—than I’d anticipated when we began the research.”—David McIntyre, Deputy Director, ANSER Institute for Homeland Security


Press Coverage of “Silent Vector”


"The scenario avoided the issue of actual damage to critical infrastructure, [CSIS President and CEO John] Hamre said, but the CSIS staff did draw up a chart of each target type's vulnerability to heavy, medium and light attacks from land, sea and air. Nuclear plants remain the best-defended parts of the energy infrastructure, he said, while liquefied natural gas facilities and chemical storage sites remain a problem."--United Press International, Oct. 21, 2002.


"The CSIS-organized group said it found the country's nuclear power plants are among the best-guarded U.S. facilities for terrorist attacks, and the nuclear power industry's relationship with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is a model of close government-industry communication on security matters."--Dow Jones Newswires, Oct. 21, 2002.


"In the exercise, called Silent Vector, a mock National Security Council confronted credible -- but ambiguous -- intelligence about a planned attack on a part of the U.S. energy network...Because the nation's 43 [sic: actually 103] nuclear power plants are among the best guarded sites, the participants focused on oil and gas refineries, storage facilities and terminals."--Aviation Week's Homeland Security and Defense, Oct. 23, 2002.


"Nuclear power plants are "probably our best defended targets" among energy facilities that would likely be targeted for terrorist attacks, according to findings released today by a public policy research group. CSIS President /CEO John Hamre said the organization did not want to reveal information about vulnerabilities of the country's infrastructure. He did, however, say nuclear plants have more security around them than other energy facilities in the scenario."--Platts, the energy division of McGraw-Hill Companies, Oct. 21, 2002.


Protocol Of Intentions Between The Government Of The United States Of America And The Republic Of The Philippines Concerning Cooperation In Disaster Prevention And Management

Release Date: November 20, 2001
Release Number: HQ-01-167

Washington, D.C., November 21, 2001 -- Ambassador Albert Del Rosario and FEMA Chief of Staff Elizabeth DiGregorio shake hands yesterday after signing a protocol between the U.S.A. and the Republic of the Philippines concerning disaster prevention and management. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Secretary Colin Powell look on during the event, held in the Department of State Treaty Room.

The Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, hereinafter referred to as "the Participants;"

Desiring to further expand and enhance the existing friendly relations between their Peoples, on the basis of equality, mutual respect and benefit;

Recalling the discussions and coordination activities of the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the United States of America and the Office of Civil Defense of the National Disaster Coordinating Council of the Republic of the Philippines; and

Desiring to further cooperative activities in disaster prevention and management through a framework of collaboration that facilitates the exchange of expertise, knowledge, and information, and the transfer of new technology in emergency management.

Have reached the following understandings:

Article 1
General Cooperation Objectives

The Participants intend to pursue cooperative activities in disaster prevention and management, including:

1. Designing and initiating prototypes of cooperation that aim to strengthen the emergency management linkages between the Participants as well as enhancing the emergency management capabilities of the National Disaster Coordinating Council of the Philippines;

2. Organizing the exchange of emergency management professionals and practitioners in order to facilitate the development of programs and activities, including the sharing of expertise, experience, and information as well as the transfer of new technology in emergency management; and

3. Proposing the conduct of forum and training seminars, reciprocal visits, and disaster management exercises to be participated in by representatives of the Participants.

Article 2
Cooperation in Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Exercises

In the field of emergency preparedness and response training and exercises, the Participants may:

1. Facilitate the exchange of emergency management experts and instructors for the development of training modules and instructional materials that promote best practices in emergency management; and

2. Participate in emergency management training programs, seminars, workshops, and simulation exercises.

Article 3
Exchange of Information and Scientific and Technical Cooperation

In the field of information exchange, scientific and technical cooperation, the Participants plan to:

1. Facilitate the exchange of emergency management information and transfer of technology for effective disaster management and prevention, and emergency preparedness and responses;

2. Exchange information on lessons learned from emergency responses of the Participants to natural and man-made disasters, including technology-related emergencies; and

3. Facilitate the exchange of knowledge and information on natural and man-made hazards and risk management.

Article 4
Implementing and Subsequent Arrangements

1. The Participants should directly communicate through the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the United States of America and the Office of Civil Defense, as the Executive Agency of the National Disaster Coordinating Council of the Republic of the Philippines, and should initiate meetings to plan and develop annual program activities.

2. Subject to authority and the availability of funds and resources, the Participants may decide to formulate and implement, on the basis of subsequent arrangements between them pursuant to this Protocol of Intentions, work plans for the annual program activities.

Article 5

The Participants may, by written agreement through diplomatic channels, decide to amend or revise any provision of this Protocol of Intentions. The activities under any such amendment or revision should commence in accordance with the provisions of Article 6.

Article 6
Commencement of Activities

Activities under this Protocol of Intentions commence on the date of the latter written communication by the Participants through diplomatic channels, indicating compliance with their respective domestic legal requirements.

Article 7

This Protocol of Intentions should remain valid for a period of three years from the date of the commencement of activities and should remain valid for subsequent periods of two years, unless either Participant notifies the other Participant, through diplomatic channels, of its intention to terminate the same in writing. Such termination should take effect after three months following the receipt by such other Participant of the said notice.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have signed this Protocol of Intentions.

DONE at Washington, on the 20th day of November 2001, in duplicate, in the English language.


Elizabeth L. DiGregorio
Chief of Staff for the Federal
Emergency Management Agency of the United States of America


Albert Del Rosario
Ambassador of the Republic of the
Philippines to the United States
of America

Last Modified: Tuesday, 23-Sep-2003 14:03:16


Army Lt. Gen. Joseph R. Inge, Deputy Commander, U.S. Northern Command

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March 04, 1999


Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced today New Horizons 99, an expanded U.S. Southern Command exercise providing additional disaster assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.


The New Horizons 99 exercises annual combined/joint-training event has been expanded to include more than 20,000 service members from the Active, National Guard, and Reserve forces. The exercises will operate through September 1999 in the four Central American nations devastated by Hurricane Mitch and in the Dominican Republic, which was badly damaged by Hurricane Georges.

"The U.S. responded quickly and efficiently to help Central American nations deal with the devastation of Hurricane Mitch, " said Cohen. "Reserve forces played a key role in this humanitarian mission. They are an integral part of a Total Force solution to help our Latin American neighbors get back on their feet."

New Horizons 99 is being conducted with the goal of helping our neighbors progress on their road to recovery. The majority of these exercises will be performed by National Guard and Reserve forces from local communities across the nation.

The U.S. Servicemen and women are coming from units in more than 45 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the Republic of Panama.

Projects planned include construction of medical clinics and schools, drilling water wells, civil engineer support, and numerous medical readiness exercises to provide general medical care to Central American and Dominican Republic citizens.

The estimated cost for the New Horizons 99 expanded program is $70 million. Previously planned exercises in Honduras and Guatemala saw between about 4,000 troops participating. New Horizons 99 will be several times larger in the number of service members and supporting organizations, scope of exercise projects and funding support.

"Since the early 1980s, tens of thousands of U.S.Reserve and National Guard personnel have trained and worked side-by-side with our neighbors in Latin America," said Charles L. Cragin, acting assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. "New Horizons 99 is part of our nation's ongoing citizen-to-citizen commitment to this region. It represents an outstanding opportunity for our Reserve forces to receive excellent real-world training, and at the same time, help people who have a compelling need."

U.S. service members and their units are coming from:

  Alabama Kansas Nevada North Carolina
  Arkansas Kentucky New Hampshire South Carolina
  Arizona Louisiana New Jersey South Dakota
  California Maryland New York Tennessee
  Connecticut Massachusetts North Dakota Texas
  Delaware Michigan Ohio Utah
  District of Columbia Minnesota Oklahoma Virginia
  Florida Missouri Oregon Washington
  Georgia Mississippi Pennsylvania West Virginia
  Illinois Montana Panama Wisconsin
  Indiana Nebraska Puerto Rico Wyoming

For more information and updates, please refer to the DOD website at http://www.defenselink.mil.

Exercise Tiger: the Disaster Before D-Day

You're familiar with Operation Overlord, the official name of what has become known as D-Day.

If not, and even if you are, Blackfive has an excellent tribute that is well worth reading.

The Donovan has a great photo essay you ought to check out while you're at it.

Total Allied casualties that day were around 10,000, which includes approximately 2500 dead (there is no official casualty figure for D-Day alone). During the Battle of Normandy, which lasted another month or so, the Allies suffered 209,000 including nearly 37,000 dead for ground forces and a further 16,714 deaths for Allied air forces. The battle cost Germany 200,000 casualties and another 200,000 taken prisoner.

Not to be forgotten, between 15,000 and 20,000 French civilians were killed, mostly due to Allied air bombing.

Exercise Tiger

Obviously, you don't just send 165,000 men ashore and subject them to withering fire from a highly trained and disciplined enemy without practicing doing it a few times. We spend the months before June 6 doing just that.

Just as obviously, whenever you've got hundreds of thousands of men doing anything that involves water, ships, airplanes and landing craft, there will be training accidents. I don't have the figures, but I'm sure there were many losses.

By the spring of 1944 everyone knew that we were going to land somewhere in northern France. It was only a question of when and where.

The Germans, not being stupid, knew that we had large numbers of men in Britain and were practicing landing on British beaches. And they knew that these training exercises would involve large numbers of slow, unarmored, unprotected, transport ships and assorted landing craft. In other words, big fat targets.

The Germans saw an opportunity to strike, and they took it.

Exercise Tiger, which would take place April 27 1944, involved 23,000 US soldiers, and was one of the largest such practices to date. The American forces involved would be the ones who would land on Utah beach 3 months later.

We get the story from the Exercise Tiger website

At 0135 on the morning of April 28th, 1944, eight Tank Landing Ships (LST's) and thier lone escort, the British corvette HMS AZALEA, were en route to the landing area. Slapton Sands was selected because its beach looked every bit like the beaches at Normandy that would be code named Utah and Omaha by the allies.

The eight LST's of LST Group 32, formed convoy T-4. they were the support group for elements of the 4th & 29th Infantry, 82nd Airborne and 188th Field Artillery Group already ashore at Slapton Sands.

The LST's were carrying the 1st Engineer Special Brigade, the 3206th Quartermaster Company from Missouri, the 3207th Company and 462nd and 478th combat truck support companies as well as other elements of the US Army's engineer, signal, medical and chemical corps along with some infantry.

Miles south in the mouth of Lyme bay, lay the bulk of the Tiger naval force. Protected by the cruiser USS AGUSTA and the new British "O" class destroyers HMS ONSLOW and HMS OBEDIENT as well as the Tribal Class destroyer HMS ASHANTI and a covering force of motor torpedo boats. Anchored along with LST's 55 and 382 they would be of no help to the ambushed LST force of T-4.

Attacking in the pitch black night, 9 German Navy "E" boats (torpedo) struck quickly and decisively. Without warning LST 507 was torpedoed first. Explosions and flame lit the night. At 0217 LST 531 is torpedoed. It sinks in six minutes. Of the 496 soldiers and sailors on her, 424 of them died. It would be on this ship that the state of Missouri would lose some 201 of its boys of the 3206th.

LST 289 tried to evade the fast German "E" boats but was hit in the stern. LST's 496, 515, and 511 all began firing at their attackers, LST 289 joined in returning fire while lowering landing craft to pull it out of harms way.

At 0225 the LST 499 radioed for help.Minutes later the lead ship ,LST 515 sent out an urgent and chilling message. " 'E' boat attack". Radio stations along the coast pick up the dramatic calls for help. Unaware of the top secret operation underway, the calls go unanswered. Only after an alert radio operator heard the words "T-4", did the Naval Command realize the calls were from "Tiger" and send help.

By 0240 the horror was slowly realized. Two LST's sunk, a third lay crippled. Of the 4000 man force nearly a fourth were missing or killed . Official Dept. of Defense records confirm 749 dead , 551 US Army and 198 US Navy. The death toll makes "Tiger" the costliest battle to U.S. forces at that point in the war after Pearl Harbor.


749 dead Americans.

In a training exercise.

Kept Secret

The extent of the disaster was kept a secret for at the time. Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the order for secrecy, fearing that a full release would demoralize his forces, not to mention the public.

I think we all know how some among us would react if such a thing occured today. First they'd demand the president's head for keeping it secret, and then they'd insist that we call off the invasion. Finally, calls for a negotiated peace would reach a crescendo.

But that was then, and this is now. They won their war, and we've still to win ours. We should take inspiration from the bravery and fortitude of that greatest generation.

Posted by Tom at June 6, 2006 8:42 PM