What if PNAC’s “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces, and Resources” report issued in September 2000 had been a topic of the 24-hour news channels? What if their expressed desires for war right across the world with the US leading the charge had been debated by Wolf Blitzer and Larry King? What if PNAC’s need for ever greater military spending had been questioned by Dan Rather and talked about around the water cooler?
And what if some enterprising young MSNBC reporter had called out PNAC for their subtle support for a “new Pearl Harbor” as being irresponsible, at best or inflammatory, at worst (in any MSM piece anyway)?
Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is
likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a
new Pearl Harbor.
What if the news media had really pushed the story that Donald Rumsfeld just told America on September 10, 2001 that the Pentagon was so bad at maintaining financials that they were unable to track $2.3 TRILLION in spending?
What if tens of thousands of people had been writing and making videos about the “Vigilant Citizen I” NORAD exercises that were to be conducted from September 6 through September 10, 2001, including a hijack scenario where terrorist take a plane over NYC loaded with explosives?
If America had been screaming about the lack of transparency in military budgets and criticizing the excessive use of unannounced “drills” in, around, and above US communities when the first plane struck the World Trade Center, how would we have reacted?
I don’t know the answers to that line of questioning, but I am sure our reactions would have differed significantly from the actual events. Americans were taken completely by surprise. (Pearl Harbor event)
We know what we got after 9/11.
- Never-ending war in Afghanistan
- Never-ending war in Iraq
- The Patriot Act
- NSA spying on US citizens
- Presidents overusing Executive Orders to push through controversial issues
All of the above is unassailable fact. (OK, so “overusing” is a bit of a loaded term).
That being said, it is easy to see that there is a framework on which to hang a conspiracy theory, even without discussions of “controlled explosions,” the steel-melting ability of jet fuel, the lack of passport-melting ability of jet fuel, WTC 7, or even the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania field.
But surely, the skeptic would say, these are coincidental. Even if they aren’t, correlation is not the same as causation.
Skeptic, you are correct, as far as it goes.
Boston Marathon Bombing
The scenario had been carefully planned: A terrorist group prepared to hurt vast numbers of people around Boston would leave backpacks filled with explosives at Faneuil Hall, the Seaport District, and in other towns, spreading waves of panic and fear. Detectives would have to catch the culprits.
7/7 London Bombings
The anti-terror drill, codenamed Exercise Atlantic Blue, involved 10,000 personnel in the UK and 2,500 in the US. It was billed as the biggest test of the anti-terror defences of both the UK and the US and was designed to improve security. The exercise featured simulated explosive, biological and chemical attacks and, in the case of London, concentrated on testing security weaknesses in the transport system.
Even more telling is this video interview with Peter Power, Crisis Manager of Visor Consultants on ITV on 7/7.
PP: “So we had to suddenly switch an exercise from fictional to real.”
ITV: “Just to get this right, you were actually working TODAY on an exercise that envisioned virtually this scenario.”
PP: “Almost precisely.”
Anders Brevik and the Oslo Attacks
Just hours before Anders Behring Breivik started shooting young people on Utøya, the police preparedness team ended an exercise where they practiced an almost identical situation.
The four days in advance, and also the same Friday as the attack was carried out, the police were in preparedness training on an ongoing terrorist action that was almost similar to the situation that hours later met the 22 police officers in Utøya.
Aftenposten confirmed with central sources in the management of the Oslo police that the exercise ended at 3 o’clock on the same Friday.
Source: Exercise on Utøya scenario 22 July (in Norwegian)
Charlie Hebdo Attacks
As luck would have it, in the morning at the Paris SAMU, a multi-site attack exercise had been planned, so we were prepared. What needs to be known is there was a mobilization of police forces, firemen, EMTs, and associations who came to participate and we tried to save as many people as possible.
Le hasard a fait, pour vous dire, c’est que le matin au SAMU de Paris, avait été organisé un exercice sur des attentats multisites. Donc on était préparés. Donc ce qu’il faut voir c’est que vous aviez une mobilisation des forces de police, des pompiers, des SAMU, des associatifs qui sont venus et on a essayé de sauver le plus de monde possible.
There are other examples that are either too recent or too controversial to mention at this time, but the reader is invited to do their own digging. Start on “conspiracy sites” and look for their sourcing. Click those links, and find their sourcing. Dig far enough and you will find a government document or “legit” media report somewhere that will validate the theory. Or you won’t, and then you can safely dismiss that theory as false, for now.
I do not have, nor do I claim any knowledge of any conspiracy to commit the above cited attacks, by anyone other than those arrested, indicted, and/or convicted. I have no evidence that any US company, official, or authority had any involvement in any of said events.
They could very well all be coincidental.
It could be that the drills attract terrorist attention who then use the exercise as cover for an attack or attacks.
In other words, there ARE logical arguments to be made that all of these events happened exactly as reported.
But as Americans, we also maintain the right to ask questions.
When Barack Obama famously drew a “red line” in Syria, which was promptly crossed, tens of thousands of voices cried out calling for restraint instead of open warfare. The President largely backed off, limiting the official effort to a large airstrike. Of course, we have since learned officially of the US funding of Syrian fighters who led the proxy war for us, known as Operation Timber Sycamore. But it’s possible our voices at least changed the course of events.
In April of this year a chemical attack took place in Syria. Western media blamed the attack on Assad and his military forces, while many other reports claimed it was US-backed militants that used the weapons. In response, the US launched another airstrike.
In July another “warning” came from the White House saying there was credible evidence of another planned chemical weapons attack. Immediately the articles were written warning of a “false flag” attack in Syria that would be, it was claimed bu the various writers, used as justification for another massive airstrike. The story spread quickly, and soon the chatter died.
Not long after, Tillerson and the President took actions to end the bulk of the US involvement in Syria. (Attentions have turned to “Free Kurdistan,” but that’s another tale.)
So did the uproar have an effect? Maybe, maybe not.
But calling out a suspected false flag has a few possible outcomes.
- You are proven to be wrong, and you take your lumps and try to move on.
- The false flag doesn’t occur, and all is a wash
- The event DOES occur, and you have a jump on digging deeper and getting real information out to the public
In short, paying a modicum of attention to “conspiracy theories” can make one more able to find patterns in the chaos, and more capable of seeing through rhetoric by seeing more than one side’s propaganda.
Operation Black Sky
With modern infrastructure networks interconnected on national and global scales, public and private sector leaders are increasingly focusing on multi-sector planning as an essential foundation to support restoration and sustain affected populations in extreme, “Black Sky” hazard scenarios: Subcontinent-scale power outages with cascading infrastructure failures. (PDF)
Decision Making for Disrupted Scenarios: EARTH EX simulates a subcontinent-scale, long duration power outage, with cascading failures of all other infrastructures. The exercise format offers executive and senior level operational decision makers the opportunity to review critical decision-making policies, processes, roles and responsibilities – essential to the success of all other response and recovery operations.
Develop or Review Resilience Policies and Plans in a “Come as you are” Exercise: Participation is voluntary and open to all organizations that need to be prepared for long duration power outages. The exercise is designed for self-evaluation, with distributed play conducted using electronic tools, and local facilitation for feedback and execution.
Prioritization and Coordination across Multiple Sectors: EARTH EX is constructed as a multi-sector scenario. Participants receive situational awareness updates from each of the critical sectors, providing a broad immersive environment simulating real world impacts of the scenario.
The entire event is designed as a hybrid on-site and online exercise. There will apparently be “Table Top” exercises in DC, by invation only, according to EIS’s own report. (p. 9)
But one wonders how effective any training for handling a massive, long-term power outage can be without a “real world” component. But I am no expert on such training, so I cannot make a reliable judgment on that.
One could make the argument that since this a private company, there is no fear of conspiracy, but at least in London, where Visor Consultants were running the drill, some may wish to disagree. We will know soon enough.
The “Black Sky” exercise is planned for 2 days after the total solar eclipse over the United States, which has to give one at least the slightest chill up the spine. No matter how advanced a civilization we believe ourselves to be, eclipses still feel somehow magical, and generate anxiety. I would think that EIS would know this. Maybe even planned for it.
So why should you care?
Maybe you shouldn’t.
Maybe it’s nothing.
Maybe there is no massive power outage planned for next week.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared though. Power outages DO happen.
- Winter storms with ice buildup and heavy winds can decimate power lines and poles.
- Hurricanes and tornadoes will rip entire pole runs out of the ground
- Forest fires
- Even human or mechanical error. Remember the Great Northeast Blackout? One small issue, but cascading system failures. A minor glitch can take days to fully repair, once mass system resets are needed.
So do this. Let this “conspiracy theory” remind you that some basic preparedness is always in order. I’m not talking full-on SHTF prepping. I’m talking about having a plan.
- Do you know where you would meet your family if a disaster took place while you were separated?
- Do you have any water and canned food on hand?
- Do you maintain a supply of common medicines and bandages?
- Do you have any power sources in case the grid goes down?
Make a checklist. Find some good “prepper” sites and go over their kits and design yours to fit your needs. Make a “bug out bag,” or “get out of Dodge” bag and have it somewhere accessible.
Make sure your car is as well maintained as you can manage, at all times.
More importantly, I would suggest that around these events, you take extra precaution to not get caught without fuel for your vehicles. If power goes out, gas pumps will not function.
Treat these events as you would an expected blizzard or hurricane. Stock up on the essentials. Make sure you have batteries on hand or else wind-up radios and flashlights.
Most likely the event is as advertised. It will be simulations and discussions. It will be learning alternate communication techniques. It will be general awareness for government officials, corporate leaders, and individuals.
But if, for some strange reason, the lights go out on August 23rd, do not sit and wait for the government to come save you. Assume the worst. Begin rationing and check the radio. Check on neighbors. Be vigilant.
One of two things will happen.
- The power will come back on in a few hours, or a day or two.
- The power won’t come back on anytime soon.
If it’s the former, you will be more prepared and experienced in self-sufficiency during a crisis, even without signing up for EarthEX. If it’s the latter, you have a jump on most everyone else.
We are in a very tense moment in US history. We are being fed an endless message of racial discord and fear. Charlottesville was very effective at ratcheting up tensions. We are now tearing down monuments across the land. We are calling each other “racist” and “Nazi” without even fully understanding those terms.
And that rhetoric will only heat up over the next week as the much anticipated Mayweather-McGregor fight will be taking place in Las Vegas on August 26th. If you have been following the social media concerning this fight, the race difference is not lost on the fans, and there is tension concerning the outcome of the contest.
I suggest everyone take a deep breath, assess your situation, hug your loved ones, and stop reacting for a while.
We will get through this.