Shadow Government Is at Work in Secret
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Shadow Government Is at Work in Secret
Fri Mar 1 03:17:36 2002
Shadow Government Is at Work in Secret
Spurred by Terror Threat, Bush Ordered 100 Officials to 'Bunker Duty'
to Ensure Federal Survival
By Barton Gellman and Susan Schmidt, Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, March 1, 2002; Page A1
President Bush has dispatched a shadow government of about 100 senior
civilian managers to live and work secretly outside Washington, activating
for the first time long-standing plans to ensure survival of federal rule
after catastrophic attack on the nation's capital.
Execution of the classified "Continuity of Operations Plan" resulted not
from the Cold War threat of intercontinental missiles, the scenario
rehearsed for decades, but from heightened fears that the al Qaeda terrorist
network might somehow obtain a portable nuclear weapon, according to three
officials with first-hand knowledge. U.S. intelligence has no specific
knowledge of such a weapon, they said, but the risk is thought great enough
to justify the shadow government's disruption and expense.
Deployed "on the fly" in the first hours of turmoil on Sept. 11, one
participant said, the shadow government has evolved into an indefinite
precaution. For that reason, the high-ranking officials representing their
departments have begun rotating in and out of the assignment at one of two
fortified locations along the East Coast. Rotation is among several changes
made in late October or early November, sources said, to the standing
directive Bush inherited from a line of presidents reaching back to Dwight
Officials who are activated for what some of them call "bunker duty" live
and work underground 24 hours a day, away from their families. As it settles
in for the long haul, the shadow government has sent home most of the first
wave of deployed personnel, replacing them most commonly at 90-day intervals.
The civilian cadre present in the bunkers usually numbers 70 to 150, and
"fluctuates based on intelligence" about terrorist threats, according to a
senior official involved in managing the program. It draws from every
Cabinet department and some independent agencies. Its first mission, in the
event of a disabling blow to Washington, would be to prevent collapse of
essential government functions.
Assuming command of regional federal offices, officials said, the underground
government would try to contain disruptions of the nation's food and water
supplies, transportation links, energy and telecommunications networks,
public health and civil order. Later it would begin to reconstitute the
Known internally as the COG, for "continuity of government," the
administration-in-waiting is an unannounced complement to the acknowledged
absence of Vice President Cheney from Washington for much of the past five
months. Cheney's survival ensures constitutional succession, one official
said, but "he can't run the country by himself." With a core group of
federal managers alongside him, Cheney or President Bush, if available
has the means to give effect to his orders.
While the damage of other terrorist weapons is potentially horrific,
officials said, only an atomic device could threaten the nation's fundamental
capacity to govern itself. Without an invulnerable backup command structure
outside Washington, one official said, a nuclear detonation in the capital
"would be 'game over.'"
"We take this issue extraordinarily seriously, and are committed to doing as
thorough a job as possible to ensure the ongoing operations of the federal
government," said Joseph W. Hagin, White House deputy chief of staff, who
declined to discuss details. "In the case of the use of a weapon of mass
destruction, the federal government would be able to do its job and continue
to provide key services and respond."
The Washington Post agreed to a White House request not to name any of those
deployed or identify the two principal locations of the shadow government.
Only the executive branch is represented in the full-time shadow administration.
The other branches of constitutional government, Congress and the judiciary,
have separate continuity plans but do not maintain a 24-hour presence in
The military chain of command has long maintained redundant centers of
communication and control, hardened against thermonuclear blast and operating
around the clock. The headquarters of U.S. Space Command, for example, is
burrowed into Cheyenne Mountain near Colorado Springs, Colo., and the U.S.
Strategic Command staffs a comparable facility under Offutt Air Force Base
Civilian departments have had parallel continuity-of-government plans since
the dawn of the nuclear age. But they never operated routinely, seldom
exercised, and were permitted to atrophy with the end of the Cold War. Sept.
11 marked the first time, according to Bush administration officials, that
the government activated such a plan.
Within hours of the synchronized attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade
Center, Military District of Washington helicopters lifted off with the
first wave of evacuated officials. Witnesses near one of the two evacuation
sites reported an influx of single- and twin-rotor transport helicopters,
escorted by F-16 fighters, and followed not long afterward by government buses.
According to officials with first-hand knowledge, the Bush administration
conceived the move that morning as a temporary precaution, likely to last
only days. But further assessment of terrorist risks persuaded the White
House to remake the program as a permanent feature of "the new reality, based
on what the threat looks like," a senior decisionmaker said.
Few Cabinet-rank principals or their immediate deputies left Washington on
Sept. 11, and none remained at the bunkers. Those who form the backup
government come generally from the top career ranks, from GS-14 and GS-15 to
members of the Senior Executive Service. The White House is represented by a
"senior-level presence," one official said, but well below such Cabinet-ranked
advisers as Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. and national security adviser
Many departments, including Justice and Treasury, have completed plans to
delegate statutory powers to officials who would not normally exercise them.
Others do not need to make such legal transfers, or are holding them in reserve.
Deployed civilians are not permitted to take their families, and under penalty
of prosecution they may not tell anyone where they are going or why. "They're
on a 'business trip,' that's all," said one official involved in the effort.
The two sites of the shadow government make use of local geological features
to render them highly secure. They are well stocked with food, water, medicine
and other consumable supplies, and are capable of generating their own power.
But with their first significant operational use, the facilities are showing
their age. Top managers arrived at one of them to find computers "several
generations" behind those now in use, incapable of connecting to current
government databases. There were far too few phone lines. Not many work areas
had secure audio and video links to the rest of government. Officials said Card,
who runs the program from the White House, has been obliged to order
The modern era of continuity planning began under President Ronald Reagan.
On Sept. 16, 1985, Reagan signed National Security Decision Directive 188,
"Government Coordination for National Security Emergency Preparedness," which
assigned responsibility for continuity planning to an interagency panel from
Defense, Treasury, Justice and the Office of Management and Budget. He signed
additional directives, including Executive Order 12472, for more detailed
aspects of the planning.
In Executive Order 12656, signed Nov. 18, 1988, Reagan ordered every Cabinet
department to define in detail the "defense and civilian needs" that would be
"essential to our national survival" in case of a nuclear attack on Washington.
Included among them were legal instruments for "succession to office and
emergency delegation of authority."
The military services put these directives in place long before their civilian
counterparts. The Air Force, for example, relies on Air Force Instruction
10-208, revised most recently in September 2000.
Civilian agencies gradually developed contingency plans in comparable detail.
The Agriculture Department, for example, has plans to ensure continued farm
production, food processing, storage and distribution; emergency provision of
seed, feed, water, fertilizer and equipment to farmers; and use of Commodity
Credit Corp. inventories of food and fiber resources.
What was missing, until Sept. 11, was an invulnerable group of managers with
the expertise and resources to administer these programs in a national
Last Oct. 8, the day after bombing began in Afghanistan, Bush created the
Office of Homeland Security with Executive Order 13228. Among the
responsibilities he gave its first director, former Pennsylvania governor
Tom Ridge, was to "review plans and preparations for ensuring the continuity
of the Federal Government in the event of a terrorist attack that threatens
the safety and security of the United States Government or its leadership."
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Shadow Government, has been around for a long time
Shadow Government, has been around for a long time
Sat Mar 2 17:30:01 2002
It is becoming increasingly apparent to American citizens that government is no longer being conducted in accordance with the U.S. Constitution, or, within states, according to state constitutions. While people have recognized for more than 150 years that the rich and powerful often corrupt individual officials, or exert undue influence to get legislation passed that favors their interests, most Americans still cling to the naive belief that such corruption is exceptional, and that most of the institutions of society, the courts, the press, and law enforcement agencies, still largely comply with the Constitution and the law in important matters. They expect that these corrupting forces are disunited and in competition with one another, so that they tend to balance one another.
Mounting evidence makes it clear that the situation is far worse than most people think, that during the last several decades the U.S. Constitution has been effectively overthrown, and that it is now observed only as a fašade to deceive and placate the masses. What has replaced it is what many call the Shadow Government. It still, for the most part, operates in secret, because its control is not secure. The exposure of this regime and its operations must now become a primary duty of citizens who still believe in the Rule of Law and in the freedoms which this country is supposed to represent.<1>
Transition to Oligarchy
It is difficult to identify a single date or event that marks the overthrow, but we can identify some critical steps.
The first was the Dick Act of 1903, which repealed the Militia Act of 1792 and tried to relegate the Constitutional Militia to the National Guard, under control of what is now the U.S. Defense Department.
The second was the Federal Reserve Act, which established a central bank only nominally under the control of the government.
Further erosion of constitutional governance was motivated by several challenges which the powerful felt required them to put aside their differences and unite. The first was the Great Depression of 1933-1941. The second was World War II and the threat from fascism, followed by the Cold War and the threat from Soviet imperialism and from communism.
The third is the eco-crisis, which combines both the ecological and economic crises. Many leaders have recognized for a long time that we are headed for disaster, not a kind of cyclical downturn like the Great Depression, but an irreversible decline brought about by a combination of resource depletion, environmental degradation, and overpopulation, playing out in an anarchic international system of disparate nation- states, national currencies, national banks, and multinational corporations, exacerbated by traditional tribal rivalries, class conflict, and different languages and religions.<3>
Confronted with the political fact that to deal with the problems faced in the last half of the 20th century, it was difficult enough to pass legislation thought to be needed, without having to also adopt the amendments to the U.S. Constitution necessary to make such legislation constitutional, it became too easy to just adopt more and more legislation without worrying about its constitutionality, and depend on compliant officials and judges to go along with it, which for the most part, they have done. This was facilitated by the lack of sufficiently strong protests from the people, many of whom, ignorant of constitutional rights and limitations on governmental powers, and focused on the problems to be solved, supported much of the legislation.<4>
We can also identify several insidious developments which seemed necessary and harmless at the time, but which led to the present situation. One was the rise of military and civilian intelligence organs during World War II. The need to prevent leaks of military secrets brought a censorship apparatus that gained substantial control over the flow of information through the press, the broadcast media, telephonic and telegraphic communications, and the mail. However, instead of dismantling that apparatus when the war was over, we immediately transitioned to the Cold War, and the information control apparatus only went underground and became somewhat less obtrusive. This led to the present situation in which the intelligence apparatus maintains effective control over the major media, can tap anyone's phone without a court order, reads people's mail, monitors their finances, and gathers information on citizens and their activities that threatens their privacy and liberties.
1947 was a critical year. It was the year in which UFOs became a matter of public concern, and in which it appears we recovered at least one crashed vehicle and perhaps at least one of its occupants. It is also the year that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was established, ostensibly to bring together the disparate intelligence agencies that had often been operating at cross-purposes. It was also the beginning of the use of "black budgets" for government programs, the existence of which was kept secret from both the public and most if not all members of Congress. This led later to the establishment of more agencies, such as the National Security Agency, whose entire budget was black, thus preventing effective oversight.
The situation had evolved to the extent that, at the end of President Eisenhower's second term, he warned in a speech of the potential danger to our freedoms from a "military-industrial complex". In fact, by that time, it had become a "intelligence- military-industrial-financial-political-media- criminal" complex, which reached into almost every institution in this country, and into many around the world.
What had developed was beginning to look more and more like the system of political control that prevailed in the Soviet Union, in which real decisions of government were made not by the official organs of government, but by the parallel structure of the Communist Party, backed by the KGB. In competing with the Soviets, we had taken on their methods and attributes of political control.
But this apparatus did not seem to function as an effective Shadow Government, able to make and enforce decisions apart from the official government, until it came together to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. That was the watershed event. After that, too many people had too much to hide to allow the situation to return to governance as usual.
Since then, the Shadow Government has grown and tried to strengthen its grip on every sector of the society, motivated in part by honest concern about the very real threats we have faced, and in part by venality and greed, which brought increasing corruption and the effective incorporation of organized crime into the mainstream of government.
It appears that 1963 is also the year in which the Establishment Media sector of the Shadow Government was given effective control over computerized voting in the United States, through its National Election Service, as part of a deal in which they went along with the coverup of the Kennedy Assassination through the Warren Commission. While campaign money continued to buy influence over elected officials, if it was not sufficient, the Shadow Government had other options. It put officials in compromising situations, then used its evidence to blackmail them into compliance. Failing that, it could easily select the winner of any election, and suppress the support which third-party candidates might attain.
Shadow Government Activated for U.S.
Shadow Government Activated for U.S.
Sat Mar 2 16:59:42 2002
WASHINGTON (AP) A ``shadow government'' consisting of 75 or more senior officials has been living and working secretly outside Washington since Sept. 11 in case the nation's capital is crippled by terrorist attack. ``This is serious business,'' President Bush said of plans to ensure the continuity of government.
Such an operation was conceived as a Cold War precaution against nuclear attack during the Eisenhower administration but never used until now. It went into effect in the first hours after the terror attacks and has evolved over time, said senior government officials who provided details of the plan.
Without confirming details of the government-in-waiting, Bush told reporters in Iowa: ``We take the continuity of government issue seriously because our nation was under attack. And I still take the threats we receive from al-Qaida killers and terrorists very seriously.''
``I have an obligation as the president and my administration has an obligation to the American people to put measures in place that should somebody be successful in attacking Washington there is an ongoing government,'' Bush said. ``That is one reason why the vice president was going to undisclosed locations. This is serious business. And we take it seriously.''
The shadow government plan was activated out of heightened fears that the al-Qaida terrorist network might obtain a portable nuclear weapon, sources said. U.S. intelligence has no specific knowledge the network has such a weapon, but the risk was great enough to warrant the activation of a plan, said a senior government official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Under the classified ``Continuity of Operations Plan,'' which was first reported by The Washington Post in Friday editions, high-ranking officials representing their departments have begun rotating in and out of the assignment at one of two fortified locations along the East Coast.
The Post said the first rotations were made in late October or early November, a fact confirmed by the senior government official.
A second government official who has visited one of the secure sites in a mountainside outside Washington said it is equipped with generators, telephones, television sets, private offices, command centers and computers. It is a large office space deep beneath the ground, sectioned off by agencies.
In an unsettling reminder of the stakes involved, the official recalled seeing food rations at the site.
Several White House officials have taken their turn in the rotation, spending three or four days and nights at the site. Friends, family and colleagues stay in contact through a toll-free number and personal extensions.
Officials who are activated for the duty live and work underground 24 hours a day, away from their families. The shadow government has sent home most of the first wave of deployed personnel, replacing them most commonly at 90-day intervals, the Post reported.
A government official who spoke to The Associated Press said the groups usually number 70 to 150 people, depending on the level of threat detected by U.S. intelligence. He said President Bush does not foresee ever needing to turn over government functions to the secret operation, but believed it was prudent to implement the long-standing plan in light of the gathering war on terrorism and persistent threats of future attacks.
The team, drawn from every Cabinet department and some independent agencies, would seek to prevent the collapse of essential government functions in the event of a disabling blow to Washington, the official said.
The underground government would try to contain disruptions of the nation's food and water supplies, transportation links, energy and telecommunications networks, public health and civil order, the Post reported. Later, it would begin to reconstitute the government.
The government-in-waiting is an extension of a policy that has kept Vice President Dick Cheney in secure, undisclosed locations away from Washington. Cheney has moved in and out of public view as threat levels have fluctuated, at times to the same location that the senior government officials have been hidden, a government source said Friday.
As next in line to power behind Bush, he would need help running the government in a worst-case scenario
The plan gelled in December when Bush issued a little-noticed executive order that spelled out the line of succession at several key federal agencies in case a Cabinet secretary is killed or incapacitated. In great detail, the document lists in order of power the top half dozen or so officials who would take over if an agency's hierarchy was dismantled.
The shadow government is drawn from that deep pool of officials who are now formally part of the line of succession, sources said.
In addition, at least one Cabinet secretary is kept out of Washington at all times to help maintain the continuity of government, one government source said. For nearly two weeks at the end of December, for example, Attorney General John Ashcroft was secretly spirited to his farm in Missouri and kept under high security.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D. said Congress has its own contingency plans.
``Precautions have been taken and arrangements have been made to move the work of Congress to another location,'' he said.
The Pentagon, too, rotates top military officials to secure locations. ``We move people around,'' spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said.
Civilians deployed for the operation are not allowed to take their families and may not tell anyone where they are going or why.
Secret of the US nuclear bunkers
A shadow government has been living underground since September 11 in case Washington is wiped out
Matthew Engel in Washington
Saturday March 2, 2002
For the past six months, the US has had a shadow government in place against the possibility of a nuclear attack by terrorists, the White House confirmed yesterday.
About 100 senior civil servants were dispatched to two secret locations in the eastern United States after September 11 to ensure continuity of government in case Washington was wiped out. Rotating teams have remained there ever since.
The publicly disclosed element was that Vice-President Dick Cheney was reputedly in a "secure, undisclosed location", meeting President George Bush only rarely. It turns out that the Cheney plan was only part of a "continuity of operations plan" to keep the country running in any conceivable contingency.
The plan was first drawn up nearly half a century ago, during the Eisenhower administration, when the US was guarding against the possibility of a nuclear strike from the Soviet Union.
It was never activated until Mr Bush ordered it to be put into operation, hours after the attacks on New York and Washington. The existence of the shadow government was reported by the Washington Post yesterday after the paper did a deal with the administration that it would not disclose the location of the sites.
Some officials have spent up to three of the past six months hidden away, and it represents a considerable security achievement that their absence has not become public until now, though the Guardian reported the existence of the outline plans on September 12. Those involved were told to tell their families only that they were "on a business trip".
Much of their time has been spent reviewing the emergency system, grown creaky through passage of time and lack of use, and bringing it up to date. They have apparently been living and working underground, unable to go outside except when being taken by helicopter to and from the sites.
The government is believed to have about 40 underground shelters at various places in the US, many built into mountainsides within about 100 miles of Washington.
Some of the sites are known to have multiple chambers, up to 50ft wide and 100ft high that could be used for anything up to and including a base for an emergency air force.
One is Mount Weather in Virginia, where congressional leaders - including the House Speaker, Dennis Hastert, third in line to the presidency - were taken in the confused hours following the attacks.
It is described as a "small city", built into granite, behind a 5ft thick door guarding vast quantities of office space, room to store the nation's art treasures, sleeping accommodation for several thousand people, a private reservoir, and a crematorium.
Another is Raven Rock in Pennsylvania, close to the presidential retreat at Camp David, which is thought to have been used by the Pentagon as its own back-up location. It has not been revealed whether these are the two sites involved in this operation.
"We take this issue extraordinarily seriously, and are committed to doing as thorough a job as possible to ensure the ongoing operations of the federal government," Joseph Hagin, the president's deputy chief of staff, told the Post. "In the case of the use of a weapon of mass destruction, the federal government would be able to do its job and con tinue to provide key services and respond."
Every major government department is represented at the sites, with instructions to maintain emergency services in the short term and then re-form the government in the long term.
There has been some recent debate about the US's inadequate rules of presidential succession. There are only 17 people in line to the presidency (the vice-president, the House Speaker, the president pro tempore of the Senate and the 14 members of the cabinet) then it peters out.
This contrasts with the infinite line of succession to the British monarchy. Should all be killed or incapacitated - not inconceivable under the doomsday scenario envisaged by those in the shelters - it is not publicly known who might give the orders.
Congress Not Advised Of Shadow Government
Bush Calls Security 'Serious Business'
By Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, March 2, 2002; Page A01
Key congressional leaders said yesterday the White House did not tell them that President Bush has moved a cadre of senior civilian managers to secret underground sites outside Washington to ensure that the federal government could survive a devastating terrorist attack on the nation's capital.
Senate Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) said he had not been informed about the role, location or even the existence of the shadow government that the administration began to deploy the morning of the Sept. 11 hijackings. An aide to House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) said he similarly was unaware of the administration's move.
Among Congress's GOP leadership, aides to House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (Ill.), second in line to succeed the president if he became incapacitated, and to Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (Miss.) said they were not sure whether they knew.
Aides to Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W. Va.) said he had not been told. As Senate president pro tempore, he is in line to become president after the House speaker.
Bush acknowledged yesterday that the administration had taken extensive measures to guarantee "the continuity of government," after it was revealed that about 100 top officials, spanning every executive branch department, have been sent to live and work in two fortified locations on the East Coast. This system, in which high-ranking administrators are rotating in and out of the two sites, represents the first time a president has activated the contingency plan, which was devised during the Cold War of the 1950s so that federal rule could continue if Washington were struck by a catastrophic attack.
It was unclear yesterday whether any federal documents -- prepared either by the current White House or by Bush's predecessors dating to Dwight D. Eisenhower -- specify whether congressional leaders should be told if the plan is put into effect. At least one relatively general document, a 1988 executive order entitled "Assignment of Emergency Preparedness Responsibilities," said the White House's National Security Council "shall arrange for Executive branch liaison with, and assistance to, the Congress and the federal judiciary on national security-emergency preparedness matters."
The executive order, signed by President Ronald Reagan, is a precursor to documents outlining the contingency plans in greater detail, which have not been made public. Regardless of whether Bush had an obligation to notify legislative leaders, the congressional leaders' ignorance of the plan he set in motion could raise the question of how this shadow administration would establish its legitimacy with Congress in the event it needed to step in for a crippled White House.
At least some members of Congress suggested yesterday that the administration should have conferred about its plans, which were first reported in The Washington Post yesterday.
"There are two other branches of government that are central to the functioning of our democracy," said Rep. William Delahunt (D-Mass.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee. "I would hope the speaker and the minority leader would at least pose the question, 'What about us?' "
Other lawmakers said they believe the federal government lacks adequate plans to be certain that all three of its branches could function if terrorists disabled Washington.
White House officials did not elaborate on why the president did not consult with congressional leaders. "The president addressed this earlier today, and I will have to refer you to his comments," spokesman Taylor Gross said.
Speaking yesterday on a trip to Des Moines, Bush did not describe the deployment in detail. He said he had "an obligation as the president [to] put measures in place that, should somebody be successful in attacking Washington, D.C., [would guarantee] there's an ongoing government."
"This is serious business," the president said. "I still take the threats that we receive from al Qaeda killers and terrorists very seriously." He made clear the extent to which he believes that terrorism poses a lingering threat to the U.S. government. "That's one reason why the vice president was going to undisclosed locations," Bush told reporters.
"And I will tell you, there are people still in this world who want to harm America," the president said, vowing that "we're doing everything in our power to protect the American people."
At the Pentagon, which routinely rotates top military officials to secure locations, spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said: "It is absolute common sense, absolutely appropriate that the government should have all the parts and all the pieces in place so in case of a crisis, in case of an emergency, the government can and will continue to function."
The House and Senate each has a contingency plan. "Precautions have been taken and arrangements have been made to move the work of Congress to another location," Daschle said.
Bush made his remarks at the Printer Inc., a relatively small Des Moines business that the White House chose as a backdrop to tout changes the administration favors to the nation's pension laws. The printing plant assists workers with 401(k) plans and encourages them to take an active role in saving money for retirement.
For the second day in a row, Bush sought to draw attention to his plans for what he has begun to call "retirement security," a combination of pension changes and redesign of Social Security.
"You see, we're going to have to encourage more savings in America, because people are going to live longer lives," Bush said.
Alluding to his more controversial view that workers should be allow to invest some of their Social Security taxes in the stock market, Bush said: "We ought to do everything we can in Washington, D.C., to encourage people to own a piece of the future."
His visit to Iowa of slightly more than three hours followed a formula the White House has used since New Year's, as the president has begun to travel to states in which GOP candidates face tight races in the fall elections. These visits combine a forum to promote one of the administration's legislative priorities with a political fundraiser.
Bush attended a luncheon on behalf of Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa), a quiet conservative first elected in the "Republican Revolution" of 1994. He has easily won reelection since then, but his prospects are far less certain this year because his district -- until now heavily Republican -- has been redrawn to include more Democratic voters.
The luncheon raised $275,000 for Latham and $200,000 for the Iowa Republican Party.
This was Bush's fourth trip to Iowa since becoming president. The state is significant to the GOP's struggle to retain its majority in the House and to win back control of the Senate this fall -- and to Bush's reelection aspirations in two years. Bush narrowly lost the state to Vice President Al Gore in 2000.
Goldstein reported from Des Moines.
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Bush activates "shadow" government
Saturday, March 2, 2002 at 20:30 JST
WASHINGTON After the Sept 11 attacks, President George Bush set in motion a Cold War-era plan to keep the government running, sending civilian officials to live and work in secret bunkers outside Washington, administration officials said on Friday.
"This is serious business," Bush said of the necessity to ensure the continuity of the U.S. government in case of a catastrophic attack on the nation's capital.
"I have an obligation as the president, my administration has an obligation to the American people, to put measures in place, that should somebody be successful in attacking Washington, D.C., there's an ongoing government," he told reporters during a trip to Des Moines, Iowa.
Bush did not confirm details of a report in The Washington Post on Friday outlining contingencies for the survival of federal rule in the event of a crippling attack, but he said: "We take the continuity of government issue seriously because our nation was under attack. And I still take the threats we receive from al Qaeda killers and terrorists very seriously."
Administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Bush activated a Cold War-era plan to ensure the government would continue to operate immediately after hijackers slammed commercial aircraft into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon near Washington.
Initially a temporary measure, the program has been extended indefinitely, the officials said. It is one of several steps the Bush administration has taken to ensure continuity in the event of a catastrophic attack.
Vice President Dick Cheney's activities and whereabouts have been strictly shielded. He frequently works at a "secure, undisclosed location" and rarely appears in the same place as Bush. In a worst-case scenario, Cheney is next in line for the presidency and would need help to run the government.
Originally designed to withstand Cold War nuclear threats and dating back to the 1953-to-1961 presidency of Dwight Eisenhower, the plan was implemented out of concern that the al Qaeda network blamed for the Sept 11 attacks might obtain a portable nuclear weapon.
The administration officials stressed that U.S. intelligence had no specific knowledge of any such weapon. Activation of the government-in-waiting plan was a prudent precautionary measure, they said.
"Of course we're taking steps to ensure the continuity of government," one U.S. official said. "Anything less would be irresponsible. We are taking all necessary steps to ensure the job of government can continue in any circumstances."
Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said, "It is absolute common sense, absolutely appropriate that the government should have all the parts and all the pieces in place so in case of a crisis, in case of an emergency, the government can and will continue to function."
Under the classified "Continuity of Operations Plan," the Post reported, Bush has deployed a "shadow government" of about 100 senior civilian managers to live and work in fortified locations outside Washington.
The newspaper said high-ranking government officials representing various departments had begun rotating in and out of the assignment at one of two fortified locations along the East Coast.
A senior official involved in managing the program and quoted by the Post said the civilian force in the underground bunkers usually numbered 70 to 150, and "fluctuates based on intelligence" about terrorist threats.
In the event of a disabling blow to Washington, the underground government's first mission would be to prevent the collapse of essential functions, such as food and water supplies, transportation links, energy and telecommunications networks, public health and civil order. Later, it would begin to reconstitute the U.S. government.
Drawn from every Cabinet department and several independent agencies, those activated for what some call "bunker duty" live and work underground 24 hours a day, away from their families, the newspaper said.
Citing national security concerns, the administration officials declined to confirm the details of the Post report.
"I don't think it's appropriate to go into too many details of what we're doing and how we're doing it because one of the things you want to do is ensure the continuity of government," Clarke said. "So you don't want the bad guys to know where you're putting your people, what your plans are."
The Post said it had agreed to a White House request not to identify any of those deployed or identify the two principal locations of the shadow government.
During the Cold War era, a top-secret bunker was built under a wing of the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia for use by members of Congress and their families in the event of a nuclear attack on Washington. It was declassified in 1992 and is now open for tours. (Compiled from wire reports)
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THE SECRET SHADOW GOVERNMENT
A STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS
Mon Mar 4 18:06:01 2002
When martial law is declared there's no use for the congress, but alas,
they do have someplace to go...
Greenbrier bunker - washington post
Greenbrier bunker - PBS
Martial law and FEMA blah blah blah
or start with Anatomy of a Clampdown: An American Problem
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Where Uncle Sam Goes If Holocaust Comes To Town
Dave Eberhart, NewsMax.com
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001
President Bushs Sept. 11 hopscotching in Air Force One from Florida to Air Force bases in Louisiana and Nebraska before returning to Washington seemed frenetic but was, in fact, part of a fixed plan to safeguard the chief executive and succeed in a vital mission of the Continuity of Government Program (COG).
If the president had been sitting in the Oval Office at the time of the attacks rather than visiting a school in Sarasota, he would still have been whisked aboard Air Force One for an indefinite period of time a fact apparently not considered by critics of his itinerary that day.
According to rigid operating procedures of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the first line of defense for the president is not the fallout shelter beneath the East Wing of the White House, but a flying command post even more sophisticated than Air Force One and judged safer than any point on the ground.
A key presidential side trip of Sept. 11 was to Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., home to the National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC), where one of four converted 747-200s (code named "Kneecap) sat ready for takeoff with a full battle staff aboard. Known informally as "the doomsday planes, the official moniker of the flying NAOCs is "Night Watch.
With in-flight refueling, each of these planes can remain airborne for as long as three days before needing to return to the deck for a change of oil in the engines.
If the terrorist attacks had continued, national command and control would have left the skies and been grounded somewhere in a chain of secret and not-so-secret shelters for the president, other government leaders and critical personnel.
The "Federal Relocation Arc is a system of perhaps a hundred shelters for the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government agencies that sweeps through North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
For instance, the Pentagons safe house is located at a site called Raven Rock in Maryland. This sprawling 716-acre installation lies 650 feet below the surface. The staffers (about 350) go to work via portals in the mountainside. Amenities include shopping, a barbershop, medical clinic, dining, fitness facilities and a chapel.
Even large defense contractors, such as McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed, and AT&T, are said to have their own subterranean facilities.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of terror as an ill-defined enemys new weapon of choice, doomsday planners are reassessing crisis scenarios. Old relocation centers are under review. Some will be closed, with others converted to other uses.
As an example, the Federal Reserve Board had its relocation site in Culpeper, Va., until it was mothballed in July 1992. The 43,000-square-foot radiation-proof bunker was reported stocked with enough freeze-dried food to last 30 days. The new relocation site for the board appropriately remains a mystery.
As far as anyone will say, Mount Weather, code-named "High Point, is still the key facility in the sheltering arc. This is where the president, the Cabinet and the Supreme Court justices may be relocated in the event of a national emergency. High Point is a 61,000-square-foot mountain bunker near Berryville, Va. It has been around since the 1950s and is certainly no longer secret.
On Sept. 11, after departing from Louisianas Barksdale A.F.B, the Secret Service urged that the president be flown immediately not to Mount Weather but to Colorado Springs, where the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) underground bunker is located.
If Mount Weather, indeed, is no longer the jewel in the Federal Relocation Arc's crown, it would be tough to duplicate. One of the first of nearly 100 Federal Relocation Centers, it took years to complete and is more an underground city than an emergency bunker.
According to the Napa Sentinel, an underground installation with a COG function is under construction near the Oakville Grade in Napa County, Calif. Mysterious helicopter flights go in and out of the area. The Sentinel says "the secret government site is replacing other installations and combining them into one underground center. In any event, the real issue is how to get key personnel out of Washington and to these places of safety. The Marine helicopters of the presidential squadron at nearby Quantico, Va., cannot ferry them all.
U.S. Patent No. 3,693,731 details an apparatus for tunneling by melting. In part it describes "a machine and method for drilling bore holes and tunnels by melting in which a housing is provided for supporting a heat source and a heated end portion and in which the necessary melting heat is delivered to the walls of the end portion at a rate sufficient to melt rock and during operation of which the molten material may be disposed adjacent the boring zone in cracks in the rock and as a vitreous wall lining of the tunnel so formed.
In an allied development, MIT engineers Robert Salter and Frank P. Davidson tout their "Planetran concept for moving people rapidly through very long tunnels.
Planetran, according to Salter, is an "ultra-speed, electro-magnetically propelled and levitated transportation system. Such a system, say the engineers, could rocket passengers through bored tunnels across the United States in less than an hour "in a quiet, economical, fuel-conservative, and nonpolluting manner.
Congress already races around in electric carts through tunnels from one Washington office building to another. A system such as Planetran may one day shuttle government leaders in underground safety to locations in the nearby Federal Relocation Arc.
History of the NWO
Myron Fagan, has passed on, but his years of research will awaken many
Please take time to listen, as it will open your eyes to the history of the NWO.
(or the Modern Tower of Babel)
Myron Fagan's Illuminati and Council on Foreign Relations
Myron Fagan recorded his exposÚ on the Illuminati and Council on Foreign
Relations in the late 1960's on three LP Records. We present his lecture
in six parts representing each side of those Records.
Part 1: http://www.apfn.org/audio/fagan-one.mp3
Part 2: http://www.apfn.org/audio/fagan-two.mp3
Part 3: http://www.apfn.org/audio/fagan-three.mp3
Part 4: http://www.apfn.org/audio/fagan-four.mp3
Part 5: http://www.apfn.org/audio/fagan-five.mp3
Part 6: http://www.apfn.org/audio/fagan-six.mp3
Several members of the Alaska Legislature found Myron Fagan's exposÚ on the
Illuminati and Council on Foreign Relations to be of great importance and
had their staff members make a transcript. As you read, you will discover
the names, places and events that has brought us to the edge of President
George Bush's New World Order.
also The Illuminati and the CFR http://www.apfn.org/apfn/illuminati.htm
Deep Underground Military Bases and the Black Budget
Portable Nuke Was Headed to NYC, Said Informant
Time magazine reports that soon after 9-11, the U.S. government received intelligence reports that a 10-kiloton nuclear Russian bomb had been smuggled into New York and was being prepared for detonation. The weapon would have killed at least 100,000. The U.S. government continues to see the nuclear threat as very real: a "shadow government" is operating 24/7 in underground bunkers. The Cold War-style "Continuity of Operations Plan" has been revived by President Bush because of fears of a catastrophic nuclear attack on the nation's capitol. NewsMax.com's Col. Stanislav Lunev was the first to warn that Nuclear Devices Are Already Deployed Inside the United States! BREAKING: Nuclear Detection Devices Said in Place Around Capital and Where Does Uncle Sam Go if a Holocaust Comes to Town?
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