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Secret USA Global Shadow Government (Ver.7)
10 Mar 2002
Secret USA Global Shadow Government (Ver.7)
COG : Continuity Of GovernmentSecret Global Shadow Government (Ver.7)
AMY:"Your listening to Democracy Now, I'm Amy Goodman, this from today's Washington Post,Tensions over the Bush administration'ssharing of information with Congress flared anew on Tuesday as the White House excluded the House Democratic leader from a confidential briefing and Bush aides swapped charges with lawmakers about who was told of White House contingency plans dealing with a hypothetical nuclear attack on Washington.House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt first learned from a reporter about the classified briefing for congressional leaders this week on the contingency plans, this according to his aides. White House press secretary Ari Fleischer blamed a "scheduling matter" and said Gephardt had "already been talked to," which Gephardt's aides said was untrue.The White House also disputed lawmakers' claims that they had not been advisedof the administration's contingency plans, reported last week in The Washington Post, involving scores of career government officials taking rotations in underground bunkers outside of Washington. West Virginia Democratic Senator Robert Byrd who as Senate president pro tempore is third in line to the presidency said Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle had said they were not informed of the plans.The White House released records showing that the secretary of the Senate and the Senate sergeant at arms had been briefed Sept. 22. Administration officials said the briefing included a tour of one of the facilities. They said Byrd was offered a similar briefing Sept. 24 but declined. In a statement, the two Senate officials said the briefing was not about executive branch contingency plans.[White House, Hill Democrats at Odds  By Dana Milbank and John LancasterWashington Post Staff Writers  Wednesday, March 6, 2002; Page A04][Congress Not Advised Of Shadow Government SaturdayBy Amy Goldstein and Juliet EilperinWashington Post Staff WritersMarch 2, 2002; Page A01]
Well were now going to turn to Part 2 of our in depth look at Washington's Secret Shadow Government as reported on Democracy Now yesterday President Bush has dispatched about a hundred senior civilian managers to live and work secretly outside Washington. Bush has activated for the first time, long standing plans to insure survival of Federal rule after catastrophic attack on the Nations Capital. We turn now to Chris [Christopher] Simpson associate professor of communications at American University in Washington D.C.[]He is the author of the bookBlowback [:America's Recruitment of Nazis and Its Effects on the Cold War - Mar. 1988] andWar Crimes of the Deutsche Bank and the Dresdner Bank [:OMGUS Reports - Jan. 2002][Universities and Empire : Money and Politics in the Social Sciences During the Cold War - Mar.
1998][Science of Coercion : Communication Research and Psychological Warfare 1945-1960 - Apr.
1996 ][National Security Directives of the Reagan and Bush Administrations : The Declassified History of U.S. Political and Military Policy, 1981-1991 - Mar. 1995]. [The Splendid Blonde Beast : Money, Law, and Genocide in the Twentieth Century - Mar. 1993]
He is an expert on U.S. intelligence agencies and operations. I spoke with him yesterday, and asked him what this Shadow Government is, and where it is operating."
CHRIS"The Continuity Of Government programs are rooted in the United States nuclear weapons strategy.That's were they came from, that was their main motivation for creating a Government in waiting. Right now, they are located at Ravens Rock [Site-R] which is in Pennsylvania, a bit east of Waynesboro, [Site R is secure, but it's not undisclosed ]and most likely a second installation at Mt. Weather in Virginia[Mount Weather ]."
AMY"And explain what this is, what COG the Continuity Of Government is and why it has been kept so secret."
CHRIS"Continuity Of Government is simply a plan to keep the central Government operating in the event of a nuclear war. From there it was expanded to keep the Government operating in the event of a domestic rebellionor act of terrorism or other unspecified crisis, natural disaster, and so on.What's happened in this administration, is the declaration of a state of emergency, that has spurred the actual practice, in the installation of this Shadow Government. The decisions that have been made thus far, to the extent that they have been made public,Are in parallel with the public decisions of the administration, at lease for the most part.The more disturbing aspect of the Shadow Government, is that it creates an apparatus, in waiting, that is an invitation, to abuse, in a whole variety of manors.Basically, it's the executive branch, particularly appointed officials, in the executive branch,who have been tasked, to carry out a War On Terrorism, which is undefined, which the enemies of which, are undefined, except to say they, they include just about everybody, sooner or latter,and which, according to the Administration, is supposed to go on for the rest of our lives.This is, very disturbing."
AMY"But what exactly are they doing every day. I mean, you have. Where did you say you think these two locations are, that the Washington Post said, The White House asked them not to reveal?"
CHRIS"One is at Ravens Rock [Site-R] in Pennsylvania, which is a bit east of Waynesboro Pennsylvania, [Site R is secure, but it's not undisclosed ]and the other, most likely location, is at Mt. Weather in Virginia, also in the Appalachian Mountains. [Mount Weather ].Both of those sites, are reasonably well known to people who follow this sort of thing.The Raven's Rock site, the existence of it, was broadcast on CNN several months ago,and Mount Weather has been known, for ohhh, at least two decades,as a site for Continuity Of Government operations.So the literal sites, are not the secret, that the present administration, makes them out to be.There seems to be basically, a reflex secrecy, that they which to maintain, about this sort of thing.The question is what are these people doing.Now, officially, or to listen to the, press statements;their Government managers, who are, sort of, supposed to be waiting around, for some sort of cataclysmic attack on the central Government in Washington, at which time they will spring into action, and be a backup, Government.Well, the problem with these claims is that simply isn't the way that governments work.You can't, have, you can certainly put several hundred people in waiting underneath a mountain,but if they are actually to be capable of running a government, and surly ,Ashcroft, and Bush, so forth know this, they have to be, running the Government. They have to be, actually active in policy decisions, implantation of policy, and so on.That's what they are doing.Now, to the best, of my knowledge, and to the best of, to the extent that this has been made public,Their, coordinating a War On Terrorism, particularly anti-terrorist initiatives, for the various agencies, and that type of thing.The problem here is illustrated from the old Iran-Contra affair.What happened there, among other things, was that very good regulation, and oversight of the intelligence agencies, and so forth, had been set up, in the wake of the, scandals of the 1970's where it was revealed that the CIA had large scale domestic programs in the United States, that they engaged in, assassination operations, so forth and so on.Well, what, the Reagan Administration did, was to use, the National Security Council, for the purpose of covert operations, and that had never really been thought of before, frankly, and so there was no over sight of it.It was all, Executive branch, it was all, you know, Presidential privilege, and so that, there was very little publicity about it, at least at first."
AMY"So, that's a key point, that it's not just a Shadow Government, used for the future, incase of, a total catastrophe, but it's actually a Shadow Government operating, right now."
CHRIS"That's correct, and it must be, and by that I mean that, organizations of people, don't sustain themselves if they just sit there, and they just wait. That simply isn't the way organizations thrive, so, what happens is that their given a particular task, and in this context, that task, is advancing the Administrations, so called War On Terrorism.Then the next question comes: Well what exactly is that?And the more closely one looks at the War On Terrorism, the more disturbing it becomes, for it's, actual and it's potential, abuses of American Citizens."
AMY"Maybe the War On Terrorism, is not the reason for, but the excuse for, the Shadow Government, to operate."
CHRIS"Well, your making a good point, but, I'm not sure, let's see, your making a good point, but, what's going on here, is, that, these words are being used to tie people in knots. The War On Terrorism, is a code word, for a very far [reaching] War on decent, on disagreement, on the, disintegration, or the, dis integration, if you will, of the central Government, in Washington. Despite, what, it often appears, it's very difficult to run the Government at all, and there's some question, frankly, as to weather it can be said that the President, or anybody else, is running the Government. So what these Administrations do, is to try to, try to control this gigantic bureaucratic machine, that holds the authorities, the power structure, together, and they can't control that machine very well, and the machine is, creaky, and it tends to break down. To the extent, that they can, these Administrations, rely on propaganda, and if necessary, violence, to maintain that apparatus. I think it's a very real question, as to whether or not they can succeed in maintaining that apparatus."
AMY"Where talking to Christopher Simpson he's associate professor of communications at American University, author of a number of books.What about the crack down on information, how it's becoming increasingly difficult under the Bush Administration, with his Executive Orders, cracking specifically down on, Freedom Of Information Act requests, talking about Presidential libraries, now not releasing information, to get information precisely about issues like these, that were discussing, and the Shadow Government, that's operating today in, Virginia and Pennsylvania."
CHRIS"I think the first key to doing that is to use a bit of historical perspective. For example the National Security Directives that lay out this basic plan for a Shadow Government, it's procedures, it's step one step two step three, so forth, these became public in the wake of the Iran-Contra scandal, some of them became public in the Bush Administration, some in the Clinton Administration, (the first Bush Administration I meant, and the Clinton Administration) so when somebody starts talking about a Shadow Government or Government In Waiting, you can at least go back and see what the policy documents from the 1980's and before, had to say, and that tends to give a person a framework for understanding the little threads and slips of information that squeeze their way out despite the Administrations efforts to keep them secret."
AMY"Hmm ... you wrote the book Blowback [:America's Recruitment of Nazis and Its Effects on the Cold War - Mar. 1988]about ... Nazis being requited after World War 2, by the United States.Can you talk about how that relates to what we are looking at today in Afghanistan, this whole notion of Blowback, and start by explaining what it is?"
CHRIS"Sure ... Blowback is ... a Intelligence jargon term for a Covert Action that begins overseas, ... and it goes bad, and it blows up in the face of the Agency or the Government that's sponsoring it,it blows back on them. ...There's a number of ways ... that the post World War 2, period, the lessons from that, ... are useful today.But one of the clearest ones, is that, when there is a turnover in a regime, ... or a change of Government,the political police, for the most part, ... are, tied to the old machine.In the case of Nazi Germany, there was the SS, and they where ... particularly the SS, ... where, mass murders., ... fundamentally the same sort of procedure, ... is underway now, as far as, recruiting defectors, recruiting ... disaffected political elements, particularly political police,from ... regimes where the United States is intervening."
AMY"That is, Christopher Simpson, professor of communications at American University in Washington DC..You are listening to Democracy Now [ (tv show) show) ]."[ ] Wednesday, March 6, 2002( ) The U.S. Forms a Shadow Government ... Part 2"22:17.6"
COG has the authority to launch nuclear weapons without asking permission.COG's key decision makers are partisan politicians appointed by Bush.COG is made up of federal agencies such as DOE Department of Energy, who make and deploy nuclear weapons.[ ] Tuesday, March 5, 2002 Democracy Now! (radio & tv show)( ) The U.S. Forms a Shadow Government ... Part 1"8:28.1"( ) White House Briefs Top Lawmakers ) Bush Leaves Daschle in the Dark
"Senate Majority Leader Daschle knew or certainly should have known that there are contingency plans
for a shadow government. But he apparently did not know that the Bush administration had begun actually operating one. ... Once the story broke in the news media, the Bush administration began portraying this submerged security apparatus as a relatively innocuous government-in-waiting that would spring into action only after a catastrophic attack on Washington, D.C. -- as though it were something like a patriotic insurance policy. That picture is quite misleading. First, every bureaucracy has to remain active if it is to survive at all. In this case, the shadow government is tasked with organizing a significant escalation of 'war on terrorism' tactics that the Bush administration plans to carry out during the next federal
budget cycle. Second, this incident provides a glimpse into the administration's bunker mentality. In this case, the entire legislative branch of the U.S. government was seen in the White House as so dangerous in a crisis that it supposedly required the president to create a secret, unelected, emergency government, the key personalities of which are the administration's own political appointees. ... This shadow government is not a 'security measure.' It is an attack on the democratic process itself."[ ] Tuesday, March 5, 2002( ) Shadow Government
"With recent revelations that the Bush administration set about to create a secret shadow government in two underground bunkers near Washington (assumed to be one operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] at Mount Weather, Virginia, and another operated by the Defense Department at Raven Rock Mountain [Site R], near Waynesboro, Pennsylvania), it is worth looking at the history of U.S. government list keeping and plans to incarcerate political subversives. And that history, ironically or perhaps not, involves Wackenhut. In 1977, the U.S. Privacy Protection Study Commission discovered that Wackenhut had compiled a list of 2.5 million U.S. citizens it considered to be 'subversive.' In addition to people who had been subpoenaed to appear before the now-defunct (soon to be resurrected?) House
Un-American Activities Committee, it contained the names of individuals culled from newspaper clipping services and Wackenhut's own private investigative business. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed Executive Order 12148 which transformed the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency into the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA was to become responsible for coordinating Federal civil defense and other emergency relief activities within the USA. However, when Ronald Reagan took over the presidency in 1981, he named his old California National Guard chief, retired General Louis
Giuffrida, as his emergency czar. Giuffrida had a tainted image as California's National Guard commander. He drew up lists of 'militant Negroes' who were to be rounded up in emergencies. He designed 'Operation Cable Splicer,' which kept track of political dissidents in California, especially anti-Vietnam War protesters. When Giuffrida took over the reins at FEMA, he began to embark on similar projects. FEMA began to store some 12,000 names it had obtained from the FBI's domestic intelligence files. FBI Director William Webster was so outraged at this interference in FBI matters he forced FEMA to turn the list back to the FBI. FEMA's surveillance lists may have included at least 100,000 U.S. citizens who were assumed to be potential threats to security. These included the names of environmentalists, survivalists, and tax protesters (in 2002, these are the new terrorists). Wackenhut is reportedly a major contractor to FEMA. With FEMA now running a shadow government, there is a real possibility that the 'subversive' lists for which both FEMA and Wackenhut have an affinity are once again being dusted
off and updated. The USA PATRIOT Act, drawn up in a frenzy only matched in history by the scrapping of the German Constitution in the wake of the Reichstag Fire, certainly criminalizes a range of what can be construed as 'political crimes' against The State. The State's prison-industrial complex, therefore, stands to benefit from a whole new population of 'criminal.' And what does Congress say about Bush setting up a shadow government? They never knew about it! According to The Washington Post, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said he 'had not been informed about the role, location or even the existence of the shadow government.' House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt said he 'was unaware of the administration's move.' Senator Robert Byrd, the Senate President pro tempore, third in line to succeed the President, was also not informed. Aides to House Speaker Dennis Hastert, second in succession, also expressed bewilderment. The Bush-Cheney 'regime,' that being the only descriptor that comes to mind for it, is playing fast and loose with the U.S. Constitution,
demonstrating that they are not upholding the oath of office they took on January 20, 2001. America must come out of its catatonic state. It is time to recall the words of Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in his famous book, The Gulag Archipelago: 'And how we burned in the camps latter, thinking: What would things have been like if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? After all, you knew ahead of time that those bluecaps were out at night
for no good purpose. And you could be sure ahead of time that you'd be cracking the skull of a cutthroat. Or what about the Black Maria sitting out there on the street with one lonely chauffeur---what if it had been driven off or its tires spiked? The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst; the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more, we had no awareness of the real situation. We spent ourselves in one unrestrained outburst in 1917, and then we hurried to submit. We submitted with pleasure! We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.'The United Nations must recognize that one of its founding members is drifting dangerously towards totalitarianism - a prospect that endangers the peace and freedom of the entire world. Perhaps it's time they intervene."[ ] Sunday, March 3, 2002( ) The Caliguliam American Justice System
[ ] Monday , March 4, 2002( ) Government Gone Underground
[ ] Monday , March 4, 2002( ) Press Ethics in Shadows ) Fed to Give Banks Disaster Guidance ) Ridge Refuses to Testify to Senate
[ ] Sunday , March 3, 2002( ) Where Bush Casts Our "Shadow" Gov't ) Backup-plan secrecy creates rift ) Fears Prompt U.S. to Beef Up Nuclear Terror Detection
[ ] Saturday , March 2, 2002( ) Congress Not Advised Of Shadow Government
"COG ... Continuity Of Government ...[is a]  Secret ... [USA] Shadow Government ...Activated ... Sept. 11 [2001]for the first time [in USA History] ...[and] has evolved into an indefinite precaution."[ ] Friday, March 1, 2002( ) Shadow Government Is at Work in Secret (WP article) ) Shadow Government (video) ) Shadow Government Activated for U.S. (AP article)
( ) Shadow U.S. government in place
COG under Reagan & Bush:search for "Rex-84" "REX 84" "Night Train" "Cable Splicer"( ) The Rise of the National Security State: FEMA and the NSC    by Diana Reynolds (excellent) (CAIB article has 33 footnotes)    Covert Action Information Bulletin    #33 Winter 1990 ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
( ) Bringing the War Home    From New Times, 28 November 1975
( ) The 70 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time    p27(8)  Chapter  4: FEMA    32 Jonathan Vankin 1998 ISBN 08 06 51 83
( ) The COINTELPRO Papers (search for "Rex")
( ) A man-made disaster
( ) The Assassinations
( ) The Disaster Agency (FEMA)
( ) Civilian Detention Camps    by Carl Jensen (excellent article)
( ) The Daniel P. Sheehan lecture of 1986 (Transcript) ) 1986 Censored & Contragate: The Costa Rica Connection ) Sheehan, Daniel P. ) Attorney Daniel Sheehan's Affidavit Dec 1986     {reproduced in EIR Special Report:,    `` Project Democracy: The `Parallel Government'     behind the Iran-Contra Affair ''     (Washington, D.C.: Executive Intelligence Review, 1987),      pp. 249-50.} ;   (Control-F search for "Sheehan") ; ; ; ) The Right-Wing Roots of Sheehan's "Secret Team" Theory ; ) Rightist Influences on the Christic Institute Theories
( )  National I.D. Card &     U.S. Concentration Camps     FEMA and the REX 84 Program     (Control-F  and search for "REX")
( ) American Concentration Camps
( ) U.S. Concentration Camps
( ) National Security Directives of the Reagan and Bush Administrations     Christopher Simpson 1995 (University Library)
( ) Presidents Directives on National Security from Truman to Clinton     Microfiche guide/index 1994 (University Library)
( ) Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents  1950 to present    Office of the Federal Register,     National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.
( ) Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders      1/20/61 to 1/20/85     Office of the Federal Register,     National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.   P.L. 100-69 Congressional Quarterly Almanac XLIV 1988   U.S.Code Congressional and Administrative News Vol.33
( ) Underground Bases and Tunnels     by Richard Sauder
( ) Deep Subject    Aviation Week Apr. 29 1996
( ) Russia Builds Mammoth Underground Complex    New York Times Apr. 16 1996
( ) Study Reveals US has spent $4 Trillion on Nukes    Christian Science Monitor Jul. 12 1995
( ) Bashful Bunker Reveals its Secrets     Glasgow Herald  May 22 1995
( ) The Doomsday Blueprints    Time Aug. 10 1992 p32(8)
( ) Doomsday Hideaway     Time  Dec. 9 1991 p26(4)
( ) Democracy at Risk If Covert Bill Passes    AnotherView    Los Angeles Daily News  Sep. 19 1990
( ) The Backbone of Hidden Government     The Nation  Jun. 19 1989
( ) America's Doomsday Project    U.S. News & World Report Aug. 7 1989
( ) Bigger Secrets (Chapter on Mount Weather)     William Poundstone 1989  ISBN 03 95 53 00 83
( ) Bureaucrats Get Ready for a Presidential Order     The Spotlight Jul. 27 1987
( ) North Helped Revise Wartime Plans     Miami Herald  Jul. 9 1987
( ) The Take-Charge Gang    The Progressive May. 1985 p 1(8)
( ) Lawyers Press U.S. on Martial Law Plan     Chicago Tribune  Aug. 15 1983
( ) The Mysterious Mountain    The Progressive Mar. 1976 p12(5) ; ;
( ) Re-Framing Dissent as Criminal Subversion    by Covert Action Quarterly #41 Summer 1992
( ) Smoke & Mirrors     (Nixon's Drug War  to destroy anyone left of ultra right)    by Dan Baum 1996
( ) All The Laws But One    by William H. Rehnquist 1998
( ) Hitler's Justice: Courts of The Third Reich    by Ingo Muller
( ) Missing    by [MCA video] 1982 with Jack Lemmon( ) Missing: Execution of Charles Herman    by Thomas Hauser 1978, 1988
( ) Dr. Strangelove    [Film or Video] 95 minutes    Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Director Stanley Kubrick 1963 ; ; ) Dr. Strangelove    by  Peter George 1999 IS8N 18 53 75 31 06( ) Two Hours to Doom    by Peter George 1963
( ) Report From Iron Mountain     on the Possibility and Desirability of Peace    by Leonard Levin 1967
( ) The Forbin Project    [Film or Video] 1963 ) Colossus    by  D. F. Jones 1985  IS8N 04 25 07 64 82 (or) 0425032299
( ) War Games    [Film or Video]
( ) Andromeda Strain    by Michael Crichton 1969, 1993 ; ;
( ) Control,7286,VID-V++++10891,00.htm
( ) Asteroid     [Film or Video] Annabella Sciorra and Michael Biehn
( ) The Time Machine    H.G. Wells
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