July 23, 2009
Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate met with several state governors to discuss “emergency preparedness,” according to a press release posted on FEMA’s website. “FEMA is committed to protecting and assisting our states and citizens during disasters,” said Fugate. “By working together and strengthening relationships at the state level, we can continue to build the national emergency response team which includes FEMA, as well as state, local, tribal and federal partners, the private sector and faith-based organizations. The work we are putting in now to build this team will go a long way during the next disaster.”
|Preparations are now underway for FEMA’s NLE 09.|
On Sunday, Fugate addressed governors from around the country at the National Governors Association conference in Biloxi, Mississippi, where he “discussed how FEMA can best support the states and their citizens as we prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters.”
FEMA does not specifically detail the “next disaster,” although Fugate had participated “in a video teleconference with governors and officials from over a dozen hurricane prone states on his first day as Administrator.”
Last October, investigative journalist Wayne Madsen learned from knowledgeable FEMA sources that the Bush administration had put the final touches on a plan that would see martial law declared in the United States with various scenarios anticipated as triggers. “The triggers include a continuing economic collapse with massive social unrest, bank closures resulting in violence against financial institutions, and another fraudulent presidential election that would result in rioting in major cities and campuses around the country,” explained Madsen.
An additional trigger has since emerged – a mass flu pandemic the government promises will occur this autumn.
In addition, Army Corps of Engineer sources told the journalist that the assignment of the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT) to the Northern Command’s U.S. Army North will augment FEMA and federal law enforcement in the imposition of traffic controls, crowd control, curfews, enhanced border and port security, and neighborhood patrols in the event a national emergency being declared. The BCT was assigned to duties in Iraq before being assigned to the Northern Command.
On July 3, Infowars reported on National Guard troops training to engage in combat with “militia” groups. In the exercises, held in Missouri and South Dakota, eight members of a Jefferson City-based battalion acted as a “fictitious militant group” and attacked military checkpoints and convoys.
On September 30, the Army Times reported that the BCT would be deployed in the United States under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks. The BCT mission “marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities,” Gina Cavallaro wrote for the Times. The military is prohibited under the Posse Comitatus Act from working with local law enforcement.
Madsen reported on a highly-classified document regarding the martial law scenario on April 3, 2008. “WMR has learned from knowledgeable sources within the US financial community that an alarming confidential and limited distribution document is circulating among senior members of Congress and their senior staff members that is warning of a bleak future for the United States if it does not quickly get its financial house in order. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is among those who have reportedly read the document.”
[efoods]The document is called “C & R,” short for “conflict” and “revolution.” It reportedly states that if the United States defaults on loans and debt underwriting from China, Japan, and Russia, all of which are propping up the United States government financially, and the United States unilaterally cancels the debts, America can expect a war that will have disastrous results for the United States and the world. “The other scenario is that the federal government will be forced to drastically raise taxes in order to pay off debts to foreign countries to the point that the American people will react with a popular revolution against the government.”
In November of 2008, noted trends forecaster Gerald Celente predicted revolution, food riots and tax rebellions in America by the year 2012. “Celente says that by 2012 America will become an undeveloped nation, that there will be a revolution marked by food riots, squatter rebellions, tax revolts and job marches, and that holidays will be more about obtaining food, not gifts,” Paul Joseph Watson wrote for Prison Planet. Celente accurately predicted the 1987 stock market crash and the fall of the Soviet Union.
More recently, Celente said “The Greatest Depression” will be called “Obamageddon” in America. “The measures taken by successive governments to save the politically corrupt, morally bankrupt, physically decrepit giant from collapse have served to only hasten its demise. While the decline has been decades in the making, the acceleration of ruinous policies under the current Administration is leading the United States – and much of the world – to the point of no return,” Celente wrote on July 1.
On July 27, FEMA will conduct National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09), scheduled to run through July 31. “NLE 09 will be the first major exercise conducted by the United States government that will focus exclusively on terrorism prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and recovery,” a FEMA factsheet states. It is designated as a Tier I National Level Exercise, or TOPOFF, which are exercises conducted annually in accordance with the National Exercise Program, “which serves as the nation’s overarching exercise program for planning, organizing, conducting and evaluating national level exercises,” according to FEMA.
In addition to the participation of domestic “partners,” the FEMA exercise will include foreign troops. “This year the United States welcomes the participation of Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom in NLE 09.” The FEMA factsheet does not explain why the participation of foreign troops is necessary.
In February, D. H. Williams, reporting for the Daily Newscaster, revealed meetings held between FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, and Indiana county municipal officials in the vicinity of Chicago. The feds allegedly told the officials that every county in the country would be required to prepare a Hazard Mitigation Plan, including plans to vaccinate the entire population within 48 hours and prepare mass graves. In addition, according to Williams’ source, the county was asked to make plans for “hardening” police and fire stations, putting in hardened bunker type buildings around town, and draft up plans for the possibility of up to 400,000 refugees from Chicago entering the county.
Infowars and Prison Planet have been at the forefront of an effort to document the existence of mass graves, specifically in Phoenix and Houston. In April of this year, The Jones Report detailed the storage of thousands of plastic coffin liners in Alabama.
Finally, it should be noted that FEMA was organized specifically for martial law. On July 5, 1987, the Miami Herald reported on the existence of camps operated by FEMA “should martial law need to be implemented in the United States.” The existence of the camps and Rex 84 — short for Readiness Exercise 1984 — came to light during the Iran-Contra hearings.
“And there you have it,” writes Allen L Roland, “the real purpose of FEMA is to not only protect the government but to be its principal vehicle for martial law…. This is why FEMA could not respond immediately to the Hurricane Katrina disaster — humanitarian efforts were no longer part of its job description under the Department of Homeland Security.”
The FEMA press release states that the feds are conducting a large exercise in order to respond to “emergencies and disasters,” when in fact they are conducting a martial law exercise with not only state, local, and tribal “partners,” but foreign troops as well.