In the last month we have learned that Dick Cheney was eager to urge an Israeli attack on Iran to provoke an Iranian counterattack on Israel, and thereby take the United States into another Middle Eastern war. In the last week we have learned that declassified NSA transcripts prove conclusively that the US government lied to us for 40 years to cover up the truth of Israel’s premeditated attempt to sink the USS Liberty and kill its crew during their Six-Day War. Friday we saw George W. Bush insisting on TV that his government would never dream of committing torture — even as reports were surfacing to prove that the lie he was telling had been a lie since he began telling us three years ago. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, since by now we know that the Bush administration is capable of anything.
A Past Prologue: From 9/11 to Noble Resolve
"... Some choose to view this exercise as sinister — a pretext for a nuclear attack by the U.S. military on American citizens, according to some fevered speculation . . ."
"‘Noble’ is good, not grand" — Editorial, The Oregonian, Aug. 10, 2007
9/11/01 didn’t just happen out of the blue. It was set up by simultaneous military exercises under the control of Cheney, who was in the bunker before any New York or Washington attacks, giving orders to various strategic commands. Accordingly, the United States was stripped of its air cover by design, allowing airliners to penetrate America’s most impenetrable air space to attack New York and Washington, D.C.
Likewise, the 7/7/05 London bombings were pre-planned. Around 1,000 local police and national agents were supplemented by private contractors as they simulated terrorist bombings on the city’s transportation system — on the very day of the attack occurred. Official fingerprints were all over the London bombings, which happened on the exact vehicles, in the exact places and at the exact times designated for the exercise scenario.
After 9/11 a supercharged Bush administration declared North America a military zone under Northern Command (Northcom), and established the Homeland Security Agency (Homeseca) to nationalize police powers. In the years since, Northcom and Homeseca have been filled with Bush loyalists and true believers, and they regularly conduct terror drills to practice what they would do in case of catastrophic terrorism — like what happened on 9/11 in the United States and 7/7 in the United Kingdom.
In August, national military and police forces carried out the terror drill Noble Resolve, focused on Portland as the simulated target of a 10-kiloton nuclear device. Investigating journalists found that top officials zigged and zagged in reply to straight questions about what they were going to do, were doing or had done. Various military commands offered varying explanations, and sometimes outright contradictions, as to the nature of the exercise. Portland Mayor Tom Potter claimed ignorance, and accordingly he ignored it all. A few days before the exercise, the US House Homeland Security Committee formally requested access to the troubling dictatorship directive, NSPD 51, just announced by Bush in May and reputed to have been connected with Noble Resolve. In reply, a few days later they were formally told to go fly a kite by the White House. The Portland media remained mum throughout the exercise — except for a few stories attacking those with questions as conspiracy theorists and left-wing lunatics.
A Present Possibility: TOPOFF and Vigilant Shield
"It’s hard to know what’s scarier: the idea of responding to a terrorist attack in Portland or the idea that the government is using a drill as a pretext to seize power, declare martial law and, possibly, attack Iran."
"Different shades of unthinkable" — Editorial, The Oregonian, Oct. 2, 2007
In a little over a week, the largest terror drill in US history will focus on Portland again. TOPOFF, Oct. 15-19, is designed give "Top Officials" a chance to react to a catastrophic scenario — a "dirty nuke" terror attack uncomfortably similar to the Noble Resolve nuke attack of two months ago.
The Bush administration will be running more than one exercise — just as it did on 9/11. Joining TOPOFF will be Vigilant Shield, which intelligence insiders believe will practice the dictatorship directive, NSPD 51. The name "Vigilant Shield" brings to mind "Vigilant Guardian," the 9/11/2001 Air Force exercise that pulled away fighter aircraft supposed to guard mainland America and sent them off to counter a simulated Russian attack in Alaska. Vigilant Guardian may also have been simulating hijacked aircraft, thereby confusing the few remaining fighter aircraft guarding us. Given that Vigilant Guardian was anything but a vigilant guardian on the day of the last U.S. terror attack, just how reassured should we feel by the feel-good name of Vigilant Shield?
The twin exercises TOPOFF and Vigilant Shield will mobilize as many as 20,000 federal, state, local and tribal officials. The nuclear attack envisioned for Portland is also slated for Guam and Phoenix.
A Future Fait Accompli? The Judeo-Christian Jihad
"We should remember that Iran, like Iraq, is a third-world nation without a significant military. Nothing in history hints that she is likely to invade a neighboring country, let alone do anything to America or Israel. I am concerned, however, that a contrived . . . incident may occur to gain popular support for an attack on Iran."
Congressman Ron Paul to the U.S. House of Representatives, Jan. 11, 2007
Public confidence in our ruling elites is at an all-time low. Only 30% of the people approve of the Bush administration, and fewer than that approve of Congress. Fewer still believe what they see, hear and read from the mainstream media, and they are turning to the Internet, which is becoming the printing press of our Second American Revolution. Were there another "coincidental" occurrence of a terror strike during the upcoming TOPOFF / Vigilant Shield terror exercises, it would solve a slew of problems for the worst government in U.S. history.
If the politicians and presstitutes could convince an increasingly skeptical public that Al Qaeda, and not "Al CIA-duh," was behind the attack, then it would undercut the antiwar and anti-government movement now coalescing behind outsider presidential candidate Ron Paul. Congressman Paul already ranks equal to the other Republican hopefuls in likelihood to gain his party’s presidential nomination, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers, and his nomination would be an existential threat to Bush’s neocon cabal. A President Paul might take action to back up his stated views that 9/11 needs to be genuinely investigated, that the post-9/11 police state needs to be rolled back, and that a military-industrial-media complex bent on Middle Eastern adventurism needs to be straightened out.
At least one foreign government would also be pleased if the United States were re-energized by a follow-up 9/11 attack: Israel. Official rumors abound worldwide that the Bush administration has promised its pro-Israel power base, made up of both Jewish and Christian Zionists, an attack on Iran. Journalist Seymour Hersh has been writing and speaking about the prospective attack, and the Jewish journalist isn’t shy about saying that the Jewish Lobby is pushing for for all its worth to get us into an Iran war. When the Iranian president visited the United Nations earlier this month, the hue and cry against him had little to do with American issues, and a great deal to do with Jewish issues of defending the Holocaust and Israel. The Israeli bellicosity toward Iran — carried out through their American proxy — made for interesting reading in a Ha’aretz article on May 18: "Poll: 71% of Israelis want U.S. to strike Iran if talks fail."
Last month the Bush administration sent loose nukes into motion across America, locked and loaded onto B-52s — then tried to tell anyone still paying attention to the mainstream media that the loose nukes had been a bush league slip-up. A few days later, the Department of Energy announced that it was gathering up loose nuclear material with the press release "Department of Energy Announces Decision to Consolidate Surplus Plutonium in South Carolina." That consolidation is on going now, just before the TOPOFF / Vigilant Guardian terror drills involving dirty nukes begin. DOE specifies that it will be taking the radioactive stuff from Oregon’s West Coast neighbors, California and Washington. That means that the dirty nuke material necessary to take the Portland nuclear scenario from plot to production may just be passing through their city during the terror drills.
A free people should always be anxious when the worst-case scenario for them just happens to be the best-case scenario for their rulers, especially when that scenario is being set up before their eyes.
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Captain May is a former Army military intelligence and public affairs officer, as well as a former NBC editorial writer. His political and military analyses have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Houston Chronicle and Military Intelligence Magazine. He is the leader of the Portland Nuclear Inquest, a group of concerned citizens monitoring and discussing the TOPOFF / Vigilant Shield terror exercises. Interested readers can join at: http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/Portland-Nuclear-Inquest.
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