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Posted by CmdrTaco
Oldsmobile writes "On Monday, June 19, about 4,000 government workers representing more than 50 federal agencies will say goodbye to their families and set off for dozens of classified emergency facilities stretching from the Maryland and Virginia suburbs to the foothills of the Alleghenies. They will take to the bunkers in an "evacuation" that sources describe as the largest "continuity of government" exercise ever conducted, a drill intended to prepare the U.S. government for an event even more catastrophic than the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The vast secret operation has updated the duck-and-cover scenarios of the 1950s with state-of-the-art technology -- alerts and updates delivered by pager and PDA, wireless priority service, video teleconferencing, remote backups -- to ensure that "essential" government functions continue undisrupted in an emergency."
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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 04, 2006 @01:16PM (#15467152)
    Because as we all know the 2000 and 2004 elections lead to.... ... less intrusive government ... enforcemnent of the bills of rights ... a balanced budget ... seperation of church and state ... more fair tax assessments for the suffering rich ... a golden age in stem cell and evolutionary science ... better foreign relations ... security for Americans caught in natural disasters ... protections of the human rights of prisoners of war ... action to protect the environment we live in

    Yupper great steps forward.

      Heck even the Libetarians would be worth a shot if it wasn't for the fact William Crystol works for Murdock. This is the problem that occurs when successful businessmen also try to pretend they are philosophers. They really are clueless about the subject matter beyond cherry picking a few facts to suit their greedy needs.

        The term "greed" exist for a reason you know.

  • 9/11 was a local disaster affecting one municipality.

    Two municipalities. Let's not forget that a lot of people died at the Pentagon; a former co-worker of mine [ucsb.edu] was on that plane.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 04, 2006 @02:46PM (#15467646)
    *sigh* how easily we forget history. Watch those old training films. Hiding under a desk or picnic blanket will provide protection in the event of a nuclear attack.

    If you see the flash of a nuclear explosion, and if you're not already dead, then it probably means that you and the building you're in will be hit with a powerful shock wave in a few seconds.

    So yes, getting under a desk is an extremely good idea. Just getting down on the floor or ground is a good move. If you are standing up, you will be thrown around a lot more.

    The very worst thing is to think: Gee whiz, what the hell was that, stand up, and walk over to the window to look outside. Unfortunately, it's also the natural human reaction. If you read the accounts of Hiroshima survivors, it's clear that, because of this natural reaction, there was a lot of death and injury in the zone where you get a few seconds warning.

    The other things to know are to leave the city, since the part which is not flattened will be burning down for a while, and to avoid fallout -- especially eating or drinking anything contaminated by fallout.

    Obviously you're going to have very many people killed in any nuclear attack on a population center. But if you have advice that could save five or ten percent of those people, it would be very wrong not to give it out. It's much the same as training for earthquakes, tornadoes, or fires.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 04, 2006 @07:41PM (#15468959)
    Here is a reference from Aug 22, 2002 that at least confirms that the AP ran the above copied story on Aug 21. This came from a search on LexisNexis.

    Source:News & Business > Combined Sources > Wire Service Stories
    Terms: "small corporate jet would crash" and date geq (06/04/2001)

    NRO Had Planned Plane Crash Exercise For Morning Of 9/11. The Bulletin's Frontrunner August 22, 2002 Thursday

    Copyright 2002 Bulletin Broadfaxing Network, Inc.
    The Bulletin's Frontrunner

    August 22, 2002 Thursday

    SECTION: Terrorism News

    LENGTH: 268 words

    HEADLINE: NRO Had Planned Plane Crash Exercise For Morning Of 9/11.

    BODY:
    The AP (8/21, Lumpkin) reports that in "what the government describes as a bizarre coincidence, one US intelligence agency was planning an exercise last Sept. 11 in which an errant aircraft would crash into one of its buildings. But the cause wasn't terrorism -- it was to be a simulated accident." Officials "at the Chantilly, Va.-based National Reconnaissance Office had scheduled an exercise that morning in which a small corporate jet would crash into one of the four towers at the agency's headquarters building after experiencing a mechanical failure. The agency is about four miles from the runways of Washington Dulles International Airport." Agency officials "came up with the scenario to test employees' ability to respond to a disaster, said spokesman Art Haubold." But no "actual plane was to be involved -- to simulate the damage from the crash, some stairwells and exits were to be closed off, forcing employees to find other ways to evacuate the building." Haubold said, "It was just an incredible coincidence that this happened to involve an aircraft crashing into our facility. As soon as the real world events began, we canceled the exercise." Haubold added that "terrorism was to play no role in the exercise, which had been planned for several months." The AP adds, "Adding to the coincidence, American Airlines Flight 77 -- the Boeing 767 that was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon -- took off from Dulles at 8:10 a.m. on Sept. 11, 50 minutes before the exercise was to begin. It struck the Pentagon around 9:40 a.m., killing 64 aboard the plane and 125 on the ground."

    LOAD-DATE: August 22, 2002

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