Is America Preparing for Martial Law?
by Michel Chossudovsky
www.globalresearch.ca 10 April 2005
The URL of this article is: http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO504B.html
The Department of Homeland Security recently carried out an extensive anti-terrorist exercise entitled TOPOFF 3 (April
4-8, 2005). The "drill" was described by officials as "a multilayered approach to improving North American security".
stated objective of the TOPOFF 3 "Full Scale Exercise" was to "prepare America" in the case of an actual bioterrorism attack
by Al Qaeda:
".. we deliberately built the scenario as a very complex WMD bioterrorism attack in New Jersey, as well as a kind of
a dual-header in the state of Connecticut in terms of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, and then a simultaneous
The system in TOPOFF 3 across the board was tested as never before, and this was deliberate. We wanted
to test the full range of our incident management processes and protocols that spanned prevention, intelligence and information-sharing,
and then the more classic or traditional response and recovery. But really for the first time in a national-level exercise,
we really got at a near simultaneous WMD attack which is, of course, very, very stressful for the federal folks, as well as
our state, local and international partners. (DHS spokeperson at Press Conference, * april, 2005, complete transcript
at Patriot News: Transcript of Background Briefing with Senior DHS Officials on TOPOFF 3)
"The War on Terrorism"
These exercises must be understood in the broader context of America's National
Security doctrine, which presents Al Qaeda as the main threat to the American homeland.
The "war on terrorism" is the
central building block of the administration's foreign policy and domestic security agendas. In the words of DHS Secretary
Homeland security is one piece of a broader strategy [which] brings the battle to the enemy... But while one
key to defense is offense, it is not the entirety of our security picture. For we also need a “defense in depth”
as part of the strategic whole. That means even as we pursue terrorists overseas, we work at home to prevent infiltration
by terrorists and their weapons; to protect our people and places if infiltration occurs; and to respond and recover if an
attack is carried out. This is embodied in our strategy of building multiple barriers to terrorist attacks. (Transcript
of complete March 2005 speech of Secr. Michael Chertoff at
Dep. of Homeland Security: Remarks for Secretary Michael Chertoff empasis added)
Illusive Outside enemy
Known and documented, Al Qaeda is a creation of the US intelligence apparatus.
purpose of the TOPOFF anti-terrorist exercises is not to "defend America" against terrorists, but to build a consensus within
federal, State and municipal bodies, as well as within the business community and civil society (hospitals, schools, etc.)
that this illusive outside enemy exists and that "the threat is real".
We are not dealing with a classical media disinformation
campaign. While the TOPOFF exercise has been casually mentioned in press reports, it is not the object of a national debate.
regard to TOPOFF, the consensus building process is "internal", it does not pertain the public at large. it is largely addressed
to key decision-makers within these various governmental and nongovernmental bodies. It includes more than 10,000 participants
in important decision-making positions (federal and State officials, law enforcement, fire departments, hospitals, etc), who
may be called to act in the case of an emergency situation. These individuals in turn have a mandate to spread the word within
their respective organizations, --i.e. with their coworkers and colleagues, as well as with the people working under their
In other words, this consensus building process reaches out to tens of thousands of people in positions
of authority. The antiterrorist agenda and exercises thus become a "talking point" within numerous governmental and nongovernmental
In turn, the holding of these antiterrorist exercises supports the National Security doctrine of "preemptive
war", --i.e. that America has to legitimate right to self defense by intervening in foreign lands and that America must defend
itself against terrorists. It also sustains the myth of WMD in the hands of terrorists, being used against America, when in
fact the US is the largest producer of WMD, with a defense budget of more than 400 billion dollars a year.
is to sustain the war and national security agenda --and of course the possibility of martial law-- within the governmental,
nongovernmental and corporate business sectors.
Ultimately, the objective is develop across the land, an unequivocal
acceptance by key officials (and of their coworkers and subordinates), from the federal to the local level, for an emergency
situation, where civil liberties and the rights of citizens would be suspended:
Officials will not give a specific figure, but they say the exercise involved several thousand fake deaths and thousands
more injuries. This time, the sick and dying were only acting. But officials are aware that someday there could well be a
real attack. They say the more they learn about how to coordinate prevention and response efforts, the better job they will
be able to do to minimize casualties if and when that happens. (VOICE OF AMERICA: US Terrorism Exercise Tests Prevention and Response)
From TOPOFF 2 to the "Full Scale Exercise": TOPOFF 3
The previous "anti-terrorist exercise" entitled
TOPOFF 2 was held two years ago in May 2003. It was described as "the largest and most comprehensive terrorism response and
homeland security exercise ever conducted in the United States." It was carried out in a military style exercise by federal,
State and local level governments, including Canadian participants. TOPOFF 2 established various "scenarios" under a Red Code
In other words, it was conducted on the same assumptions as a military exercise, in anticipation of an actual
war situation, examining various WMD terror attack scenarios and the institutional response of State and local governments:
"It assessed how responders, leaders, and other authorities would react to the simulated release of weapons of mass
destruction (WMD) in two U. S. cities, Seattle, WA and Chicago, IL. The exercise scenario depicted a fictitious, foreign terrorist
organization that detonated a simulated radiological dispersal device (RDD or dirty bomb) in Seattle and released the pneumonic
plague in several Chicago metropolitan area locations. There was also significant pre-exercise intelligence play, a cyber-attack,
and credible terrorism threats against other locations."
(For full text see, Department of Homeland Security, Summary
Conclusions From National Exercise, Office of the Press Secretary, December 19, 2003, Dep. of Homeland Security: Summary Conclusions From National Exercise)
The April 2005 so-called Full Scale Exercise`` TOPOFF 3 goes much further than the May 2003 TOPFF 2.
3 involved a larger number of individual participants. Moreover, in addition to Canada which had been involved in TOPOFF 2,
the exercise also included the participation of Britain's Home Office. The UK had labeled its exercise "Atlantic Blue", whereas
Canada designated its component of TOPOFF 3 as "Triple Play".
While there was mention of the Canadian exercise in the
news, the details of "Atlantic Blue" were not revealed, nor were they reviewed in the British press. Britain's Home Office
Minister Hazel Blears admitted in March that "There will be no visible 'on the ground' activity within the UK exercise". (quoted
in the Sunday Express, 3 April 2005).
TOPOFF 3: Organizational Structure
More than 200 Federal,
State, local, tribal, private sector, and international agencies and organizations and volunteer groups were involved.
3 was organized in terms of five separate "venues": 1. Interagency, 2. Connecticut, 3. New Jersey: 4. United
Kingdom, 5. Canada:
The FSE offers agencies and jurisdictions a way to exercise a coordinated national and international response to a
large-scale, multipoint terrorist attack. It allows participants to test plans and skills in a real-time, realistic environment
and gain the in-depth knowledge that only experience can provide."
The TOPOFF 3 scenario will depict a complex terrorist
campaign and drive the exercise play through the homeland security system, beginning in Connecticut and New Jersey, and leading
to national and international response.
Over the course of several days fire personnel will conduct search and rescue,
hospitals will treat the injured (played by role players), subject-matter experts will analyze the effects of the attack on
public health, and top officials will deploy resources and make the difficult decisions needed to save lives.
Virtual News Network (VNN) and news website will provide real-time reporting of the story like an actual TV network would.
The mock media will keep players up-to-date on unfolding events and enable decision makers to face the challenge of dealing
with the real world media. Only participating agencies can view the VNN broadcast.
Dep. of Homeland Security: TOPOFF 3 Exercise
|TEXT BOX: TOPOFF 3 FSE Exercises (4-8 April 2005)|
Simulated chemical attack on the New London waterfront and a simulated mustard gas attack.
Simulated biological attack in Union and Middlesex Counties.
It involved "terrorists" spreading plague from an SUV in Union County, eventually "killing" 8,694
and "sickening" some 40,000. (See Asbury Park Press: Drill outlines N.J.'s needs)
The New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force will dissect how every state department
performed during exercise. And the Homeland Security Department will analyze the performance of the more than 200 agencies
that participated in TopOff 3 and issue an "after action" report in the next four to six months.
"This is not over
until we fully capture all of the lessons learned," said Robert Stephan, director of the agency's Incident Management Group.
"This phase is perhaps the more significant phase, showing us where we did well and where we need to make improvement."
(SIW: TOPOFF Terror Scenario Ends, but Analysis Just Beginning)
Coordinated by Canada's Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the RCMP,
eighteen Canadian federal departments, as well as the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, took part in the mock terror
"Officials circulate word the ocean-going ship Castlemaine, en route to Halifax, carries a container holding
chemicals for creating a weapon of mass destruction - possibly like the deadly substance already released in the United States
and Britain. A meeting is hastily called to devise a plan."
(SIW: Plague, Explosions and Mystery Cargo: Terror Drill Looks Ahead)
Scenario of a Code Red alert
The TOPOFF exercise prepares the Nation for an emergency under a Code
Red alert. More specifically, it sets the stage within the various governmental bodies and organizations. The exercise moulds
the behavior of public officials
According to official statements, an "actual terrorist attack" of the type envisaged
under TOPOFF 3 would inevitably lead to a Code Red Alert. The latter in turn, would create conditions for the (temporary)
suspension of the normal functions of civilian government. This scenario had already been envisaged by former DHS Secretary
Tom Ridge in a CBS News Interview back in December 2003:
"If we simply go to red ... it basically shuts down the country,"
meaning that civilian government bodies would be closed down and taken over by an Emergency Administration.
scenario is also detailed at the Homeland department's Ready.Gov website at http://www.ready.gov/
The Department of Homeland Security's "Ready.Gov Instructions"
are working to obtain biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological weapons, and the threat of an attack is very real. Here
at the Department of Homeland Security, throughout the federal government, and at organizations across America we are working
hard to strengthen our Nation's security. Whenever possible, we want to stop terrorist attacks before they happen. All Americans
should begin a process of learning about potential threats so we are better prepared to react during an attack. While there
is no way to predict what will happen, or what your personal circumstances will be, there are simple things you can do now
to prepare yourself and your loved ones."
Source: Ready.Gov America, Overview:
A Code Red alert, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
, would create conditions for the ("temporary" we are told) suspension of the normal functions of civilian government. According
to FEMA, code red would:
Increase or redirect personnel to address critical emergency needs; Assign emergency response personnel and pre-position
and mobilize specially trained teams or resources; Monitor, redirect, or constrain transportation systems; and Close public
and government facilities not critical for continuity of essential operations, especially public safety.
(FEMA, Are You Ready?)
Several functions of civilian administration would be suspended, others would be transferred to the jurisdiction of the
military. More generally, the procedure would disrupt government offices, businesses, schools, public services, transportation,
"Continuity in Government" (COG)
A secret "Shadow government" under the classified "Continuity
of Operations Plan" was installed on September 11, 2001.(See Washington Post: Shadow Government Is at Work in Secret).
Known internally as "Continuity of Government" or COG, the secret Shadow government would become
functional in the case of a code red alert, leading to the redeployment of key staff to secret locations.
alert would suspend civil liberties, including public gatherings and/ or citizens' protests against the war or against the
Administration's decision to declare martial law.
The emergency authorities would also have the authority to exert
tight censorship over the media and would no doubt paralyze the alternative news media on the internet.
In turn, code
red alert would trigger the "civilian" Homeland Emergency response system, including the DHS' Ready.Gov instructions, the
Big Brother Citizen Corps, not to mention the USAonWatch and the Department of Justice Neighborhood Watch Program which have a new post 9/11 mandate to "identify and report suspicious
activity in neighborhoods" across America. The DOJ Neighborhood Watch is involved in "Terrorism Awareness Education" (www.USAonWatch.org).
Under the Citizen Corps, which is a component of the USA Freedom Corps, citizens across America are invited to participate
in what could potentially develop into a civilian militia:
Americans are responding to the evil and horror of the terrorist attacks of September 11 with a renewed commitment
to doing good … As part of that initiative, we created Citizen Corps to help coordinate volunteer activities that will
make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation.
… We are asking
cities and counties across the country to create Citizen Corps Councils of their own design, bringing together first responders,
volunteer organizations, law enforcement agencies, and community-serving institutions, such as schools, hospitals, and houses
of worship. Some Citizen Corps Councils will feature local activities that reflect new and existing national programs such
as Neighborhood Watch, Community Emergency Response Teams, Volunteers in Police Service, and the Medical Reserve Corps. Some
will include local programs that involve partnerships with law enforcement agencies, hospitals, first responders, and schools.
What all Citizen Corps Councils will have in common is that our local leaders will be working to expand opportunities for
their community members to engage in volunteer service that will support emergency preparation, prevention, and response.
(Citizen Corps, Guide for Local Officials, President Bush's introductory remarks,
Citizen Corps A Guide for Local Officials)
The Role of the Military
What would be the involvement of the Military in a code red emergency
In theory, the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 adopted in the wake of the US civil war, prevents the military
from intervening in civilian police and judicial functions. This law is central to the functioning of constitutional government.
the Posse Comitatus Act is still on the books, in practice the legislation is no longer effective in preventing the militarization
of civilian institutions.(See Frank Morales at "Homeland Defense" and the Militarisation of America).
Legislation inherited from the Clinton administration, not to mention the post 9/11 Patriot Acts I and II, "blurs
the line between military and civilian roles". It allows the military to intervene in judicial and law enforcement activities
even in the absence of an emergency situation.
In 1996, legislation was passed which allowed the military to intervene
in the case of a national emergency (e.g.. a terrorist attack). In 1999, Clinton's Defense Authorization Act (DAA) extended
those powers (under the 1996 legislation) by creating an "exception" to the Posse Comitatus Act, which permits the military
to be involved in civilian affairs "regardless of whether there is an emergency". (See ACLU at ACLU: Congress Moves to Expand Military Involvement in Law Enforcement)
"The new proposed exception to the Posse Comitatus Act would further expand a controversial measure adopted by Congress
in 1996 that permitted military involvement in "emergencies" involving chemical and biological weapons crimes.
that new measure, which was proposed by the Defense Department, the military would be authorized to deal with crimes involving
any chemical or biological weapons -- or any other weapon of mass destruction -- regardless of whether there is an "emergency."
In addition, the new proposal would lift requirements that the military be reimbursed for the cost of its intervention, thus
likely increasing the number of requests for military assistance.
"Under this new provision," Nojeim said, "the mere
threat of an act of terrorism would justify calling in military units. That represents a loophole large enough to drive a
battalion of army tanks through."
The defense authorization bill would also require the Pentagon to develop a plan
to assign military personnel to assist Customs and the Immigration and Naturalization Service to "respond to threats to national
security posed by entry into the U.S. of terrorists or drug traffickers."
"the mere threat of an act of terrorism would
justify calling in military units. That represents a loophole large enough to drive a battalion of army tanks through." (ibid)
In other words, the Clinton era legislation had already laid the legal and ideological foundations of the "war on terrorism".
this 1999 "exception" to the Posse Comitatus Act", which effectively invalidates it, both the Pentagon and Homeland Security,
have been actively lobbying Congress for the outright repeal of the 1878 legislation:
"new rules are needed to clearly set forth the boundaries for the use of federal military forces for homeland security.
The Posse Comitatus Act is inappropriate for modern times and needs to be replaced by a completely new law ...
time to rescind the existing Posse Comitatus Act and replace it with a new law. ... The Posse Comitatus Act is an artifact
of a different conflict-between freedom and slavery or between North and South, if you prefer. Today's conflict is also in
a sense between freedom and slavery, but this time it is between civilization and terrorism. New problems often need new solutions,
and a new set of rules is needed for this issue.
President Bush and Congress should initiate action to enact a new
law that would set forth in clear terms a statement of the rules for using military forces for homeland security and for enforcing
the laws of the United States.
(John R. Brinkerhoff, former associate director for national preparedness of the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), The Posse Comitatus Act and Homeland Security)
The Posse Comitatus Act, is viewed by military analysts as a "Legal Impediment to Transformation":
"[The Posse Comitatus Act constitutes] a formidable obstacle to our nation's flexibility and adaptability at a time
when we face an unpredictable enemy with the proven capability of causing unforeseen catastrophic events. The difficulty in
correctly interpreting and applying the Act causes widespread confusion at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels
of our military. Given that future events may call for the use of the military to assist civil authorities, a review of the
efficacy of the PCA is in order. ( Donald J. Currier, The Posse Comitatus Act: A Harmless Relic from the Post-Reconstruction
Era or a Legal Impediment to Transformation? Authors; Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, Carlisle Barracks, Pa,
The ongoing militarization of civilian justice and law enforcement is a bi-partisan project. Senator Joseph Biden (a Democrat),
former Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been waging, since the mid-1990s, in consultation
with his Republican counterparts, a battle for the outright repeal of the Posse Comitatus Act.
The Patriot Legislation
In turn, the Bush administration PATRIOT Acts have set the groundwork
of the evolving Homeland Security State. In minute detail, they go much further in setting the stage for the militarisation
of civilian institutions.
The various provisions are very detailed and precise. The USA PATRIOT ACT of 2001 entitled
"Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001" as well as the "Domestic Security Enhancement
Act of 2003," ("PATRIOT Act II") create the conditions for the militarization of justice and police functions:
The "PATRIOT Act" is a repressive "coordination" of the entities of force and deception, the police, intelligence and
the military. It broadens, centralizes and combines the surveillance, arrest and harassment capabilities of the police and
intelligence apparatus. Homeland defense is, in essence, a form of state terrorism directed against the American people and
democracy itself. It is the Pentagon Inc. declaring war on America.
The "domestic war on terrorism" hinges upon the
Pentagon's doctrine of homeland defense. Mountains of repressive legislation are being enacted in the name of internal security.
So called "homeland security", originally set within the Pentagon's "operations other than war", is actually a case in which
the Pentagon has declared war on America. Shaping up as the new battleground, this proliferating military "doctrine" seeks
to justify new roles and missions for the Pentagon within America. Vast "legal" authority and funds to spy on the dissenting
public, reconfigured as terrorist threats, is being lavished upon the defense, intelligence and law enforcement "community."
this is taking place amidst an increasingly perfected "fusion" of the police and military functions both within the US and
abroad, where the phenomena is referred to as "peacekeeping", or the "policization of the military". Here in America, all
distinction between the military and police functions is about to be forever expunged with the looming repeal of the Posse
In other words, the "New World Law and Order" based on the repeal of the Posse Comitatus Act, requires
a system of domestic and global counterinsurgency led by the Pentagon.
(Frank Morales, Homeland Defense: The Pentagon
Declares War on America, Homeland Defense: The Pentagon Declares War on America)
In 2003, Frank Morales was granted A Project Censored Award of Sonoma University, Cal.
Even under a functioning civilian government, the PATRIOT Acts have already instated several features of martial law. The
extent to which they may be applied is at the discretion of the military authorities.
The 2003 Patriot Act II goes
much further in extending and enlarging the "Big Brother functions" of control and surveillance of people. It vastly expands
the surveillance and counterinsurgency powers, providing government access to personal bank accounts, information on home
computers, telephone wire tapping, credit card accounts, etc. (for further details, see Ratical.org: Patriot Act II Analysis)
The Role of Northern Command (Northcom)
Northern Command (Northcom) (based at Peterson Air
Force Base, Colorado) was set up in April 2002 specifically in the context of "the pre-emptive war on terrorism".
creation of Northcom is consistent with the de facto repeal of the Posse Comitatus Act. In fact, the position of a "Homeland
Defense Command" leader "in the event of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil", had already been envisaged in early 1999 by Clinton's
Defense Secretary William Cohen. (Third World Traveler: The Law of Posse Comitatus).
Following the Bush Administration's decision to create Northcom, the White House instructed Justice Department lawyers
"to review the Posse Comitatus law in light of new security requirements in the war on terrorism." The 1878 Act was said to
"greatly restrict the military's ability to participate in domestic law enforcement". (National Journal, Government Record,
22 July 2002)
The role of Northern Command defined in the Pentagon's "Joint Doctrine for Homeland Security (JP-26)",
constitutes a blueprint on how to defend the Homeland.
Martial law could be triggered even in the case of a bogus terror
alert based on fabricated intelligence. Even in the case where it is known and documented to senior military officials that
the "outside enemy" is fabricated, a martial law situation, characterized by detailed command military/ security provisions,
would become operational almost immediately.
Northcom has a mandate to "defend the homeland" against this illusive
"outside enemy", (Al Qaeda) which is said to be threatening the security of America. According to Frank Morales, "the scenario
of a military take-over of America is unfolding." And Northern Command is the core military entity in this takeover and militarisation
of civilian institutions.
Northcom's "Command Mission" encompasses a number of "non-military functions" including "crisis
management" and "domestic civil support". Under Northcom jurisdiction, the latter would imply a process of "military support
to federal, state and local authorities in the event of a terror attack". The latter would include:
the preparation for, prevention of, deterrence of, preemption of, defense against, and response to threats and aggression
directed towards U.S. territory, sovereignty, domestic population, and infrastructure; as well as crisis management, consequence
management, and other domestic civil support." (See GlobalSecurity.org: U.S. Northern Command)
Northcom is described as having "a Creeping Civilian Mission". (David Isenberg, Asian Times, 5 December 2003). Since its
inception, it has been building capabilities in domestic intelligence and law enforcement. It is in permanent liaison with
the DHS and the Justice Department. It has several hundred FBI and CIA officers stationed at its headquarters in Colorado.
(National Journal, 1 May 2004). It is in permanent liaison, through an advanced communications system, with municipalities
and domestic civilian law enforcement agencies around the country. (Ibid). It also has links to Canadian military and government
authorities through the so-called "binaitonal planning group". (See Is the Annexation of Canada part of Bush's Military Agenda?
November 2004 Globalresearch: Is the Annexation of Canada part of Bush's Military Agenda?)
Meanwhile the CIA, which has a unit operating out of Northcom, has extended its mandate to issues of "domestic intelligence".
the case of a Code Red Alert, a national emergency would be declared. Northern Command would deploy its forces on air, land
and sea. Several functions of civilian government would be transferred to Northcom headquarters, which already has several
structures, which enables it to oversee and supervise civilian institutions.
In other words, Northcom's "command structure"
would be activated in the case of a code red terror alert. But Northcom does not require, in accordance with the provisions
of the 1999 Defense Authorization Act (DAA), a terror alert, a terror attack or a war-like situation to intervene in the country's
The jurisdiction of the Northern Command now extends from Mexico to Alaska. Under ("bi-national")
agreements signed with Canada and Mexico, Northern Command can intervene and deploy its forces and military arsenal on land,
air and sea in Canada (extending into its Northern territories), throughout Mexico and in parts of the Caribbean. (See GlobalSecurity.org: U.S. Northern Command)
Taken together, the existing legislation grants the military extensive rights to intervene in an "emergency situation",
without the prior formal approval of the Commander in Chief.
America's Big Brother Data Banks
prepare for new "law enforcement" missions for the military within America, overseen by the Northern Command, the Center for
Law and Military Operations, based in Charlottesville, Virginia has published a "useful" Handbook entitled "Domestic Operational
Law for Judge Advocates." According to Frank Morales, the Handbook:
"attempts to solidify, from a legal standpoint, Pentagon penetration of America and it's 'operations other than war,'
essentially providing the U.S. corporate elite with lawful justification for its class war against the American people, specifically
those that resist the "new world law and order" agenda." (Frank Morales, Homeland Defense and the Militarisation of America,
Global Outlook, No. 6, Winter 2004, Globalresearch: "Homeland Defense" and the Militarisation of America)
According to Morales: "the 'war on terrorism' is the cover for the war on dissent." which requires setting up comprehensive
procedures and data banks for the surveillance of individual citizens.
In this context, In the wake of September 11,
the Bush Administration established its proposed Big Brother data bank: "the Total Information Awareness Program (TIAP).
was operated by the Information Awareness Office (IAO), which had a mandate "to gather as much information as possible about
everyone, in a centralized location, for easy perusal by the United States government." This would include medical records,
credit card and banking information, educational and employment data, records concerning travel and the use of internet, email,
telephone and fax.
TIAP was operated in the offices of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a division
of the Pentagon in Northern Virginia. (See Washington Post, 11 Nov 2002 on U.S. Hopes to Check Computers Globally)
Ironically, when it was first set up, it was headed by a man with criminal record, former National Security Adviser
ret. Admiral John Poindexter.
Pointexter, who had been indicted on criminal charges for his role in the Iran Contra
scandal during the Reagan Administration, subsequently resigned as TIAP Director and the program was "officially" discontinued.
Pointedexter's PowerPoint presentation at DARPATech 2002 Symposium Transforming Fantasy)
While the IAO no longer exists in name, the initiative of creating a giant data bank was by no means abandoned. Several
US government bodies including Homeland Security, the CIA and the FBI, respectively oversee giant "Big Brother" data banks,
which are fully operational. They also collaborate in the controversial Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange ( MATRIX).
The latter is defined as "a crime-fighting database" used by law enforcement agencies, the US Justice Department and Homeland
The National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004, sets the framework for establishing a centralized "Information
Sharing Network" which will coordinate data from "all available sources". The proposed network would bring together the data
banks of various government agencies under a single governmental umbrella. (Deseret Morning News, 29, 2004). Needless to say,
this integration of Big Brother data banks also includes tax records, immigration data as well as confidential information
Similar procedures have been implemented in Canada. The federal government in Ottawa is collaborating
with the US, leading to the eventual merger of tax and immigration data banks between the two countries.
(Text of the
C-7 Public Safety Act at BILL C-7 Public Safety Act)
see also Library of Parliament: BILL C-7: THE PUBLIC SAFETY ACT, 2002 and Air travellers face screening
America at a Critical Crossroads
Unquestionably America is at the crossroads of the most serious
crisis in its history.
The coded terror alerts and "terror events", which have been announced by DHS are part of a
disinformation campaign carried out by the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department and Homeland Security.
is not only involved in creating phony terror warnings, it is indirectly also behind the terror groups, providing them with
covert support. (See Globalresearch: Fabricating an Enemy)
Meanwhile, the militarization of civilian institutions is not only contemplated, it has become a talking point on
network TV; it is openly debated as a "solution" to "protecting American democracy" which is said to be threatened by Islamic
The implications of a code red alert are rarely the object of serious debate.
The terror exercises
under TOPOFF serve to condition public officials and key decision makers. In turn through media disinformation, citizens are
being prepared and gradually conditioned for the unthinkable.
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