More Nuke Rumors - Possible National Security incident in early October
2005 09 27
By Richard J. Boylan, Ph.D. | DrBoylan.com
In the spirit of the transparency we seek to practice as we rebuild into a Fifth World society, I share the following information from a source, a friend of mine inside government, who is familiar with National Security operations and information. I deem his information truthful, but necessarily lacking in absolute certitude.
On Saturday this source wrote me, in reply to my email post about Bush hunkering down in Colorado Springs at Northern Command Headquarters during Operation Granite Shadow, a Drill to prepare for national martial law and military takeover of the United States following an emergency of catastrophic proportions. My source revealed the bottom-line reason for Bush's trip: "You didnít get this from me, but itís about seven suitcase nukes set for the first day of Ramadan (Oct. 4th)." [See article below]
I wrote back to him: "Is this information confidential, (I understand that you cannot be identified), or am I able to share it with others?"
In reply my source wrote late Sunday:
"I doubt itís confidential as it has been rumored for a while. Every Ramadan has the same prediction (itís Oct. 4 this year, by the way). There has been talk that there are as many as 20 and some say 40 suitcases, but most of the triggers have a short shelf-life and are disabled, or we have been able to knock them out with counter-measures. But the Big Guy [George W] will be in one of the bunkers on or around that time, as will Cheney.
"Various bad guys have spent about $1 billion to acquire these so-called suitcase nukes, and there has been chatter every year about this time that they plan to avenge the death of their brothers in something more spectacular than 9-11, but either the suitcases get shipped here on United and lost, or weíve managed to knock them out. Or maybe itís just become urban legend. Thatís still a lot of money to spend, so something must be happening. I hear the main recipient for this development is Dr. Khan from Pakistan who has been peddling nuclear secrets to Syria, North Korea, Iraq, and various non-aligned terrorists for about 7-8 years, maybe longer.
"The big fallacy is that these are Soviet nukes, but if they are from the Soviet era, the triggers would no longer work. Thereís also been a buzz about nukes buried on U.S. soil by the Soviets years ago and they have either been lost or not removed as the Sovs still think they could end up in a shooting war with us.
"Either way, itís the same scare, different year. Although all I think is missing for this year are the locusts, so I wouldnít be surprised if something bad happens.
"You can pass this along (without mentioning my name, of course), but this is a common tale these days. It does, however, better explain the whereabouts of POTUS.*
* [POTUS = President Of The United States (Secret Service code name)]
[end of informant's message]
RB: So, in a nutshell, what does this all mean?
Is this just more of interminable Intelligence intercepts of interminable Al Qaeda cells' chatter about big operations in the U.S.?
Or will the beginning of this Moslem month of Ramadan, a month of fasting, prayer, self-sacrifice and devotion to Allah, (Oct. 4, or 5, depending on your position on the globe), be marked by suitcase nukes being set off in seven large U.S. cities? (This year, in what may be an ironic coincidence, Oct. 4 also marks the date of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish Day of soul-searching, remembering sins, and doing repentance.)
My source does not say, but reading between the lines, you may be certain that Nuclear Emergency Search (NEST) Teams are fanning out across the U.S. to attempt to detect, intercept and disable these weapons. NEST Team tools include:
Powerful (presumably portable) "XRAY machines"
"A high pressure water cutting tool" (non magnetic -- a theme heard over and over again in discussions around nuclear weapons maintenance)
Robotic carts with arms, video cameras, etc. used to eliminate some level of risk from human exposure to explosions
Sensitive passive heat detectors (decaying nuclear material gives off more heat than detectable high energy particles)
more sophisticated Active sensors such as devices that "bombard a suspected weapon with neutrons and gamma rays." [presumably to neutralize trigger components.]
My source indicates that such counter-measures have succeeded in the past, although you will never read about it in the newspaper.
So, as with other possible risks, each person must take whatever steps they feel best after reading this information, be those measures spiritual, mental, physical, logistical, or metaphysical.
P.S.: The above is _all_ I know. I have held no information back. (This to stop email inquiries I get afterwards "wanting to know more.")
In the light,
Richard J. Boylan, Ph.D.
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Bush at Colorado Northern Command Bunker Headquarters As Military- Takeover Drill Unfolds
Friday (Sept. 23) I wrote:
WIS10 TV News reports: "President Bush is headed this afternoon to Texas, to check on the preparations for Hurricane Rita. He'll then fly later in the day to Colorado Springs, where he's going to monitor the storm's approach from the US Northern Command."
But, wait. Colorado Springs is where the military has its Space War headquarters complex. It is also where the U.S. Government's secret plans provide for the government to function from if the Eastern United States becomes an inhospitable environment. Why is President Bush headed there to await Hurricane Rita?
Normally a President either visits the stricken area to encourage its citizens, or remains at the White House to coordinate overall Federal rescue and relief operations from his headquarters. Surely the White House Situation Room has state-of-the-art communications and weather information. And no weather forecast has Rita getting anywhere near Washington, DC with anything like hurricanic force.
And so there is no need for Mr. Bush to go to the headquarters of the U.S. Space [War] Command in Colorado in order to get accurate storm reports. The White House Situation Room gets real-time weather information from its DoD Milstar surveillance satellites.
It looks like somethng else is on Mr. Bush's agenda in Colorado Springs this weekend."
Today Saturday comes further clarification of Mr. Bush's agenda from the Washington Post.*
It seems that Bush, as Commander-in-Chief is at the Northern Command Headquarters of the U.S. Military's homeland security command, is watching as Operation Granite Shadow (ABOVE TOP SECRET, SENSITIVE COMPARTMENTED INFORMATION) takes place.
Granite Shadow is a highly-classified operation wherein the U.S.
Military takes over the United States without regard to Constitutional or statutory limits to bring "law und order" during an extreme national emergency, such as the detonation of a nuclear weapon in a metropolitan area, (or the launch of Cabal psy-warfare operations featuring a fake invasion by "space alien craft"?).
Apparently the theoretical exercise today is viewed as more important, and not to be postponed, than the President's being at the White House during the Hurricane Rita Emergency. One wonders about the importance of a theoretical exercise that could take place anytime that just somehow cannot be postponed, so that the President can give his undivided attention to the survivors and evacuees of Hurricane Rita.
It is also of interest that the designated location for overseeing martial law in the United States is one-and-the-same as the designated location for the U.S. to conduct all-out warfare in space: the Colorado Springs region Military Complex of: Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Operations Center, Fort Carson (home of the 10th Special Forces Airborne), Peterson Air Force Base (HQ for "space control of the world"), Buckley Air Force Base (home of three Space Warning Squadrons), and Shriever Air Force Base (home of seven Space Operations Squadrons and the Space BattleLab).
It must be a great comfort to the terrified survivors and evacuees of the stricken Gulf Coast to know that their President is instead focusing his attention this weekend on honing America's readiness for incoming terrorists from overseas or from space (sic).
- Richard Boylan, Ph.D.
* Washington Post full story:
William M. Arkin | September 23 2005
Today, somewhere in the DC metropolitan area, the military is conducting a highly classified Granite Shadow "demonstration."
Granite Shadow is yet another new Top Secret and compartmented operation related to the military's extra-legal powers regarding weapons of mass destruction. It allows for emergency military operations in the United States without civilian supervision or control.
A spokesman at the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region
(JFHQ-NCR) confirmed the existence of Granite Shadow to me yesterday, but all he would say is that Granite Shadow is the unclassified name for a classified plan.
That classified plan, I believe, after extensive research and after making a couple of assumptions, is CONPLAN 0400, formally titled Counter-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Concept Plan
(CONPLAN) 0400 is a long-standing contingency plan of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) that serves as the umbrella for military efforts to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction. It has extensively been updated and revised since 9/11.
The CJCS plan lays out national policy and priorities for dealing with WMD threats in peacetime and crisis -- from far away offensive strikes and special operations against foreign WMD infrastructure and capabilities, to missile defenses and "consequence management" at home if offensive efforts fail.
All of the military planning incorporates the technical capabilities of the intelligence agencies and non-military organizations such as the national laboratories of the Department of Energy. And finally, CONPLAN 0400 directs regional combatant commanders to customize counter-proliferation plans for each of their own areas of operations.
When that "area of operations" is the United States, things become particularly sensitive.
That's where Granite Shadow comes in. U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), the military's new homeland security command, is preparing its draft version of CONPLAN 0400 for military operations in the United States, and the resulting Granite Shadow plan has been classified above Top Secret by adding a Special Category (SPECAT) compartment restricting access.
The sensitivities, according to military sources, include deployment of "special mission units" (the so-called Delta Force, SEAL teams, Rangers, and other special units of Joint Special Operations Command) in Washington, DC and other domestic hot spots. NORTHCOM has worked closely with U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), as well as the secret branches of non-military agencies and departments to enforce "unity of command" over any post 9/11 efforts.
Further, Granite Shadow posits domestic military operations, including intelligence collection and surveillance, unique rules of engagement regarding the use of lethal force, the use of experimental non-lethal weapons, and federal and military control of incident locations that are highly controversial and might border on the illegal.
Granite Shadow is the twin to Power Geyser, a program I first revealed to The New York Times in January. The JFHQ spokesman confirms that Granite Shadow and Power Geyser are two different unclassified names for two different classified plans.
In the case of Power Geyser, the classified plan is CJCS CONPLAN 0300, whose entire title is classified. According the military documents, the unclassified title is "Counter-Terrorism Special Operations Support to Civil Agencies in the event of a domestic incident." It is another Top Secret/SPECAT plan directing the same special mission units to provide weapons of mass destruction recovery and "render safe" in either a terrorist incident or in the case of a stolen (or lost) nuclear weapon. Render safe refers to the ability of explosive ordnance disposal experts to isolate and disarm any type of biological, chemical, nuclear or radiological weapon.
The obvious question is why there is a need for two plans. My guess is that Power Geyser and CONPLAN 0300 refers to operations in support of a civil agency "lead" (most likely the Attorney General for a WMD attack) while Granite Shadow and CONPLAN 0400 lays out contingencies where the military is in the lead. I'll wait to be corrected by someone in the know.
Both plans seem to live behind a veil of extraordinary secrecy because military forces operating under them have already been given a series of ''special authorities'' by the President and the secretary of defense. These special authorities include, presumably, military roles in civilian law enforcement and abrogation of State's powers in a declared or perceived emergency.
In January, when The New York Times reported on the Power Geyser name from my Code Names website, the Pentagon argued that "It would be irresponsible Ö to comment on any classified program that may or may not exist."
I can't see how the Defense Department can continue this line of argument post-Katrina. We see the human cost of a system of contingency planning done in complete secret, with a lack of any debate as to what should be the federal government's priorities, emphasis, and rules.
As the Granite Shadow commandos and their federal brethren go through their paces today, some inside the system will lament that I have "compromised" their work. But the very fact that nothing in my writing damages the Granite Shadow effort should demonstrate that we can have a discussion of contingency planning priorities in the United States, and debate extraordinary special authorities granted to those in uniform, without compromising the details of the plans themselves.
There's still time. The full-scale exercise of Granite Shadow's capabilities and procedures doesn't start until April 2006.
In the light,
Richard Boylan, Ph.D.
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