Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Peace march coincidences

There was a big peace demonstration in Washington on September 24, accompanied by the usual coincidences:

  1. A few days before the demonstration, the Pentagon conducted a highly classified 'demonstration' in the Washington metropolitan area called Granite Shadow. William M. Arkin writes (found via Cannonfire "It's impossible NOT to presume conspiracy"):

    "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"


    and:

    "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."


    It would be just like these guys to plan their little martial law practice in such a way as to provide a bonus as they play with isolating and disarming their planted biological weapons (the eventual plan is for the Pentagon to be both cause and cure of disease outbreaks, so the public will be begging for martial law). Which leads to . . .

  2. Detectable concentrations of tularemia bacteria, a known biological weapon, were found at exactly the place where the march was held at the time of the march. Bob Fitrakis writes (or here):

    "Coincidence theorists. You gotta love 'em and their great faith in believing in the statistically improbable occurrence of events, rather than an alternative hypothesis: that friends of Bush (FOBs) planted the tularemia bacteria, just as they most likely sent anthrax to Democratic senators and the media."


    and:

    "Unless federal officials are willing to think the unthinkable, but obvious, and have the tularemia samples independently tested, we'll never know whether a deliberate attack occurred against peaceful U.S. citizens exercising their First Amendment rights, or some freakish and bizarre coincidence occurred."


  3. Amtrak suspended southbound rail service out of New York on the morning of September 24, allegedly because a beam fell onto electrical wires in New Jersey. This affected "the travel plans of at least hundreds and possibly more than 1,000 protesters, organizers said."

  4. Trains in Northern Virginia, bringing protestors from the South, were delayed as they were sharing a single track to allow for repair work on a switch, work that had been planned for several weeks. Bob Fitrakis again (or here):

    "The paper duly noted that the repair had been planned 'for several weeks.' They failed to report that the rally had been planned for several months."



The unsolved anthrax attacks, with their timing and direction at prominent Democrat leaders, eased the passage of the Patriot Act, which until the attacks was not guaranteed to become law. The FBI pronounces itself 'stymied' in investigating the matter, although a quick read of the internet provides lots of convincing evidence of the identity of the perpetrator (the timing and content and target of the anonymous warning letter, sent at a time after the anthrax was mailed but before its existence became known to the public, coupled with the fact the anthrax had to have originated in Fort Detrick, is damning). The tularemia clearly wasn't intended to hurt anybody. It was the release of information about the tularemia which was intended to be a shot across the bow of any future protests. It is not difficult to believe, especially given the transparent cover-up being conducted by the FBI, that the next time it will be anthrax.

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