A Few Pertinent Questions:
1. When will the "bio-terror
drills" go live?
2. How will police, military and the American people know the difference between "real world" bio-terror and "drilled" bio-terror?
3. Will the video footage of bio-terror drills be used by the government or media for pandemic propaganda purposes at a later date?
Resounding Bio-Terror Drill Themes:
1. A bio-terror attack and
subsequent pandemic is not a matter of "if", but "when".
2. Synchronicity and coordination of ALL local, county, state and federal government emergency agencies is being repeatedly drilled by DHS and FEMA in congruence with COG (Continuity of Government) / Martial Law plans.
Date: April 15, 2000
Abstract: Sooner Spring had been planned to test how well local emergency and health personnel could react to a bioterrorism attack of the pneumonic plague.
- The two-day drill kicked off around noon Friday when a vintage 1942 C-47 transport plane flew over the city of McAlester and the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.
- While flying, the plane simulated spraying an aerosol mist containing the pneumonic plague.
- McAlester-area residents participated in the Sooner Spring exercise in such large numbers that the goal of distributing 10,000 doses of mock antibiotics had been surpassed by 11 a.m. on Saturday.
- Although the exercise had been set to continue until 4 p.m., concerns about lightning associated with a storm front pushing through the area prompted officials to end it two hours early.
- Those involved praised the spirit of McAlester-area residents. Before the exercise began, there had been no way to predict how many people would show up to participate. Those planning the event counted on the patriotism of people in the McAlester area.
- The exercise in McAlester and at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant has been called the most extensive bioterrorism drill in U.S. history. Officials said McAlester is leading the nation on how to respond to such an attack.
- Ambulances and buses had unloaded groups of volunteers who were serving as victims to be treated at the hospital. They were carried inside the hospital on gurneys and whisked inside on wheel chairs (Rense, 2005).
Title: TOPOFF 1
Date: May 2000
Source: Global Security
Abstract: TOPOFF 2000 was a single, full-scale exercise conducted over 10 days in three venues:
2. Portsmouth, NH: Chemical attack (Sulfur Mustard).
3. National Capital Region: NCR 2000, concurrent but separate exercise (Radiological Dispersal Device).
Exercise TOPOFF (Top Officials) 2000 was a Congressionally mandated, "no-notice" national exercise held in May 2000. It was designed to assess the nation's crisis and consequence management capability by exercising the plans, policies, procedures, systems, and facilities through local, state, and Federal responses to geographically-dispersed terrorist threats and acts. The exercise was co-sponsored by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which were designated as the lead agencies for the exercise by the Senate Appropriations Committee in Senate Report 105-235. The exercise was the largest peacetime terrorism exercise ever sponsored by DOJ or FEMA.
Exercise TOPOFF was a multi-component, multi-site exercise incorporating command post exercises, full-scale training exercises, tactical exercises, and several large-scale "subexercises." The Exercise incorporated design input from crisis and consequence managers across the nation. An important aim of the Exercise was to examine the interfaces and relationships between the participating agencies and their top officials to identify any seams, gaps, and redundancy in responsibilities that affect decision-making and subsequent actions directed to resolve the scope of consequences resulting from the simulated attacks
The Exercise scenario involved simultaneous incidents occurring in both Region I (Portsmouth, New Hampshire) and Region VIII (Denver, Colorado). STARTEX for Exercise TOPOFF occurred on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, with the terrorist-motivated release of a biological agent in the Denver metropolitan area. However, because the released agent, later identified as pneumonic plague, had a two to three day incubation period, active play did not begin until Saturday, May 20, 2000. As an influx of patients exhibiting flu-like symptoms began to rapidly overwhelm the Denver area hospitals by early Saturday morning, a van exploded at the Port Authority dock in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, causing numerous injuries and fatalities. The chemical agent released in the van explosion was subsequently determined to be mustard gas. Active play continued at both venues through the weekend and the following week, ending on Wednesday, May 24, 2000. An interagency hotwash followed on Thursday, May 25th.
Planning for Exercise TOPOFF, as well as the National Capital Region
2000 Exercise, involved several "trusted agents" from EPA and USCG, as
well as regional offices in RRTs I, III, and VIII. Through this
process, EPA and USCG also cooperated closely with other National
Response System (NRS) departments and agencies, including the Department
of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and FEMA (Global Security, 2000).