I do not want to draw hasty conclusions regarding the drill that just so happened to coincide with the tragic event that took place yesterday in Washingtonian D.C., but there seems to be a pattern of mock terror drills occurring at the same place and time as high profile unusual real time violent events. What are the odds? Do drills occur everyday in all locations in the U.S.? around the world? I doubt it. So, what's going on? Because the bizarre coincidence just keep pouring in.
But I have another question. Why is it, that every time there is a highly unusual violent tragic event that broadcasts nationwide, there is a drill, planned well in advance, occurring in the same location, at the same time as the unusual-that's becoming more usual everyday--incident? In this case, federal, state, local and municipal agencies were testing “interagency operability during a crisis impacting the District of Columbia." If it was only this drill accompanying this tragic event one could chalk it up to coincidence, but that's not the case at all.
Take 9/11, for example. On September 11, 2001, aside from the North American Aerospace Defense Command's (NORAD) ongoing operation which involved deploying fighter aircraft to northwestern North America, a National Reconnaissance Office drill was being conducted. In a simulated event, a small aircraft would crash into one of the towers of the agency's headquarters. The NRO is the branch of the Department of Defense in charge of spy satellites. According to its spokesman Art Haubold: "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." He further explained: "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."
In addition, FEMA was deployed to New York on Monday night, September 10th, to be ready to go into action on Tuesday morning, September 11th.
“We're currently one of the first teams that was deployed to support the city of New York for this disaster. We arrived on late Monday night, and went into action on Tuesday morning. And not until today did we get a full opportunity to work the entire site." -- FEMA spokesman Tom Kenney to Dan Rather on Wednesday, September 12th, 2001.Vigilant Warrior
The Boston marathon bombing happened on the same day as a 'controlled explosion' drill by Boston bomb squad. The Boston Globe tweeted today, "Officials: There will be a controlled explosion opposite the library within one minute as part of bomb squad activities." Furthermore, according to Local15TV.com, a University of Mobile's Cross Country Coach said there were bomb-sniffing dogs at both the start and finish lines, long before any explosions went off. Moreover, just moments before the bombs went off, around 4 hours into Monday’s Boston Marathon, officials could be heard over the loud-speakers telling everyone to “remain calm, this is only an exercise.”
The Texas fertilizer plant explosion just so happened to occur a little more than an hour’s drive from a huge hospital drill, coincidentally scheduled for the very same day. Moreover, the fertilizer plant, owned by a company that filed a lawsuit against Monsanto in 2007, was totally destroyed by the explosion only one day from the anniversaries of both the OK City Bombing and the infamous final Waco Branch Davidian siege that took place only 20 miles away.
The Newtown Connecticut Sandy Hook Schools Shooting occurred at the same time as an active shooter drill. The official government website for the state of Connecticut (ct.gov) listed the drill on their calendar. This government drill--FEMA L-366 Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters-- that took place on the same day of the shooting between the same hours was located down the road about 14 miles at the following location
The Aurora Colorado movie theater shooting was also accompanied by a drill.
“The tragedy that played out in an Aurora movie theater Friday was ironically paralleled as a classroom learning experience in a medical school in Parker the same day.The Virginia Tech shooting followed one day after a disaster drill transpired at the same location.
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine is in the middle of holding specialized classes in disaster life support for 150 second-year medical students. Along with response to natural disasters like hurricanes and floods and terrorist attacks, one of the scenarios being used to train the students is how to respond if a shooter fires at people in a movie theater and also uses a bomb in the attack.
And while, as far as I know, drills did not accompany the Columbine massacre, crisis training drills were previously scheduled for the same time at Columbine High School.
The Oklahoma City Bombing and the devastation of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that claimed the lives of 168 people, including 19 children on April 19, 1995 took place at the same time as a nearby drill being conducted by the OK City ATF and it’s bomb-squad, simulating almost the exact same scenario that played out during the bombing that morning. What's more is that because of this drill, none of the ATF or their staff, whose offices were housed in the building, happened to be in the building at the time and all escaped injury as a result. The morning of the bombing, the ATF office located inside the Murrah building was empty, unheard of at 9 AM on a weekday.
And it's not just in the U.S.:
The Oslo Norway Bombing occurred at the same time that Norwegian Police conducted a drill for “almost identical” scenario minutes before massacre.
7/7 Railway bombing in London occurred at the same time as an anti-terror drill. Peter Power, Managing Director of Visor Consultants, a private firm on contract to the London Metropolitan Police, described in a BBC interview how he had organized and conducted the anti-terror drill, on behalf of an unnamed business client:
POWER (: At half past nine this morning we were actually running an exercise for a company of over a thousand people in London based on simultaneous bombs going off precisely at the railway stations where it happened this morning, so I still have the hairs on the back of my neck standing up right now.Insanity is the mental state where reality (truth) cannot be separated from falsehood. Today, lies have become truth and and our society has become a place where, in the words of George Orwell, "the prevailing mental condition [is] controlled insanity."
HOST: To get this quite straight, you were running an exercise to see how you would cope with this and it happened while you were running the exercise?
POWER: Precisely, and it was about half past nine this morning, we planned this for a company and for obvious reasons I don’t want to reveal their name but they’re listening and they’ll know it. And we had a room full of crisis managers for the first time they’d met and so within five minutes we made a pretty rapid decision that this is the real one and so we went through the correct drills of activating crisis management procedures to jump from slow time to quick time thinking and so on.
“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously [the lie and the truth], and accepting both of them [Insanity]... with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth… Those who have the best knowledge of what is happening are also those who are furthest from seeing the world as it is; in general the greater the understanding the greater the delusion; the more intelligent the less sane… If one is to rule, and to continue ruling, one must be able to dislocate the sense of reality… If human equality is to be forever averted; if the "high," as we have called them, are to keep their places permanently; then the prevailing mental condition must be controlled insanity…" George Orwell - 1984