Why should this be a concern?
Remember 911? Did you know that out military was running four separate drills on the very morning of the attacks, drills that simulated the exact attack that occurred that very same morning? The large numbers of ‘blips’ on NORAD screens that displayed both real and ‘drill’ hijacked planes explain why confused press reports emerged hours after the attack stating that up to eight planes had been hijacked.
There is a British witness who testifies that the London bombings happened at EXACTLY the same time, at EXACTLY the same LOCATIONS as was being “staged” at an “exercise” on the morning of July 7th 2005.
Besides the obvious coincidence of these exercises coinciding with the real events, when many individuals are taking part in a drill or exercise, and the real events play out, it creates a delayed or confused response. Normal procedure is often not followed, because many taking part in the drill are not aware that the events are taking place in the “real world”.
This upcoming exercise IS NOT an exercise for FEMA to practice disaster relief. The FEMA website page states very clearly that this exercise will: “focus exclusively on terrorism prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and recovery”, and to make this even more interesting, they are bringing foreign troops into our towns and cities to play this exercise. Please pay special attention to the part in the text below that states: “NLE 09 will allow terrorism prevention efforts to proceed to a logical end (successful or not), with no requirement for response or recovery activities.” Isn’t that FEMA’s purpose of existence?
Although I do believe in preparing, and I do not believe every drill means that same situation will occur in real life at the same time, but I think historical events teach us to sit up and pay attention to what exercises are occurring. FEMA’s mission has been changed to becoming Homeland Security and prevention minded, rather than the federal agency that responds to and helps Americans recover from disasters. This happened in 2003 – it really changes the focus and mission of FEMA.
For 30 years FEMA’s mission has been: to lead America to prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from disasters with a vision of “A Nation Prepared.”
Now their website describes FEMA as: FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters.
Here is the text of the FEMA website page with link following:
National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09)
National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09) is scheduled for July 27 through July 31, 2009. NLE 09 will be the first major exercise conducted by the United States government that will focus exclusively on terrorism prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and recovery.
NLE 09 is designated as a Tier I National Level Exercise. Tier I exercises (formerly known as the Top Officials exercise series or TOPOFF) are conducted annually in accordance with the National Exercise Program (NEP), which serves as the nation’s overarching exercise program for planning, organizing, conducting and evaluating national level exercises. The NEP was established to provide the U.S. government, at all levels, exercise opportunities to prepare for catastrophic crises ranging from terrorism to natural disasters.
NLE 09 is a White House directed, Congressionally- mandated exercise that includes the participation of all appropriate federal department and agency senior officials, their deputies, staff and key operational elements. In addition, broad regional participation of state, tribal, local, and private sector is anticipated. This year the United States welcomes the participation of Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom in NLE 09.
NLE 09 will focus on intelligence and information sharing among intelligence and law enforcement communities, and between international, federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector participants.
The NLE 09 scenario will begin in the aftermath of a notional terrorist event outside of the United States, and exercise play will center on preventing subsequent efforts by the terrorists to enter the United States and carry out additional attacks. This scenario enables participating senior officials to focus on issues related to preventing terrorist events domestically and protecting U.S. critical infrastructure.
NLE 09 will allow terrorism prevention efforts to proceed to a logical end (successful or not), with no requirement for response or recovery activities.
NLE 09 will be an operations-based exercise to include: activities taking place at command posts, emergency operation centers, intelligence centers and potential field locations to include federal headquarters facilities in the Washington D.C. area, and in federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector facilities in FEMA Region VI, which includes the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Through a comprehensive evaluation process, the exercise will assess prevention and protection capabilities both nationally and regionally. Although NLE 09 is still in the planning stages, the exercise is currently designed to validate the following capabilities:
Intelligence/Information Sharing and Dissemination
Counter-Terrorism Investigation and Law Enforcement
Air, Border and Maritime Security
Critical Infrastructure Protection
Public and Private Sector Alert/Notification and Security Advisories
VALIDATING THE HOMELAND SECURITY SYSTEM
Exercises such as NLE 09 are an important component of national preparedness, helping to build an integrated federal, state, tribal, local and private sector capability to prevent terrorist attacks, and rapidly and effectively respond to, and recover from, any terrorist attack or major disaster that occurs.
The full-scale exercise offers agencies and jurisdictions a way to test their plans and skills in a real-time, realistic environment and to gain the in-depth knowledge that only experience can provide. Participants will exercise prevention and information sharing functions that are critical to preventing terrorist attacks. Lessons learned from the exercise will provide valuable insights to guide future planning for securing the nation against terrorist attacks, disasters, and other emergencies.
For more information about NLE 09, contact the FEMA News Desk: 202-646-4600.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters.