Planning for What?
Does the Government know something we don't or just getting prepared in case?
So many 'joint exercises'! Does the government know something we don't?
This year (2016) appears to have seen an unprecedented number of local joint emergency exercises, involving all the emergency services, plus others that might be involved. From Plymouth to Paisley and from Birkenhead to Basildon, events have been held to test the preparedness of these organisations to work together in a variety of assumed situations. These include major rail disasters, the collapse of buildings, fires, radio-active leaks and terrorist attacks.
We all know that Britain and America are close communicators in matters of national security, so it is reassuring (sic) to learn that September this year, America appears to be testing its systems for a national emergency. The Federal Government issued a "reminder", that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), would conduct a mandatory nationwide test of the 'Emergency Alert System (EAS) on . (See: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2016/09/26/nationwide-emergency-alert-system-test-planned-september-28) This is just one of indicator of what some interpret as long term planning for major conflict and domestic repression under the guise of actual or created external threat. This perspective may not be over illusionary. (See: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/05/01/homeland-security-preparing-for-massive-civil-war/)
It is hard not to see these moves as ominous, in the light of developments in the international situation, particularly as it relates to the deteriorating relationship between America and Russia in Syria and Ukraine, where direct confrontation has been narrowly avoided to date and is an ever present danger.
The UK and European governments have generally not warned their populations regarding the huge dangers implicit in this stand-off and in the build up weaponry in these regions - military, airborne and naval. Virtually all public relations have been directed towards the 'threat from ISIS'. Increasingly this has been shown to be a sham and a cover for much less well known strategic objectives, indeed that ISIS may well have been an American/Israeli/Saudi (not exclusively) creation and instrument in the region.
The ISIS ploy has acted as camouflage for a continuing policy of balkanisation of the Middle East and Israeli/American hegemony, with natural resources, particularly oil, at its centre. The fact that Russia (and now it appears China) have obstructed this goal, backing both Syria and Iran, has very much upped the anti, and indeed the risk of super-power conflict that could involve nuclear weapons!
In this regard we cannot escape notice that Russia too is making provision for civil defence. See here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-nuclear-weapon-training-attack-radiation-moscow-vladimir-putin-a7345461.html These worrying developments cannot be overstated for the safety of millions and the future of the planet.
So returning to the United Kingdom, we might infer that although the numerous exercises throughout the land are advertised locally as merely ad hoc training exercises, there may be far more sinister civil defence reasons for them never reported, reminiscent of the 1980 when generally unknown, we came perilously close to a nuclear exchange under Reagan and Thatcher. (A good review of the historical perspective and particularly the 1983 'near-miss can be found here: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/forecasting-nuclear-war)
This view is not without documentary support. In the Emergency Planning and Preparedness Guidance Document (2014) it states:
"The government aims to ensure all organisations are fully prepared for all types of emergencies. Integral to that is the practising and testing of all the elements of emergency plans. This guide outlines what we mean by exercising, describes different types of exercise, and outlines the exercising which takes place at all levels of government. It also provides some specific examples of recent exercises." (See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/emergency-planning-and-preparedness-exercises-and-training)
I must admit, given our recent knowledge of how notable 'terrorist incidents' have been accompanied by 'training events' that closely resemble the genuine one, I found the following paragraph rather intriguing. Specifically, I am left wondering what the "fourth category" actually refers to?
"Types of exercises
JUST SOME OF THE RECENT UK EXERCISES
https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/News/NewsArticle.aspx?id=70d5aa7c-e5b4-4dc8-8705-174f51a99f0a "Codenamed Exercise Short Sermon 16"
"That's enough exercises." Ed.
Then there are the armed services:
Then there are the armed services:
Royal Navy's first 'robot wars' exercise begins 4 October 2016