Dangerous Crossroads: US Sponsored War Games
by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, October 6, 2007
US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) has announced the conduct of major war games under Vigilant Shield 2008 (VS-08).
Vigilant Shield 2008 (15 to 20 October, 2007)
is designed to deal with a "terrorist" or "natural disaster" scenario in the United States. The operation will be coordinated in a joint endeavor by the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security.
Yet, VS-08, which includes a massive deployment of the US Air Force resembles a war-time air scenario rather than an anti-terrorist drill. The VS-08 war games extend over the entire North American shelf. Canadian territory is also involved through Canada's participation in NORAD. (See Nazemroaya, October 2007)
These war games are being conducted at an important historical crossroads, amidst mounting US pressures and threats to actually declare a "real war" on Iran.
is predicated on the doctrine of preemptive warfare, with a vie to protecting the Homeland. The war games are coordinated with anti-terrorist drills directed against presumed Islamic terrorists.
Moreover, the announcement by NORTHCOM
of the VS-08 war games-anti-terror drills coincided with a declaration by the Bush administration in early September that military action against Iran is being contemplated at the highest echelons of the US government and Military
"President George W Bush and his inner circle are taking steps to place America on the path to war with Iran, .. Pentagon planners have developed a list of up to 2,000 bombing targets in Iran, ... Pentagon and CIA officers say they believe that the White House has begun a carefully calibrated programme of escalation that could lead to a military showdown with Iran.
(Quoted in The Sunday Telegraph, 16 September 2007).
VS-08 is a large scale military exercise to be conducted over North America and the Northern Pacific Ocean, extending westwards towards the Far East borders of Russia and China:
"USNORTHCOM’s primary exercise venues for VS-08 include locations in Oregon, Arizona and a cooperative venue with USPACOM in the Territory of Guam. NORAD’s aerospace detection and defense events will take place across all the exercise venues, to exercise the ability to mobilize resources for aerospace defense, aerospace control, maritime warning, and coordination of air operations in a disaster area
." (PNC, October 2007) Both the war games under VS-08 as well as the domestic antiterrorist drills involve the participation of Canada, Britain and Austr
"VS-08 and National Level Exercise 1-08 will provide local, state, tribal, interagency, Department of Defense, and non-governmental organizations and agencies involved in homeland security and homeland defense the opportunity to participate in a full range of exercise scenarios that will better prepare participants to prevent and respond to national crises. The participating organizations will conduct a multi-layered, civilian-led response to a national crisis."( See NORTHCOM Fact Sheet).Pacific Shield 2007
Vigilant Shield 2008 will be preceded by another set of exercises organized by Japan. The Tokyo government will host a multinational Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Maritime Interdiction Exercise “Pacific Shield 07”(PS-07) in the eastern sea area off Izu Oshima, and at the Ports of Yokosuka and Yokohama (13-15 October, (See the Japanese government communique). The stated objective of the PS 07 exercises is to "prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)". Australia, France, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK, and the US will be participating in 'Pacific Shield 07'. "Linked Exercises"The administration is talking about "linked exercises", where war scenarios are conducted simultaneously and in close coordination with civilian anti-terrorist drills.
This central concept --which underlies the "Global War on Terrorism"-- has a direct bearing on the conduct of the US led war in the Middle East. At the same time, the process of "domestic security" has become entrenched and integrated into military planning.
The 'linked exercises" provide an environment which favors the militarization of civilian institutions. They also impart the military with a further opportunity to interfere in domestic civilian law enforcement and judicial functions.
The conduct of the anti-terrorist exercise is intended to justify the need to retaliate against an illusive outside enemy (Al Qaeda), even if the US is not attacked.
But there are indications that the administration has envisaged from the standpoint of military planning, for several years now, a scenario of a second major terrorist attack on America . According to Pentagon officials referring to a classified military document:
"Another [second 911] attack could create both a justification
and an opportunity that is lacking today to retaliate against some known targets [Iran, Syria], according to current and former defense officials familiar with the plan." (WP 23 April 2006).
The above Pentagon statement suggests that a "Second 911" attack characterised by a "mass casualty producing event" is part of military doctrine and planning. A real "false flag" attack or even the threat of a terrorist attack could be used as a justification to wage war on Iran.
In the month following the 2005 7/7 London bombings, Vice President Dick Cheney is reported to have instructed USSTRATCOM to draw up a contingency plan "to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States". Implied in the contingency plan is the certainty that Iran would be behind a Second 9/11. Targeting Russia and China
VS-8 is based on a scenario of confrontation with Russia and China. The Bush administration has accused Tehran of supporting Islamic terrorism, while also pointing to the fact that Iran in fact has the support of both China and Russia.
While the contents of VS-08 have not been released, last year's Vigilant Shield exercise (Vigilant Shield 07), which simulated the outbreak of a major war, contemplated four hypothetical enemies: Ruebek (Russia), Churya (China), Irmingham (Iran) and Nemazee (North Korea).
In last year's briefing documents of the Vigilant Shield 07 war games, the following scenario was contemplated by participants:
"•Nemazee continues to develop nuclear and missile capabilities
• Southwest Asian country of Irmingham intent on uranium enrichment program
• Western countries and United States seeking U.N. assistance to halt Irmingham’s enrichment program
• Eurasian country of Ruebek attempts to mediate Irmingham crisis by offering nuclear oversight while secretly supporting enrichment program
• Asian country of Churya will become concerned at increasing level of Ruebek-U.S. hostility"
(quoted by William Arkin, Washington Post, October 2006)
The outcome of VS-07 was a limited attack by Ruebek and Nemazee on the United States.
"Minus 1 Day:
• Ruebek Expels US Mission
• Phase 2 / Execution: 10 – 14 Dec 06
– Pre-Attack I & W
– Imminent Terrorist Attack on Pentagon Suggests Pentagon COOP [continuity of operations plan]
– Nemazee Conducts 2 x ICBM Combat Launches Against United States
– Ruebek Conducts Limited Strategic Attack on United States"
quoted by William Arkin, Washington Post, October 2006)TOPOFF 4: Selective Propaganda directed at "Top Officials"
This year's VS-08 exercise combines the VS-08 hypothetical war scenario over the North American shelf with the conduct of major domestic anti-terrorist drills under TOPOFF 4.
The latter is a large scale anti-terror exercise for "top officials". It includes the participation of senior decision makers from federal, State and municipal governments, law enforcement, nongovernmental bodies as well as representatives from the business community.
According to Denis Shrader, Deputy DHS Administrator in testimony to the US Congress (October 3):
"The exercise will be executed with the participation of all appropriate Cabinet-level secretaries or their deputies, and will include the activation of all necessary operations centers to accurately simulate a truly national response to these major terrorist incidents. This will include the utilization of all five elements of the National Operations Center and the FEMA Region IX and X Regional Response Coordination Centers
. In addition, the FEMA Emergency Response Teams and Federal Incident Response Support Teams as well as DHS Situational Awareness Teams will activate in each of the venues and will simulate the establishment of a Joint Field Office in accordance with the latest National Response Framework guidance."This year's TOPOFF 4 exercises involves setting off fake radiological dispersal devices (RDD) or "dirty bombs" in Oregon, Arizona and the US Pacific island territory of Guam. According to Northern Command:
"The T4 FSE, based on National Planning Scenario – 11 (NPS-11), begins as terrorists, who have been planning attacks in Oregon, Arizona, and the U.S. Territory of Guam successfully bring radioactive material into the United States. The first of three coordinated attacks occurs in Guam, with the simulated detonation of a Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD), or “dirty bomb,” causing casualties and widespread contamination in a populous area. Similar attacks occur in the hours that follow in Portland and Phoenix. A RDD is not the same as a nuclear attack. It is a conventional explosive that, upon detonation, releases radioactive material into the surrounding area. Although it does not cause the type of catastrophic damage associated with a nuclear detonation, there are severe rescue, health, and long-term decontamination concerns associated with a RDD."TOPOFF 4 will involve the participation of some 15,000 federal, state, territorial and local officials in what is described as "a full-scale response to a multi-faceted terrorist threat". Canada, Australia and the UK will participate in TOPOFF. Observers from some 30 countries have also been invited.
"It will 'accurately simulate a truly national response to these major terrorist incidents' by emergency response teams, medical units, police forces and top government officials who will have to make difficult decisions to save lives." (quoted by AFP, 4 October 2007)
TOPOFF is a propaganda operation intended for at top decision makers. The objective is to build a consensus among key decision makers that America is threatened by Islamic terrorists, using an improvised nuclear device.
These terrorists are, according to recent statements, supported by Tehran. The presumption is that the Islamic terrorists, rather than the US, UK or Israel, have the required military capabilities and constitute a real nuclear threat.
These various anti-terrorist scenarios are intended to build a consensus among key top officials in the US and its coalition partners that the terrorist threat is not only real but the terrorists would be attacking America in a "Second 911" as part of a broader process of military confrontation, in which a number of enemy countries including Ruebek, Churya and Irmingham would be involved.
We are not, however, dealing with a classical media disinformation campaign. While the TOPOFF exercise has been casually mentioned in press reports, it is not the object of extensive media coverage. In fact very few people are aware of these exercises.
With regard to TOPOFF, the consensus building process is "internal", it does not pertain to the public at large. The disinformation campaing is intended for key decision-makers within these various governmental and nongovernmental bodies. It includes more than 10,000 participants in important decision-making positions (federal and State officials, law enforcement, fire departments, hospitals, etc), who may be called to act in the case of an emergency situation. These individuals in turn have a mandate to impose the "Global War on Terrorism" consensus within their respective organizations, --i.e. with their co-workers and colleagues, as well as with the people working under their direct supervision.
In other words, this consensus building process reaches out to tens of thousands of people in positions of authority. The antiterrorist agenda and exercises thus become a "talking point" within numerous governmental and nongovernmental organizations.
In turn, the holding of these antiterrorist exercises supports the National Security doctrine of "preemptive war", --i.e. that America has to legitimate right to self defense by intervening in foreign lands including Iran and that America must defend itself against terrorists.
It also sustains the myth of WMD in the hands of terrorists, being used against America, when in fact the US is the largest producer of WMD, with a defense budget of more than 450 billion dollars a year.
The objective is to sustain the war and national security agenda --and of course the possibility of martial law-- within the governmental, nongovernmental and corporate business sectors. Ultimately, the objective is develop across the land, an unequivocal acceptance by key officials (and of their coworkers and subordinates), from the federal to the local level, for an emergency situation, where civil liberties and the rights of citizens would be suspended.
I posted this Bulletin yesterday on Myspace.com:TOPOFF4 - INSIDER WARNING:
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There are a lot of links in this writing, and I encourage everyone reading this to check out the
articles they point to. You’ll find that everything I’m claiming here, however outrageous it may
seem, is FACT, supported by and well documented in these articles. Please follow these links and
read the articles.
Everything in BOLD are keywords that I’d encourage everyone to Google. It will take you to
more factual evidence, supported by and well documented in many more articles and websites.
Some of the information about TOPOFF 4 is classified by the Federal Government, information I
have been privy to through my position on the Emergency Preparedness committee that has been
tasked with planning the healthcare organization’s participation in this drill, among a few other
sources (legitimate and clandestine alike). Everything in white text highlighted in black is supposed
to be classified information.
Hypothetically now, let’s imagine for a moment that you lived in New York City back in 2001.
Perhaps you really did, but the vast majority of people reading this likely did not. All that aside, just
imagine that you did. Now, if someone came up to you in June or July of 2001, whether stranger or
close friend, and said to you “On September 11th something bad is going to happen and I highly
recommend you get the HELL out of this city! Please take my word for it … don’t go near
Manhattan, stay as far away from the World Trade Center complex as you possibly can. Just take
your loved ones and leave town the weekend before. don’t go South to Washington, either.” Would
you have listened?
Fast forward to 2005. Now let’s imagine for a moment that you lived in London. If someone came
up to you in April or May, whether stranger or close friend, and said to you “On July 7th, something
bad is going to happen and I highly recommend you stay away from buses and stay out of the
Tubes, just get the HELL out of this city!” Again, would you have listened?
Perhaps most people would not follow such advice, particularly coming from a stranger. But
knowing then what everyone knows now, one might feel compelled to warn as many people as
Keep this in mind…
TOPOFF 4 – Full Scale Exercise
I strongly believe that Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 (or shortly thereafter) will be a very bad day in
Portland, Oregon. That will be the second day of TOPOFF 4, a massive Full Scale Exercise (T4
FSE) involving the participation of multiple government and emergency management agencies
(FEMA, the FBI, CIA, National Guard, the United States Military, NORAD, the National
Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Department of Defense (DoD), etc…)
I desperately hope that nothing happens, but I'd much rather tell everyone my concerns and look
like a complete idiot when nothing happens, than not say anything and watch people I care about
die from radiation poisoning, wishing I would have said something!
I'm just pointing out the facts that I see as Red Flags - or False Flags?
Google: False Flag
This is the way I look at it. I'm standing at the end of a tunnel in the middle of the railroad tracks.
Deep inside the tunnel there's this light. It keeps getting brighter, and the noise down inside the
tunnel sounds like a train coming. I can hear the screeching wheels on the rails, I can hear a horn
blowing, even the wind is blowing out of the tunnel toward me. As the light gets brighter, the
sounds get louder. To my right, there’s a nasty scruffy hobo hunched over, pointing and yelling “get
off the tracks you moron, there’s a train coming!” Standing to my left, there’s a man in a business
suit calmly telling me it's just a guy with a flashlight, a big fan and a tape recorder with screeching
sounds and horn noises blaring from the speakers. “Just because you’ve seen trains come flying out
of this tunnel in the past doesn't mean that THIS is another train. That old guy is just a crazy
conspiracy theorist!” And maybe he’s correct, because if someone were walking through this tunnel
toward me with a flashlight, a big fan and a tape recorder with screeching sounds and horn noises
blaring from the speakers, this is perhaps what it would look like. But, just in case, wouldn't you
step off the track until you knew for absolute certainty that there isn’t actually a train coming? I
I don't trust the Federal Government, and I do believe that they are certainly capable of putting its
own people in immediate or direct danger on purpose. It's all about a means to an end. The end
game is bigger than Iran. As outlined in this 70 Page documenthttp://www.cfr.org/content/publications ... _final.pdf
there will be some major
changes in this country, some elements that have already taken place, others that need some sort of a
catalyst before they can happen.http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=14965
Google: North American Union
The government just needs to convince the people. The best way to convince the people is to scare
them and create the illusion that they're in danger. The best way to scare people is to stage a
terrorist attack in a somewhat trivial place, and use the outcome to funnel the people wherever you
want them to go. It's really unfortunate, but people are just like sheep.
Like I said, October may come to a close and nothing will happen. If so, then I'll look like a crazy
conspiracy theorist like all the others, and everyone can point and laugh, but I'm okay with that. I'd
rather that, than point and laugh back at everyone who's dying of radioactive cancer, saying "I told
you so!"My suggestion: GET THE HELL OUT OF PORTLAND, ASAP!!!Get at least 200 miles from Portland, but don’t go near Phoenix, AZ either.
I guess we'll find out how it all goes down at 8:51am on October 16th, 2007.
Don't worry, come the end of October, this will all be over - one way or another.
10/03/07 Jeff Farias Show... 1480 KPHX Phx Az
INTERVIEW: Webster G. TarpleyTOPOFF4: FLASH ... FLASH ....FLASH...FALSE FLAG AGAIN!
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, Sun Oct 14 01:48
10/03/07 Jeff Farias Show... 1480 KPHX Phx AzINTERVIEW: Webster G. TarpleyTOPOFF4: FLASH ... FLASH ....FLASH...FALSE FLAG AGAIN!
[TOPOFF4]A Nuclear ... morehttp://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?disc=149495;article=114478
;Ooooh, I get it.... Cheney is running this one....
— Pepper, Mon Oct 15 04:31
This isn't about a nuke attack, this is about the corridor, the law of the sea, and the NAU..... They are practicing martial law to either prevent or contain rebellion over another Cheney... morehttp://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?disc=149495;article=114503
TOPOFF4 - INSIDER WARNING: — Anonymous, Sun Oct 14 01:56
That is what you can expect from an alkie..... — Pepper, Mon Oct 15 04:41
Cheney is a certified, pathological sick animal and I am tired of his antics. There is no excuse for them anymore. Its one thing if he wants to shoot a friend in the face when hes drunk and... more
This is posted on WhatReallyHappened.comRussian strategic bombers to conduct exercises Oct. 16-30 Russian strategic bombers to conduct exercises Oct. 16-30
Russian strategic bombers will conduct October 16-30 a series of long-range training flights, with simulated bomber raids and missile launches, an Air Force spokesman said on Monday.
Posted Oct 15, 2007 10:45 AM PST
These exercises coincide completely with "Exercise Vigilant Shield 08", to be held by the US military and Homeland Security from October 15th through the 30th. From http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/2007/09/e ... d-for.html, reported 1 September, 2007:
"North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command along with U.S. Pacific Command, the Department of Homeland Security as well as local, state and other federal responders will exercise their response abilities against a variety of potential threats during Exercise Vigilant Shield ‘08, a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-designated, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM)-sponsored, and U.S. Joint Forces Command-supported Department of Defense exercise for homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities missions.
VS-08 will be conducted concurrent with Top Officials 4 (TOPOFF 4), the nation’s premier exercise of terrorism preparedness sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, and several other linked exercises as part of the National Level Exercise 1-08. These linked exercises will take place October 15-20 and are being conducted throughout the United States and in conjunction with several partner nations including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, as well as the Territory of Guam."
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October 13, 2007 at 12:38:16Dick Cheney & Vigilant Shield: Will a Missing Nuke from the B-52 Incident be used in a Simulated Terrorist Attack?
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From October 15 to 19, 2007, a set of military and civil exercises will be held in Oregon, Arizona and Guam. The exercises, TOPOFF 4 and Vigilant Shield 08, are designed to test official responses to the detonation of radiological dispersal devices on U.S. territory. The exercises will be overseen by Vice President Dick Cheney who, according to unconfirmed reports, will travel to Portland to coordinate all Federal departments and agencies responses to the simulated attacks. This has led to a number of civilian groups expressing alarm that TOPOFF and Vigilant Shield might be used as a cover for False Flag operations that replicate what occurred during the 911 attacks . On September 11, 2001, Dick Cheney was overseeing a series of simulated terrorist attacks involving hijacked airplanes hitting buildings that was called “Vigilant Guardian”. Vigilant Guardian was run simultaneously with NORAD training exercises called Vigilant Warrior and Northern Vigilance that altogether involved as many as eleven hijacked airplanes.
This created much confusion and led to stand down orders for the US Air Force that was unsure if the 911 attacks were part of the simulated exercises or real attacks. This confusion accounted for the long delays between initial reports of hijacked planes being used in ‘terrorist’ attacks, and Air Force intercept missions being launched using the few planes not involved in the Northern Vigilance exercise.
What makes TOPOFF 4 and Vigilant Shield especially concerning is that they follow upon an incident involving five (later revised up to six) nuclear cruise missiles found on a B-52 sitting on a tarmac at Barksdale Air Force Base on August 30. The Air Force has launched an official inquiry and so far has announced to the public that the B-52 incident was nothing more than an unusually high number of errors. A Washington Post article on September 23 summarized the main arguments for this explanation which has effectively put to an end any further investigations by mainstream media sources. In contrast, a number of researchers have argued that the B-52 incident could not have occurred without very senior officials giving orders, and others refusing to comply with such orders. According to Wayne Madsen a number of Air Force personnel refused to allow the nuclear armed B-52 to fly in a covert mission to Iran outside the normal chain of military command. Madsen describes the nature of the internal conflict over the B-52 incident:
“Command and control breakdowns involving U.S. nuclear weapons are unprecedented, except for that fact that the U.S. military is now waging an internal war against neo-cons who are embedded in the U.S. government and military chain of command who are intent on using nuclear weapons in a pre-emptive war with Iran.”
What makes the B-52 incident even more disturbing is that six nuclear cruise missiles left Minot Air Force Base, and the initial Military Times report on September 5 reported that five nuclear warheads were discovered at Barksdale Air Force Base. This was subsequently revised by the Military Times to six in an updated story five days later on September 10. How could the Air Force mix up how many nuclear weapons were initially involved in the incident? The most plausible explanation is that there had been a discrepancy in the number of nuclear weapons that had left Minot and what had been later discovered at Barksdale? The nuclear armed B-52 had been sitting on the tarmac in an unsecured military environment for up to 10 hours before its nuclear payload was discovered. This offered plenty of time for the removal of one of the nuclear weapons. Such an event had to be covered up for national security purposes which is why the Military Times revised its initial report. The possibility of a missing nuclear weapon is augmented by an unprecedented official standown by the Air Force on September 14 where all planes were grounded allegedly to review Standard Operating Procedures. Was the Air Force really conducting an emergency inventory to locate any missing nuclear weapons?
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