Continuity of Government
Shadow Government's Hidden Means of Control
“Dick Cheney officially enacted the 'Continuation of Government' plans shortly after 9/11, although the Bush Administration would not confirm that this took place until March 2002. A simultaneous 'State of Emergency' was declared and continues in effect today, extended each year by George Bush, Barack Obama, and then Donald Trump."
Did you know that the U.S. is currently operating under a little-known continuity of government proclamation? According to a revealing USA Today article, this proclamation gives the president "sweeping powers to mobilize the military" and "to call up National Guard and Reserve troops, hire and fire military officers, and bypass limits on the numbers of generals that could serve."
In theory, the president is given these special powers only until Congress has time to act in case of an emergency. In fact, the president has had these specially reserved powers ever since 9/11.
Is there a deeper agenda behind all of this? Is it possible that a shadow government is using continuity of government to secretly manipulate behind the scenes to create more war, knowing that this helps to fill the coffers of the multinationals and those who benefit from them? A highly decorated U.S. general who discovered how he had been manipulated went so far as to write a book titled "War is a Racket." Another U.S. general has stated, "we helped build ISIS."
The essay below uses easily verified facts that prove the American government is hiding from the public special powers that allow the president to act almost as a dictator. Consider also how Trump, Obama, and other presidents were elected on a platform of getting us out of war, only to become major promoters of war shortly after taking office. Explore what is written here about this and verify the links given to prove that things are not always as they seem.
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Chapter XI: Continuity of Government
The definition of 'Continuity of Government' is a set of contingency plans to ensure that essential government functions remain in place after a disaster such as nuclear war. In the United States, Continuity of Government plans have been on the books since at least the Eisenhower administration. The plans involved building intricate hidden command centers such as the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center built in 1959, nestled away in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
While the Government officially classifies Mt. Weather as a 'bunker', many sources claim that it is essentially a full blown city. According to GlobalSecurity.org, a respected institution in the intelligence community, Mount Weather contains a hospital, sewer treatment system, reservoirs, a power plant, an emergency television studio, and a thorough system of dormitories & office buildings.345
None of this is out of the ordinary, so to speak. It is reasonable for the government to have such plans in place. However, on September 11, 2001, the Continuity of Operations plan was officially activated and has been live ever since, meaning that Mt. Weather and similar installations are likely in operation today.
“A national emergency exists by reason of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, New York, New York, and the Pentagon, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United States,” President George W. Bush proclaimed on September 14, 2001.
Dick Cheney officially enacted the “Continuation of Government” plans shortly after 9/11, although the Bush Administration would not confirm that this took place until March 2002.346 A simultaneous 'State of Emergency' was declared and continues in effect today, extended each year by George Bush, Barack Obama, and then Donald Trump.347
“A 'shadow government' consisting of 75 or more senior officials has been living and working secretly outside Washington since Sept. 11 in case the nation's capital is crippled by terrorist attack. "This is serious business," President Bush said of plans to ensure the continuity of government.
Such an operation was conceived as a Cold War precaution against nuclear attack during the Eisenhower administration but never used until now. It went into effect in the first hours after the terror attacks and has evolved over time, said senior government officials who provided details of the plan.
Under the classified "Continuity of Operations Plan," which was first reported by The Washington Post in its Friday editions, high-ranking officials representing their departments have begun rotating in and out of the assignment at one of two fortified locations along the East Coast.
The Post said the first rotations were made in late October or early November, a fact confirmed by a senior government official late Thursday.
Officials who are activated for the duty live and work underground 24 hours a day, away from their families, according to the Post. The shadow government has sent home most of the first wave of deployed personnel, replacing them most commonly at 90-day intervals.
The government-in-waiting is an extension of a policy that has kept Vice President Dick Cheney in secure, undisclosed locations away from Washington. Cheney has moved in and out of public view as threat levels have fluctuated.”348
Serious business indeed. There have been instances where Congressmen have been stonewalled when trying to learn more about the secret operations. One example is Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio, a key member of the Homeland Security Committee, pushed to review the classified portion of the Continuity plan in a secure setting in 2007 but his access was denied.349
What can we know about the Continuity of Operations plan currently in effect? Patrick Thronson, editor-in-chief of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, has put together the most comprehensive publicly available paper detailing the states of emergencies and powers granted to the executive branch.350 Available knowledge is naturally incomplete because many powers and documents are still classified. Some highlights include:
• Congress is required by statue to vote on the continuation of a state of National Emergency every six months. Since September 11th, 2001, it has only happened once.
• There are currently thirty simultaneous declared states of emergency.
• The Executive Branch can freeze the assets and prevent financial transactions of individuals. This extends to even basic life necessities. They can go as far as to prohibit donations of food to said person.
• The president can unilaterally order the inspection and seizure of commercial vessels.
• The president is authorized to suspend or alter rules for broadcast stations, or authorize control of said station.
• Provisions to suspend or control internet traffic.
"Thus, the only apparent legal obstacle standing between present conditions and this degree of government control over mass media and telecommunications is a presidential order. " – Thronson
• The ability to seize property
• The delegation of 'maintaining law and order' to the department of defense.
• Extend military tours of duty beyond contractually agreed termination dates.
"A nation under thirty states of national emergency can hardly claim that emergency laws are the exception to—rather than the rule of—normal governance. " – Thronson
Like every other case study of covert activities highlighted in this book, 'Continuity of Operations' has a friendly face but the actual workings of the secret government are strictly secret. Suffice it to say that the powers behind the Iran/Contra activities have become fully institutionalized.
The implications are that the workings of Congress, the Justice Department and other institutions have become merely a show to distract from the reality that a secret government which does not respond to civilian rule and has granted itself sweeping, unchecked powers and is certainly directly operating in the realm of foreign policy, covert activities and likely domestic espionage, among other potential activities.
345 Mount Weather profile at GlobalSecurity.org
346 CBS, “The Shadow Government,” February 11, 2009
347 MSNBC, “Obama quietly extends post-9/11 state of national emergency,” September 11, 2013
348 CBS, “The Shadow Government,” February 11, 2009
349 Oregon Live, “DeFazio demands access to classified information,” July 27, 2007
350 Patrick Thronson, “Towards Comprehensive Reform of America's Emergency Law Regime,” March 23, 2013
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Food for Thought:
1. Is there any limit to the powers that the shadow government has granted itself?
2. Why has there been nearly zero coverage of the Continuity of Government in the media? Why have only one or two congressman openly questioned its existence?
3. Who is in control of the Continuity of Government operations? What is their agenda?
Note: Lifting the Veil by Timothy Silver is available free online. This landmark book is the best, most reliable summary of all that is hidden going on in our world that we've ever seen. Take the time to read it and you will not be disappointed.
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