Recently Whitley Strieber speculated that another terror attack might be on the way?a nuclear attack, this time. On May 10, President Bush issued a national security directive ordering all agencies to preparefor a surprise attack on the Federal government.
In 1998, Whitley Strieber published the Secret School, in which he stated that a surprise nuclear attack on Washington was a danger, and since 911, many security experts have repeated this warning. Now, nearly seven years after 911, President Bush is finally instructing the federal government to develop a contingency plan for governmental survival after a surprise nuclear strike on our nation's capital. Since 911, key officials have been routinely rotated out of Washington, as a sort of ad hoc contingency against such an extraordinary attack.
The order is designated National Security Presidential Directive 51 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20. It says that, "Emphasis will be placed upon geographic dispersion of leadership, staff, and infrastructure in order to increase survivability and maintain uninterrupted government functions."
However, the order fails to address the profound social, economic and cultural upheavals that would follow a successful nuclear strike on the US capitol. It is essential that the concept outlined in the Secret School also be implemented, that a means be devised whereby an emergency convocation of governors would lead to immediate reconstruction of federal authority and the re-establishment of military command and control. In addition, it is essential that policy be stated clearly beforehand, that such an event will result in automatic retaliation against states now constructing nuclear weapons outside of the context of existing treaties, and that orders for such an attack be instituted in the same way that retaliatory orders were put in place during the Cold War, to be executed in the event of a nuclear assault on the United States.
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