posted on Apr, 5 2008 @ 06:32 AM
I did some research several years back regarding REX-84 and Garden Plot. Unfortunately at the time my research standards were a fair sight lower than
they are today, so I didn't record my references. If I can find them again, I'll post them. In the mean time, this is what my research turned up
At least as early the year 1968, “Operation Garden Plot,” also called Department of Defense Civil Disturbance Plan 55-2, was initiated. The goal
of this operation was to fund, train for, and conduct the suppression and/or management of civil unrest or disruption of emergency proportions or in
relation to states of emergency.
In 1984, in furtherance of Garden Plot, a plan known as “Air Force Civil Disturbance Plan 55-2, Employment of USAF Forces in Civil Disturbances”
was drafted. It was predicated on the concept that civil disturbances could occur in any U.S. state, and that regular police should be replaced by
U.S. Armed Forces in the event of a total breakdown of order. It provided for the utilization of Air Force personnel and/or equipment if such a
scenario should unfold. This same year, “Readiness Exercise 84” (REX-84) was carried as part of Garden Plot as well, which tested the ability to
inter large numbers of U.S. citizens in the event that it was deemed necessary.
On September 14, 2001, following the attacks of 9-11, Operation Noble Eagle was initiated under Garden Plot to reconnoiter and defend airspace over
major U.S. cities, protect military installations, and to train for further attacks, as well as the official and military responses thereto.
So as far as I can tell, this is indeed a program rather than a single facility. Furthermore, REX-84 was only one readiness exercise carried out under
the umbrella of that much larger program, known as Garden Plot.