posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 06:21 PM
has removed any mention of NLE 2010 from its website.
NLE exercises track back to 2000, when Congress mandated them to test top government officials' responses to a nuclear, biological or chemical
They have been public since then, right up until now.
Why the sudden change?
NLE 2010 was scheduled to be an exercise based on National Planning Scenario 1 which simulated a nuclear detonation in a U.S. city, the scenario: Las
Vegas was to be the epicenter of this hypothetical attack and that left “hundreds of thousands” of as casualties, and over 300,000 as refugees and
over 1 million as displaced.
The controversy surrounding the excercise as such a scenario, regardless of its national security benefits seems obvious.
According to the Washington Post
, Senator Harry Reid
(D-NV), was vocal about the exercise’s in Nevada and that the event would have a negative fiscal impact on the State.
However buried in The Post's write up is this scary bit of information.
FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate acknowledged that the administration has concerns about whether the large-scale exercises need revamping,
but said officials are committed to other kinds of drills, particularly those conducted without notice.
Although the administration is "in lock-step in our continued commitment" to NLEs, he said, "our exercises have to go beyond the large-scale,
pre-planned events. We have to do a lot more exercises on a day-to-day basis."
An excerpt from Obama's Speech at the Nuclear Security Summit, April 13 2010 in which he emphasized that the threat of terrorists using nuclear
weapons inside of major metropolitan cities is one of the “greatest threats” that the world faces:
Two decades after the end of the Cold War, we face a cruel irony of history — the risk of a nuclear confrontation between nations has gone down,
but the risk of nuclear attack has gone up.
Nuclear materials that could be sold or stolen and fashioned into a nuclear weapon exist in dozens of nations. Just the smallest amount of plutonium
— about the size of an apple — could kill and injure hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Terrorist networks such as al Qaeda have tried to
acquire the material for a nuclear weapon, and if they ever succeeded, they would surely use it. Were they to do so, it would be a catastrophe for the
world — causing extraordinary loss of life, and striking a major blow to global peace and stability.
In short, it is increasingly clear that the danger of nuclear terrorism is one of the greatest threats to global security — to our collective
A website that downloaded a copy of FEMA NLE document and is making the document available to the public is being asked to remove it.
Public Intelligence has received a request from FEMA to remove a
“For Official Use Only” document regarding the National Level Exercise 2010 (NLE 10), which was scheduled for this coming May.
FEMA NLE 2010
What is strange is the attempt that is now being made by FEMA to eliminate references to the exercises and remove from circulation a document that
has played an important role in drawing attention to the exercise. As the state of NLE 10 is unclear at the moment, it is difficult to say whether
the request is truly motivated by security or whether there is a more dubious intention.
On Public Intellegence own server, not a
.mil or .gov site.
[edit on 17-4-2010 by burntheships]