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Inside the Shadow Government: National Emergencies and the Cult of Secrecy

a book by Harry Helms

(our site's book review)

This is an important look at FEMA and the COG program which would kick in at the discretion of the president if there is a national emergency declared. Maybe.


Shadow Government Confusion

Helms unknowingly chooses to collude with the actual CIA-managed obfiscation of the whole "shadow government" issue, obfiscation which proposes that the COG personnel are the entirety of what the shadow government concept is about, which is wrong. (Helms should have called it the COG's emergency government, but he apparently had done little research on the shadow government subject so didn't know he was merely adding to the confusion.) The CIA is a masterful misinformation machine that tries to keep citizens in the dark about subjects like the shadow government which it wishes citizens to be ignorant about. So it makes sure the internet is oozing with loads of misinformation about shadow government issues such as what it is, how it works, who is in it, what they do, how they operate, and, most critically, how they have more power and influence than the elected government leaders.

All the websites that contain shadow government "conspiracy theories" but also contain ludicrous drivel about aliens, Illuminati, and sex cults or Satanism are either CIA-planted misdirection or conspiracy theorist's sites that arise because of all the CIA-planted malarkey that pushes them toward paranoid rants and raves. The point of all this nonsense is to make everything about shadow government realities seem like ravings of the lunatic fringe: silly conspiracy theorist foolishness. And their misinformation campaigns have been quite successful, since our citizens think shadow government information is conspiracy theorists' wet dreams. Or fake news. This protects the real shadow government in the paranoid minds of the real (non-COG) shadow government.

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false."—William Casey, CIA Director

American citizens are choking on misinformation—their government and their media routinely lie to them
American citizens are choking on misinformation—their government and their media routinely lie to them

Harry Helms, an expert on clandestine and pirate radio, offers a nightmare scenario for what might have followed 9/11: the president could have declared a state of emergency and an unelected "shadow government," housed in hidden bunkers, would have gone into operation; civil liberties would have been suspended; civilian authorities in various cities would yield to military Special Forces. This COG (Continuity of Government) program can be implemented in case there is a national emergency—at the president's discretion (or lack of discretion).

Bunker
Bunker

"Readers concerned with the possible loss of civil liberties will find their worst fears confirmed here [in Helms' book]."—Publishers Weekly


The COG (Continuity of Government) Contingency Government

The Washington Post has reported that a parallel "shadow government" was temporarily activated in response to the September 11th attacks. Inside the Shadow Government: National Emergencies and the Cult of Secrecy is the first in-depth exploration of these standby plans. Among its revelations are details of plans for arrest—without probable cause or warrant—of American citizens by presidential order and government control of all media outlets. Special attention is given to the rise of "executive orders," a device that lets a president bypass Congress to create new laws. This book makes a powerful case that the "shadow government" is more concerned with restricting American civil liberties and constitutional government than it is with fighting international terrorism. Included are photos, illustrations, maps, charts and appendices that contain the complete text of government and military documents outlining plans for implementing the COG's contingency government in future national emergencies.

Helms wrongly believe the COG's contingency government is the Shadow Government; but the REAL Shadow Government is the warmongering neocon-controlled American-Empire-building secret government that controls our leaders and military
Helms wrongly believe the COG's contingency government is the Shadow Government; but the REAL Shadow Government is the warmongering neocon-controlled American-Empire-building secret government that controls our leaders and military—see Other Shadow Government Perspectives

This book scrutinizes the Shadow Government's origins, legal foundations, powers, structure, facilities, and potential for abuse. The book considers whether the Shadow Government can (or desires to) preserve American constitutional government in the event of a national catastrophe.


The United States Has No Need for a Shadow Government

According to Helms, "The United States has no need for a Shadow Government. We already have a 'Sunshine Government' defined by the Constitution and implemented by laws passed by elected representatives of the American people. The legitimate need to prepare for unexpected emergencies and catastrophic events can easily be accommodated within the framework of constitutional, not shadow, government." He is entirely correct about this vital point. Unfortunately, a warmongering neocon-controlled American-Empire-building government with thousands of nasty secrets to hide is ass deep in logical reasons to maintain a shadow government that exercises control over our nation!

The Washington Post is wrong that the actual shadow government was activated in response to the September 11th attacks; it had been active for decades; it is not passive or waiting for emergencies; in fact, it is currently in control of our nation
The Washington Post is wrong that the actual shadow government was activated in response to the September 11th attacks; it had been active for decades; it is not passive or waiting for emergencies; in fact, it is currently in control of our nation

The Real Truth about the Shadow Government

It is time we clarify the confusion created by so many people misusing the shadow government term (some—like the CIA—doing it on purpose). Our researches have revealed the following:

  1. The personnel of the COG (Continuity of Government) program are a national emergency contingency government that is only just that: a contingency government, NOT to be confused with the actual reality of the neocon-controlled shadow government like Helms does in Inside the Shadow Government: National Emergencies and the Cult of Secrecy
  2. The Washington Post is wrong that the actual shadow government was activated in response to the September 11th attacks. It had been active for decades. It is not passive or waiting for emergencies. In fact, it is currently in control of our nation and it runs elected leaders like puppets. Many Presidents and Congressmen have realized this and said so. See Democracy—an American Delusion.
  3. Following a catastrophic national emergency, the President, or his successor, can authorize the establishment of a temporary parallel government to maintain control of the essential functions of the Federal Government. President Bush activated this parallel government on September 11, 2001 shortly after the second attack on the World Trade Center. It was a precaution in case the leadership of the country was either wiped out or their places of work destroyed. Neither leadership or their offices were attacked, so the activated personnel that got termporarily evacuated went back to inactive status once the government could see that it was intact. This is all The Washington Post meant by their bold statement about a shadow government activation.
  4. Every federal agency has designated key individuals to be part of an "Emergency Relocation Group". These ERGs are assigned to an alternate secure location on a rotating basis and are ready to take over the duty of supporting the National Essential Functions of this nation in an emergency.
  5. The operational authority for the Continuity of Government was shifted from the civilian Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the White House Military Office in early 2009. Obama, like Dubya, wanted even more godly powers.
  6. Technically, the yearly-renewed state of national emergency continues today in 2017, 16 years after 9/11.
  7. At the end of this book review is a group of links to reviews of REAL Shadow Government books—not the COG stuff The Washington Post and Helms wrongly believe is the Shadow Government.

We have something much worse than fascism: de facto control of the country by a shadow government that is peopled by fanatic neocons that run the U.S. like a puppet government
We have something much worse than fascism: de facto control of the country by a shadow government that is peopled by fanatic neocons that run the U.S. like a puppet government


Obama, like Dubya, wanted even more godly powers so he decided to be the FEMA controller in addition to his other jobs
Obama, like Dubya, wanted even more godly powers so he decided to be the FEMA controller in addition to his other jobs

The Birth of the Imperial Presidency and the Demise of Democracy

A March 2012 Executive Order gives the President the authority to commandeer all U.S. domestic resources, including food and water, and seize all energy and transportation infrastructure within the United States. The order also authorizes the U.S. Government to force its citizens to fulfill labor requirements for the purposes of national defense—i.e., slave labor like in a North Korean concentration camp. Under a recent Cybersecurity Act, the President has the right to shut down parts of the Internet in times of an emergency. Yes, this DOES mean dictatorship, and yes it DOES mean they can take all your food from your home and all your gas from your car. But then you'll starve, you say. True, but they only pretend to care about you—the food and fuel is for the people they care about: themselves. Oh, and they can take your house and there's nothing you can do about it. Most survivalists and armageddonists and even millions of normal citizens—especially vets—have plenty of weapons to defend their homes and stuff with, so the storm troopers will really have their work cut out for them if worse comes to worse. There are 318 MILLION of us citizens, so lots of luck, Fascists. Why did we allow presidents to have the powers of Gods, to burn the Constitution on a whim, to act like tyrannical dictators?! WE do not remember agreeing to such things, do you?

Executive Orders gives the President the dictatorial authority to take your food, house, car, fuel and freedom and force you to perform slave labor. Democracy your ass!
Executive Orders gives the President the dictatorial authority to take your food, house, car, fuel and freedom and force you to perform slave labor. "Democracy" your ass!


We have a Constitution that is slowly being eroded away into nothing by such insults to liberty as the Patriot Act—the NSA may as well burn it
We have a Constitution that is slowly being eroded away into nothing by such insults to liberty as the Patriot Act—the NSA may as well burn it

In FEMA, Lt. Col. North Virtually Established the Apparatus for Dictatorship

“The crux of the problem is that FEMA has the power to turn the United States into a police state in time of a real crisis or a manufactured crisis (false flag operation like 9/11). Lt. Col. North virtually established the apparatus for dictatorship,” explains Harry V. Martin.

8 Republican states introducing legislation to criminalize peaceful protests—not only are those kinds of laws unconstitutional, they are fascist: the exact same laws were enacted in Nazi Germany when Hitler assumed power
8 Republican states introducing legislation to criminalize peaceful protests—not only are those kinds of laws unconstitutional, they are fascist: the exact same laws were enacted in Nazi Germany when Hitler assumed power

The Iran-Contra Hearings in 1987 revealed this testimony: "These [internment] camps are to be operated by FEMA should martial law need to be implemented in the United States and all it would take is a presidential signature on a proclamation and the attorney general’s signature on a warrant to which a list of names is attached.”

The Constitution Was Suspended On 9-11; No One Knows If It Was Ever Re-instated. Likely Not!.


FEMA’s Budgets Included Only $243 Million for Disaster Relief but $2.9 Billion for Black Ops

"Oddly, the Times characterizes FEMA as a 'properly functioning federal agency' despite the fact most of its budget has found its way into 'black' and classified projects [like setting up detention (concentration) camps in the U.S.]. In short, it is a front for secret government operations. A 1992 study by the Cox Newspapers Group found that during 1982-1992 FEMA’s budgets included only $243 million for disaster relief but $2.9 billion for black ops, according to Harry Helms, author of Inside the Shadow Government: National Emergencies and the Cult of Secrecy." (Source: NYT on Hurricane Sandy: We’re Doomed Without FEMA and Big Government, InfoWars, Kurt Nimmo, 2012)

In April 1984, President Reagan signed Presidential Directorate Number 54 that allowed FEMA to engage in a secret national readiness exercise plan code-named REX 84. It called for the suspension of the Constitution, turning control of the government over to FEMA, appointment of military commanders to run state and local governments and the declaration of Martial Law. The Presidential Executive Orders to support such a plan were already in place. The plan also advocated the rounding up and transfer to assembly centers or relocation camps (concentration camps) of "at least 21 million American Negroes in the event of massive rioting or disorder", not unlike the rounding up of the Jews in Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

Leave it to Reagan to come up with a plan for the suspension of the Constitution, turning control of the government over to FEMA, the declaration of Martial Law, and sticking 'negroes' in concentration camps
Leave it to Reagan to come up with a plan for the suspension of the Constitution, turning control of the government over to FEMA, the declaration of Martial Law, and sticking 'negroes' in concentration camps

Rex 84 included plans for suspension of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution for the duration of the national emergency. While undocumented immigrants were the only ones targeted for detention during the Rex 84 exercise, the logistics of interning American citizens would essentially be the same. Under the FEMA plan, there is no contingency by which Constitutional power is restored. Dictatorship forever? There are now over 600 prison camps in the United States, all fully operational and ready to receive prisoners. They are all staffed and even surrounded by full-time guards, but they are all empty—for now. (Waiting for the next false flag disaster?)


The Blind Leading the Blind

Special access programs (SAPs) are frequently used not to protect national security—their stated goal—but instead to hide program failures, mismanagement, waste, etc.—i.e., for ass covering
Special access programs (SAPs) are frequently used not to protect national security—their stated goal—but instead to hide program failures, mismanagement, waste, etc.—i.e., for ass covering

Most of FEMA's classified spending has probably been for continuity of government (COG) programs—that is, activities deemed essential to survival of the nation in case of nuclear attack, terrorist attack, [imminent threat of nuclear war, simultaneous rioting in major American cities, a widespread natural or environmental disaster, or a devastating economic depression] or any other event that would endanger the functioning of civil government or the lives of national leaders. . . . "Critics such as Tim Weiner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, have charged that special access programs (SAPs) are frequently used not to protect national security but instead to hide program failures, mismanagement, waste, overly cozy relationships between defense contracts and the military brass, and even outright fraud. Such problems occur throughout government programs that are not classified and subject to public review and investigation; one can only wonder at what happens inside programs of which any meaningful public oversight is impossible. . . . The use of SAPs has proliferated over the past three decades, with the result that each year members of Congress approve billions of dollars in funding for programs of which they have no knowledge whatsoever." It's the blind leading the blind. (Source: Cult of Secrecy, excerpted from the book Inside the Shadow Government: National Emergencies and the Cult of Secrecy, by Harry Helms)

Each year members of Congress approve billions of dollars in funding for programs of which they have no knowledge whatsoever—it's the blind leading the blind
Each year members of Congress approve billions of dollars in funding for programs of which they have no knowledge whatsoever—it's the blind leading the blind

Surveillance, NSA, and the Death of Privacy and Civil Rights

[The National Security Agency] "intercepts nearly all international telephone calls, faxes, and emails that travel by satellite or microwave link over any part of their journey. The same goes for cell phone calls (NSA maintains satellites devoted to intercepting cell phone calls), radio transmissions, and other electronic communications that cross international borders. Domestic communications can be, and have been, monitored with equal ease. . . . the NSA does not have to tell anyone that you are under surveillance, nor does it need any warrant to monitor your communications." (Source: Cult of Secrecy, excerpted from the book Inside the Shadow Government: National Emergencies and the Cult of Secrecy, by Harry Helms)

"Just get used to the fact: Big Brother IS listening."—Business Week

'Just get used to the fact: Big Brother IS listening' says Business Week
'Just get used to the fact: Big Brother IS listening' says Business Week


Our government watches your every move
Our government watches your every move


Once they create the technology, can the thought police be far behind NSA's outrage of spying on us decent citizens?
Once they create the technology, can the thought police be far behind NSA's outrage of spying on us decent citizens?


Fly #353242252 reporting: Citizen #312,756,972 doesn't seem to be hiding a thing—my conclusion is that she's clean; but just to be sure I think I'll hang around a bit longer!
Fly #353242252 reporting: Citizen #312,756,972 doesn't seem to be hiding a thing—my conclusion is that she's clean; but just to be sure I think I'll hang around a bit longer!

Hearings revealed that the Army had been keeping records on hundreds of thousands of American citizens connected with antiwar and radical politics. Civil disturbance responses by the Army require that every member of the control force must be "trained to use his weapon and special equipment, riot batons, riot control agent dispersers and CS grenades, grenade launchers, shotguns, sniper rifles, cameras, portable videotape recorders, portable public address systems, night illumination devices, firefighting apparatus, grappling hooks, ladders, ropes, bulldozers Army aircraft, armored personnel carriers, and roadblock and barricade materials."


The FBI Has Actually Perpetrated "State-Sponsored Terrorism" from Its Inception

"Ashcroft and FBI director Robert Mueller hope to revive the image of the FBI as heroic crime fighters against 'evil.' But we must remember the FBI's real history. For more than 70 years, the FBI has waged a violent, illegal, and unchecked war against movements for social change in the United States. The truth is that the FBI has never been about justice. It has never been about protecting the safety of ordinary people. It has never been about stopping terrorism but has actually perpetrated 'state-sponsored terrorism' from its inception. It has used every war of the 20th century to expand its powers in the name of national security."—Annie Zirin, Federal Bureau of Intimidation: The FBl's record of repression

And as John W. Whitehead said (while in a very Twilight Zone mood), "We’re hurtling down a one-way road toward the Police State at mind-boggling speeds, the terrain is getting more treacherous by the minute, and we’ve passed all the exit ramps. From this point forward, there is no turning back, and the signpost ahead reads 'Danger.'" (Source: The US Has Become A Worse Police State Than Orwell Could Imagine)

Rod Serling was an outspoken antiwar activist (and WWII veteran), especially during the Vietnam War. He supported antiwar politicians, notably Eugene McCarthy in his presidential campaign in 1968
Rod Serling (Twilight Zone creator) was an outspoken antiwar activist (and heroic WWII veteran), especially during the Vietnam War. He supported antiwar politicians, notably Eugene McCarthy in his presidential campaign in 1968

Protecting Ourselves from Our Warmongering Leaders

"Any president engaged in lying and empire-building must have some of the traits of a psychopath ... To murder innocent people in order to aggrandize the American Empire would be extremely difficult if not impossible for someone who feels empathy, remorse and guilt and who is incapable of lying. It might even be suggested that having at least some psychopathic traits is a qualification for the job."—David Model, Lying for Empire

Willingness to murder innocent people in order to aggrandize the American Empire would be extremely difficult if not impossible for someone who feels empathy, but Presidents often possess this psychopathic trait—hence, our eternal, senseless wars
Willingness to murder innocent people in order to aggrandize the American Empire would be extremely difficult if not impossible for someone who feels empathy, but Presidents often possess this psychopathic trait—hence, our eternal, senseless wars

"The question is not how to get good people to rule; the question is how to stop the powerful from doing as much damage as they can to us."—Karl Popper

"Our leaders are cruel because only those willing to be inordinately cruel and remorseless can hold positions of leadership in the foreign policy establishment. People capable of expressing a full human measure of compassion and empathy toward faraway powerless strangers do not become president of the United States, or vice president, or secretary of state, or national security adviser or secretary of the treasury. Nor do they want to. . . . From 1945 to 2003, the United States attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist-nationalist movements fighting against intolerable regimes. In the process, the US bombed some 25 countries, caused the end of life for several million people, and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair."—William Blum, author of America's Deadliest Export: Democracy - The Truth about US Foreign Policy and Everything Else. See also Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire.

The US has bombed some 25 countries since WWII, caused the end of life for several million people, and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair
The US has bombed some 25 countries since WWII, caused the end of life for several million people, and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair

Fascism Hiding behind a Democracy Mask

"When and if fascism finally takes hold in America, the basic forms of government will remain... Fascism will appear to be friendly. The legislators will be in session. There will be elections, and the news media will continue to cover the entertainment and political trivia. Consent of the governed, however, will no longer apply. Actual control will have finally passed to the oligarchic elite controlling the government behind the scenes."—John W. Whitehead, author of Battlefield America: The War On the American People. See also this treatment of fascism in America: Understanding the F-Word: American Fascism and the Politics of Illusion.

"You can't believe a word the American media says. If they say anything correct, it's just an accident."—Paul Craig Roberts, author of The Neoconserative Threat to World Order: America's Perilous War for Hegemony. See also Freedom of the Press—an American Delusion.

"We are, for all intents and purposes, one terrorist attack away from having a full-fledged authoritarian state emerge from the shadows, at which time democratic government will be dissolved and the country will be ruled by an unelected bureaucracy. And because so much of this shadow government remains under wraps, there is much we don’t know about it. Yet that does not diminish the threat it poses to democratic government. . . . Those who drafted the Constitution never contemplated, nor would they have tolerated, a non-elected, secretive shadow government. All government officials under the U.S. Constitution are accountable to the elected representatives. Otherwise, democratic government, for all intents and purposes, ceases to exist."—John W. Whitehead, author of America’s Shadow Government: Part One, Huffington Post, 2011

We need to bear in mind that war is pushed on the world by the warmongering neocons that control this country behind the scenes and they do it for money and power.

"This focus on money and power may do wonders in the marketplace, but it creates a tremendous crisis in our society. People who have spent all day learning how to sell themselves and to manipulate others are in no position to form lasting friendships or intimate relationships... Many Americans hunger for a different kind of society -- one based on principles of caring, ethical and spiritual sensitivity, and communal solidarity. Their need for meaning is just as intense as their need for economic security."—Michael Lerner, journalist


Executive Orders Associated with FEMA That Would Suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights

Here are just a few Executive Orders associated with FEMA that would suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30 years and could be enacted by the stroke of a Presidential pen:


Other Shadow Government Perspectives

Various authors see the shadow government from various perspectives—like the blind men and the elephant, but the overall gist is creepily similar
Various authors see the shadow government from various perspectives—like the blind men and the elephant, but the overall gist is creepily similar