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Charleston Post & Courier Runs Hit Piece On Nuclear Drill Story
The Charleston Post and Courier ran a sardonic hit piece on the nuclear drills set to take place this month which simulate a nuclear weapon which is smuggled from a boat off the port of Charleston, South Carolina.
The article is a childish attempt to make questions about the current nuclear terror drills appear comical.
This website nor any other that reported on the nuclear terror drills said that 'Charleston will blow up' - all we were doing was asking questions about the poorly explained dismissal of four star general Kevin P. Byrnes, and highlighting other sources who claimed that the dismissal was due to Byrnes finding out that the terror drill was set to go live.
Alex Jones appeared on Coast to Coast AM to discuss this story and he made it clear that we were simply reporting on issues that others had raised, we were not the source of the story and our aim was twofold. One, to ascertain how accurate the story was and two to head off any possibility of this drill becoming live, by simply giving the story attention we had already achieved the second aim.
An excellent rebuttal by another website that has been covering this, posted here, makes all the same points that we would.
The paper says the drill is taking place in Fort Monroe in Virginia, not Charleston South Carolina.
This is true but the article then states that Charleston was mentioned a rumor mentioned "on a lark." Northcom's own press release which you can read here states that the exercise is based around an incident in Charleston South Carolina, this is not a rumor.
The artcle dismisses the idea of any drills in Charleston but then admits that, "there actually was a sort of terrorism drill here on Aug. 5. More than 100 state, local and federal officials gathered at the Passenger Terminal to discuss a weapons of mass destruction attack."
Also, can the Charleston Post and Courier please explain to us why FEMA Region IV would be invited to take place in the drill if the Charleston link was "on a lark"? FEMA Region IV encompasses South Carolina, it does not encompass Virginia.
The 'facts seem to get in the way' of most of this report as it also says part of the 'conspiracy theories' speculate that Iran would be behind the attack piggy-backed on the drill. Not one website that has covered this story ever claimed Iran would be behind the attack. We said that if there was an attack it would be an inside job and that Iran WOULD BE BLAMED for the attack. There is a huge difference.
At no point did we run to the hills shouting that Charleston was about to be vaporized. If anyone is to be accused of fearmongering about a nuclear attack then it is the government, who keep telling us that it's not a matter of if but when.
Remember the pre-election certainty of an attack? That didn't happen but the government was never called on it.
"We assume," says a top administration official, "an attack will happen leading up to the election." And, he added, "it will happen here," reported US News and World Report in July 2004.
Dick Cheney regularly hypes the threat of a nuclear or biological attack on US soil.
All this is now moot. The attention the stoy has garnered ensures THERE WILL BE NO ATTACK, and this was our intention all along, bring the story out in the light and make sure everybody is aware of it, so in this sense the hit piece has helped our cause. We thank Brian Hicks and the Charleston Post and Courier for their contribution.
A drill? An attack? Rumor mill names Charleston as the setting
Run for your lives -- Charleston will blow up this week.
This is only a test. Or an Internet rumor. It's not exactly clear which.
For the past week, conspiracy theorists have been spinning an elaborate tale of how the U.S. government will turn a terrorism drill in Charleston into a nuclear attack.
Why? To give the country a reason to invade Iran, of course.
If this makes no apparent sense, then your other car isn't a black helicopter, and you've never mistaken Crab Bank at low tide for a grassy knoll.
Still, this chatter has stirred up folks all over the Lowcountry, worried that nuclear fallout could seriously ruin their weekend. Officials with Charleston County, the state's emergency management personnel and even the Department of Defense have gotten worried calls from folks scanning the skies for mushroom clouds over Fort Sumter.
Trouble is, as with most conspiracy theories, the facts often get in the way.
Locals officials say no drills are planned this week, and the state Ports Authority says no plans have been made to detonate any nuclear weapons in the harbor.
"We're not aware of that," Port spokesman Byron Miller said.
The rumors began with a Northern Command press release about a terrorism training exercise that began: "Here's the scenario ... A seafaring vessel transporting a 10-kiloton nuclear warhead makes its way into a port off the coast of Charleston, S.C. Terrorists aboard the ship attempt to smuggle the warhead off and detonate it."
If this sounds familiar, perhaps you remember "Special Bulletin," a 1983 movie with roughly the same plot and set in Charleston. Perhaps the terrorists don't have a manual, just cable television.
One Web site says the idea is that the exercise was intended to "go live" and be used for cover for a real attack. For proof, they say terrorism drills were planned in the United States on 9/11 and in London on 7/7.
Problem is, the terrorism drill, which will focus on bad guys getting nukes, will take place this week at Fort Monroe in Hampton Roads, Va. -- about 400 miles up the coast. Charleston was apparently mentioned on a lark. The organization charged with homeland defense has no plans to stage a drill in the Lowcountry.
"We have no planned exercises in Charleston," said Lt. Jody Vazquez with the Northern Command.
Of course, those who think the New World Order is more than a boy band say that is exactly what they would say.
As is often the case in the world of conspiracy theories, nothing is ever simple. The story, as reported on Internet sites such as prisonplanet.com and total911.info, says that the recent firing of a four-star general, ostensibly for sexual misconduct, was actually an attempt to thwart a military uprising against "neo-con hawks in an attempt to prevent further global conflict."
The general, Kevin P. Byrnes, was head of Fort Monroe's Training and Doctrine Command. And, according to these Internet sites, Byrnes was leading an insurgency bent on stopping the United States from escalating global conflict.
Other details, such as why Iran would blow up Charleston, are not explained in these theories. Perhaps they hate us for our freedom -- or our sweetgrass baskets and Spanish moss.
Fueling the speculation locally is the fact that there actually was a sort of terrorism drill here on Aug. 5. More than 100 state, local and federal officials gathered at the Passenger Terminal to discuss a weapons of mass destruction attack. But it was all just talk.
"It was a tabletop exercise, there weren't police out running around all over the place," said Joe Farmer, spokesman for the state's Emergency Management Division.
So, the bottom line is that Charleston probably isn't really going to blow up this week.
The only explosion you are likely to hear will come from the Convention and Visitors Bureau, which can't be very happy that people are online posting sentiments such as "I guess it would be a good idea to not be in Charleston, S.C., for the foreseeable future."