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    Today s _Washington Times_ includes an Op-Ed by Oliver North about post 9/11 COG efforts. However, in making points about the current situation, he mentions a
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      Today's _Washington Times_ includes an Op-Ed by Oliver North about post 9/11
      COG efforts.

      However, in making points about the current situation, he mentions a Reagan
      administration effort (called "The Project") involving Bill Baker (from Bell
      Labs), Herman Kahn, Edward Teller, and Andrew Goodpaster who undertook "prudent
      planning for the ultimate catastrophe:" a "tightly-held, top-secret program
      they helped design to ensure that the government of the United States could
      never be 'decapitated'." These four individuals, along with North "and a small
      handful of others," met from the summer of 1981 to fall 1983 in a conference
      room in the Old Executive Office Building in the White House complex. "They
      thought through and planned the deployment of a multibillion dollar system to
      minimize the chance" that a Soviet attack, terrorist strike, or natural disaster,
      "could ever leave the United States bereft of civilian leadership. . . ."
      Their first task was "to ensure that the office of the presidency--and
      particularly the president's role at commander in chief--would survive the most daunting
      threats imaginable." "Congress agreed," North writes, "and secretly
      appropriated the necessary funds." North says September 11 showed "the procedures and
      equipment put in place almost two decades before worked as planned. . . .
      Twenty years ago we looked at the available technology and found ways to
      preserve constitutional government for the executive branch."

      Is the existence of the four-member COG panel mentioned news to Coldwarcomms
      members? Is North referring to fiber optic upgrades and NEACP, or is this a
      hint to the deployment of some yet-unknown technology/system?

      Christopher Bright
      CBright10@...


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