Regular readers may recall that I posted about a financial
meltdown in early July based on a private conversation
with a prominent Greenwich CT investment banker. His
exact words 'tanks are going into the streets, we're going into a depression."
Army combat unit to deploy within U.S. http://edition.cnn.com/2008/US/10/03/army.unit/
FBI warns of potential terror attacks on public buildings http://deepbackground.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/10/06/1501940.aspx.....they have "no credible or specific information that terrorists are planning operations against public buildings in the United States." but they issue alert anyway
The Bush administration plans to sell more than $6bn worth of weapons to Taiwan as part of a long-awaited package aimed at boosting the island's ability to defend itself, according to US government officials.
Washington set to proceed with $6bn Taiwan weapons package
China cancels military contacts with US
Hoboken Terminal PATH will be shut down for drill
HOBOKEN, N.J. — The Port Authority will conduct an emergency response drill 7-11 a.m. Sunday at the PATH station at Hoboken Terminal. The station will be closed to customers during the drill and will reopen afterward.
Retirement community drills for disaster (CA)
'Saturday’s exercise will be the first to involve the entire community. Dubbed “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” the plan is loosely based on the COPE (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies) program developed for the Oakmont community north of Kenwood.'
Russia Accuses Georgia of ‘New Hostilities’
7 Russian soldiers killed in S.Ossetia blast
Russian officers stand near the site of an explosion at the Russian peacekeepers base Friday in Tskhinvali. A suspected car bomb killed seven soldiers and injured four others in the capital of the Georgian region of South Ossetia, the region's separatist government said.
MOSCOW - Seven Russian peacekeepers were killed and seven others wounded when a car filled with explosives blew up near their base in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia on Friday, Russian news agencies reported.
They quoted a Russian Foreign ministry source as laying the blame on unspecified forces "seeking to destabilise the situation" - accusations clearly aimed at Tbilisi which it quickly denied.
Raytheon Completes Successful Intercept Tests for Future Combat Systems Active Protection System http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/raytheon-completes-successful-intercept-tests,567726.shtml
MCKINNEY, Texas, Oct. 6, 2008 TX-Raytheon-combatMCKINNEY, Texas, Oct. 6, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company(NYSE: RTN), working in partnership with the Army, the Future Combat SystemsLead Systems Integration team of Boeing and Science ApplicationsInternational, and BAE Systems, has passed a major milestone by completingsuccessful stationary and moving target intercept tests for the FCS ActiveProtection System (APS).The tests represent a significant step in design verification testing forthe system, which includes defeating multiple incoming projectilessimultaneously and while on the move -- a unique capability of the APS."The successful testing of this system is a top priority for Raytheon andour FCS One Team partners," said Glynn Raymer, vice president of Raytheon'sNetwork Centric Systems Combat Systems business. "It will provide a powerfulforce protection capability to our warfighters."The APS will provide active protection for FCS manned ground vehicles."We are looking forward to completing validation testing of this systemfor the Army and getting it to our soldiers as soon as possible," said Raymer."This vertically-launched system is the FCS solution that will meet currentand future force requirements."
Emergency Drill To Test State, Local Response To Major Earthquake In Southern Illinois http://www.wkyx.com/local-news-details.asp?NewsID=8013
(or is this really prep for a financial earthquake?)
Emergency response drill for Asia-Pacific
In Thailand, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees has been running a major training drill on effective response. Emergency officials from nearly 20 Asia-Pacific countries took part.
America’s Shadow Government: Part One
“All men having power ought to be mistrusted.”—James MadisonAmerica’s next president will inherit more than a financial catastrophe when he assumes office. He will also inherit a shadow government—one that is fully staffed by unelected officials, fully operational and ready to take over the running of the country at a moment’s notice. This so-called shadow government is not a new development. It has been a long time in the making. Yet it has been so shrouded in secrecy, even from those elected to represent the American people in Congress, that it essentially exists and functions contrary to any concept of democratic government. The little that has leaked out merely serves to reinforce concerns that an authoritarian government waits in the wings. All it will take is the right event—another terrorist attack, for example—for such a regime to emerge from the shadows
Germany to allow domestic military deployment
Fort Bragg holding anti-terrorism exercise