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article imageYou Do Know About The Armageddon Plan Don't You?

By KJ Mullins     Aug 22, 2007 in Politics
Have you heard of The Armageddon Plan? A little known plan that Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were part of since the 1980's the Armageddon Plan was a highly classified program of the Ronald Reagan Administration.
The plan was for what would happen if the United States ad Russia did engage in a nuclear war. Plans had to be made to keep the government up and running before and after such a war. The plan called for putting in place a rule "president" without the legal rules that are in effect at the present time. It was to speed up the process and to preserve the continuation of the government.
The ideals for the program came from Reagan's Administration, not from the likes of Cheney and Rumsfeld, who did not even have a cabinet post during that time period.
So what does that have to do with the current state of affairs? Consider this:
A few details about the effort have come to light over the years, but nothing about the way it worked or the central roles played by Cheney and Rumsfeld. The program is of particular interest today because it helps to explain the thinking and behavior of the second Bush Administration in the hours, days, and months after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Vice President Cheney urged President Bush to stay out of Washington for the rest of that day; Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld ordered his deputy Paul Wolfowitz to get out of town; Cheney himself began to move from Washington to a series of "undisclosed locations"; and other federal officials were later sent to work outside the capital, to ensure the continuity of government in case of further attacks. All these actions had their roots in the Reagan Administration's clandestine planning exercises.
Okay think that's a little far fetched?
This from the Washington Post:
Rumsfeld ordered his deputy, Paul D. Wolfowitz, to move to an undisclosed location outside Washington. Cheney was similarly dispatched, as was House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), who under the Constitution is second in line for the presidency. Several Cabinet members, including Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman and Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton, were also removed.
There was real concern during the Reagan years about nuclear war with Russia, so much so that this plan had a value to those behind it.
The outline of the plan is fairly simple. At the first sign that the United States was under nuclear attack three teams would be sent from Washington Dc to different areas in the United States. Each team would prepare to govern the nation and include a Cabinet member who would take over the role of President if that needed to take place. Each team was named for a colour and had an order of importance. The first team would begin the governing unless they were unable to, which the next group would take over and so forth.
"One of the awkward questions we faced," one participant in the planning of the program explains, "was whether to reconstitute Congress after a nuclear attack. It was decided that no, it would be easier to operate without them." For one thing, it was felt that reconvening Congress, and replacing members who had been killed, would take too long. Moreover, if Congress did reconvene, it might elect a new speaker of the House, whose claim to the presidency might have greater legitimacy than that of a Secretary of Agriculture or Commerce who had been set up as President under Reagan's secret program. The election of a new House speaker would not only take time but also create the potential for confusion. The Reagan Administration's primary goal was to set up a chain of command that could respond to the urgent minute-by-minute demands of a nuclear war, when there might be no time to swear in a new President under the regular process of succession, and when a new President would not have the time to appoint a new staff. The Administration, however, chose to establish this process without going to Congress for the legislation that would have given it constitutional legitimacy.
In the case of the worst case scenario the people of the United States will have a governmental structure. It may not be the structure they know now but their government will live on.
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