With increased talk of nuclear threats from places like North Korea, many people are preparing for such a nightmare scenario. This prepping is not only on the part of Doomsday preppers or survivalists, but also includes the U.S. government.
One can imagine with the unlimited resources of deficit spending that the government’s secret doomsday plans include some mind-boggling facilities. The New York Post summarizes a new book that has come out, “Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself – While the Rest of Us Die“.
It is a true story taken from declassified documents and the short summary in the article has me interested in getting the book and reading more. Government officials and Washington elites (the so-called “shadow government”) have some awesome sites that they believe will ensure the “Continuity of Government” (COG).
Here is just a snippet about some of these government bunkers:
Lillington, NC • For military
Built near Camp David to house the military, as a backup for the Pentagon — and perhaps even the President — during an emergency, Raven Rock has retained an air of secrecy ever since construction started in 1948.
Not that it could remain completely clandestine, given the 300-person team (including miners poached from the Lincoln Tunnel dig) who carved a 3,100-foot tunnel out of granite in Raven Rock Mountain near Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania.
“There were very few engineers with the expertise to hollow out a mountain and build, in essence, a free-standing city inside of it.”
Raven Rock is believed to have 900,000 square feet of office space now. Today it holds between 3,000 and 5,000 government employees.
Two sets of 34-ton blast doors and curved 1,000-foot-long tunnels reduce the impact of a bomb blast.
Appalachian Mountains, Virginia • For intelligence agencies
“Peters Mountain, Virginia, is a long-standing facility, run undercover as an AT&T communications station — there’s even an AT&T logo painted on its helipad — but its real purpose is as one of a half-dozen secret facilities known as AT&T “Project Offices” that are actually key hubs for government continuity planning.
It’s a department-store-sized bunker, capable of housing several hundred people, and has undergone a $67 million renovation in recent years that would help it serve as one of the relocation sites for intelligence agencies in the event of an attack on Washington.
Bluemont, Va. • For civilian government
The President could end up at any of the Doomsday facilities, but in general terms Mount Weather is designed to hold the civilian leadership of the US government, including the President, the Supreme Court, Cabinet officials, and some senior congressional leaders.
Tunnels excavated through thousands of tons of greenstone lead to a true underground city that can house thousands of staff. Under JFK’s tenure, the bunker expanded to sewage treatment plans, reservoirs for drinking water and even its own fire and police departments — all underground.
Mount Weather also housed a “Survivor’s List” of 6,500 names and addresses of people — government employees and private citizens — viewed as “vital” and key to maintaining “essential and non-interrupted services” in an emergency.
Mount Weather has been updated after 9/11 because “there’s now a greater focus in government planning on ‘devolution,’ that is, ensuring that backup facilities are always staffed and ready to assume control if the worst happens — rogue states or terror groups today offer more of a threat that a surprise attack on Washington could destroy the capital without warning.”
Colorado Springs, Colo. • For air defense
Unlike Raven Rock and Mount Weather, the military’s North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) was never kept secret from the public. “NORAD is specific to North American defense — it includes the command post responsible for defending both Canada and the US from air attacks, whether that’s terrorists, Russian bombers, or North Korean missiles,” Graff says.
The difficult, three-year project — started in the 1950s as a reaction to creeping Cold War paranoia — was built when we were first understanding the damage that could be inflicted by electromagnetic pulses (EMP) that would follow a high-altitude nuclear explosion. It became one of the first facilities protected against EMP.
Five chambers inside Cheyenne mountain hold reservoirs for water and fuel. There is even an underground lake, which requires rowboats to patrol.
In 2015, the Pentagon announced that it was restaffing the bunker as “the rising threat of electromagnetic pulse attacks against the United States, perhaps even by a new nuclear-armed nation like Iran, meant that the NORAD bunker . . . was a perfect bastion from which to defend the nation.”
White House Front Lawn
Washington, D.C. • For the President and key officials
The most mysterious of all bunkers is this one, located right in the heart of our nation’s capital.
“There’s definitely a bunker under the White House, known as the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC), which is where Dick Cheney was rushed on September 11th and where he spent the day helping to lead the government’s response. It’s a small facility, not designed for long-term use, just to hold a few dozen people for a few hours.
Far less is known about the bunker update done during Obama’s first term. The massive expansion was built beneath the North Lawn of the White House and was intensely guarded from the prying eyes of the press. The $376 million project seemed “far too extensive to be merely an air-conditioning upgrade,” writes Graff.
Really fascinating stories. You can order the book from Amazon here.
Original article: nypost.com