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"I'll be glad to tell you all about it, but I'd have to kill
you afterward." FEMA spokesman Bob Blair to Time magazine,

More on our old friends at FEMA, those menacing Executive
Orders, and the coming "National Emergency."

Aren't you glad that the power to declare "National
Emergencies" or to declare that individuals or groups are
"terrorists" rests solely in President Clinton's wise and
selfless hands?

Few Americans--indeed, few Congressional reps--are aware of
the existence of Mount Weather, a mysterious underground
military base carved deep inside a mountain near the sleepy
rural town of Bluemont, Virginia, just 46 miles from
Washington DC. Mount Weather--also known as the Western
Virginia Office of Controlled Conflict Operations--is buried
not just in hard granite, but in secrecy as well.

In March, 1976, The Progressive Magazine published an
astonishing article entitled "The Mysterious Mountain." The
author, Richard Pollock, based his investigative report on
Senate subcommittee hearings and upon "several
off-the-record interviews with officials formerly associated
with Mount Weather." His report, and a 1991 article in Time
Magazine entitled "Doomsday Hideaway", supply a few
compelling hints about what is going on underground.

Ted Gup, writing for Time, describes the base as follows:

Mount Weather is a virtually self-contained facility.
Aboveground, scattered across manicured lawns, are about a
dozen buildings bristling with antennas and microwave relay
systems. An on-site sewage-treatment plant, with a 90,000
gal.-a-day capacity, and two tanks holding 250,000 gal. of
water could last some 200 people more than a month;
underground ponds hold additional water supplies. Not far
from the installation's entry gate are a control tower and a
helicopter pad. The mountain's real secrets are not visible
at ground level.

The mountain's "real secrets" are protected by warning
signs, 10 foot-high chain link fences, razor wire, and armed
guards. Curious motorists and hikers on the Appalachian
trail are relieved of their sketching pads and cameras and
sent on their way. Security is tight.

The government has owned the site since 1903; it has seen
service as an artillery range, a hobo farm during the
Depression, and a National Weather Bureau Facility. In 1936,
the U.S. Bureau of Mines took control and started digging.

Mount Weather is virtually an underground city, according to
former personnel interviewed by Pollock. Buried deep inside
the earth, Mount Weather was equipped with such amenities

     private apartments and dormitories
     streets and sidewalks
     cafeterias and hospitals
     a water purification system, power plant and general
     office buildings
     a small lake fed by fresh water from
     underground springs
     its own mass transit system
     a TV communication system

Mount Weather is the self-sustaining underground command
center for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The facility is the operational center--the hub--of
approximately 100 other Federal Relocation Centers, most of
which are concentrated in Pennsylvania, West Virginia,
Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. Together this network
of underground facilities constitutes the backbone of
America's "Continuity of Government" program. In the event
of nuclear war, declaration of martial law, or other
national emergency, the President, his cabinet and the rest
of the Executive Branch would be "relocated" to Mount

What Does Congress Know about Mount Weather?

According to the Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional
Rights hearings in 1975, Congress has almost no knowledge
and no oversight --budgetary or otherwise--on Mount Weather.
Retired Air Force General Leslie W. Bray, in his testimony
to the subcommittee, said "I am not at liberty to describe
precisely what is the role and the mission and the
capability that we have at Mount Weather, or at any other
precise location."

Apparently, this underground capital of the United States is
a secret only to Congress and the US taxpayers who paid for
it. The Russians know about it, as reported in Time:

"Few in the U.S. government will speak of it, though it is
assumed that all along the Soviets have known both its
precise location and its mission (unlike the Congress, since
Bray wouldn't tell); defense experts take it as a given that
the site is on the Kremlin's targeting maps."

The Russians attempted to buy real estate right next door,
as a "country estate" for their embassy folks, but that deal
was dead-ended by the State Department.

Mount Weather's "Government-in-Waiting"

Pollock's report, based on his interviews with former
officials at Mount Weather, contains astounding information
on the base's personnel. The underground city contains a
parallel government-in-waiting:

     "High-level Governmental sources, speaking in the
promise of strictest anonymity, told me [Pollock] that each
of the Federal departments represented at Mount Weather is
headed by a single person on whom is conferred the rank of a
Cabinet-level official. Protocol even demands that
subordinates address them as "Mr. Secretary." Each of the
Mount Weather "Cabinet members" is apparently appointed by
the White House and serves an indefinite term... many
through several Administrations....The facility attempts to
duplicate the vital functions of the Executive branch of the

Nine Federal departments are replicated within Mount Weather
(Agriculture; Commerce; Health, Education & Welfare; Housing
& Urban Development; Interior; Labor; State; Transportation;
and Treasurey) as well as at least five Federal agencies
(Federal Communications Commission, Selective Service,
Federal Power Commission, Civil Service Commission, and the
Veterans Administration). The Federal Reserve and the U.S.
Post Office, both private corporations, also have offices in
Mount Weather.

Pollock writes that the "cabinet members" are "apparently"
appointed by the White House and serve an indefinite term,
but that information cannot be confirmed, raising the
further question of who holds the reins on this "back-up
government." Furthermore, appointed Mount Weather officials
hold their positions through several elected
administrations, transcending the time their appointers
spend in office. Unlike other presidential nominees, these
apppointments are made without the public advice or consent
of the Senate.

Is there an alternative President and Vice President as
well? If so, who appoints them? Pollock says only this:

"As might be expected, there is also an Office of the
Presidency at Mount Weather. The Federal Preparedness Agency
(precursor to FEMA) apparently appoints a special staff to
the Presidential section, which regularly receives top
secret national security estimates and raw data from each of
the      Federal departments and agencies. What Do They Do
At Mount Weather?

Collect Data on American Citizens

The Senate Subcommittee in 1975 learned that the "facility
held dossiers on at least 100,000 Americans. [Senator] John
Tunney later alleged that the Mount Weather computers can
obtain millions of pieces of additional information on the
personal lives of American citizens simply by tapping the
data stored at any of the other ninety-six Federal
Relocation Centers."

The subcommittee concluded that Mount Weather's databases
"operate with few, if any, safeguards or guidelines."

Store Necessary Information

The Progressive article detailed that "General Bray gave
Tunney's subcommittee a list of the categories of files
maintained at Mount Weather: military installations,
government facilities, communications, transportation,
energy and power, agriculture, manufacturing, wholesale and
retail services, manpower, financial, medical and
educational institutions, sanitary facilities, population,
housing shelter, and stockpiles." This massive database fits
cleanly into Mount Weather's ultimate purpose as the command
center in the event of a national emergency.

Play War Games

This is the main daily activity of the approximately 240
people who work at Mount Weather. The games are intended to
train the Mount Weather bureaucracy to managing a wide range
of problems associated with both war and domestic political

Decisions are made in the "Situation Room," the base's nerve
center, located in the core of Mount Weather. The Situation
Room is the archetypal war room, with "charts, maps and
whatever visuals may be needed" and "batteries of
communications equipment connecting Mount Weather with the
White House and "Raven Rock"--the underground Pentagon sixty
miles north of Washington--as well as with almost every US
military unit stationed around the globe," according to The
Progressive article. "All internal communications are
conducted by closed-circuit color television ... senior
officers and "Cabinet members" have two consoles recessed in
the walls of their office."

Descriptions of the war games read a bit like a Ian Fleming
novel. Every year there is a system-wide alert that
"includes all military and civilian-run underground
installations." The real, aboveground President and his
Cabinet members are "relocated" to Mount Weather to observe
the simulation. Post-mortems are conducted and the margins
for error are calculated after the games. All the data is
studied and documented.

Civil Crisis Management

Mount Weather personnel study more than war scenarios.
Domestic "crises" are also tracked and watched, and there
have been times when Mount Weather almost swung into action,
as Pollock reported:

"Officials who were at Mount Weather during the 1960s say
the complex was actually prepared to assume certain
governmental powers at the time of the 1961 Cuban missile
crisis and the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963.
The installation used the tools of its "Civil Crisis
Management" program on a standby basis during the 1967 and
1968 urban riots and during a number of national antiwar
demonstrations, the sources said."

In its 1974 Annual Report, the Federal Preparedness Agency
stated that "Studies conducted at Mount Weather involve the
control and management of domestic political unrest where
there are material shortages (such as food riots) or in
strike situations where the FPA determines that there are
industrial disruptions and other domestic resource crises."

The Mount Weather facility uses a vast array of resources to
continually monitor the American people. According to Daniel
J. Cronin, former assistant director for the FPA,
Reconnaissance satellites, local and state police
intelligence reports, and Federal law enforcement agencies
are just a few of the resources available to the FPA [now
FEMA] for information gathering. "We try to monitor
situations and get to them before they become emergencies,"
Cronin said. "No expense is spared in the monitoring

Maintain and Update the "Survivors List"

Using all the data generated by the war games and domestic
crisis scenarios, the facility continually maintains and
updates a list of names and addresses of people deemed to be
"vital" to the survival of the nation, or who can "assist
essential and non-interruptible services." In the 1976
article, the          "survivors list" contained 6,500
names, but even that was deemed to be low.

Who Pays for All This, and How Much?

At the same time tens of millions of dollars were being
spent on maintaining and upgrading the complex to protect
several hundred designated officials in the event of nuclear
attack, the US government drastically reduced its emphasis
on war preparedness for US citizens. A 1989 FEMA brochure
entitled "Are You Prepared?" suggests that citizens
construct makeshift fallout shelters using used furniture,
books, and other common household items.

Officially, Mount Weather (and its budget) does not exist.
FEMA refuses to answer inquiries about the facility; as FEMA
spokesman Bob Blair told Time magazine, "I'll be glad to
tell you all about it, but I'd have to kill you afterward."

We don't know how much Mount Weather has cost over the
years, but of course, American taxpayers bear this burden as
well. A Christian Science Monitor article entitled "Study
Reveals US Has Spent $4 Trillion on Nukes Since '45" reports
that "The government devoted at least $12 billion to civil
defense projects to protect the population from nuclear
attack. But billions of dollars more were secretly spent on
vast underground complexes from which civilian and military
officials would run the government during a nuclear war."
What is Mount Weather's Ultimate Purpose?

We have seen that Mount Weather contains an unelected,
parallel "government-in-waiting" ready to take control of
the United States upon word from the President or his
successor. The facility contains a massive database of
information on U.S. citizens which is operated with no
safeguards or accountability. Ostensibly, this expensive hub
of America's network of sub-terran bases was designed to
preserve our form of government during a nuclear holocaust.

But Mount Weather is not simply a Cold War holdover.
Information on command and control strategies during
national emergencies have largely been withheld from the
American public. Executive Order 11051, signed by President
Kennedy on October 2, 1962, states that "national
preparedness must be achieved... as may be required to deal
with increases in international tension with limited war, or
with general war including attack upon the United States."

However, Executive Order 11490, drafted by Gen. George A
Lincoln (former director for the Office of Emergency
Preparedness, the FPA's predecessor) and signed by President
Nixon in October 1969, tells a different story. EO 11490,
which superceded Kennedy's EO 11051, begins, "Whereas our
national security is dependent upon our ability to assure
continuity of government, at every level, in any national
emergency type situation that might conceivably confront the

As researcher William Cooper points out, Nixon's order makes
no reference to "war," "imminent attack," or "general war."
These quantifiers are replaced by an extremely vague
"national emergency type situation" that "might conceivably"
interfere with the workings of the national power structure.
Furthermore, there is no publicly known Executive Order
outlining the restoration of the Constitution after a
national emergency has ended. Unless the parallel government
at Mount Weather does not decide out of the goodness of its
heart to return power to Constitutional authority, the
United States could experience an honest-to-God coup d'etat
posing as a national emergency.

Like the enigmatic Area 51 in Nevada, the Federal government
wants to keep the Mount Weather facility buried in secrecy.
Public awareness of this place and its purpose would raise
serious questions about who holds the reins of power in this
country. The Constitution states that those reins lie in the
hands of the people, but the very existence of Mount Weather
indicates an entirely different reality. As long as Mount
Weather exists, these questions will remain.

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