and the Ignoble Whitewash
by Major William B. Fox
August 29 , 2007
PORTLAND, Oregon — 9-11 Truth activists had every reason to be gravely concerned about the Noble Resolve Exercise staged from Aug. 20-24, 2007.
Alex Jones posted an excellent six paragraph summary of such concerns on Aug. 19 in his article: "Portland to Host Terrorism Drill `NOBLE RESOLVE 07-2."
To summarize: Noble Resolve 07-02 involved a computer-based simulation of a large-scale emergency. Military exercises have a recent history of coinciding with lethal "live" events. Vice President Cheney, Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff, and others had all issued vague warnings of a new 9/11 attack this summer. The May 2007 Presidential Directive NSPD 51 that addressed "continuity of government" in the event of a massive emergency alarmed citizen watchdogs because it also included secret "annexes" that the White House would not allow Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio to view, even though he is a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
Noble Resolve 07-2 included a scenario involving an unaccounted for "loose" 10-kiloton nuclear weapon. Lastly, plummeting support for the Republican Party may motivate another 9/11 false flag "inside job" as a catalyst to suppress political enemies and artificially revitalize jingoist support for the Bush regime.
The day Alex Jones’ article appeared, my Lone Star Iconoclast colleague Captain Eric H. May told me he had been disappointed in the past when Jones failed to help thwart false flag terrorist attempts against Texas City, Texas and the Sears Tower in Chicago. That Alex Jones now agreed with Capt. May about the seriousness of the Noble Resolve threat was a new milestone. This threat will only intensify with the advent of exercise TOPOFF coming to Portland, Ore. in October.
While Texans such as Alex Jones and Capt. May were sounding alarms about Noble Resolve, the mainstream media in Oregon continued to slumber. Apart from Portland-based Internet activists, only KBOO radio in Portland was taking this issue seriously.
There was certainly enough official U.S. military information on the Internet alone to sound alarm bells. The U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) based in Virginia had created disaster scenarios both for its home state and for Oregon. Three USJFCOM articles about Noble Resolve on the Internet easily gave one the impression that Portland, Ore. was a nuke target.
The article "USJFCOM Gears Up for Noble Resolve" dated 30 March 2007
http://www.jfcom.mil/newslink/storyarchive/2007/pa033007.html stated that the exercise included a "scenario for an unaccounted-for, `loose,’ ten kiloton nuclear weapon...[the] threat making it into [a Virginia] port and then blowing up… Noble Resolve will follow a spiral path…. Later this year, USJFCOM will work with city officials in Portland, Ore., and the Oregon National Guard as they prepare for DHS’s Top Officials (TOPOFF) exercise in October, which is designed to strengthen the nation’s capacity to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from large-scale terrorist attacks involving weapons of mass destruction."
On Aug 10, The Oregonian, the newspaper of record for Oregon, ran the editorial "`Noble’ is good, not grand." http://oregonian.notlong.com in which it stated: "Oregon will be `home’ …to a simulated emergency involving a nuclear threat."
Adding to concerns, on Aug. 15, The Lone Star Iconoclast published a map depicting a hypothetical 10-kiloton nuclear ground explosion in Portland. This came from the report The Day After: Action in the 24 Hours Following a Nuclear Blast in an American City based upon an April 19 workshop hosted by The Preventive Defense Project at Harvard and Stanford Universities.
To counter growing public anxiety about nukes, a military spokesperson interviewed by the Portland radio station KBOO a week before Noble Resolve 07-02 commenced on Aug. 20, said the scenario was changed from a nuke to a natural disaster.
Adding to this confusion, Capt. May reported in his Aug. 21 interview with Hesham Tillawi on Current Issues TV, http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3307132677744982787 that he had been given different stories on Noble Resolve by the military, Congressman Peter De Fazio, and the Mayor of Portland.
On Aug. 20, the first day of Noble Resolve 07-02, I visited the Oregon National Guard control room in Salem, Ore. on a fact-finding mission for The Lone Star Iconoclast. When I showed up that afternoon, I learned that I was the only representative of the media who had bothered to arrange a time to appear in person to ask questions.
I spent about 1½ hours inside a control room speaking with Kay Fristad, a civilian public affairs spokesperson, and two full-time active duty National Guard officers, Major Martin Plotner and Major Verle Miller. They said that there was no terrorist incident involved whatsoever in the Aug. 20-24 scenario.
This was very strange, since they said that the Noble Resolve scenario had a man-made disaster during the initial April 23-27 play of the exercise designated as 07-01. Published mainstream reports had also specified a Portland nuke during the follow-on 07-02 phase being held from Aug. 20-24. Furthermore, USJFCOM literature talked about how the progression of the Noble Resolve exercise was supposed to "spiral upward" towards a nuke incident in Portland during TOPOFF in October.
How are we "spiraling upwards" when we start with a man-made disaster for the 07-01 phase in April, then suddenly have no man-made disaster for the 07-02 phase in August, and then once again have a man-made disaster for TOPOFF in October?
Could it be that the Internet buzz about a potential false flag operation had put the Bush Administration into a hasty denial mode for August?
Major Plotner told me that he did not know why the man-made disaster had been phased out for the Aug. 20-24 exercise. He explained that the current schedule simply called for an orientation session for Monday, a geological fault reading on Mount Hood for Tuesday, an earthquake on Wednesday, a flooding event on Thursday, and a debriefing session on Friday.
Another aspect of Noble Resolve which flagged my attention were indicators of increasing top-down micro-management of the Oregon National Guard by the Federal government, as well as increased dependence on Federal largesse.
Major Plotner told me that the Aug. 20-24 exercise emphasized conducting computer simulations without actual movement of troops. The Department of Homeland Security wanted to create a capability whereby everyone on all levels can see what is going on through a shared geo-spacial picture on a screen in a control room.
Regarding the Federal largesse issue, Fristad informed me that Oregon recently acquired Federal funding support for a WMD Civil Support Team (CST). Each of its 25 members received about 600 hours of training in nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare. Originally, there were only 10 such teams in the country.
Superficially, all of this sounds wonderful. The Federal Government shows that it cares about Oregon by helping the state acquire more jobs, more equipment, and more military training. However, as Congressman Davy Crockett once put it, "A government that is big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have got."
On my way out the door at the end of my meeting in the control room, I stopped before a montage of photos on a wall that depicted scenes of Pentagon wreckage on 9-11. I noted matter-of-factly that many people believe that no regular airline nose cone made of sheet metal and aluminum framing could have punched through three separate corridors of the Pentagon, each with massively reinforced walls on each side, and leave a neat circular exit hole. More likely this effect was created by some kind of depleted uranium warhead that was totally beyond the capabilities of any alleged Arab terrorists who supposedly high-jacked a commercial airline. Furthermore, there was a conspicuous absence of commercial airline debris and passenger body parts around the Pentagon crash site.
Earlier, Major Plotner commented that certain things are better said off duty and out of uniform than while on duty. Not surprisingly, my comments were greeted with stony silence.
I asked to take a picture of the control room with my own camera. At first Fristad agreed, but then later she said she would prefer it if she could take her own picture and email it to me. She would also send a copy of the "schedule matrix" outline of exercise events and a copy of some other material about Noble Resolve not already on the Internet. This was on Monday.
Very late Tuesday night, and into Wednesday morning, I sent emails to all the key people I had spoken with the prior two days. I included notes regarding what I had learned. I invited them to respond by email to make any suggestions or corrections.
It is now Saturday and I have not heard back from anyone. This includes not receiving any materials from Fristad , even though her boss, Capt. Braibish, reassured me on Tuesday he would personally make sure I got the additional materials.
There should be nothing wrong with me talking about possible "inside jobs" and false flag events inside a National Guard control room. Remember, officers take an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
Before driving back home Monday, I also met with Lonn Hoklin who handles public affairs for Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski regarding Operation TOPOFF. Hoklin said that he was not involved in the Noble Resolve exercise in any way. However, he was very much involved in the upcoming TOPOFF exercise in October that involves a "Radiological Dispersal Device." The Department of Homeland Security has released a bulletin titled "The TOPOFF 4 Full-Scale Exercise" which has all the details that Hoklin passed on to me. http://www.dhs.gov/xprepresp/training/gc_1179430526487.shtm.
The official description of TOPOFF is even scarier than the one for Noble Resolve. The exercise involves more personnel from a greater variety of government agencies, to include the military, the Department of Homeland Security, and FEMA. It also has a schedule of events that will be deliberately kept secret from participants until the actual moment of occurrence during the exercise. These "reactive features" are supposedly designed to add "surprise" and "realism."
Hopefully terms like "reactive features," "surprise," and "greater realism" will not take on macabre new meanings in the hands of false flag malefactors. The shoddy disclosure surrounding Noble Resolve did nothing to allay my concerns. If anything, the sad Noble Resolve experience has only dramatized the need for higher levels of citizen vigilance for this next exercise. Furthermore, the news reports that I see on the Internet indicate that the failed Bush regime is now more desperate than ever to find a pretext to attack Iran, distract the public, and possibly even declare martial law to stifle burgeoning domestic dissent.
Editor's Note: For the Lone Star Iconoclast online version of this article (best viewed in Internet Explorer), please refer to THIS LINK.
William B. Fox is a former Marine Corps Major with experience in logistics, public affairs, and military intelligence. He is a second year honors graduate of the Harvard Business School and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Southern California.
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