Why is FEMA trying to cover up NLE 10?

U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks during a meeting on hurricane preparedness at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington, May 29, 2009. Obama is joined by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (2nd R), FEMA Director Craig Fugate (R). REUTERS/Jim Young


Public Intelligence

Public Intelligence has received a request from FEMA to remove a “For Official Use Only” document regarding the National Level Exercise 2010 (NLE 10), which was scheduled for this coming May.  The exercise was to be based on National Planning Scenario 1 which simulates a nuclear detonation in a U.S. city.  However, recent political pressure has led to the exercise being “scaled back” according to the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and a variety of other publications.  At the behest of Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), the exercise’s Nevada events have reportedly been canceled and the FEMA website now shows no mention of NLE 10.

On top of this, the Obama administration has recently been emphasizing the threat of a domestic nuclear attack. President Obama’s remarks at the Nuclear Security Summit on April 13, 2010 emphasize that the threat of terrorists using nuclear weapons inside of major metropolitan cities is one of the “greatest threats” that the world faces:

Two decades after the end of the Cold War, we face a cruel irony of history — the risk of a nuclear confrontation between nations has gone down, but the risk of nuclear attack has gone up.

Nuclear materials that could be sold or stolen and fashioned into a nuclear weapon exist in dozens of nations. Just the smallest amount of plutonium — about the size of an apple — could kill and injure hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Terrorist networks such as al Qaeda have tried to acquire the material for a nuclear weapon, and if they ever succeeded, they would surely use it. Were they to do so, it would be a catastrophe for the world — causing extraordinary loss of life, and striking a major blow to global peace and stability.

In short, it is increasingly clear that the danger of nuclear terrorism is one of the greatest threats to global security — to our collective security.

NLE 10 concerned itself with exactly this scenario: the detonation of a nuclear device inside of a U.S. city.  Las Vegas was to be the epicenter of this hypothetical attack and, if the exercise utilized the same circumstances as National Planning Scenario 1, it would have involved “hundreds of thousands” of casualties, more than 300,000 refugees and ultimately more than 1 million displaced persons.

The unpopularity of such a scenario, regardless of its security benefits, is obvious.  What is strange is the attempt that is now being made by FEMA to eliminate references to the exercises and remove from circulation a document that has played an important role in drawing attention to the exercise.  As the state of NLE 10 is unclear at the moment, it is difficult to say whether the request is truly motivated by security or whether there is a more dubious intention.

36 comments for “Why is FEMA trying to cover up NLE 10?

  1. April 17, 2010 at 10:53 am

    The CIA (AlQada) embolden by their success on 9/11 (WTC7 et al…) will probably light it off in one of the gulf states (pun intented), Mobile, AL, Galveston, TX, or Nawleans. A Liberian frieghter w/Indonesian crew and a washed up Norwegian Capt. tracable to Iran (or some such legend) would fit the bill. The exercise described was already implemented on a smaller scale in 8/08 w/GZ at Bremerton Nat. Airport. Close to the NBK (Naval Base Kitsap, which includes Bangor Subbase & Puget Sound Naval Shipyard) they (U.S. Gov.) are ready. Cheers?

  2. marymack
    April 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    They are covering it up, just in case, they decided to run another
    “DRILL” like they did on 911. REINVESTIGATE 911 and we will find out why the underwear and shoe bombers were CIA operatives, as was OKLAHOMA CITY AND other fun times. We are being prayed upon but they do not want us to know. HA
    Secret’s OUT.

  3. Sorry Noway
    April 17, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    “Reid Urges FEMA To Reconsider Exercise In Las Vegas”

    http://reid.senate.gov/newsroom/pr_111909_femadrillletter.cfm

  4. April 18, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Actually “fashioning” a nuclear weapon out of nuclear materials is something that would require the sponsorship of a nuclear power. One MIGHT be able to make a Fat Man or Little Boy out of enough high grade uranium, and this is stuff much much hotter than used in power plants, it would be low yield, large and require a large quantity of uranium enriched as part of a bomb making process. Making a plutonium core device requires laboratory precision not possible without a significant infrastructure dedicated to that purpose… the timing is too precise to otherwise succeed.

    So, I will presume if anything other than a dirty bomb, ie materials dispersed rather than a nuclear reaction, MUST have been sponsored by a nation already having nuclear weapons.

    The USA and Israel come to mind as having the strongest motives, and a false flag attack is probable. September 11th, as well as the London and Madrid attacks occurred during training drills, perhaps Reid or others got wind that this one might “go live”… not even Reid would want that for America. Probably the actors are mostly religious nuts of some form, they are the most useful puppets for such things, particularly Zionists- the actors must be willing to die to perpetrate such an atrocity, very few would do it just to- say- please the president because they are agents of the CIA.

  5. ela
    April 19, 2010 at 7:15 am

    remember telegraph’s picture story about big cities being nuked ?? if not just check it over again http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/4220575/Blackjack.html

    it is called predictive programming

  6. ela
    April 19, 2010 at 7:27 am
  7. Bob Dylan
    April 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    What a shitty article. Nice “scoop” at the end… are their efforts dubious?

    Sometimes I hate the Internet

  8. Klink
    June 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    NLE 10 was actually staged for the Port of Los Angeles, one of the largest ports on the west coast.

  9. joel
    June 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    i bet one of the main cities aimed to be attacked will be L.A.

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