Declassified documents: here’s how the White House is preparing for the apocalypse.
Posted on 6.6.2022 by Jean-Michel Clermont-Goulet
Newly declassified documents offer a taste of the White House’s plan to govern during a possible doomsday.
WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?
The Presidential Emergency Action Documents (PEAD) are a series of secret plans developed by the US government to provide power management in the event of a nuclear attack, invasion by extraterrestrial enemies or any other apocalyptic event.
These documents can take the form of proclamations, decrees or even messages to Congress allowing the American administration to continue to function and govern, as reported by the New York Times. The documents were made public following an access to information request from the Brennan Center for Justice.
In all, 500 pages, out of more than 6,000, have been declassified. These records span from the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower to that of Donald Trump.
DIFFERENT ERAS, NEW CHALLENGES
Over the presidential terms, global issues have changed and each president has added his grain of salt to the PEAD.
For example, a 1959 version dwells on a possible nuclear attack on American soil from the Soviet Union, with an estimate of the number of survivors.
“Despite the scale of the disaster and the possibility of additional attacks, approximately 120 million people would remain unscathed and substantial material resources,” reads the statement. this 74-page plan containing hundreds of presidential orders.
Under George W. Bush, after the attacks of September 11, 2001, laws were designed to allow, for example, the president to take control or shut down wartime communication networks, including the Internet.
EXAMPLES OF WHAT THE PEAD CONTAINED
The current content of the PEADs remains confidential. Information about previous releases can nonetheless give some insight into what might await Americans in the event of a disaster, as the Brennan Center for Justice.
The PEADs have already planned:
- allow the detention of “enemy extraterrestrials” and other “dangerous persons” on United States territory;
- enforce different martial laws;
- issue a general warrant allowing the search and seizure of persons and property;
- set up military zones, such as those created during the Second World War;
- allow censorship of newsletters.
– With information from New York Times and of Vice