Speculation has raged about why the federal government and the military is really training to fight “zombies,” with some concerned that the drills are a way to desensitize troops against killing or subduing large numbers of people during an emergency or extreme civil unrest.
David Lory VanDerBeek, who is running for Governor in Nevada in 2014, recently posted a screenshot from the FEMA website of a supposed Zombie UFO Crash Disaster full-scale exercise drill planned for April 27th, 2013. On his website NevadaGovernor2014.com, Mr. VanDerBeek posted his article about the bizarre exercise, then he claimed that FEMA pulled the page down and replaced it with a statement that the information is now “only available to coalition members.” This set the conspiracy websites ablaze.
How odd is that? Turns out this isn’t a joke at all, but actually killing the undead has become a new fad where the military. Information pertaining to a bizarre FEMA exercise based around a fictional “zombie UFO crash” in Idaho has indeed been censored after criticism that the drill was a waste of money.
The exercise, scheduled to take place on the 27th of April in the city of Moscow, Latah County, will involve all first responders in the county as well as surrounding counties, in addition to Community Emergency Response Teams under the auspices of FEMA.
The drill will be centered around “2 scenarios: mass casualty and a rope rescue,” and will include a total of 100 participants.
David Lorry Vanderbeek, contacted Latah County CERT representative Sandy Collins asking for more information on the drill, but received no response. “Do the leaders of our nation believe in UFOs and zombies really?” asked Vanderbeek. “If so, what is their proof? They must have proof in order to spend money on drills? If they have proof, they must provide it to the general public? What is the threat? How imminent is it?” After Vanderbeek published an article on the issue, FEMA scrubbed details of the exercise from their website, although it was saved in the screenshots that can be viewed below.
This is not the first time that the federal government has invoked zombies as part of its preparedness programs. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) produced material based around fictional zombie attack, noting, “If you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack.”
In September 2012, the Department of Homeland Security got in on the act, calling for citizens to be prepared for a zombie apocalypse, an approach DHS officials said was a good way of encouraging Americans to prepare for natural disasters, pandemics or terrorist attacks.
In October last year, US Marines and Navy special-operations forces took part in a DHS drill on an island off the coast of San Diego based around the premise of a zombie invasion. The exercise was also attended by former Central Intelligence Agency director Michael Hayden.
The exercise involved 1,000 US military personnel, police and other officials repelling a “zombie apocalypse,” which officials claimed was a “whimsical” spin on a standard anti-terror drill.
Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn later criticized the event as a waste of money, noting that it did “little to discourage potential terrorists.”
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