Kakistocracy: noun, government by the worst persons; a form of government in which the worst persons are in power

Kakistocracy: noun, government by the worst persons; a form of government in which the worst persons are in power.

The old saying goes that even a blind squirrel finds a nut occasionally.  So you might think that during a 50-year political career, the odds would dictate that Joe Biden would, once in a blue moon, make a correct decision — just based on the odds.  But you’d be mistaken.  Biden has stumbled and bumbled from one disastrous decision to the next.  Disastrous, that is, for America.  Biden himself has prospered handsomely in spite of his glaring incompetence and corruption. 

Biden’s long Senate career was based on being the credit card companies’ man in Washington.  While crowing endlessly about the working class being “his people,” Biden sponsored bills allowing bank issuers to charge egregious interest rates and to make it harder for working men to escape the credit trap through bankruptcy.

When Biden chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, he turned the confirmation of Clarence Thomas into a political smear campaign that descended into a degenerate three-ring circus. In his first campaign for president, he failed to garner a single percentage point before having to withdraw when confronted with his past lies and blatant plagiarism. He literally stole a speech detailing a British politician’s life story. He ran again in 2008 but again failed to reach even one percent of the vote.

When Barack Obama took him off the primary trash heap to make him vice president, Biden first made a hash out of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, wasting hundreds of billions on boondoggles and giveaways to Democrat cronies. Little of the recovery billions was spent on anything useful to America. Biden went on to manage our relations with China and Ukraine, pocketing untold millions for himself and his family by selling out America’s security interests.

By the time he ran for president again in 2020 he was a spent husk of his former corrupt and incompetent self, delivering asinine performances in the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary. When the Democrat establishment propped him up to once again stop Bernie Sanders, Biden was set up for the strangest presidential campaign in modern history. While Donald Trump barnstormed the nation with packed, enthusiastic rallies, Biden cowered in his basement, occasionally venturing out to speak with a few dozen voters sitting in circles drawn on the floor.

For his vice presidential pick, he chose — if you can believe it — an even more buffoonish candidate than himself.

Had it not been for Mark Zuckerberg buying and staffing government election offices in swing states, and the media and Big Tech’s censorship of the Biden family’s corruption, Biden would now be enjoying his dotage in Delaware, creeping on unsuspecting children with yarns of Corn Pop and South African arrests.

Instead, the man with one of the most astonishing records of abject failure in Washington was installed in the White House, and he has remained true to form.  As one of a hundred senators and then as vice president, there was a limit to how much damage he could do.  But as president, the shackles have been removed.

His first agenda item was to throttle our oil and gas sector, offshoring tens of thousands of good paying jobs to Russia and the Middle East — along with our energy independence. He threw open our southern border and encouraged virtually unlimited illegal immigration — during a global pandemic.

He sponsored trillions of dollars in wasteful spending, pushing our national debt to over $31 trillion.  Were it not for two Democrat senators who had not yet taken leave of their senses, it would have been even worse.  As it is, Biden has sparked the largest one-year increase in inflation in 40 years.

Biden’s “defund the police” rhetoric delivered us soaring violent crime in Democrat-run cities, while he sicced federal law enforcement on parents who object too strenuously to their children being indoctrinated with anti-White racism and LGBTQIA+ ideology. 

It can truly be said that as president, Biden’s record of failure remains unblemished.  

But now comes what may be the capstone on Biden’s long history of buffoonery and corruption.  In Ukraine, we have an armed conflict that threatens to plunge the world into an economic depression and raises the specter of nuclear war.  Not only did Biden set the stage for this calamity when, as vice president, he was in charge of Ukraine policy and led Kiev to believe that NATO membership was in Ukraine’s future, but on the eve of the Russian invasion, he refused to admit that it was not.  Then Biden all but admitted to Vladimir Putin — on live TV, no less — that NATO would not defend Ukraine if Russia chose to invade. 

In the aftermath of Russia’s invasion, Biden and his administration have crafted sanctions that seem almost designed to boomerang on America’s and Europe’s fragile post-pandemic economies, while forcing Russia into a deeper alliance with China

With the U.S. over $31 trillion in debt, Biden seems totally oblivious to the perilous position of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency and the consequences should that privileged position end. 

Economists predict that food and gasoline will cost the average U.S. household an additional $3,000 this year, and inflation threatens to push millions of lower-middle income-earners into abject poverty.

And bumbling, corrupt Joe Biden isn’t yet halfway through his first — and please God, last — term.

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Big Tech Censored Dozens of Doctors, More Than 800 Accounts for COVID-19 ‘Misinformation,’ Study Finds

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Big Tech Censored Dozens of Doctors, More Than 800 Accounts for COVID-19 ‘Misinformation,’ Study Finds

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Twitter, Google, Google+, Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are among the platforms arrayed on the screen of an Apple iPhone. Many of them have used their largely unregulated power to censor information they don’t approve of as “misinformation.” (Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images)

Major technology companies and social media platforms have removed, suppressed or flagged the accounts of more than 800 prominent individuals and organizations, including medical doctors, for COVID-19 “misinformation,” according to a new study from the Media Research Center.

The study focused on acts of censorship on major social media platforms and online services, including Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Ads, and TikTok.

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Instances of censorship included Facebook’s decision to flag the British Medical Journal with a “fact check” and “missing context” label, reducing the visibility of a post, for a study delving into data-integrity issues with a Pfizer vaccine clinical trial.

Facebook also deleted the page of the Great Barrington Declaration, an open letter led by dozens of medical professionals, including Dr. Jay Battacharya, a Stanford epidemiologist, and Dr. Martin Kulldorff, a former employee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which advocated for less restrictive measures to address the dangers of COVID-19.

“Big Tech set up a system where you can’t disagree with ‘the science’ even though that’s the foundation of the scientific method,” Dan Gainor, MRC vice president of Free Speech America, told the Daily Caller National Foundation. “If doctors and academic journals can’t debate publicly, then it’s not science at all. It’s ‘religion.’”

Big Tech also scrubbed podcast host Joe Rogan’s interviews with scientists Dr. Peter McCullough and Dr. Robert Malone, the latter of whom was instrumental in pioneering mRNA technology. Twitter banned Malone from its platform permanently in late December over the virologist’s tweets questioning the efficacy and safety of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We tallied 32 different doctors who were censored, including mRNA vaccine innovator Dr. Robert Malone,” Gainor said. “Censoring views of credentialed experts doesn’t ensure confidence in vaccines. It undermines faith in government COVID-19 strategies.“

In addition to medical doctors, the study examined instances in which members of Congress were censored by tech platforms.

These included an incident last August in which YouTube suspended Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., for posting a video arguing that “cloth masks” are not effective against the coronavirus, a view later echoed by many prominent medical commentators. Twitter also flagged a tweet from Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., in which he wrote “studies show those with natural immunity from a prior infection are much less likely to contract and spread COVID than those who only have vaccine-induced immunity.”

The study also examined Big Tech censorship of prominent media personalities, such as Rogan, Tucker Carlson, and Dan Bongino.

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Two men sent to prison for trafficking troubled teenager

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Two men sent to prison for trafficking troubled teenager

HOUSTON – Two Houstonians are on their way to federal prison after admitting to recruiting a teenager on social media and trafficking her for sex, announced acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.   

Demetrius Delaan White, 30, and Deonte Danquise Bailey-Roach, 28, pleaded guilty Jan. 27.

Today, U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt sentenced White to 240 months, while Bailey-Roach received a 144-month-term of imprisonment. The court considered statements from the minor victim and her mother detailing the lasting impact of the teenager’s victimization. Both will be ordered to pay restitution to the victim and serve an additional five years on supervised release following completion of the prison terms, during which time they will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict access to children and the internet. Both will also be ordered to register as sex offenders.

In 2017, White and Bailey-Roach recruited a troubled teenager on social media. They then brought her from her home in Stephenville to Houston to engage in commercial sex acts.

Over the next four days, they exploited the minor victim for their own sexual gratification and profit. They posted the minor victim on internet advertisements for commercial sex, during which time more than 300 people expressed interest. They rented motel rooms for the sex acts, drove her to clients’ homes and took her to a truck stop. They also had her walk on Bissonnet Street, an area commonly known for an open and rampant sex trade.

To induce the minor victim into continuing to engage in the activity, both men gave her drugs before the commercial sex acts. They also kept all the cash proceeds.

Both will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The FBI and the Houston Police Department (HPD), both part of the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance (HTRA), conducted the investigation.

HTRA law enforcement includes members of the HPD, FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Texas Attorney General’s Office, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Department of Labor, Department of State, Texas Alcoholic and Beverage Commission, Texas Department of Public Safety, Coast Guard and Sheriff’s Offices in Harris and Montgomery counties in coordination with District Attorney’s offices in Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend Counties.

Established in 2004, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Houston formed HTRA to combine resources with federal, state and local enforcement agencies and prosecutors, as well as non-governmental service organizations to target human traffickers while providing necessary services to those that the traffickers victimized. Since its inception, HTRA has been recognized as both a national and international model in identifying and assisting victims of human trafficking and prosecuting those engaged in trafficking offenses.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kate Suh and Sebastian Edwards are prosecuting the case.

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Red Lake Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Child | USAO-MN | Department of Justice

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Red Lake Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Child

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Red Lake man pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a child over the course of several years, announced Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk.

According to court documents, between August 2014 and August 2020, Kory Paul Lussier, 25, knowingly and repeatedly engaged in sexual contact with a minor female who was between seven and thirteen years old at the time.

Lussier pleaded guilty yesterday before Senior U.S. District Judge Paul A. Magnuson to one count of abusive sexual contact with a child. A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is the result of investigations conducted by the Red Lake Department of Public Safety and the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander D. Chiquoine is prosecuting the case
— Read on www.justice.gov/usao-mn/pr/red-lake-man-pleads-guilty-sexual-abuse-child

Repeat sex offender sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempting to coerce minors to engage in online sexual conduct

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Repeat sex offender sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempting to coerce minors to engage in online sexual conduct

DAYTON, Ohio – Sean T. Porter, 56, of Moraine, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 240 months in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for attempting to solicit nude photos from teenage girls while registered as a sex offender.

According to court documents, from October 2020 through January 2021, Porter created seven accounts with the profile names “Sean” and “Mike” on a dating app. In that time, Porter communicated with approximately 52 individuals who identified themselves as minors as young as 11 years old and sent pornographic images of himself to at least 26 suspected minors. He also solicited sexual content from the minors. One of the minors Porter communicated with was an FBI undercover officer who was using two personas of minor females.

Porter made a number of requests for the undercover officer to send nude images. Porter also sent images of himself in an exposed state. On Valentine’s Day 2021, Porter sent a video of himself engaging in sexual conduct to the agent purporting to be a teenager.

Porter committed these acts while on federal supervision after serving 10 years in federal prison for his last offense.

Vipal J. Patel, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and J. William Rivers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, announced the sentence imposed by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Thomas M. Rose. Assistant Deputy Criminal Chief Laura I. Clemmens and Assistant United States Attorney Rob Painter are representing the United States in this case.

Springfield Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Attempted Enticement of a Minor | USAO-CDIL | Department of Justice

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Springfield Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Attempted Enticement of a Minor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Springfield, Illinois, man, Rafael Mercado Berrios, 42, of the 700 block of South Durkin Drive, was sentenced to ten years in prison, to be followed by ten years of supervised release, on October 20, 2021, for attempted enticement of a minor and use of interstate facilities to attempt to transmit information about a minor.

Mercado Berrios was convicted in June 2021 following a jury trial in which the United States presented evidence establishing that Mercado Berrios had used a mobile application to arrange to meet a person he believed to be a 15-year-old minor for sexual activity.

At Mercado Berrios’s sentencing hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Sue E. Myerscough found that he had also attempted to obstruct justice by requesting that a former girlfriend delete information from his computer and directing her not to speak to law enforcement agencies, as well as telling her what to say if she did choose to speak.

The statutory penalty for attempted enticement of a minor is ten years to life imprisonment. The statutory penalty for use of interstate facilities to attempt to transmit information about a minor is not more than five years imprisonment. Each count also carries a fine of up to $250,000.

The prosecution was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Springfield Office, with the assistance of the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations; the Springfield Police Department; and the Illinois State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tanner K. Jacobs and Gregory K. Harris represented the government in the prosecution.

The case against Mercado Berrios was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a Department of Justice initiative led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
— Read on www.justice.gov/usao-cdil/pr/springfield-man-sentenced-ten-years-prison-attempted-enticement-minor

Connecticut Man Guilty of Sex-Trafficking During Miami SuperBowl | USAO-SDFL | Department of Justice

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Connecticut Man Guilty of Sex-Trafficking During Miami SuperBowl

Miami, Florida – A man who coerced two women and a girl into selling themselves for sex in Miami during the 2020 Superbowl was found guilty of commercial sex trafficking by a federal jury in Ft. Lauderdale this week.  

During the eight-day trial, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alejandra L. López and Brian Dobbins presented evidence that in January 2020, Edward Walker, 48, of New Haven, Connecticut, brought two adult women and a 17-year-old girl to Miami from Connecticut to engage in commercial sex acts during the SuperBowl.  While in Miami, Walker emotionally, psychologically, and financially coerced the victims into soliciting customers and having sex with them in exchange for money, all of which Walker kept.  Additional evidence showed that after the Superbowl in Miami, Walker planned to take the victims to Chicago, Illinois (during the NBA All-Star Game), New Orleans, Lousiana (during Mardi Gras), Las Vegas, Nevada, and other places to further sexually exploit them.   

The jury found Walker guilty of sex trafficking by force and coercion, sex trafficking of a minor and by force and coercion, and transporting a person for sexual activity.  U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn will sentence Walker on January 6, 2022, in federal court in Ft. Lauderdale.  He faces a sentence of up to life in prison.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Divisions Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami; and Alfredo Ramirez, III, Director of Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), announced the guilty verdict.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, in partnership with MDPD’s Human Trafficking Squad, and the South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force.  FBI New Haven; Homeland Security Investigations Miami; Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Miami Office; Miami Beach Police Department; and Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office assisted.  

To report suspected human trafficking or to obtain resources for victims, please call 1-888-373-7888; text “BeFree” (233733), or live chat at HumanTraffickingHotline.org.  The toll-free phone, SMS text lines, and online chat function are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Help is available in English, Spanish, Creole, or in more than 200 additional languages.  The National Hotline is not managed by law enforcement, immigration or an investigative agency.  Correspondence with the National Hotline is confidential and you may request assistance or report a tip anonymously.

To learn more about the National Resource Hotline visit www.humantraffickinghotline.org.  To learn more about the U.S. Department of Justice’s efforts to combat human trafficking visit www.justice.gov/humantrafficking.org

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov, under case no. 20-cr-20087.
— Read on www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl/pr/connecticut-man-guilty-sex-trafficking-during-miami-superbowl

Springfield Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Child Pornography

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Springfield Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Child Pornography

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield, Missouri, man who downloaded thousands of images and videos of child pornography was sentenced in federal court today.

Nicholas Goins, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Goins to spend the rest of his life on supervised release following incarceration and ordered Goins to pay $24,000 in restitution to his victims. Goins will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison and will be subject to federal and state sex offender registration requirements, which may apply throughout his life.

On March 3, 2020, Goins pleaded guilty to one count of receiving and distributing child pornography. He has been in federal custody since December 2019.

According to court documents, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Goins’s residence on March 7, 2019. Officers seized multiple digital storage devices, which contained thousands of images and videos of child pornography. A forensic examination discovered messaging sessions with other individuals in which they shared child pornography. Goins actively encouraged such exchanges. One of the participants posted imagery of himself sexually abusing a 4-year-old child victim, for which he was charged in another district.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the Springfield, Mo., Police Department, the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and the FBI.

Project Safe Childhood

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

Jacksonville Man Sentenced To 12 Years In Federal Prison For Using The Internet To Attempt To Entice And Meet A 12-Year-Old Child For Sex

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Jacksonville Man Sentenced To 12 Years In Federal Prison For Using The Internet To Attempt To Entice And Meet A 12-Year-Old Child For Sex

Jacksonville, Florida – United States District Judge Brian J. Davis has sentenced Wayne Dale Epps, Jr. (36, Jacksonville) to 12 years in federal prison for using the internet to attempt to entice a 12-year-old child to engage in sexual activity. Epps was also ordered to serve a life term of supervised release and to register as a sex offender.

Epps had pleaded guilty on June 10, 2021.

According to court documents, on February 14, 2020, an undercover FBI agent who was posing online as the family member of a 12-year-old child was contacted by Epps using the screen name “ksaber2040.” Over the next several days, Epps and the undercover agent engaged in online conversation in which Epps expressed his desire to meet the “child.” Epps confirmed that he wanted to meet the “child” for sexual activity, stating “[t]his is a first for me I’m nervous but I’ve been wanting to try younger.” Epps provided the undercover agent with graphic details about how he intended to sexually abuse the “child.” He offered to use a “flavored condom” and requested pictures of the “child.”

On February 18, 2020, Epps drove to a prearranged location at a shopping center in Jacksonville to meet the “child” for sex and was arrested by FBI agents. During an interview, Epps stated that it was “possible that [he] would have followed through” and engaged in sex with the 12-year-old child, and further that he “should have never made that decision.”            

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Jacksonville. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

This is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

Jury Convicts Alabama Man of Soliciting Videos and Webcam Shows of Filipina Children Being Sexually Assaulted | USAO-NDAL | Department of Justice

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Jury Convicts Alabama Man of Soliciting Videos and Webcam Shows of Filipina Children Being Sexually Assaulted
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A federal jury convicted a Morgan County man Tuesday for using Internet applications to seek images, videos, and live transmissions of the violent sexual abuse of Filipina children as young as five years old.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Benjamin Walter, 41, of Decatur, AL, used two web service provider accounts, including messenger and webcam applications, to get women in the Philippines to sexually abuse their own children and relatives.  Walter’s requests to these women, which spanned approximately three years, included directions to arrange for the gang rape of young children and to sexually assault several young children in other harmful ways.  Walter sent the money to the Philippines for these videos, images, and live transmissions via MoneyGram, Western Union, and other money remitters in $25 to $50 increments.  In addition to the live webcam shows, Walter also sent and received emails to which the senders attached images and videos of young children engaged in sex acts with adult men.  This investigation was part of a joint FBI and Homeland Security Investigations operation that targeted the buyers and sellers of these types of webcam shows in the Philippines.

“Today’s conviction sends a clear message that the protection of the most innocent and vulnerable victims, our children, from child exploitation is of the utmost importance,” said U.S. Attorney Escalona.  “The jury’s decision to hold the defendant accountable for his conduct and to reject his defenses demonstrates that those who commit these horrific crimes will be met with swift and certain justice.  We are grateful for the work of the FBI Birmingham Division and FBI Huntsville Resident Agency for their investigation of this case, and for the assistance of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in prosecuting the case.”

The FBI and our partners will continue to work diligently to bring individuals like Walter to justice and protect our most valuable asset, our children,” Sharp said

Walter was convicted of four counts of producing and attempting to produce child pornography and one count each of receiving and distributing child pornography. Sentencing is set for January 5, 2022.  Walter faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years of imprisonment and a maximum of 160 years of imprisonment. 

FBI Birmingham Division and FBI Huntsville Resident Agency  investigated the case.

Trial Attorneys Charles Schmitz and Nadia Prinz of the Justice Department’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Leann R. White of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama are prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc.

To report suspicious activity or instances of child sexual exploitation, contact your local FBI field office or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.  Reports can also be filed with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) or online at www.cybertipline.org.

For more information on the FBI’s guidance on child exploitation and protecting your kids visit https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/protecting-your-kids.
— Read on www.justice.gov/usao-ndal/pr/jury-convicts-alabama-man-soliciting-videos-and-webcam-shows-filipina-children-being

11 Romance Scammers Charged With Money Laundering, Wire Fraud Conspiracies | USAO-NDTX | Department of Justice

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Friday, September 24, 2021
11 Romance Scammers Charged With Money Laundering, Wire Fraud Conspiracies

A federal grand jury has indicted 11 defendants in the Northern District of Texas for defrauding elderly victims in romance schemes, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah.

The 11 defendants, all arrested during a large-scale operation Wednesday morning, are charged with a variety of financial crimes, including conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.  The majority of the defendants charged in this investigation have ties to a transnational organized crime syndicate originating in Nigeria, law enforcement revealed Friday.

According to court documents, these defendants allegedly preyed on elderly victims, many of whom were widowed or divorced. They assumed fake names and trolled dating sites like Match.com, ChistianMingle, JSwipe, and PlentyofFish, searching for targets.

Once they had ingratiated themselves with their victims, they allegedly concocted sob-stories about why they needed money – i.e., taxes to release an inheritance, essential overseas travel, crippling debt, etc. – and then siphoned money from victim’s accounts, tens of thousands of dollars at a time.

“Crimes like these are especially despicable because they rely not only on victims’ lack of internet savvy, but also, their isolation, their loneliness, and sometimes their grief. As the victims open their hearts, the perpetrators open their wallets,” Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah said at a press conference announcing the charges. “The only mistake these victims make is being generous to the wrong people.”

“The crimes allegedly committed by these defendants hit close to home. Your neighbors, parents, friends and family would be targets of this organization. The fraudsters intimidated and berated their victims, ruined their lives, really, and then disappeared,” said FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew J. DeSarno. “We’re confident this investigation will have a significant impact on this region and beyond.”

The indictments unsealed today in the Northern District of Texas complement a related indictment unsealed in the Eastern District of Texas, which charges 23 defendants (including one also charged in the Northern District of Texas) with a variety of financial crimes.

Those charged in the Northern District of Texas include:

David Animashaun, 38 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracy
Oluwalobamise Michael Moses, 40 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracy
Irabor Fatarr Musa, 51 – arrested in the Eastern District of Texas, charged by the Northern District of Texas wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy
Ijeoma Okoro, 31 – arrested in DFW, wire fraud conspiracy fraud, money laundering conspiracy
Chukwemeka Orji, 36 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy
Emanuel Stanley Orji, 35 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracy
Frederick Orji, 37 – arrested in Dallas, charged with wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy
Uwadiale Esezobor, 36 – arrested in Lubbock, charged with mail & wire fraud conspiracy
Victor Idowu, 36 – arrested in Los Angeles, charged with mail & wire fraud conspiracy
Afeez Abiola Alao, 37 – wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy
Ambrose Sunday Ohide, 47 – wire fraud conspiracy
 
Indictments are merely allegations of criminal conduct, not evidence. Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

If convicted, the defendants face up 20 years in federal prison on the wire fraud conspiracy counts and up to 10 years in federal prison on the money laundering conspiracy counts.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Dallas Field Office, Homeland Security Investigations, and IRS – Criminal Investigation led the investigation with assistance from the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers,  the U.S. Marshals, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, and the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mary Walters, George Leal, and Erica Hilliard are prosecuting the cases for the Northern District of Texas, with assistance from Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Eastern District of Texas.

The FBI estimates that more than 20,000 people lost more than $600 million in romance scams in 2020 alone. For tips on how to protect yourselves and your loved ones, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s romance scam webpage. To report a suspected romance fraud, file a report via the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov.

 

Topic(s): 
Elder Justice
Financial Fraud
Component(s): 
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
USAO – Texas, Eastern
USAO – Texas, Northern
Contact: 
Erin Dooley NDTX Press Officer 214-659-8707 erin.dooley@usdoj.gov
Updated September 27, 2021
— Read on www.justice.gov/usao-ndtx/pr/11-romance-scammers-charged-money-laundering-wire-fraud-conspiracies

FINAL SCRIPT – Code Name: Operation DARK WINTER – A Bioterrorism Exercise June 2001

Welcome to Operation Dark Winter Bioterrorism Exercise from Andrews Airforce Base-The Final Script from 2001.

If you have not read this, I HIGHLY recommend that you do.

I think you just might be surprised at the coincidences between this exercise that was played out in 2001 using a “smallpox” crisis.

Code-named Operation Dark Winter, the exercise highlighted the shortcomings of the American system in combating the covert and widespread smallpox attack.

Evidently, I am not the only one who has picked up on this.

Afghan News Reported:
  • The Dark Winter exercise, held in 2001, portrayed a fictional scenario depicting a covert smallpox attack on American citizens
  • Major fault lines found between different levels of government, between government and the private sector, among different institutions and agencies, and within the public and private sector
  • ‘No surge capability in the U.S. healthcare and public health systems, or in the pharmaceutical and vaccine industries’

New Delhi: In 2001, the United States conducted a high-level bio-terrorist attack simulation to ascertain how senior leadership would respond to such an attack apart from examining the national security, intergovernmental, and information challenges of a biological attack on the American soil.

For a moment, let’s use our imaginations and replace a few names in this exercise briefing.
Examples:
Oklahoma with New York,
Russia with China
Governor Keating with Governor Cuomo
Vectors in Russia with Wuhan in China
Smallpox with Covid-19

You get the idea.

👇 Is the link to the script online in .pdf format that is incidentally referenced by John Hopkin. It may be easier to read from there. I intentionally left out a few pictures, etc because the we’re not necessarily important to my point.

Click below:
FINAL SCRIPT – DARK WINTER EXERCISE

Begin 👇

DARK WINTER

Bioterrorism Exercise

Andrews Air Force Base

June 22-23, 2001

EXPLANATORY NOTE TO THE EXERCISE SCRIPT:
In their roles as National Security Council (NSC) members responding to the smallpox crisis, exercise participants were given information about unfolding events in four important ways: briefings, memos, newspaper summaries, and video news clips.
• Each of the three segments began with briefings delivered to the NSC meeting by exercise controllers playing the roles of deputies or special assistants. Subsequent briefings in each segment provided NSC “players” with possible policy options for consideration.
• Throughout the exercise, individual participants were given memos on issues or events within the purview of their position or agency. Participants responded to events in whatever way the felt appropriate.
• The exercise began with a briefing on the geopolitical context in which the scenario occurs. At the start of segments 2 and 3, summaries of relevant news coverage of the epidemic were shown.
• At five different times in the exercise, video news clips were shown which conveyed the breaking news stories occurring at that time in the scenario. The text of the news clips is not shown in this exercise script.
This script includes only information that was delivered to the participants. The comments and decisions made by participants during the exercise are not part of this exercise script. They will be summarized in separate reports.
INTRODUCTION TO EXERCISE GEOPOLITICAL CONTEXT BRIEFING
Randy Larsen, Deputy National Security Advisor Taiwan-China Tensions
• Angry rhetoric between Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has reached an all time high.
• One month ago, the PRC “tested” medium range missiles along a flight path that passed through Taiwan’s airspace.
• An outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease in Taiwan began about three weeks ago and is having a devastating impact on the local swine industry.
• Press reports have speculated that the current outbreak may have been deliberately introduced by the Chinese. China has denied these rumors.
• Taiwanese officials have compared this outbreak to the 1997 FMD epidemic that transformed Taiwan from an exporter to an importer of pork. As a result, China was able to capture the Pacific Rim pork market.
Nuke/Bio Smuggling
• Last month Russian authorities, with support from the FBI, arrested Yusuuf Abdul Aziiz, a known operative in Al-Qaida and a close personal friend and suspected senior lieutenant of Usama bin Laden. Yusuuf was caught in a sting operation that had been developing during the last year. He was attempting to acquire 50 kilograms of plutonium and was also attempting to arrange the purchase of several biological pathogens that had been weaponized by the Soviet Union.
Suspected BW Production – Iraq
• Six months ago, the US lifted sanctions against Iraq and ceased enforcement of the“no-fly zones”.
• Saddam has since pursued an aggressive effort to upgrade military forces and has imported equipment and materials that might be used to build chemical or biological weapons.
• The Al Daura vaccine plant, near Baghdad, closed by UN inspectors after the Gulf War, renewed full-scale production in 2001. The ostensible justification for this was the preparation of vaccines against Foot & Mouth disease.
• There are also reports that several top of scientists from the former Soviet bioweapons program began working in Iraq and Iran 1 yr ago.
Southwest Asia – 2 days ago
• 2 days ago, Iraqi forces in the South of Iraq moved into offensive positions along the Kuwaiti border.
• The Iraqi government denies any hostile intent and maintains that these troop movements are part of routine military exercises.
• Yesterday, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain requested deployment of US, British and French forces to Southwest Asia, to guard against possible attempts by Iraq to seize Kuwaiti oil fields.
• Russia and China oppose Allied deployment.
• The US has announced it is moving an aircraft carrier battle group to the Gulf.
US Domestic Conditions
• US Economy is in good shape
• Has been especially severe winter and heating oil prices, especially in the Northeast are high.
• Polls show slim majority of Americans oppose a major deployment onf US troops to the Persian Gulf
• Most Americans agree that Saddam’s Iraqi regime represents a real threat to stability in the region and to American interests.
• Key information on US Oil Imports being distributed.
(MEMO GIVEN TO ALL PARTICIPANTS: Oil Information)
“2001 statistics from the Energy Information Administration:
• US Crude Oil Imports are 8.46 million barrels per day. Of this, the US Imports about 26% of its crude oil from the Middle East, or 2.21 million barrels day. This is comprised of 1.72 million from Saudi Arabia, 0.25 million from Kuwait and 0.24 million from Iraq.
• Other Significant Oil Imports from non-Arab countries are as follows: Canada – 1.29 million, Mexico – 1.03 million, Venezuela – 1.234 million, Nigeria – .859 million
• US production of crude oil (as of 1999) was 5.93 million barrels per day. Assuming this number has been fairly consistent over the past two years, the US imports about 60% of its crude oil.
• The Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) currently has about 540 million barrels in its reserves located in Louisiana and Texas. (Not all of this is crude oil). According to the SPR, this would be sufficient to supplement US oil requirements for 54 days. Keep in mind that the maximum estimated speed for draw-down in an emergency is 4.3 million barrels a day.
• If all imports to the US were stopped during a crisis, the SPR could not keep up with daily US requirements due to draw-down limitations.”
SEGMENT 1—December 9, 2002 NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING
(MEMO GIVEN TO PRESIDENT, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, SECRETARY OF HHS, FEMA DIRECTOR, 7:00 PM)
The Deputies Committee recommends focusing meeting and decision-making on following issues:
  • What policies and priorities should govern smallpox vaccine distribution?
  • Should plans for military deployment to SW Asia proceed?
  • What should we tell our allies about the source and scope of the outbreak, risk of spread abroad, implications for military coalition in the Gulf?
  • What should the American people be told?
(MEMO TO PRESIDENT, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, CHAIR OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF)
Flexible Deterrent Options
Forces currently in theater: 25,000 including one carrier battle group
Option One: 5 Day closure
  • Limited capability to thwart an invasion of Kuwait by existing Iraqi forces currently positioned near border. Primarily a visible commitment. (Very high risk if Iraq invades)
  • Vigilant Warrior (Army Brigade w/ equipment prepositioned in Kuwait) 3000 active duty, 500 reserves including 300 medical
  • Air Expeditionary Wing (4 fighter squadrons) 1000 active duty
  • Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) package (U-2, JSTAR, EP-3, AWACS)
  • 500 active duty
  • B-52 deployment to Diego Garcia 500 active duty

Option Two: 21 Day closure

Significant capability to prevent the Iraqi capture of Kuwait, or at a minimum, delay the success of an Iraqi invasion until additional forces can be deployed. (Medium risk if Iraq invades)
Vigilant Warrior
Air Expeditionary Force (12 fighter squadrons) Additional ISR Package
Additional carrier battle group
10,000 active duty
Marine Expeditionary Force (With MPF from Diego Garcia)
30,000 active duty Combat Support Hospital
500 reserves
Corps Support Command
1000 reserves

Option Three: 14 Day closure but requires Presidential Select Reserve Call-up and Civil Reserve Air Fleet Stage I to meet this timeline

Strongest deterrent option. Demonstrates resolve. Same combat capability of option two.
Reduced closure time comes at the political cost of a Presidential Select Reserve Call-up and activation of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet Stage 1. Reduces capability to respond to a potential crisis in other theaters. (High risk globally, medium risk in SWA)
Vigilant Warrior
Air Expeditionary Force (20 fighter squadrons)
Additional ISR Package
Additional carrier battle group
Marine Expeditionary Force (With MPF from Diego Garcia) Combat Support Hospital

(MEMO TO PRESIDENT, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, CHAIR OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF)

Flexible Deterrent Options:

  • Corps Support Command Offensive Force to Remove Iraq from Kuwait
  • 400,000 personnel (100,000 reserve component)
NSA GERGEN’S REMARKS 7:00 PM
Before we begin this evening …
I think it is important you see what is currently on the local TV station in Oklahoma City. The White House Press Office just sent this over. I am sure this will soon be picked up by the major networks. This was taped from a live broadcast about 15 minutes ago.
VIDEO NEWS CLIP 1

PRESIDENT NUNN’S OPENING REMARKS

• ‼️👉The original agenda of this National Security Council (NSC) meeting was to focus on the developing crisis in Southwest Asia. 👉However, the Secretary of Health and Human Services called one hour ago to report that the 👉Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that at least one case of smallpox – and maybe as many as 20 – have occurred among civilians in Oklahoma City. ‼️This is an extremely serious situation. Smallpox no longer exists in nature. Presumably, this disease has been deliberately introduced and 👉these cases are the result of a bioterrorist attack on the United States. We have received no notifications from other countries or groups claiming credit, and at present the FBI has no information regarding who might have mounted this attack or how they accomplished it. 👉A large proportion of the world population is now susceptible to smallpox. If this situation is not handled correctly we could be facing the beginning of a ‼️nation-wide or global epidemic. No doubt, the prospect of contracting this dreaded, lethal, highly contagious disease will cause great concern among US citizens and the world community. ‼️The outbreak may also have significant economic impacts. ‼️It is reasonable to assume that this attack is related to decisions we may make to deploy troops to the Mid-East; maybe it’s meant to distract US leadership or to intimidate the civilian population. 👉On the other hand, there may be no direct linkage to events in the gulf. The FBI and CIA are working on these matters, but we have few facts right now. 👉As it happens, Oklahoma’s Governor Keating is in town today and has joined us for this meeting, although he is understandably anxious to get home. We will first hear from Gov. Keating. Then we will have briefings on what we might expect in a smallpox outbreak, and more on what is happening on the ground in Oklahoma and elsewhere.
Finally, I would like to hear your thoughts on what our priorities and actions ought to be.
GOVERNOR’S REMARKS
Frank Keating, Governor of Oklahoma
👉It appears my state has been attacked with a smallpox weapon. We are not sure yet how many people are affected. Media have been barraging our public affairs office for comment since CDC confirmed the diagnosis an hour ago. 👉We understand that the emergency rooms in Oklahoma City are extremely crowded – our state health department is having difficulty getting information directly from hospital management because many phone lines have gone down, apparently from overuse. The city is calm, although we have heard from CNN that many hospital staff have failed to show up for work since the first suspicions of smallpox were reported yesterday evening.
Local news media are broadcasting nothing but news and comments on the smallpox story. Hospitals in Oklahoma City have already activated their disaster plans to cope with the security issues raised by the increased patient demand on emergency rooms and the presence of so many journalists. I have been in close contact with the Oklahoma Adjutant General in the last few hours, who has been making preparations should the Oklahoma National Guard be needed during this situation.
👉My Commissioner of Health advises me that at the minimum we need to begin rapid vaccination program of all persons that have come into contact with the identified smallpox patients as well as health care workers in Oklahoma City.
👉I understand CDC has released vaccine, but it’s unclear how much we’ll get. I would like to tell people when I go before the cameras in a few hours that each and every one of the 3.5 million citizens of Oklahoma will receive the smallpox vaccine in the next 72 hours. I think it’s important we reassure people that the government is going to take care of them.
👉Based on advice from the OK Commissioner of Health and The OK Adjutant General, I am declaring a State of Emergency and requesting that, you Mr. President, invoke the Stafford Act. The nature of the crisis will require it.
👉I have just declared a state of emergency to mobilize state response. The nature of this disease should be of immediate national concern. Therefore, I am requesting that you, Mr. President, declare a state of emergency in the State of Oklahoma.
SMALLPOX BRIEFING
Thomas Inglesby, Special Assistant to Secretary Hamburg
Smallpox: Historical Background
– Slide 1
• Last case on planet 1978
• Last case in US in 1949 (Texas)
• Officially stored only in 2 places–CDC & Russian Lab
• Prior to eradication – killed 300 million in 20th century
Photo – Smallpox Disease Progression
– Slide 2
Features of Disease
– Slide 3
• No symptoms at time of exposure
• 9 – 17 days later: fever, malaise, rash
• Rash: red spots become painful pustules
• No treatment for persons with disease
• At least 30% who get the disease would die
• Survivors have scars for life, may be blind
Slide Comments:
• Average incubation period is 2 weeks
• Mortality rate may be higher in children
Photo – Smallpox Cases – Slide 4
How Contagious is Smallpox? – Slide 5
Person to person spread occurs
• Contagious from rash onset until scabs heal (2 weeks)
• Spread by droplets breathed or coughed into air
• Usually requires close contact (< 6ft.)
Isolation and vaccination can prevent spread
Slide Comments:
• Close contacts are household and work contacts, health care workers.
• In exceptional circumstances can spread over long distances.
• Long distance spread usually occurs with cough
• Outbreak in Germany, 30 persons working or visiting in a hospital caught
smallpox from one hospitalized patient who never left his room
• Isolation of patients prevents transmission
• Vaccination of contacts can prevent them from developing disease
Health Care System Readiness – Slide 6
• U.S. doctors/nurses have no experience with smallpox
• No means of rapid diagnosis, no treatment available
• Hospitals have few isolation rooms designed for highly contagious patients
• No surge capacity in health care system – Just-in-time methods for staffing, drugs, supplies
Slide Comments:
• It is doubtful that hospitals could handle even 10% increase in patient demand over a sustained period.
• Concerns whether staff will come to work if at potential risk of getting lethal disease or bringing it home to their families
Photo – Smallpox victim – Slide 7

Smallpox Vaccine – Slide 8
• Protects people from dying –if given no more than 3 or 4 days after exposure
• Routine U.S. vaccination stopped in 1972
• Immunity wanes over time: estimated 80% U.S. population now susceptible
• 1/300,000 got serious, possibly fatal reactions to vaccine
Slide Comments:
👉‼️Vaccine protects if given before symptom onset
• 👉‼️No one younger than age 30 y/o vaccinated
• 👉‼️Maybe as many as 1/5000 today would have serious possibly lethal vaccine complication
Smallpox Vaccine Supply – Slide 9
• 👉U.S. stocks: 12M doses –Swiftwater, PA
• 👉World supply: 60M doses — no data, no sharing agreements
‼️CDC contract for 40M doses; 👉first deliveries — 2004
Slide Comments
• 14 nations report having some supply of vaccine (SEC STATE will be getting that information
SITUATION BRIEFING [slides]
Dr. Tara O’Toole, Deputy Secretary of HHS, Chair of the Deputies
Committee meetings
Status of Epidemic – Slide 1
• 20 smallpox cases, lab confirmed, Oklahoma City
• 30 additional cases suspected: 14 in OK; 9 in GA; 7 in PA
• 👉Source of infection unknown
• 👉Presumed exposure Dec 1st
Photo of First Case – Slide 2
We believe media has this photo
Photo of Arms of First Case – Slide 3
Status of Epidemic: Actions Taken – Slide 4
• CDC officials en route to OK, PA, and GA
• Lab specimens en route to CDC

👉100,000 doses of vaccine released, ETA=12 hours

Vaccination restricted to close contacts, HCWs, investigators
• 👉100K doses to PA, GA pending lab confirmation
Slide Comments:
• 👉Doses released are preliminary shipments made with consensus of Sec Hamburg, CDC Director and OK Commissioner of Health.
• 👉Additional vaccine only to be released pending decisions reached at this meeting
1st Smallpox Case – Oklahoma City
Map of Cases in 3 states – Slide 5
Smallpox Cases Reported December 9

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7
9
Potential Origin of Outbreak: Slide 6
• ‼️Accidental or intentional release of virus
• ‼️Only two labs in world permitted to have virus – CDC and ‼️ Vector in Russia
• Illicit diversion of virus plausible
• Once viral stocks in hand, no major technical problems to grow, disseminate virus
Slide Comments:
• Readily available off-the-shelf aerosol technologies used in Ag or Pharm applications believed most likely = best guess
Status of Epidemic: Actions Taken – Slide 7
• Outbreak investigation begun
• FBI, Public Health interviews with patients and contacts
• Information to stop disease spread, identify source of exposure
• Active medical surveillance to identify additional cases
• Alert, educate information to medical community& media
Map of Cases on Oklahoma Grid – Slide 8
Smallpox Cases – Oklahoma

– Confirmed Cases
– Unconfirmed Cases
Situation Briefing: Next Steps – Slide 9
• Victims: Isolate until rash heals, supportive care
• Contacts: Identify, vaccinate, fever watch: if fever, then presume smallpox and isloate
• Protection of healthcare workers
o Minimize exposure
o Vaccinate
o Strict respiratory precautions
o Isolation rooms
o Appropriate handling of infectious materials
Slide Comments:
• Equipment used to prevent TB –special masks, gloves, gowns, in short supply
• Isolation rooms to prevent airborne spread also in short supply
Situation Briefing: Next Steps – Slide 10
• Smallpox incubation period: 9 – 17 days (avg – 14 d)
• If initial attack Dec 1; now seeing 1st generation
• 2nd generation to begin approx on December 20th
• Historically: single case infected 13 – 20 others
• Today: few immune; mobility of population; urban conditions — encourage spread “Mr. President, Deputies Committee working on vaccine distribution policy options –
should be available in 30-60 minutes. Recommend getting update from FBI at this time.”
FBI REMARKS
Barbara Martinez Chief, WMD Operations Unit, FBI
• The FBI is the Lead Federal Agency to respond to the Crisis Management phase of bioterrorism or other forms of WMD Terrorism. Our primary role is to provide attribution for the crime, prosecution of the perpetrators. FEMA and HHS will lead consequence management efforts and have already initiated this response.
• The FBI’s Federal On-Scene Commander is on the ground in Oklahoma. We will have 200 FBI agents on the ground in Oklahoma within 24 hours. We are coordinating with CIA, NSA on possible perpetrators. We are pursuing investigation into the sources of the outbreak in cooperation with CDC and local public health agencies. We have no credible leads at this moment.
• The Domestic Emergency Support Team will be vaccinated within next few hrs and will be on the ground in Oklahoma and elsewhere as needed.
• We are also now establishing a Joint Operations Center in Oklahoma and will be coordinating information dissemination through a Joint Information Center.
MEMO GIVEN TO DCI, FBI DIRECTOR
Several States, Groups Could Have Capability to Build Smallpox Weapon
• Parties with capability to mount smallpox attacks include: Russia, Iraq, China, possibly N. Korea, Iran, though certainly other nations with industrial biotech base would have capability. Less likely are autonomous groups – specifically Bin Laden. We cannot rule out the possibility that the smallpox virus was transferred to unidentified groups or nations via criminal activities or illicit arms trade.
• For several years the intelligence community has attempted to track former Soviet scientists who played key roles in the Soviet BW program. Particular attention has been paid to those who worked in the smallpox weapons program. We know that several of these individuals are currently in Iran, Iraq, Israel, UK, US and possibly N Korea. The bottom line, however, is that any well-funded terrorist organization that had access to these one or more of these scientists and cultures of smallpox virus would have the capability to launch this attack.
Former Bioweapon Smallpox Expert said to be in Iraq
• Six months ago, a Russian biologist who had immigrated to Canada was interviewed by Canadian security officials as part of a government employment background check. During interview, the scientist mentioned that he had worked at Novosibirsk in 1990. His work was focused on mousepox, but he had become acquainted with several scientists that were involved with “serious, classified research” on smallpox.
• The scientist described the difficult times that followed the break-up of the Soviet Union and the impact on scientific cadre. He had eventually received permission to go to Israel and later moved to Canada. Some of his fellow scientists were not so lucky (especially those working on “classified” projects). However, one of the leading smallpox scientists that he knew had received an offer on employment from Iraq and the Russian government allowed him to accept the offer.
• Unrelated repeated rumors that Soviet smallpox cultures were received by Iraq, Iran, North Korea.
HUMINT and UNSCOM data indicate Iraq BW program worked with camelpox
Iraq known to have experimented with camelpox. Thought by some to have considered this a surrogate for smallpox investigations and smallpox weapons development.
MEMO TO SECRETARY OF STATE
Smallpox Vaccine stocks as of 1998 – Reports made by countries in response to World Health Organization Survey
• Best available estimates
• Listed below are mix of 1994 and 1998 data – believed to be current upper
limits for each of the countries since no new vaccine is being produced.
• Concerns exist regarding potency and safety of the vaccine from each country
produced, tested, stored outside US. Non-US vaccine may be ineffective, may
increase rate of side effects.
• No sharing agreements exist between US and other countries for smallpox vaccine
South Africa Brazil Canada
Peru
Egypt
Iran
Iraq Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Hungary Netherlands Sweden Switzerland U.K.
India Thailand Australia Cambodia China
Japan
Korea
New Zealand
30,000,000 0 (1994) 346,280
0
3,000 (1994)
1,500,000 – believed not effective (faulty storage) 0
0
1,630,000
10,000 (1994)
0
0 (1994)
1,000,000 (1994)
3,000,000
0
500,000
3,650,000 (1994)
6,396,840
0
0
0
0
Did not report
9,940,000 (1994)
0
• No reports available from former States of the Soviet Union, Poland, Czech Republic or Taiwan—of these, only Russia is likely to have any large supply.
PRC holding US Responsible
PRC has announced it is holding US responsible for the re-introduction of smallpox. It has raised the question of lab accident being responsible, given cases appearing in

Georgia. Blames US for its decision to continue working on smallpox virus despite near unanimous consent by world community to destroy remaining virus stores.

NSC MEETING DISCUSSION VACCINE DISTRIBUTION POLICY OPTIONS BRIEFING [slides]
Dr. Tara O’Toole, Chair of the Deputies Committee
Smallpox Vaccine – Background – Slide 1
• 12 M doses in U.S. stockpile
• Foreign supplies limited;
• Must give 3 – 5 days after exposure
• Exposure determined by history — no rapid, reliable tests
• Possible serious or lethal complications in 1/5000
Smallpox Vaccine – Decision Points – Slide 2
• National vs. state vaccination policy?
• Ring vaccination vs. mass immunizations?
• Hold 2.5 M doses for DOD? key officials?
• Vaccinate HCWs, public safety, elected officials? Their families?
• Distribute to states now vs. wait for cases?
• Size of aliquots to states?
• Mandatory vs. voluntary immunization?
Slide Comments:
• Now—Sec HHS/Surg Gen/Dir CDC can release vaccine to states. Should president retain this authority?
• Can Feds enforce priorities if it sets them. Immunization programs administered by local officials.
• HCWS, public safety, — arguably essential personnel with high risk of contact with victims.
• In TOPOFF exercise, vaccination of families was key issue
Vaccine Policy – Decision Points – Slide 3
• Ring Vaccination – close contacts, healthcare workers, investigators o Minimize use of vaccine
o Logistical, personnel hurdles
o Loose vs. tight definitions
• Mass Immunizations – Preferred if adequate supply o Logistically easier
o Shotgun approach—may hit target/ stop spread o Still must do contact tracing
Slide Comments:
• Ring vaccination used in the smallpox eradication program
• Ring vaccination: get it wrong—people die because you missed
• Mass immunization may reduce public anxiety—recent meningitis
outbreaks (1-3 persons sick) created great public anxiety
Populations of Affected Cities/States – Slide 4
Cities with Cases City population
Metro Area Population
States with Cases State population
OK City Atlanta Philadelphia
1.1M 416K 1.5M 1.1M 4.1M 6.1M
OK GA PA 3.5M 8.1M 12.3
Total
~3M ~11.3M
~23.8M
Deputies Committee Recommendations on Disease Containment – Slide 5
• Isolate patients (hosp isolation, dedicated centers)
• Contacts: vaccinate; stay home; fever watch; if fever move to treatment center
• Vaccination, isolation not forcibly imposed
• Minimize gatherings, close schools in affected states
Deputies Committee Recommendations on Public Communication – Slide 6
• Anticipate great public anxiety about disease and possible vaccine limitations
• Public confidence and engagement critical for ending disease transmission
• Maximize transparent decision-making
Slide Comments:
• About disease and possible vaccine limitations Vaccine Policy Distribution
Recommendations – Slide 7
Option 1: Directed Vaccination + DOD
• Vaccinate only contacts, key personnel (i.e. likely contacts) in case states
• Hold 2.5M doses for DOD
• Same directed strategy if more cases in new states
Option 1: Directed Vaccination + DOD – Slide 8
• Pros
o Focuses immunization on those at highest risk o Preserves vaccine
o Seen as rational/equitable
o Preserves DoD strategic flexibility
• Cons
o Logistically challenging
o May miss contacts
o Public anxiety — most not vaccinated o ? Public reaction to DoD hold
Option 2: Citywide + DOD + New States – Slide 9
• Residents of OK City, Atlanta, and Philadelphia
• Contacts and essential personnel who are not city residents
• 2.5M held for DOD
• 500K to additional states when cases identified
Option 2: Citywide + DOD + New States – Slide 10
• Pros
o Creates immunity (firebreak) in affected cities o Less anxiety in affected cities
o May reduce risk of missed contacts
o Preserves DOD strategic flexibility
• Cons
o Cannot continue policy for additional cities
o Mass immunizations challenge; must still track contacts o Lessen anxiety in affected cities; ?more elsewhere
o ? Public reaction to DoD hold
Option 3: Citywide + DOD + All States Now – Slide 11
• Residents of OK City, Atlanta, Phil.
• Contacts and essential personnel who are not residents
• 2.5M held for DOD
• 125K to all states now
Option 3: Citywide + DOD + All States Now – Slide 12
• Pros
o Creates immunity (firebreaks) in affected cities
o Lessen anxiety in affected cities
o May reduce risk of missed contacts
o Preserves DOD strategic flexibility
o Even distribution across nation of remaining vaccine
o Allows rapid vaccination of new cases, key personnel in newly affected states
Option 3: Citywide + DOD + All States Now – Slide 13
• Cons
o Cannot continue policy for additional cities o Logistically challenging
o Depletes vaccine stocks
o Cedes federal control of vaccine to states
o ? Public reaction to DOD hold
Vaccine Policy Options – Slide 14
#1. DIRECTED VACCINATION + DOD
#2. CITYWIDE + DOD + NEW STATES
#3. CITYWIDE + DOD + ALL STATES NOW
*Doses remaining do not include new contacts, new states
Vaccine Remaining 12M
8.9M* 6.1M* 1.4M*
MEMO GIVEN TO PRESIDENT AND NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR 9:30
• “White House and multiple government agencies, including HHS, DOD and the FBI are receiving a very high volume of inquiries regarding the alleged smallpox attack in Oklahoma. A majority of media sources are reporting that the disease is fatal in 30% of cases, is highly contagious, and there is no effective treatment. News organizations have also determined the US has a limited supply of vaccine available to the nation and are making inquiries as to vaccine distribution.
• The White House has in the past hour received requests from the primary news networks and newspapers for a statement from the President on the crisis.
• We have a 30 minute video clip you need to see urgently.
• Deputies Committee Recommends that the President address the nation no later than 10:00 p.m. EST. Deputies Committee Recommends President address following issues:
• Facts as available to government
• Federal roles and responsibilities
• State roles and responsibilities
• What the public should do
• Clarify American response to incident for benefit of international audience.”
VIDEO NEWSCLIP 3
White House Press Secretary delivers draft press statement to the President and NSC for consideration.
NSC DISCUSSION
10P President, National Security Advisor, Secretary of HHS, and Director of CDC’s Bioterrorism Program move to press room to deliver statement
Press statement delivered in press room, broadcast to auditorium
END
SEGMENT 2—December 15, 2002 NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING
8A
Randy Larsen, Deputy National Security Advisor reviews headlines: “It’s now December 15, 6 days after last night’s segment. We’re going to show footage from this morning’s NCN broadcast and quickly review the major media stories.
VIDEO NEWSCLIP 3
Review of News Summaries [Slides]
US Smallpox Cases Mount; Congress Demanding Retribution
• As many as 300 are now dead. Members of Congress from both parties, responding to increasing rage and fear among their constituents, are demanding swift action against perpetrators of the bioterrorist attack.
• Senior government officials report a number of leads. FBI is working closely with national security agencies and federal and state public health officials to solve the crime.
Hospitals Overwhelmed; Care Suffering
• As tens of thousands of ill or anxious persons seek care around country, hospitals in most highly affected states face desperate situations. Doctors, nurses are scared and exhausted. Many hospital employees are not showing up for work for fear of contagion. Employees who do report for work must struggle to get through the crowds.
• Most hospitals report grossly inadequate supplies and insufficient isolation rooms to care for patients with smallpox.
Some hospitals in Pennsylvania reportedly face imminent bankruptcy and possible closure as the need to care fro floods of anxious patients interrupts normal revenue streams.
Mothers Plead for Vaccine as Supply Dwindles
• As the smallpox death toll continues to rise, pictures of children sick and dying from smallpox have been widely televised on local and national news around the nation. Television footage of a tearful mother holding her toddler, pleading for vaccine and being pushed back by police in riot gear is being aired repeatedly.
Violence Breaks Out at PA Vaccination Sites
Vaccination distribution efforts are chaotic and have caused violence in some areas. With vaccine in short supply, increasingly anxious crowds mob vaccination clinics. Riots around a vaccination site in Philadelphia left two dead. At another vaccination site, angry citizens overwhelmed vaccinators. Police and the National Guard was called in to suppress violence.
Borders Closed to US Trade, Travelers
Many countries have closed their borders to persons traveling from the US unless they can show proof of recent smallpox vaccination.
The possible economic impact
of lost international trade may reach billions of dollars.
• Canada and Mexico are requesting that the US share the smallpox vaccine stockpile.
Government Response Criticized
• Criticism of the federal government’s failure to have sufficient smallpox vaccine on hand to immunize the entire
US population has been pervasive, bipartisan and vociferous. The single pharmaceutical company capable of producing smallpox vaccine has reported that at most it can produce 4 million doses per month, even if all FDA regulations are waived.
Governor Considers Closing Stores to Halt Disease Spread; Merchants Anxious about Holiday Sales
• Four days ago, using his emergency powers, Governor Keating closed all schools,
colleges, and universities and cancelled sporting events and other public gatherings.
• The Governor’s office is reportedly now weighing a decision to close stores.
Merchants throughout the state have petitioned the Governor’s office to keep shops open, citing the importance of holiday season for business. Already shoppers are sparse, with many avoiding places where there are crowds. Malls across the country are nearly deserted.
Food Shortages in Some Cities; Many Restaurants Close
• Due to slow downs in transportation and reluctance of drivers to make deliveries to areas with smallpox cases, some cities are beginning to experience shortages of milk, bread and other staples. Panic buying has begun to occur in parts of Philadelphia.
DOD Reluctant to Release Assets for Civilian Use
• Pentagon spokesman cites readiness requirements as explanation for the

Defense Department’s reluctance to augment civilian health care system with supplies and personnel.

As potential for conflict grows in Mideast, defense experts contend that the military must maintain all strategic options.
National Guard Invaluable in Crisis; Special Teams of Little Use
• The National Guard has performed critical services in all states affected by the smallpox crisis. From establishing communication links between hospitals and public health agencies, to delivering vaccines, to providing security at emergency rooms overrun by anxious patients, the Guard has played many vital roles. But the specially trained teams designed to respond to chem. and bio attacks have found little call for their expertise.
MEMO DELIVERED TO PRESIDENT, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, CHAIR OF JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF,
DCI Status Of Military Situation in SW Asia
MEMO DELIVERED TO ATTORNEY GENERAL

Emergency Legal Authorities

Federal Role in Disaster Relief:
The Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. § 5121 et seq., called the “Stafford Act”)
• If the State requests Federal assistance, the President may declare a national
emergency for mobilization of Federal resources in support of State efforts.
• Aid (e.g., vaccines) may not be distributed in a discriminatory manner.

Use of Federal Troops for Law Enforcement Purposes:

The Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C. § 1385)

Army and Air Force may not be used for law enforcement. DOD policy extends the prohibition to Navy and Marines.
National Guard in State-status are not covered by the Posse Comitatus Act. (Act (18 U.S.C. § 1385)
Federal troops (incl. Federalized National Guard) may be used for law enforcement if the President invokes the Insurrection Act to quell civil disturbances.
Other exception includes preventing the loss of life or property during serious disturbances or calamities, and protecting Federal property and governmental functions.

Reserve Mobilization: (10 U.S.C. § 12304(b))

• The President may order reserve units to active duty in response to a WMD incident.

Civil Liberties: (42 U.S.C. § 264, ‼️called the “Federal Quarantine Law”)‼️

Public health law is primarily a State concern.
‼️Judicial decisions indicate that forcible inoculation and quarantine of infected patients may be constitutional.
‼️SecHHS has the authority to issue regulations that authorize Federal agencies to respond to the spread of a communicable disease across State lines, likely including :
‼️👉quarantine of patients,
‼️👉forcible blood draws and
‼️👉inoculations,
‼️👉disposal of bodies in ways contrary to personal beliefs, and related restrictions on liberty.
👉SecHHS has not promulgated any regulations under this authority.
‼️DirCDC may take measures, likely including the list set forth above, to prevent the spread of a communicable disease upon determining that a State is not acting sufficiently to prevent the spread of that disease (42 C.F.R. § 70.2).
• A person who has a communicable diseasein the communicable period” shall not travel from one State or possession to another without a permit from the health officer of the State if such a permit is required under the law of the destination State (42 C.F.R. § 70.3).

Quelling Civil Disturbances: The Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C. § 331 et seq.)

‼️State and local governments have primary responsibility for quelling rebellions (32C.F.R. § 215.4(a).
‼️The President may use the military‼️ (including the Federalized National Guard) to quell
👉 (1) civil disturbances in a State (upon the Governor’s request),
👉 (2) rebellions that make it difficult to enforce Federal law, or 👉(3) any insurrection that impedes a State’s ability to protect citizens’ constitutional rights and that State is unable to unwilling to protect these rights.
‼️Before committing U.S. troops, the President must issue a proclamation for rebellious citizens to disperse, cease, and desist.
• Some government attorneys believe that the Insurrection Act is subject to a very liberal interpretation.

Martial Rule

• The Constitution charges the President to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed” and the Congress to “call[ ] forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union.”
32 C.F.R. § 501.4:

‼️“Martial law depends for its justification upon public necessity. Necessity gives rise to its creation; necessity justifies its exercise; and necessity limits its duration. The extent of the military force used and the actual measures taken, consequently, will depend upon the actual threat to order and public safety which exists at the time.”

👉The President normally announces his decision by a proclamation, which should detail the substance of the martial rule.

• There are judicial decisions and scholarly articles indicating that the President has some metaConstitutional authority to act in times of national emergency.
• The preconditions for martial rule are unclear, but it is likely that the preconditions for imposing martial rule are satisfied if a crisis threatens to undermine the stability of the U.S. Government.
The parameters for martial rule are unclear, such as whether martial rule could be imposed over entire swaths of the U.S. or whether martial rule must be confined only to areas in which the crisis is occurring.
Options for martial rule include, but are not limited to, 👉prohibition of free assembly,
👉national travel ban,
👉quarantine of certain areas,
👉suspension of the writ of habeas corpus [ie, arrest without due process], 👉and/or military trials in the event that the court system becomes dysfunctional.
MEMO GIVEN TO PRESIDENT, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, SECRETARY OF HHS, FEMA DIRECTOR
(Segment 2 Decisions)
The Deputies Committee recommends focusing meeting and decision-making on following issues:
• Given vaccine shortage, how can spread of smallpox be contained?
• How can we best balance disease containment, economic disruption, and
protection of civil liberties?
• Should National Guard troops be federalized?
• Should overseas deployment continue?
What federal actions should be taken in order to care for the sick?
What additional assistance can the Federal government provide to states?
What should American people be told?
(MEMO TO ATTORNEY GENERAL, FBI DIRECTOR)
WMD Unit Assessment
There is a very high probability this attack was conducted by either a state or a state- sponsored international terrorist organization. The probability that a domestic terrorist organization or individual, acting without state sponsorship, conducted this attack is virtually zero. There is a high probability that former Soviet scientists were involved in the development of this weapon.
The individuals who launched this attack likely departed the US more than a week ago, however, there is no way at this time to determine if additional attacks were made in other states. The only indications we will have of such attacks will occur 9-14 days following such an attack is when the first clinical symptoms appear.
Discussion:
While plague, anthrax or ricin weapons could be developed and delivered by well-funded and technically sophisticated domestic terrorist organizations, the acquisition, production and delivery of a smallpox weapons would pose far too many challenges for any known or suspected domestic organizations.
The plague bacteria can be found in many rats above the 5000-foot level in Colorado.
Anthrax is endemic in many parts of the world.
Both can be readily acquired in laboratories and universities both here and abroad.
Most undergraduate chemistry students could extract ricin from caster beans.
However, an initial sample of the smallpox virus probably came from the Soviet Union, or perhaps a country such as North Korea where we know that as recently as two years ago Special Forces soldiers were still receiving smallpox vaccines.
The production and weaponization of this sample would far exceed the technical capabilities of any known or suspected domestic, or for that fact, international terrorist organizations. This is most likely either a state sponsored international terrorist attack or an act of war.
PRESIDENT’S REMARKS
Delivered immediately following Video Clip and Review of News Summaries
Good morning. I am sorry to announce that the Secretary of State is ill. He has been hospitalized at Bethesda Naval Hospital. I know all of our prayers are with him. All persons at this meeting should have been vaccinated by now. We have with us
To review the major events of the last 5 days:
As far as we can determine, there is no evidence of additional bioterrorist
attacks beyond what were apparently the 3 attacks in OK, GA, and PA on or around December 1.
FBI and CIA are vigorously pursuing all leads, but so far there is no forensic evidence or clear smoking gun that identifies the perpetrators of these crimes. We will shortly hear about details of the nation’s response to the epidemic from Dr. O’Toole and from FEMA Director Hauer. Our vaccination strategy has proceeded relatively smoothly in OK – my compliments to Governor Keating and thank you for being with us today.
Unfortunately, the lack of vaccine and efforts in various states to stop the spread of smallpox have lead to some serious economic disruptions and, in some areas, civil unrest. More on this in a moment.
Lastly, as to events in the Gulf, Iraq has not moved troops away from the Kuwaiti border, despite our warnings. The good news is they haven’t advanced, either.
I understand there are serious questions about our ability to both proceed with military action in SWA, and provide DOD assets in support of our response to the smallpox crisis here at home.
We will hear an update on the epidemic from Dr. O’Toole and then quickly turn to some key issues and decisions. As you know, I have scheduled a press conference for 2 hours from now.
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Deputy Secretary of State Mr. Bud St. Germain.
SITUATION BRIEFING
Dr. Tara O’Toole, Chair of the Deputies Committee
Status of Epidemic – Slide 1
• 2000 cases in 15 states
• Isolated cases in Canada, Mexico, and United Kingdom
• 300 dead as of today
• All cases appear due to 3 initial attacks in OK, GA, PA
• No forensic evidence; PH investigation points to 3 shopping malls at sites of
exposure smallpox cases 0
Line Graph of Cases – Slide 3
2000
1000
Cumulative
Cases per Day
MAP of Cases – Slide 2
Cumulative Reported Smallpox Cases December 15 – Total = 2000
1,500 & over
30
150 5
3 25 3550 5
1280 25
27 230
10
Smallpox Cases December 9 – December 15
# of Cases
0
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
December
Summary of Vaccine Distribution – Slide 4
• Dec 9-10: contacts, essential personnel, DOD only
• DOD: 250K for SW Asia deployment; 1M for frontline warfighters and support;
100
25
500K for NG
Rapid identification/vaccination of contacts difficult; expanding definition of
‘essential personnel’
• Dec 11: as cases rise, growing political pressure to vaccinate more broadly: 1M
doses each for OK, GA, PA
• Dec 11 –14: 500K to each of 12 affected states
Vaccine Remaining: 1.25M doses
Situation Briefing: Status of Epidemic – Slide 5
• Medical care system overwhelmed in states with smallpox – staff shortages; fearing smallpox many seek care
• Insufficient hospital isolation rooms – concerns that non-smallpox patients will be infected
• As vaccine dwindles & cases rise, growing public outcry for forcible transfer to isolated facilities
• Contacts not complying with voluntary home isolation and fever watch
• Too many contacts to monitor for signs of disease
Situation Briefing: Status of Epidemic – Slide 6
Dangerous misinformation in some media:
o Reports of good vaccine/bad vaccine; government saving good vaccine for
elites
o Advice to flee cities /hide in remote areas
o Smallpox ‘cures’ offered on internet
o Hate speech targeting certain ethnic groups
o Claims that poor neighborhoods in affected states denied vaccine
Public Health Actions Taken – Slide 7
👉Schools closed nationwide; 👉public gatherings limited in affected states
• 👉States’ efforts to limit non-essential travel vary – airports, rail, buses closed/
reopened; 👉transport slow-down causing local shortages
• 👉National Information Center established by HHS; 👉frequent media/internet updates on epidemic;
👉information on how public can prevent transmission & who should get vaccinated
HHS establishing secure Internet site for med/pub health community
• 3 US drug manufacturers agree to make vaccine – 6 million doses/month in 5 weeks
International Public Health Actions Taken – Slide 8
All countries with vaccine contacted, only UK willing to donate vaccine –
👉500,000 doses to be delivered
Netherlands, Denmark, Germany have agreed to begin vaccine manufacture, first delivery at least 3 months – US access to vaccine under discussion
Russia offering to provide 4 million doses of vaccine
• Collaborating with EU, UN on international vaccination documentation for purposes of ensuring continued trade/travel
UN Security Council, WHO and World Medical Association condemned use ofbioweapon in US
Mr. President, Deputies Committee will have Disease Containment Options available to you in 1 hour.
FEMA REMARKS
Delivered by Jerry Hauer, FEMA Director after O’Toole Situation Brief
Healthcare System Struggling Under Stress
• In a number of states, The National Guard is being used to support the struggling health care system. Guardsmen are delivering food and critical supplies and maintaining security at hospitals, but there are insufficient numbers to do all that is required.
• FEMA has been receiving disturbing reports from many parts of the country 👉that medical care for non-smallpox related illnesses is being significantly disrupted by the epidemic.
• 👉Citing growing shortages of medical supplies and increasingly dangerous conditions for patients. In the last few hours 3 States have requested HHS seek human and material resources via the Joint Task Force for Civil Support of the Joint Forces Command.
Red Cross Volunteers have been setting up shelters with cots in some areas where health care facilities have become non-functional, though numbers of volunteers are fewer than have been available during recent disasters. Fear of contagion is presumably keeping people away.
Efforts to isolate smallpox patients and stop person- to -person spread have varied from state to state.
👉Many states have closed schools, prohibited public meetings.
👉Some states have closed transportation links, including airports.
• 👉OK and GA are attempting to keep smallpox patients and contacts in their homes; 👉getting food and appropriate medical care to all affected is proving difficult.
• 👉In Oklahoma, the worst affected state, 👉most of the 138 hospitals are 👉experiencing never before seen numbers of patient visits.
👉20 hospitals have closed doors, citing dangers to their staff and patients, though it’s unclear if these closures were legal.
👉Hospitals in all states—even those without smallpox cases—are seeing unusually large numbers of patients and are desperately short staffed, in spite of extended shifts and calls for retired professionals to volunteer to care for the sick.
👉Exhaustion from long hours and stress is a serious problem.
Update on Implementation of Federal
Response Plan
•👉 The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) has turned out to be less effective than we had hoped.
👉The federal response plan called for hospitals in unaffected areas to accept patients from overloaded regions in crisis.
👉• In practice, we don’t want to be transporting contagious smallpox victims around the country.
👉Almost all medical facilities affected by smallpox immediately initiated their emergency response plans and discharged everyone who could possibly go home.
👉The non-smallpox patients who were left hospitalized are too sick to move.
• 👉Finally, most US hospitals don’t have the staff to care for extra patients even in normal times.
👉Now, with so many hospital workers afraid to come to work, staff shortages are even worse making it impossible for NDMS hospitals to accept additional patients.
• 👉In Georgia, efforts by governor to transfer all smallpox patients to a single, designated “smallpox hospital” were abandoned after strenuous legal resistance by the hospitals involved. 👉Small-scale violence has occurred outside a number of hospitals in GA and PA.
👉The Police and National Guard had to be called in to maintain order in some locations around smallpox vaccine distribution sites in both states.
👉• Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) are the 30-person volunteer units in the NDMS that are meant to provide supportive medical are in disasters. DMATs have only provided modest medical support to some cities in the last six days – some volunteers have concerns about their own health and safety, some are needed in their own states. It is estimated only 2,000 of the 7,000 personnel who comprise the DMATs are on the ground helping with medical care in affected states across the nation. For comparison, it requires many thousands of persons to keep a single large university hospital functioning routinely.
DEPUTIES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DISEASE CONTAINMENT
Dr. Tara O’Toole, Chair of Deputies Committee
Disease Containment Options:
Considerations – Slide 9
• 👉Restrict smallpox patients to dedicated facilities? – voluntary vs. mandatory
• 👉Assemble contacts of patients in designated sites? – voluntary vs. mandatory
• 👉Establish national travel policies? – voluntary vs. mandatory
• 👉Legislation to prohibit dangerous information?
Disease Containment: Deputies’ Recommendations – Slide 10
• 👉Mandatory isolation of all smallpox victims in hospitals or preferably dedicated facilities
• 👉DOD assets to assist in provisions and staff for dedicated smallpox treatment centers
• 👉Encourage voluntary home isolation of contacts using NG and DOD assets to supply food/track fevers, etc. (mandatory grouping of infected and non-infected
contacts too dangerous)
👉Penalties for promulgating dangerous information
• 👉Establish federal travel restrictions
• 👉Economic impacts
• 👉Cancel all public gatherings in affected stated, non-essential meetings of >50 people elsewhere
(MEMO GIVEN TO DCI)
Possible Quarantine Area near Samarra, Iraq
(MEMO GIVEN TO DCI)
Chinese Involvement with Smallpox
👉• PRC Cabinet officials and high ranking members of the PLA conducted what appears to be an unscheduled meeting on Dec 12th.
👉President Jiang Zemin is believed to have attended.
👉Sources with partial access to the meeting indicate the American outbreak was discussed in great detail.
👉Outbreak appears NOT to have originated from the Chinese government.
• 👉Shortly following the Dec 12th meeting, SIGINT and IMINT suggest Chinese forces within the Nanjing military region are preparing to stand down current military exercises. Warships in South China Sea returning to port.
(MEMO DELIVERED TO DCI)
Expanded Iraqi Exclusionary Zone
Image Intelligence (Iraq)
‼️Wide area satellite imagery taken of a suspected bioresearch facility outside of Samarra, Iraq reveals what appears to be an expanded “exclusionary zone” around the facility.
👉Security checkpoints now exist (in a 10 mile radius) on all approaches to the zone.
👉It appears that all civilian activity within the zone has ceased.
👉Several small villages show no signs of human, animal or vehicular activity. 👉👉Activity in and around the biofacility appears normal.
• 👉Previous imagery from several weeks earlier had shown security checkpoints in the near vicinity of the facility and normal activity in the now deserted villages.
(MEMO DELIVERED TO ATTORNEY GENERAL)
Civil Liberty Abuse
• The Department of Justice is receiving numerous credible allegations that persons with symptoms suspicious for smallpox” have been illegally arrested or detained in
designated “isolation wards.
👉There are widespread reports that the poor and people of color are more likely to be “isolated” than others.
• 👉Not all persons placed in these isolation wards have been vaccinated, thus possibly exposing uninfected individuals to smallpox.
• 👉The ACLU has just sued PA over its decision to initiate mandatory vaccination of patient contacts and the imposition of travel restrictions.
• 👉Reports of beatings and harassment of persons of dark skin and of Arab Americans
are increasing in numbers and violence. 👉One hour ago, three teenaged youths of dark complexion were shot dead in downtown Chicago. The perpetrators and motive are unknown, but it is believed that the victims were killed because they appeared to be of mideastern descent. Two mosques have been defaced in past 24 hrs; one suffered serious fire damage.
• 👉In some locales, efforts by FEMA and other federal and local agencies to contain the crisis are interfering with FBI efforts to establish the cause and identify the perpetrators.
👉Relations between the FBI On-Scene Commanders and FEMA officials have deteriorated in several areas of the country.
9:30
NSC DISCUSSION
VIDEO NEWSCLIP 4
STATEMENT BY GOVERNOR OF TEXAS
Read by NSA to the NSC Meeting
The Governor of Texas, Rick Parsons, has just delivered the following statement by radio:
My fellow Texans,
• The threat of the smallpox virus in Oklahoma represents a clear and present danger to Texas. As a result, I have used my ‼️Emergency Powers to order Texas National Guard personnel to ‼️assist the State Police in suspending all surface and air transportation between Texas and Oklahoma.
‼️No individuals may enter Texas from Oklahoma without proof of a recent smallpox vaccination.
‼️All air traffic originating or passing through the state of Oklahoma will similarly be stopped and turned back.
• ‼️I have not taken this action lightly. I deeply sympathize with the people of Oklahoma and with those Texans whose loved ones are living there. Nonetheless, the urgency of the current crisis demands action.
👉As the Federal government has to date proven unable or unwilling to prevent the spread of the smallpox virus, I am left with no alternative.
• 👉While I cannot speak for other governors, I would encourage my colleagues in the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas, to take similar action.
👉Only by containing the disease at its current locations, can we hope to limit the spread of the deadly smallpox virus.
10:30
NSC DISCUSSION
END NSC DISCUSSION
President and his designees move to Press Room
PRESIDENTIAL PRESS CONFERENCE
• The prayers of my wife Anita and I go with all the victims of this terrible attack and those unable to return home. God speed.
– Rick Parsons, 47th Governor of Texas”
10:55- 11:30
SEGMENT 3—December 22, 2002 NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING
VIDEO CLIP 5
Review of News Summaries by Randy Larsen, Deputy National Security Advisor
Smallpox Cases Skyrocket;
‼️2nd Attack Possible as Toll Climbs Above 15,000
• 👉In last 2 days, thousands of new smallpox cases have been reported throughout the US.
👉There are now cases reported in 25 states.
👉CDC reports that the timing of the appearance of cases, as well as the initial epidemiologic investigation suggests new smallpox cases are the result of contacts with initial attack victims in early December.
👉However, the evidence available does not rule out second or ongoing attacks.
Smallpox Shatters Image of US as Superpower
• 👉‼️The growing smallpox crisis is causing grave economic damage to US businesses and many international investors.
👉‼️Measures needed to contain the epidemic may grown increasingly harsh in the face of vaccine depletion and rising numbers of victims.
👉‼️Americans can no longer take basic civil liberties such as freedom of assembly or travel for granted.
States Shutdown as Pox Cases Climb
• 👉GA and PA were in chaos yesterday as news of a resurgence of smallpox cases swept the country
👉Massive traffic jams were caused by millions seeking to outrun infection.
👉Most businesses in Atlanta and Philadelphia were closed, as were many banks and post offices.
👉Mayor Fears Public Health Warnings Ignored
👉The mayor of Philadelphia went on TV to plead with city residents to heed public health advisories today as angry citizens denounced the government’s failure to stop the smallpox epidemic.
👉A new New York Times poll of voters indicated that a majority of Americans think that the state and federal governments have lost control.
👉Public Opinion Divided on Nuclear Response to Bioattack
👉An overnight CNN/gallup poll states that slightly less that half (48%, poll’s margin for error +/- 5%) of Americans believe that President should consider using nuclear weapons against any nation proven to be responsible for attacking the US with smallpox.

With No Vaccine Left, Use of Deadly Force Rising
👉The earlier violence along the Texas-Oklahoma border appears to have subsided.
👉Oklahoma State Police and Texas Department of Public Safety Officers along with the Texas and Oklahoma National Guard have reported only widely scattered incidents in the past several days. No additional deaths have been reported in the past five days.
👉‼️In Houston, Chicago, and LA yesterday, fear of smallpox had deadly ramifications as individuals used violence to keep others at a distance.
👉‼️In NYC, one family used a cache of guns to keep police at bay for hours following their attempt to escort two family members with suspect smallpox to isolation areas. At the end of the standoff, three family members and two police officers were dead.
(MEMO DELIVERED TO PRESIDENT, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, CHAIR OF JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, DCI Status Of Military Situation in SW Asia)
(MEMO GIVEN TO PRESIDENT, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, SECRETARY OF HHS, FEMA DIRECTOR)
The Deputies Committee recommends focusing meeting discussion and decision-making on the following issues during this segment:
What are proper priorities of federal government at this point?
• Given the increase in smallpox cases and lack of vaccine, what is the federal
government willing and able to do to contain the epidemic?
How should DoD assets be distributed given the situation at home and overseas?
What level of certainty is needed to assign attribution for the smallpox attack? What, if any, retribution is appropriate?
PRESIDENT’S REMARKS
I am relieved that I can announce that the Sec State has passed the danger point and appears to be slowly recovering. Other than that, the situation is clearly far more grave.
•👉‼️We now believe that by using various private US pharmaceutical facilities we can be manufacturing about 12 million doses of smallpox vaccine per month.
👉‼️First dose will still not be available for 5 weeks.
👉‼️We must keep in mind that this will be an unlicensed vaccine that will not have been tested in humans
👉Obviously there is now understandable concern and fear about the recent sharp rise in smallpox cases.
👉We are all very grateful for Governor Keating’s leadership during this crisis. In spite of suffering the largest number of victims of any state, Oklahoma has reacted with remarkable calm and fortitude. I’m pleased you could be with us again today and value your counsel as we go forward in making some difficult decisions.
👉The problems confronting us include questions about the best use of federal resources in managing the smallpox crisis as well as decisions dealing with the situation in the Gulf.
We will begin with a series of briefings and must then quickly turn to key issues and decisions. As you know, I have schedule a press conference for 2 hrs from now.
Dr.O’Toole has an update on the epidemic.
SITUATION BRIEF
Dr. Tara O’Toole, Chair of the Deputies Committee
Status of the Epidemic – Slide 1

• Past 48 hrs: 14,000 new cases in 25 states reported to CDC
1,000 dead; 200 from vaccination
• Estimated 5,000 more deaths over 2 weeks
• Overseas cases (10 countries) likely due to travel from US
Slide Comment
16,000 cases = 14,000 cases last 24 hrs + first generation
Map of Cases – Slide 2
Cumulative Reported Smallpox Cases

December 22 – Total = 16,000
1,500 & over
32 24
38
16
25 13
27 12
smallpox cases 0
79
39 24 395
11,060 198 179
39 15 39 198
41
237 1,185
18 213 1,975
39
Line Graph of Cases – Slide 3
Cumulative Reported Smallpox Cases December 22
Total = 16,000
18000
14000
10000
6000
2000 0
Cumulative
Cases per Day
9 10111213141516171819202122 December
We believe new cases represent contacts of victims of original release of smallpox. Cannot rule out additional attacks
Situation Briefing: New Smallpox Cases – Slide 4
• ? unidentified contacts of initial victims
• ? contacts not vaccinated in time
• ? vaccination ineffective
Timing, pattern of cases suggests no new attack
Some Comments
👉Majority of new cases evaluated thus far appear to have high probability of
exposure to original smallpox victims;
👉CDC, health agencies, 👉FBI working feverishly to interview victims, 👉ID contacts
Situation Briefing: Status of Epidemic – Slide 5
👉Vaccine depleted – including supply from UK, Russia
👉12 million doses/month U.S. vaccine – ready in 4 weeks
👉Restrictions of Nonessential travel in place; shortages of many foods/huge impact on national economy
👉Flight from citied with announcement of new cases # of Cases
👉Canada/Mexico have closed borders to U.S.; tight restrictions on entry to U.S.
👉Growing demand for mandatory grouping/isolation of all contacts of smallpox patients
👉Contact tracing effectively impossible, especially in cities (100 contacts/case = 1.6M contacts)
Historical Precedence – Slide 6
• Introduction of smallpox into susceptible populations
• 16th Century Spaniards carry smallpox to New World
• No previous history of smallpox in Western Hemisphere
• One half of 25M Aztec population died of smallpox
Situation Briefing: Projection of Smallpox Cases, Deaths – Slide 7

3500000 3000000 2500000 2000000 1500000 1000000
500000 0
1 Million
End of Gen 4 Feb 6th
Projected Smallpox Cases
3 Million
3K 1K
30K 10K
300K
100K
End of Gen 1 Dec 17th
End of Gen 2 Jan 3rd
End of Gen 3 Jan 20th
– Total Smallpox Cases
– Total Deaths from Smallpox
Slide Comments:
👉We project we will see a total of approximately 30,000 cases of smallpox emerging over the next 6 days.
👉Within 23 days, we could see as many as 300,000 victims as the 3rd generation of cases becomes apparent. We will still have no new smallpox vaccine at this point.
👉These numbers are highly speculative
(MEMO TO SECRETARY OF STATE)
• • •
👉Russia, France, Germany, Nigeria and other countries are demanding that the US release vaccine to help fight spread of smallpox overseas.
👉Russian asking UN Security Council to declare US has moral obligation to share any vaccine it produces with the rest of the world.
👉Cuba has offered to sell smallpox vaccine to US. Cuba’s biotech sector, which we know to be quite advanced, claims it can quickly produce high quality vaccine using state-of-the art techniques.
(MEMO TO DCI, FBI DIRECTOR)
Iraqi Defector Claims Iraq behind Attack
👉Prominent Iraqi defector is claiming that Iraq arranged the bioweapons attacks on the US through intermediaries.
👉This information is now deemed highly credible.
👉There is no forensic evidence to support this claim however.
👉Iraq has denied any involvement; however Iraq’s Deputy Minister has vowed to retaliate in ‘highly damaging ways’ if US takes action against Iraq.
(1:00
MESSAGE DELIVERED TO MEETING. PRINTED COPY GIVEN TO ALL)
30 minutes prior to conclusion of segment
👉The NY Times, Washington Post, and USA Today receive anonymous letters ‼️demanding the immediate removal (one week) of all US forces from Saudi Arabia and all war ships from the Persian Gulf.
👉‼️Failure to comply will result in renewed attacks on US, which will include anthrax, plague and small pox.
👉Each letter also contained a genetic fingerprint of the smallpox strain matching the fingerprint of the strain causing the current epidemic.
NSC DISCUSSION HOTWASH – DEBRIEFING
2:15 – 3:45

Source:

www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/our-work/events-archive/2001_dark-winter/Dark Winter Script.pdf

FBI asks people to report family, friends showing ‘extremist’ behavior

On Sunday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) asked people to report their family members and friends who are showing “extremist” behavior in an effort to “help prevent homegrown violent extremism.”
Incidentally… They also published an Active Shooter Incidents showing that in 2020 there were 40 active shooters compared to 30 in 2019. All the other numbers were down on this report according to the FBI’s reference.

Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2020 Compared to 2019 from FBI

Active Shooter Comparisons
FBI’s Active Shooters Comparison Chart for 2020 and 2019
“Family members and peers are often best positioned to witness signs of mobilization to violence. Help prevent homegrown violent extremism,” the FBI said in a tweet. “Visit https://go.usa.gov/x6mjf to learn how to spot suspicious behaviors and report them to the #FBI. #NatSec.”
“Homegrown Violent Extremist Mobilization Indicators.”
The document outlines a list of 46 “observable behaviors that could help determine whether individuals or groups are preparing to engage in violent extremist activities.”
This link provided by the FBI in 2019 brings users to a document
The top three indicators on the list are:
  • Preparing and disseminating a martyrdom video/statement, last will,
  • seeking religious or political justification for a planned violent act,
  • Attempting to mobilize others to violence, especially family members and peers.
Other indicators include:
  • Encouraging or advocating violence toward individuals, military or government officials, law enforcement, or civilian targets
  • Unusual purchase of military-style tactical equipment other than weapons (e.g., personal protective equipment, body armor),
  • Dehumanizing people who are not in the identity group,
  • Researching or discussing ways to evade law enforcement
  • Lying to law enforcement officers/obstructing investigations.
The 2019 document largely focuses on Islamic extremism
More recently President Joe Biden’s administration has called white supremacy “the most lethal threat” to homeland security.
“According to the intelligence community, terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today,” Biden said during a speech marking the 100th anniversary of the 1921 race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “Not ISIS. Not Al Qaeda. White supremacists.”
New Announcement Last Month: National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism
Last month, the White House announced the new National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism, an effort seeking to improve how domestic terrorism is defined, identified, and combated, primarily targeting those with racist or anti-government ideology.
The strategy says that experts and evidence have shown today’s domestic terrorists include those who espouse “racial or ethnic bigotry and hatred” as well as “anti-government or anti-authority sentiment.”
However, what I noticed is that anti-law enforcement ideologies such as those espoused by Antifa and Black Lives Matter were not mentioned.
“Racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists (principally those who promote the superiority of the white race) and militia violent extremists are assessed as presenting the most persistent and lethal threats,” the strategy states.
“Domestic violent extremists pose an elevated threat in 2021 and in the FBI’s view, the top domestic violent extremist threat we face comes from racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, specifically those who advocate for the superiority of the white race,” Garland told lawmakers.