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[[image:skripal_affair_proof.jpg|left|280px|thumbnail|A mock-up of how [[Colin Powell]] might have make the case for Russian guilt in the [[Skripal Affair]]]]
On 4 March 2018 in Salisbury, UK, [[Sergei Skripal]], his daughter [[Yulia Skripal|Yulia]] and a UK policeman (Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey) were taken ill, reportedly from a [[chemical weapon]]. This was co-incident with [[Exercise Toxic Danger]], the largest ever exercise of its type in the UK.<ref>https://web.archive.org/web/20180326190041/https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2018/march/06/180306-toxic-storm-for-royal-marines-in-major-chemical-exercise</ref>
On 4 March 2018 in Salisbury, UK, [[Sergei Skripal]], his daughter [[Yulia Skripal|Yulia]] and a UK policeman (Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey) were taken ill, reportedly from a [[chemical weapon]]. This was co-incident with [[Exercise Toxic Danger]], the largest ever exercise of its type in the UK.<ref>https://web.archive.org/web/20180326190041/https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2018/march/06/180306-toxic-storm-for-royal-marines-in-major-chemical-exercise</ref>

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Two crisis actors chat during a drill
Terror drills are part of the "war on terror". In theory, they help defend against "terrorists". In practice, they are also used to stage false flag events. This article notes that many such events seem to coincide with or immediately presage actual attacks.

A "terror drill" (or "terror exercise") is a rehearsed "terrorist" attack, purportedly part of the "counter-terrorism" effort to improve or test readiness of response such an event. As the "war on terror" has burgeoned, they have multiplied dramatically (and become increasingly realistic and gory)[1]. Local police and/or the general public may or may not be given advanced warning, although local police are legally required to notify the public in some cases.[2]

Official narrative

Terror drills are intended to help the authorities respond quickly and effectively to the growing threat of "terrorism". Even primary schools should have such exercises. Information about such drills is often of a sensitive nature and so is not generally released publicly. Children may be exposed to such exercises without warning, even fearing for their lives, since withholding the warning allows exercises "to be as realistic as possible."[3] As of May 2019 Wikipedia had no page for "Terror drill" or "Terror exercise" and it was not in the disambiguation page of "drill".[4]


The terror drill in 2016 in which the fake bomber used a "religious phrase".

While such events provide a chance to rehearse responses to atrocities, they also provide similar practice to the perpetrators. Moreover, they provide excellent cover for false flag events.[5] Use of crisis actors allows the possibility to exaggerate or even completely fake such event.

Use of real weapons and explosives

Concerns about safety and realism are inconsistent. In 2016, UK Police publicly apologised after a "fake Islamist suicide bomber" used a "religious phrase" during a drill.[6] In 2016 in USA an "active shooter" drill fatally shot a participant.[7] Real explosives are used in exercises - in 2016, the Washington Post reported that a routine check on a US school bus had spotted explosives which the CIA stated had been accidentally left there after a training exercise a week before.[8]

Going live

Participants may or may not be aware of the possibility that exercises can suddenly "go live" - for example, by the simple expedient of replacing fake explosives with real explosives. The CIA also admits that it lies to its own employees,[9] so should not take much imagination to see that "terror drills" could very easily go live with minimal chance of detection. This conjecture is strengthened by the list of attacks which had coincident drills. Evidence that terror drills actually improve responses to a terrorist alert is uncertain; on 9/11, many people report confusion about whether an event was actually happening or whether it was only a drill.[10]

2016 Saumur Daesh Cell

Full article: Rated 3/5 2016 Saumur Daesh Cell
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On 21 September 2016, chance discovery of in a cave in France revealed an apparent "terrorist" base, complete with audio and video recording equipment, a generator, arabic language newspapers and ISIS flags. Local police, whom protocol required should have been notified in advance of an exercise,[11] denied all knowledge. Information was passed up the chain of command to the DGSE and the French Ministry of Defence. More than two hours after the first report, a statement was made that it was part of an exercise, a claim which although not substantiated by further details or documentation went almost unquestioned by the commercially-controlled media .[12][13]

Co-incident drills and attacks

Various permutations have cropped up, but a large number of attacks, especially those later blamed on "Islamic extremists" seem to have co-incident or near co-incident drills. These are sometimes discovered by accident, sometimes admitted in the face of evidence. The cases of Peter Power (7-7) and Patrick Pelloux[14] (2015-11 Paris attacks) are even more interesting. Both were probably quite familiar with false flag attacks (Power has an "anti-terrorism" background while Pelloux reportedly was at the Charlie Hebdo Attack and informed François Hollande about it) and may have volunteered the information of an almost concurrent drill as a form of life insurance.

1994 MS Estonia sinking

Full article: MS Estonia

On 28 September 1994, the ferry MS Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea, claiming over 800 lives. Chris Bollyn claims that a remarkably similar terrorist drill was held the day before, and that authorities hampered his efforts to find out more about this event.[15]

1999 Russian apartment bombings

Full articles: Rated 4/5 Russian apartment bombings, 9-99/Ryazan incident
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The Russian apartment bombings were a series of explosions that hit four apartment blocks in Russia in September 1999. On 22 September 1999, a similar bomb was found and defused in the Russian city of Ryazan and when the suspected perpetrators were arrested, they produced FSB identity cards and were released on orders from Moscow.[16][17] Two days later Federal Security Service (FSS) Director Nikolai Patrushev announced that the Ryazan incident had been a training exercise.[18][19] The Ryazan FSB denied any knowledge.[20]

2001 September 11th

Full article: 9-11/Drills
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The National Reconnaissance Office exercise of 9 a.m. September 11, 2001 involved a corporate jet crashing into one of the a towers of the NRO Headquarters in Chantilly, Virginia. tellingly, it was not made public until almost a year later.[21][22] A large number of other government organisations had "terrorism" exercises that day. Most remarkable was the fact that NORAD had more exercise on that day than ever before - several of which were involving the hijacking of planes, and lead to not only confusion of employees about what was real and what was an exercise, but a lot of aircraft being elsewhere and so unavailable to intercept the aircraft which crashed into buildings.


Full article: Amerithrax

The Dark Winter exercise predated the Amerithrax false flag attack by around 4 months. The same group later held Event 201.

2004 Madrid train bombings

Full article: 2004 Madrid train bombings

On March 11, 2004, around 7:40 a.m., ten bombs exploded on four trains in the space of a few minutes, killing 191 people. NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, described it as a "coincidence" that on 4 March 2004, there was an anti-terrorist exercise (CMX-04) in Madrid, which anticipated killing 200 people, finishing just a few hours before the bombings. He reportedly visited Madrid on 1 March 2004, just 3 days before the exercise.[23]

2005 London bombings

Full article: Rated 3/5 2005 London bombings

Peter Power, a former Anti-Terrorist Branch Metropolitan police officer and "crisis management specialist" volunteered the information that on 7-7 that he was working running a drill "based on simultaneous bombs going off precisely at the railway stations where it happened this morning". In an interview he gave to the Manchester Evening News he spoke of "an exercise involving mock broadcasts when it happened for real".[24] Peter Clarke, head of the Counter Terrorism Command at Scotland Yard reports that he spent "the weekend before the London bombings of July 7 2005 with my colleagues in the anti-terorism[sic] branch, working through our response to.. multiple simultaneous attacks on the Tube".[25]

2015 November Paris attacks

Full article: 2015-11 Paris attacks

Patrick Pelloux, an emergency responder also connected to Charlie Hebdo volunteered the information that a "multi-site attack exercise" had been planned for November 13th, 2015.[26] YouTube has at least 2 video interviews[27][28] about this. He was gave a radio interview to the BBC.[29]

2018 Skripal Affair

Full article: Skripal Affair
A mock-up of how Colin Powell might have make the case for Russian guilt in the Skripal Affair

On 4 March 2018 in Salisbury, UK, Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia and a UK policeman (Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey) were taken ill, reportedly from a chemical weapon. This was co-incident with Exercise Toxic Danger, the largest ever exercise of its type in the UK.[30]

2019 Christchurch Shooting

Full article: Christchurch Mass Shooting

On the day of the Christchurch Mass Shooting, specialist staff from overseas, as well as New Zealand's Defence Force, were "on hand to help, in the city centre and already wearing their gear when the first 111 call was received at 1.41pm on Friday, March 15."[31]

Event 201

Full article: Event 201

Event 201 was an "exercise" in October 2019 that discussed a global coronavirus pandemic. It was co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, World Economic Forum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This was a successor to the Dark Winter exercise about a bioweapon attack in the USA in 2001, held 4 months before the Amerithrax event.

There seems to be a smooth transition from simulation to "emergency" in other countries, too. Similar planing is known for Germany with a strategic paper from 2014 {cn} miraculously predicting the events and actions taken 2020.

Systematic Blurring Of Boundaries Between Exercises And Attacks

Dual Security Structure

The US developed a ‘dual security structure’ that included both defensive forces and offensive units that would regularly challenge the defensive force structures. Such dramatic operations are conducted as realistic exercises (‘train as you fight’), but in the mass media they are presented as enemy attacks or intrusions. [32]

In 2000, US Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger (in office: 1981–87) confirmed that "... the US had specifically tasked units to play the role of enemy forces. These would secretly attack Western defenses worldwide in order to ‘regularly’ and ‘frequently’ test their capabilities and increase their state of readiness (...) and all this was done on a regular basis and on an agreed upon basis." [32]

A similar unit "set off bombs, wounded US personnel and took hundreds of hostages as part of its operations. According to James Lyons, it was necessary for US forces to get ‘physical’ experience of the terrorist threat in order to ‘change the mindset’ and ‘raise the awareness’ of the troops to prevent a possibly even more devastating attack." Real threats (i.e bombs) have been used as part of a US plan to establish a state of emergency in order to control Italian domestic politics. The same personal conducting the Italian "awareness" drills were involved in planing the real attacks. [32]

In the case of the submarine intrusions into Swedish waters in the 1980s, a couple of admirals trusted by the US were informed about the operations in advance, but the mass media, local military forces and even the host country government were led to believe that the operations were carried out by the ‘enemy’. [32]

Ever more realistic conditions?

These challenges and drills have become increasingly sophisticated. Taken to the extreme "real" threats may be recruited to play a role in an orchestrated event, all under the doctrine of testing resilience and "raising awareness" under "realistic" conditions.

The use of military grade anthrax in the 2001 attacks might be an indication, as well as additional use of controlled demolition in 9-11, the mismatch of commercially-controlled media reactions and actual danger concerning the virus "epidemics" of 2003, 2009 and 2020 - these "coincidences" with planed events (such as laws to cut down civil liberties, drugs sales and behavioural experimentation) suggest a hybrid strategy to prevent a possibly even more devastating attack.

Psychological interpretation

Groups of people often behave like organisms [33]. Phrases such as "the pandemic that the world [read: the in-group] had been anticipating for years finally hit" may reveal a hidden wish. The anticipation and disproportional frenetic efforts to prepare for attacks may reveal aggressive fantasies and provokes at an unconscious level the wished for outcome in such a way that it can be denied by the in-group who externalizes its 'negative' aggressive identity. This is called projection, which presents either a lack of maturation (so called "primitive defense") and/or lack of character development [34] The mark projected upon is either carefully chosen, prepared, provoked ("terrorists"), seduced or coerced to participate. Important psychological gains stem from "rescuing" people and simultaneously exercising omnipotent control. These gains may be realized in fantasy ("exercises", simulation) and/or by dramatic acting out with no clear distinction between the two. [35]



Page nameDescription
Clade XA pandemic/biowarfare preparation exercise by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
Exercise CygnusDrill to estimate the impact of a hypothetical H2N2 influenza pandemic (UK). Held October 2016
Lock StepA Rockefeller Foundation sponsored large scale simulation of a global pandemic followed by a world totalitarian outcome. Held October 2010
Operation Dark WinterDark Winter was an exercise wherein senior former officials would respond to a bioterrorist induced national security crisis. Held June 2001


Related Quotations

Peter Power“POWER: Today we were running an exercise for a company - bearing in mind I'm now in the private sector - and we sat everybody down, in the city - 1,000 people involved in the whole organisation - but the crisis team. And the most peculiar thing was, we based our scenario on the simultaneous attacks on an underground and mainline station. So we had to suddenly switch an exercise from 'fictional' to 'real'. And one of the first things is, get that bureau number, when you have a list of people missing, tell them. And it took a long time -

INTERVIEWER: Just to get this right, you were actually working today on an exercise that envisioned virtually this scenario?

POWER: Er, almost precisely. I was up to 2 o'clock this morning, because it's our job, my own company. Visor Consultants, we specialise in helping people to get their crisis management response. How do you jump from 'slow time' thinking to 'quick time' doing? And we chose a scenario - with their assistance - which is based on a terrorist attack because they're very close to, er, a property occupied by Jewish businessmen, they're in the city, and there are more American banks in the city than there are in the whole of New York - a logical thing to do. And it, I've still got the hair....”
Peter Power7 July 2005
Peter Power“HOST: How do you effectively provide security on an underground system?

POWER: You're quite right. Security at the very best is proportionate, it'll never ever be absolute. The thing that concerns me is that what are we doing for the thousands of men and women actually who are in London working. And I say that because at half past nine this morning we were actually running an exercise for a company of over a thousand people in London based on simultaneous bombs going off precisely at the railway stations where it happened this morning, so I still have the hairs on the back of my neck standing up right now.
HOST: To get this quite straight, you were running an exercise to see how you would cope with this and it happened while you were running the exercise?

POWER: Precisely, and it was about half past nine this morning, we planned this for a company and for obvious reasons I don't want to reveal their name but [if] they're listening they'll know it. And we had a room full of crisis managers for the first time they'd met and so within five minutes we made a pretty rapid decision that this is the real one and so we went through the correct drills of activating crisis management procedures to jump from slow time to quick time thinking and so on.”
Peter Power7 July 2005
Peter Power“There has been much nonsense written about why my company ran an exercise on 7 July 2005 that had very close parallels to the real thing that day. Since then I have made several attempts to add my own comments to numerous sites that seem to get increasingly excited about their own conspiracy theories and in the process exclude any rational debate. It seems those who occupy the world of finding conspiracy theories to replace just about any coincidence, do not want to have any dialogue with those offering a different view, but I have not yet given up hope. I am therefore hoping, perhaps naively, that someone might like to read an honest and factual account about a particular exercise my company ran in London three years ago.

Unfortunately, the BBC had postponed in 2008 a programme in their ‘conspiracy files’ series that would have done this. Our client three years ago agreed to be named in the BBC programme since the attitude of the producer and his team was very balanced (several conspiracy theorists were also invited to take part). We even allowed our complete exercise material to be made available to the BBC. Regrettably broadcasting in 2008 might have jeopardised an ongoing court case, so they had little choice about postponing it to 2009.

Early in 2005 Reed Elsevier, an organisation specialising in information and publishing that employs 1,000 people in and around London, asked us to help them prepare an effective crisis management plan and rehearse it before sign-off. Several draft scenarios were drawn up and the crisis team themselves set the exercise date and time: 9.00am on 7 July.

The test was planned as a table-top walk through for about six people (the CM team) in a lecture room with all injects simulated. Everything was on MS PowerPoint. The location of their Central London office near to Chancery Lane was chosen as one test site. With many staff travelling to work via the London underground system, the chosen exercise simulated incendiary devices on three trains, very similar to a real IRA attack in 1992, as well as other events.

As there had been eighteen terrorist bomb attacks on tube trains prior to 2005, choosing the London Underground was logical rather than just prescient. With this in mind it was hardly surprising that Deutsche Bank had run a similar exercise a few days before and, prior to that, a multi-agency (and much publicised) exercise code-named Osiris II had simulated a terrorist attack at Bank tube station. Moreover, I had also taken part in a BBC Panorama programme in 2004 as a panellist alongside Michael Portillo MP et al, in an unscripted debate (we had no idea at all what the scenario was to be?) on how London might once again, deal with terrorist attacks, only this time it was fictional (created entirely by the BBC).

In short, some of the research for our exercise had already been done. The scenario developed for our client even started by using fictitious news items from the Panorama programme then, as with any walk through exercise, events unfolded solely on a screen as dictated by the facilitator without any external injects or actions beyond the exercise room. Also factored into the scenario was to be an above ground fictitious bomb exploding not far from the head office of the protected Jewish Chronicle magazine where for exercise purposes, our imagined terrorists would have been aware that commuters would now be walking to work (past a building already considered a target) as some tube stations would have been closed.

Of just eight nearby tube stations that fell within possible exercise scope, three were chosen that, by coincidence, were involved in the awful drama that actually took place on 7 July 2005. A level of scenario validation that on this occasion, we could have done without.

An exercise that turns into the real thing is not that unusual. For example, in January 2003, thirty people were injured when a tube train derailed and hit a wall at speed. At the same time, the City of London Police were running an exercise for their central casualty bureau where the team quickly abandoned their plans and swung into action to cope with the real thing.

For a surprising number of people such coincidents[sic] cannot be accepted as such. There just has to be a conspiracy behind them, despite the obvious point that painstaking research will always identify probable above possible scenarios. By the way, the only reason I was asked to speak on TV news that day, when there was still much confusion about the real tragedies, was to encourage more organisations to thoroughly plan their own exercises knowing the threat of "terrorism" is and remains, very real. One tragic consequence being Islam, a great Abrahamic, monotheistic faith (along with Judaism and Christianity), has undeservedly become vilified by some people.”
Peter Power6 April 2009


Official examples

2016 Saumur Daesh CellIn 2016 gardeners in Saumur, France found what appeared to be a Daesh cell, complete with recording equipment and props such as ISIS flags. Local police were told by the French Ministry of Defense that it was an exercise, although local police knew nothing of it.
9-99/Ryazan incidentMoscow FSB officers discovered wiring up what looked like a bomb in the basement of a building by night. Local FSB unaware. Claimed to be a terror drill but no documentation was presented. Instead documents were sealed and discussion of it prohibited in the Duma.


4star.png 17 July 2017 Robin  A good introduction to this important topic
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