Plans have been made for mass evacuations, government takeover of private industries, and the use of martial law, according to a Y2K consultant to municipalities in the state of Michigan.
All the mechanisms have been put in place for mass evacuations of people to government shelters, government takeover of utilities and private industries, martial law, and a complete transfer of power from local governments to the federal government, according to Franklin Frith.
Frith is a consultant hired by Michigan municipalities to conduct workshops for state, city, and county agencies on how to prepare for contingencies related to the year 2000 computer bug, which is expected to cause disruptions.
Frith became alarmed when Michigan’s many government agencies opened their documents to him. In them he claims he found compelling evidence that a greater problem exists than has been admitted publicly.
Frith conducted a workshop Feb. 11 at which Lt. Tom Mattioli, the emergency management coordinator for the Michigan State Police, gave a presentation.
Participants were given a handout which showed a FEMA/Red Cross checklist for Y2K preparedness which is available to assist the public. One of the items on the list mentions the need to store a three to five days supply of food and water.
Frith asked Mattioli if it was expected that Y2K disruptions would only last a few days.
“The three-to-five-day period for preparations is not the expected down time for essential services, rather it is the expected response time for emergency response personnel to arrive and evacuate people to shelters,” Mattioli told the group.
Mattioli confirmed that he made the remarks in a phone interview with WorldNetDaily. He pointed out that the recommendation is a generic one for general disaster preparedness and has been part of the FEMA and Red Cross disaster planning for many years.
Frith is also concerned that most local cities and counties have not done anything in the way of remediation of Y2K computer problems.
“Local governments deliver essential services. Those essential services allow the industrial base and the civilian base to operate,” Frith told WorldNetDaily.
“What has really thrown up a red flag for me is that these people are not ready. Many have not even begun the assessment phase. In these meetings, they’re saying that there are no resources available to fix this, once they find out what is wrong. There’s entire counties out here that haven’t done anything,” said a very concerned Frith.
He was further alarmed when the President’s Council on the Year 2000 issued a report Dec. 3, 1998, which stated that the country was now moving from contingency planning to crisis management. Frith says this is further evidence that the government knows there will be severe problems because far too few computer systems will be repaired before the start of the new year.
Frith contends that the federal government knows local and state governments will not be able to deal with the problems which will occur because of the Y2K crisis. He says plans are under way for martial law and the use of mass shelters.
Some states have already begun plans to use the National Guard as part of their Y2K contingency planning; others have not yet done so.
“The bureau reported to the DoD (Department of Defense) in November (1998) … some states are ‘reluctant to become too dependent on the National Guard for disaster response because they believe that the National Guard might be pre-empted by national priorities,'” the report says, according to an article in the January issue of National Guard Magazine.
WorldNetDaily has completed an extensive series of articles about National Guard plans for Y2K. Plans include an extensive nationwide exercise on May 1 and 2.
The guard will assume that all telecommunications services are out and will use only battery and generator operated radios to communicate. They will simulate a full mobilization of the guard, something that has not been done since World War II.
Frith said the National Guard exercise is not the only evidence of plans to use the military for the Y2K crisis. He pointed out the recent Operation Last Dance training conducted by the Army Special Forces Command in some Texas towns.
Frith says the use of live ammunition and explosives in civilian areas, along with the name of the operation itself are sufficient reason for concern. He believes this “really is the last dance,” before use of the military begins as a domestic SWAT team.
“Consequently, as this year progresses, we will become increasingly involved in DoD support to others,” said Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre to a Senate Armed Services subcommittee recently.
Frith points out that Hamre is “the number two guy at the Pentagon, and the Pentagon’s number one guy on Y2K.”
“We are in the process of refining the list of assets that have utility in military support to civil authorities (MSCA). Because Y2K is a special case of MSCA, in that many concurrent emergencies may occur, special procedures may be required to ensure the most effective use of these resources,” Hamre stated in a previous hearing.
Frith says he believes the federal government has plans to take control of many private resources, perhaps with the use of the military to ensure they get what they want. As evidence of this, he points to Executive Order 12919 and a statement by the president’s Y2K guru.
“In a crisis and emergency situation, the free market may not be the best way to distribute resources… If there’s a point in time where we have to take resources and make a judgement on an emergency basis, we will be prepared to do that,” said John Koskinen in a Dec. 3, 1998, report of the President’s Council on the Year 2000.
“The statements made by Hamre and Koskinen, along with the existing http://www.worldnetdaily.com/bluesky_bresnahan/19990304_xex_what_fema_ha.shtml“> FEMA Federal Response Plan confirms the intention to invoke http://www.worldnetdaily.com/bluesky_govdocs/eos/eo12919.html“>Executive Order 12919 and that the possibility of a national emergency being declared with the potential for martial law to follow is probable and should be planned for,” warns Frith.
Among other things, EO 12919 delegates power and authority to various federal agency heads to take control of private property.
“(EO) 12919 gives FEMA coordinating power over all federal agencies and everything those agencies have jurisdiction over. They also have coordinating power over all free market resources,” explained Frith.
“When you start looking at all these pieces, they are adding up. They are adding up,” he stated.
Frith has an agenda to spread distrust of government and create fear, according to one Michigan Y2K emergency planning official.
“There’s this tendency for people to think that there’s something hidden somewhere in somebody’s files, or some secret discussions going on,” said Mike Prince, Michigan State Police Emergency Management Division, public affairs officer in a phone interview with WorldNetDaily.
“That’s certainly not our feeling. Most of that is hype and most of that is people trying to generate mistrust, and people trying to generate fear, and people trying to profit or benefit from spreading misinformation and that kind of fear,” he explained.
Frith pointed out that he does not sell anything. He is paid as a consultant. He does not sell Y2K related books, or preparedness supplies.