Drudge Report: exclusive on secret LA preparations for Y2K

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I don't know what this is about, but I believe he's going to have the story later tonight. As of now (9:40 pm Eastern), he only has a front page headline with one of those police/fire engine siren applets...

The headline says:


Of course, you know the URL :)


-- Drew Parkhill/CBN News (y2k@cbn.org), March 04, 1999


Its up there now, as of 9:30 CT. Very interesting ..... sounds like it IS a fact and maybe prepared for other things in addition to Y2K.

Still, it shows how hypocritical the Govt. is ("don't worry or prepare ..... we important people, by the way, will be spending millions of your money to save our *** AND keep an eye on you at the same time.).

-- Jon Johnson (narnia4@usa.net), March 04, 1999.

Thanks Drew; The report is out at www.drudgereport.com/matt.htm

-- Watchful (seethesea@msn.com), March 04, 1999.

Yeah, I read it. Very interesting. Not surprising, but interesting.

-- Drew Parkhill/CBN News (y2k@cbn.org), March 04, 1999.


-- tc (trashcan-man@webtv.net), March 04, 1999.

Drew, hope you don't mind, I'm going to post Drudge findings on the following thread:

ABC News, NBC Major News on Infowar, source? RUSSIA!!!

because it fits with the "breaking" news on that thread. Will also link that thread to this thread ;-)

Thanks for the heads up, Drew!

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-- Leska (allaha@earthlink.net), March 04, 1999.


Try that again...

-- Ned (entaylor@cloudnet.com), March 04, 1999.


-- x (x@x.net), March 04, 1999.


Sure- no problemo :)

-- Drew Parkhill/CBN News (y2k@cbn.org), March 04, 1999.

Thanks, Drew :-D
Looks like Drudge is updating his story: it won't load now. Should have copied it while I could! Gnash

The flashing headline now says:

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-- Leska (allaha@earthlink.net), March 04, 1999.


For what it's worth, San Francisco has already had camera crews in their Y2K and emergency command center, used most recently in December 1998 with the S.F. Blackout.

L.A.'s still probably "touchy" about those riots. Who can blame them?


-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), March 04, 1999.

God forbid anyone notice that it mentions this bunker was built with earthquakes and nuke attacks in mind. Does anyone here HONESTLY think this bunker was built just for Y2K? Take your heads out of your collective Y2K butts and smell the world. There are other things that happen in this world.

-- Good Grief (slamshead@intokeyboard.com), March 05, 1999.

Here's a juicy tie-in, courtesy Drudge via Drew :-)


[ For Educational Purposes Only ]


Under L.A., ready for Y2K! Five stories below the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles there is a secret computer command center -- a command center that has enough power, food and water to sustain 50 people for two years!

The DRUDGE REPORT has learned, the bunker, named ATSAC [Automated Traffic Signal And Control], would become a high-tech command center used to monitor any civil unrest during a Y2K breakdown!

The compound is reached by a secret elevator located on the parking level of the Federal Building.

In order to gain access to the ATSAC area you must pass through 4 bank-style vault doors.

The city's high-tech bunker has been designed to survive a San Andreas rip and a nuclear explosion.

The main area of the complex is a large space with one 180 degree semi-circular wall stretching along one half of the room.

Feeling and looking like a STAR TREK set, the lower work area has dozens of computer consoles, which will be powered by diesel fuel generators if power is cut.

The upper wall is filled with two rows of 40 large flat panel display screens -- screens that monitor views from remote controlled cameras placed throughout the Los Angeles area.

"These cameras are our eyes," one government source tells the DRUDGE REPORT.

One camera pans across the infamous Florence and Normandie intersection. One camera is mounted on the South East corner of the MTA building; another is on the North West. One camera is at the corner of Cesar Chavez and Vignes looking out on the intersection by the new city jail.

One camera placed on the roof of a 28-story building has demonstrated dramatic zoom capabilities. With the camera, you could spot a pimple on someone's face on street level.

The DRUDGE REPORT has not been able to learn how many cameras have been placed throughout the city, but most appear to be mounted on public buildings.

The city council and the mayor would ride out a social breakdown episode inside of ATSAC, according to one emergency plan.

Suggestions that officials should be moved to the bunker before New Years Day Y2K, so far, have been met with complete resistance.

"Nobody in their right mind wants to watch the dawn of a new century from five floors below Los Angeles," laughed one well-placed City Hall source.

The bunker, built with local and federal tax revenue, is strictly off limits to the general public.



Scientists have identified [Thursday] a major new fault under downtown Los Angeles: The Puente Hills blind thrust. The fault, which is active, lies hidden in the basement of the city and is capable of producing a devastating earthquake. Scientists have suspected the existence of such faults under the city for many years, this is the first solid proof that one actually exists. Researchers using a new technique, including info once jealously guarded by oil and gas companies, have mapped out the hidden fault and plan to debut their findings later Thursday afternoon... M. DRUDGE IN HOLLYWOOD


HeeHeeheeheehehehehe, sounds like they put that bunker in a weel weel smart place! Lessee, if that fault struts its stuff @ January 17, 2000 ...

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-- Leska (allaha@earthlink.net), March 05, 1999.

LA Riots ...er... Parties like it's 1999

This is from Thursday's LA Times


OT, Y2K-STYLE: Los Angeles City Council members are steaming over the potential for spending millions of taxpayers dollars because of hysteria over the coming of the year 2000. LAPD Cmdr. Bruce Haggerty told council members this week that the department wants $4.5 million to cover 100,000 hours of overtime that might have to be worked if the city falls apart on Jan. 1, 2000. "We are talking about possible civil unrest," Haggerty told the council's Public Safety Committee. "The doomsdayers would have you believe that we will run out of fuel, money and food. "That is possible if the community panics at the end and starts hoarding food," he added. "There could be runs on grocery stores. If that happens then there could be some civil unrest. We just want to be ready for it if it happens." Police overtime will also be necessary to keep things under control at nine New Year's Eve parties planned by the city throughout Los Angeles. The events are expected to draw nearly 1 million people, Haggerty said. "I'm kind of stunned," responded Councilwoman Laura Chick, chair of the committee.

"Even though I very much believe the city of Los Angeles should do something important to recognize this occasion, the idea of the city sponsoring celebrations that are moving toward needing extra police time somehow just bothered me," Chick said, adding she has other city services she would prefer to spend the money on. The council's Public Safety Committee, not entirely persuaded by the pitch, put off action this week on the funding issue. * * *

-- charlie brown (jerkenbeck@aol.com), March 05, 1999.

Dear Good Grief: Regardless of what it was built for, and when, the idea is, us peons get to fry, while those with suck, skate through.

-- A (A@AisA.com), March 05, 1999.

Wouldn"t it be a terrible thing if someone were tom roll a hugh boulder in front of their entrance?

-- Betty Arnspiger (Barn266@aol.com), March 05, 1999.

Did you really expect them to be unprepared for emergencies??

-- R. Wright (blaklodg@aol.com), March 05, 1999.

A - No matter when it was built, you have to have a command center so you can coordinate things. Would you rather the people trying to bring things back together stand with you in the street and go "Well we have no idea what is happening outside our field of vision, but we assure people are working hard!" I'm all for the bunker...go down there, get your asses in gear and try to coordinate things. Saying the bunker is a bad thing would be like telling the higher ups in the military in a war zone "Sirs, the ground pounders think it's unfair you have all this communication equipment to make them into a better fighting force. Please step outside and cut yourself off from everything so no one has any idea what is going on"

But I forgot...the Goverment NEVER does anything for the good of the people. I'm not saying that don't do things for themselves, but to bitch and moan about a command center....good grief

-- Good Grief (slamshead@intokeyboard.com), March 05, 1999.

Good Grief:

The first priority of government (i.e., the people in government) is to maintain and increase their power. Actually that's #2, preserving their asses is #1.

Preserving/restoring the infrastructure is necessary for maintenance of their power. And having a population to control, also helps.

There aren't any "Mother Theresas" in government. They don't give a crap about you or me (especially, probably, me, because I recognize and publicize their game every chance I get). If you get "helped" by them, that is only because in some way, that help given to you and others is done to increase or maintain their power base.

They get to use your money to build their bugout locations. How many more for the political biggies in the Los Angeles area? I know there are nearly a hundred (91?), if not more, in Washington, D.C., area alone.

Any confluence of your interests and those of the pigs in government is purely coincidental.

-- a (A@AisA.com), March 05, 1999.

Enough supplies for 50 WHOLE people? That should about cover the extended family of the mayor of LA...

-- Anonymous99 (Anonymous99@anonymous.com), March 05, 1999.

Most large cities have tv cameras located where they can zoom in on major road and intersections and this information is used to assist in timing traffic lights and in quick identification of accident locations so that wreckers, ambulances, police etc. can be quickly sent to the scene to minimize the amout of time that the traffic lanes are closed. Most of these control centers are not 5 stories underground and are not secret. Most also probably do not have an extensive amount of food stored either.

-- Steve (curious@aaa.com), March 05, 1999.

Good Grief,

It's not the fact that it may exist, it's the secrecy of the thing, that says "words" about the L.A. "official" mindset.

Openness is a better political policy.


-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), March 05, 1999.

A couple of quick points from a California native and a lifetime L.A. resident...

1. L.A. has had a command center in place for many years. It was created to deal with the aftermath of a large earthquake or other event.

2. The cameras aren't anything secret. I've known about them for quite some time. In fact, many news channels use the live feed from these cameras in traffic reports. The cameras are used to clear dead cars off the freeway quickly to keep traffic down. They've actually impoved things quite a bit on the freeway.

3. Didn't you see that recent volcano movie with Tommy Lee Jones? There are some great shots of what exactly this site "might" be like.

I'm getting the impression here that Drudge has put a new "spin" on this old story.

Mike ==========================================================

-- Michael Taylor (mtdesign3@aol.com), March 05, 1999.

I wonder if any press reports will start popping-up about New York City's recent $18 million dollar expenditure for a command center of its own. A little bit of news came out last year when the Mayor first got the cash to start building, but no news since them.

I wonder how many other cities are bulding or have such "SAC command post bunkers" for their leadership. About 120 of them perhaps?


-- Wildweasel (vtmldm@epix.net), March 05, 1999.

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