No prank: On Halloween, US military forces train for zombie apocalypse

Scenario is part of a counterterrorism summit held this week. A zombie invasion would have characteristics similar to other catastrophic events and would be ‘a federal incident,’ a summit organizer says.

That’s the latest training exercise that US Marines and Navy special-operations forces will be taking part in on an island off the coast of San Diego – starting on Wednesday, aka Halloween.

“This is a very real exercise. This is not some type of big costume party,” Brad Barker, president of the Halo Corp. security company, told the Associated Press.

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This scenario is dire, modeled in part on a public-service campaign that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)launched last year, warning that US citizens should be prepared in the event of a zombie invasion.

It will play out Wednesday and Thursday at Halo’s annual Counter-Terrorism Summit security conference, which will be attended by, among other people, former Central Intelligence Agencydirector Michael Hayden.

Zombies will invade Paradise Point Resort, which covers 44 acres on an island that will be transformed with Hollywood-style sets, including a Middle Eastern village and a pirate cove. Some 1,000 US military personnel, police, and state and federal government officials will be charged with responding.

“No doubt when a zombie apocalypse occurs, it’s going to be a federal incident, so we’re making it happen,” Mr. Barker told the AP.

The training scenario has not come without its share of unwelcome attention, he noted, adding that “every whack job in the world” has called about the exercise.

Barker acknowledges that the “zombie apocalypse is very whimsical,” telling the Military Times that the scenario was created to “add some levity to the more-dire scenarios summitgoers will encounter,” including terrorists roaming hospital halls shooting people and pilots trapped behind enemy lines.

That said, an affinity for zombie television shows and movies could help provide a teachable moment not only for US troops, but also for the American public.

This is particularly true when it comes to the uncertainty that surrounds unexpected catastrophic events, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

“No one knows what the zombies will do in our scenario, but quite frankly, no one knows what a terrorist will do,” Barker told the AP. “If a law-enforcement officer sees a zombie and says, ‘Freeze, get your hands in the air!’ what’s a zombie going to do? He’s going to moan at you. If someone on PCP or some other psychotic drug is told that, the truth is he’s not going to react to you.”

When it launched its awareness campaign last year on a zombie apocalypse, the CDC used it as a chance to encourage Americans to be prepared for any unexpected emergency.

“We have a very small office and an equally small budget,” Maggie Silver, a CDC official, told ABC News. “So we had to do something that wasn’t going to take a lot of manpower or dollars.”

The CDC recommended doing things such as stocking up on water (one gallon per person per day), food (nonperishable items you eat regularly), tools like duct tape, a battery-powered radio, and blankets.

Last month, the Department of Homeland Security released its own tongue-in-cheek webinar about zombie preparation as an “effective way of engaging new audiences,” as one FEMA official noted.

The CDC zombie campaign grew out of an effort “to spice up our general preparedness message,” added Ms. Silver. “We decided, why not give people what they want?”

  1. #1 by Egeria on 10/31/2012 - 9:34

    … Just as Mark Dankof announced last week! In Italy too we have that Tv-series “The Walking Dead”, now at Season 3. And I absolutely agree with Mark Dankof’s view about a possible future scenario in which impoverished masses in the West, in Europe as in the US, after losing their livelihoods in a society totally depleted by the Zionist banksters, will furiously turn against the power elites. And the only hope is that people will have realized by then who their enemy really is …

  2. #2 by Ingrid B on 10/31/2012 - 9:34

    how does it feel America, knowing that your tax dollars are paying for such “levity”?

  3. #3 by Kelly on 10/31/2012 - 9:34

    They wouldn’t be doing this unless they have something planned…After the storm in NY and other areas, it should be a wake up call for all of us to see how quickly things can change…I have been storing water for over a year now and i buy flour , 5 at a time and plenty of canned food and candles every week…I think we all feel something is coming soon….

  4. #4 by Vickie Jacobs on 10/31/2012 - 9:34

    I feel for the people of New Jersey and New York but the Nightmare on Halloween has just hit those states. They are about to turn into zombies and the military is on standby I’m sure.

    I remember seeing a picture Chris Christi of New Jersey praying at the wailing wall not too long ago.
    Michael Bloomberg of New York, mayor, is Jewish.

    They believe that those who bless Israel will be blessed:

    “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3…………John Hagee’s favorite verse..(pg. 43, JERESALEM COUNTDOWN)

    How concerned with rightouness are you when you forget the cross and lift up a blue star on a flag.
    How concerned are you when you want to take up military killing of thousands and forget those who were aborted at home. (Matthew 26:52-54, 2 Corinthians 10:4)
    How concerned are those Jews who never searched the scriptures (Torah) for themselves and would not hear (Deu. 18:15-18) that prophet (who is the Christ) would be destroyed.

    Maybe God is showing you something. Now that your not that concerned with Israel for your blessings.

  5. #5 by nooralhaqiqa on 11/01/2012 - 9:34

    This is another form of spiritual warfare against people. Doom and the downward slope of hopelessness. It started off as a cult thing and then Michael Jackson brought them big time into the public eye with his Thriller. Since then things have snowballed at an amazing rate on an international basis.

    Entertainment and culture have primed much of the populace to accept this nastiness on various levels and much “delicious shuddering. People primed to become a fearful population…. spiritual warfare.

    Just when you think you have seen and heard it all the military comes along and tells you to be afraid, be very afraid, of zombies.

  6. #6 by John W. on 11/01/2012 - 9:34

    It’s interesting that it has become acceptable to label suffering humans as “zombies”.

  7. #7 by abdurahhamn on 11/01/2012 - 9:34

    To understand the relevance of this operation one needs to understand the what the Zombie symbolizes. In early George A. Romero zombie films the zombie was a metaphor for the brain dead western consumer. That’s right, this operation is an exercise against the brain dead American consumer that may one day turn and bite its master’s hand.

  8. #8 by SEARCHLIGHT on 11/01/2012 - 9:34

    So who is Maggie Silver, is she not a zionist jewess, after all she should know what is going on, no surprise that the deciving jews would use half truths as a way to continue with their indoctrination for amerikas down fall.

  9. #9 by Twaine on 10/28/2015 - 9:34

    They ARE expecting problems with the public becoming more and more aware of their Jewish OWNERS and what they’re doing to our children! This is Jew WAR 101: demonizing the enemy! An offshoot of “they’re tossing babies from incubators.”
    “It’s interesting that it has become acceptable to label suffering humans as “zombies”.”

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