Information pertaining to a bizarre FEMA exercise based around a fictional “zombie UFO crash” in Idaho has been censored after criticism that the drill was a waste of money.
The exercise, scheduled to take place on the 27th of April in the city of Moscow, Latah County, will involve all first responders in the county as well as surrounding counties, in addition to Community Emergency Response Teams under the auspices of FEMA.
The drill will be centered around “2 scenarios: mass casualty and a rope rescue,” and will include a total of 100 participants.
“Do the leaders of our nation believe in UFOs and zombies really?” asked Vanderbeek. “If so, what is their proof? They must have proof in order to spend money on drills? If they have proof, they must provide it to the general public? What is the threat? How imminent is it?”
This is not the first time that the federal government has invoked zombies as part of its preparedness programs. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) produced material based around fictional zombie attack, noting, “If you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack.”
In September 2012, the Department of Homeland Security got in on the act, calling for citizens to be prepared for a zombie apocalypse, an approach DHS officials said was a good way of encouraging Americans to prepare for natural disasters, pandemics or terrorist attacks.
In October last year, US Marines and Navy special-operations forces took part in a DHS drill on an island off the coast of San Diego based around the premise of a zombie invasion. The exercise was also attended by former Central Intelligence Agency director Michael Hayden.
The exercise involved 1,000 US military personnel, police and other officials repelling a “zombie apocalypse,” which officials claimed was a “whimsical” spin on a standard anti-terror drill.
Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn later criticized the event as a waste of money, noting that it did “little to discourage potential terrorists.”
And just last month there was a bizarre exchange in Canadian Parliament when NDP MP Pat Martin questioned Foreign Minister John Baird on whether Canada was ready to fend off a U.S. zombie invasion.
Speculation has raged about why the federal government and the military is really training to fight “zombies,” with some concerned that the drills are a way to desensitize troops against killing or subduing large numbers of people during an emergency or extreme civil unrest.