1991 CNN Report: Secret Succession Plans Would Grant Cheney Special Authorities During Disaster


“In the United States of America there is a hidden government about which you know nothing.”

So begins a revealing television exposé aired by CNN in 1991. The hour-long Special Assignment presented the findings of a yearlong CNN investigation into the ultra-secretive Continuity of Government (COG) program, commonly referred to as the “doomsday government” or the “shadow government”.

The COG program was originally designed in the 1950s to ensure the survival of the federal government in the event of a nuclear attack. The highly secretive emergency plans were substantially upgraded during the 1980s and have become a focus point of the current administration, particularly since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The COG program, which until recent years was believed to be reserved for nuclear disasters, was officially activated for the first time during the 9/11 attacks. The program, according to the most recent reports, was never completely shut down. Portions of the “shadow government” are presumably still operating to this day.

Recent efforts to reform and expand the emergency protocols, according to the best available reports, have been led by Vice President Dick Cheney, who played a major role in the COG program during the Reagan Administration.

The underground program is historically run out of the office of the Vice President through a clandestine agency, identified by CNN as the National Program Office (NPO).

In 1991, CNN found the Continuity of Government program and National Program Office to be rife with waste, fraud, and abuse.

The CNN report also disclosed the existence of a secret succession plan that would allow individuals outside of government to take positions of power in the event of a national emergency.

According to the traditional legal line of succession, should the President of the United States be killed or incapacitated the Vice President will take his place, followed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President pro tempore of the Senate, the Secretary of State, all the way down to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the most recently added Secretary of Homeland Security.

According to CNN, however, the COG program maintains its own “top secret” succession plan, known only to a few select individuals.

Once activated, the alternative succession plan, known officially as the Presidential Successor Support System, or PS3, would suspend the traditional line of succession and allow a small group of officials to appoint a new government.

CNN revealed the names of several individuals that could assume power should the plan be put into effect. These included current Vice President Dick Cheney, former White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker, former CIA Director Richard Helms, former ambassador and National Security Council member Jeane Kirkpatrick, former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director James Schlesinger, former Attorney General and National Security Council member Edwin Meese, former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, and the late former congressman Tip O’Neill.

“In the event of disaster,” CNN reported, “one of them could become president.”

Critics with knowledge of the program said the secret plans violated the Constitution.

“When you compare this program with the Constitution,” one high-level government official said, “the two don’t match up.” The COG plans, according to this source, “could put the American system of checks and balances in the deep freeze.”

William Van Alstyne, a constitutional scholar from Duke University, said the program’s secrecy undermined its credibility. “If no one knows in advance what the line of succession is meant to be,” he noted, “then almost by hypothesis no one will have any reason to believe that those who claim to be exercising that authority in fact possess it.”

Good job...

Devlin. Haven't heard from you in a while.

Notice what she says at the end?

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?

Publicity Efforts.

Devlin, where did you get this video from?

It's odd; the CNN logo appears nowhere in the video. I am asking, I am not accusing. Can't be too careful, i'm sure you agree- lots of dis and misinfo is being circulated.

This is the response i got when i emailed CNN TV- everyone is encouraged to email them and see what response you get- i sent a few follow up questions and haven't heard back yet:


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--- Original Message ---
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Subject: Specific question about something you saw on CNN?

Did CNN and David Lewis do a report in 1991 on Continuity of Government and the "National Program Office", or is this a hoax?


thank you.


Name: Erik Larson
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Rest assured, video is real.

The video is authentic. I obtained it directly from CNN.

Here are summaries published by the Denver Post and the New York Times.

Note the NYT article implies all 17 legal successors would have to be incapacitated for the new system to be activated, which CNN never reported. According to the CNN report, the secret succession plans would not just expand, but "dramatically alter the established rules of succession." One source told CNN the system would flat out "suspend that natural succession" and allow a new government to be appointed. In other words, it looks like the NYT got it wrong.

Regardless, this should quash any fears the video is a fraud. I will upload more in the future.

thank you Devlin and Arabesque for the info

i suppose considering the spooky nature of the subject, having the shadowy figures and X-files/Twiiight Zone sounds and footage was appropriate.

Lee Hamilton and Ollie North, faithful insider snakes, make an appearance (in the vids Arabesque posted).

Prof. William Van Alstyne's observation is a good one; how are they going to convince people, if DC is annihilated, that they are the "legitimate" govt? I suppose it wouldn't matter if they had the guns. I suppose they must have thought of that- enough people must be in the know and psychotic enough to be willing to enforce it.

EDIT- also striking was how in the end of the clip Devlin posted, they had the footage of CIA installed dictator stooge and Rumsfeld friend Saddam Hussein and terrorists, clearly implying these were the 2 next biggest nuclear threats that might be the reason COG would be implemented

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On a simpler note...

I am out in public that Richard Clarke is a gatekeeper, or a "bracketeer" as I call it, and that it was actually a "dog and pony show" regarding his testimony in front of the 9/11 Commission in that he wanted to set the "brackets" of the investigation into a few controllable, and perhaps understandible, boundaries that the public woud NOT want to go beyond...aka.."the government couldn't have done this deliberately"..etc.

After watching this "clip", how can anyone in the 9/11TM actually believe ANYTHING that this insider has to say about ANYTHING? His responses here are so evasive, so specific in purpose, and are so carefully constructed...how can it be anything else other than MORE psy-ops?

Its like my view of Cheney...when Cheney speaks, psy-ops come out...PERIOD! Same with Clarke.

And...here is a question:

If COG has not been ended after 9/11, then are not ALL the" violations" of our constitution and existing laws thusly "permitted" under this new "order of law", no matter how temporary...but still temporary...and further...are not UNLAWFUL thus letting the HI PERPS off the hook?

Just like the HI PERPS taking EARLY planning-organizational-operational steps to swing the NORAD responses into the slower "hijacking protocols", thus emasculating the military response to the in flight emergencies/hijackings, would not moving the "governance" of this country into the "COG protocols", serve to make "legal" ALL the here-to-fore "illegal" actions by the governemnet BECAUSE its now under COG?

HMMM...an interesting perspective...and a follow-up...

Would "impeachment" be any part of the COG?

Robin Hordon

National Program Office (NPO)

"The National Program Office (NPO) is an agency of the United States Government which was established to ensure continuity of government in the event of a national disaster. The NPO was established by a secret executive order signed by President Ronald Reagan during the Cold War in preparation for a nuclear war, presumably with the Soviet Union. In addition to supplanting the executive branch, the NPO has the power to dissolve Congress.[1]

The Federal Reserve established Mount Pony under the NPO where billions of dollars in currency was stored in a hardened bunker. The cash was to be used to restart the economy east of the Mississippi River in case of a nuclear war. The facility also housed the central switching center for the Federal Reserve's Fedwire system until 1988 when all money was removed, switching was decentralized, and the site deactivated as a NPO facility.

President Bill Clinton attempted to dismantle the NPO during his tenure in the White House. Those efforts proved incomplete when the NPO was briefly activated by President George W. Bush on 2001-09-11 in response to the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, DC." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Program_Office


Edit: there is this disclaimer on the Wikipedia page: "The factual accuracy of this article is disputed."

Among the links:

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Arabesque: 911 Truth