Wednesday, November 23, 2016

ABC 20-20 "Real Designated Survivor" shows Greenbrier, Mt. Weather, and the power lapse when Reagan was shot in 1981

Wednesday night, November 23, 2016, the night before Thanksgiving, ABC 20-20 aired “Real Designated Survivor”.

Elizabeth Vargas (who appears in the ABC series) interviews actor Kiefer Sutheland, and then real DG’s Glickman (for the 1997 state of the union with Bill Clinton) and Horton (2002, for Bush).
The documentary showed footage of an unknown location for continuity of government today (I think it may be somewhere in the mountain areas NW of Gettysburg PA), then Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado (for NORAD), then Mt. Weather  (“High Point” ) in the northern Blue Ridge between routes 7 and 50 in Virginia (you can drive right past it), and the bunker under the Greenbrier Hotel  in White Sulphur Springs, W Va, which remained a secret -- Project Greek Island” --  until “spilled” in 1992.  I visited the facility on a Sunday afternoon tour in August 1997, shortly before my move to Minneapolis.  I believe there is one copy of my first DADT book there.  Some of the footage in the ABC broadcast tonight looked familiar (like the temporary Congress halls and the radiation decontamination baths, and the barracks).

The documentary then covered the gap in power in the confusion after the near assassination of President Reagan on March 30, 1981 (the NatGeo movie, “Killing Reagan”, movies, Oct. 16, 2016). The public was never told.  Alexander Haig took charge away from Larry Speaks.

The 20-20 program then covered the problem of the continuity of government in Poland after the 2010 plane crash in Smolensk Russia killing much of its government.   I visited Warsaw and Cracow in May 1999. . ABC’s link for this portion is here. 

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