Report: the first nationwide Emergency Broadcast System test takes place

November 9, 2011, By Daniel Rapcencu

I have been waiting for this test to take place for weeks on end.  I went out this morning and borrowed a video recorder to record the event as it happened.

After all, this first test could have been a disaster or it could have been a total non-event.  I have to rate the event itself as appearing, on the surface at first, a normal, run of the mill monthly local Emergency Broadcast System test, just only a little larger.

As you can see from the video, the federal government flipped the switch and after a little local blurb with a red background saying Emergency Alert System and a stutter of another video channel, the screen turned to black with white lettering.  NATIONAL ALERT jumped at the top of the screen with EMERGENCY ACTION NOTIFICATION at the bottom of the screen.

A message streamed across the screen saying: “A Primary Entry Point System has issued an Emergency Action Notification for the following counties: District of Columbia DC.  Effective Until 11/09/11 11:18:00 PST.  COMCAST”.  In the middle, another red EAS blurb flashed momentarily.

During this time a voice attempted to reassure everyone that this was a test, “only a test.”  The whole thing took almost exactly a minute from start to finish.

Since this originated from the Federal Government (probably in some secret, atomic blast hardened room at an undisclosed location) I was going to do some channel surfing and do a report on the propagation delay between channels since all television and radio systems have this message inserted at the station.  I was in for a surprise.

The remote control for the Comcast box was inoperable and nothing could change the channel.  A bright EAS was displayed where the channel number should have been.

The federal government not only replaced the broadcast stations’ content with their own, but had also inserted their content into all the local providers and aggregators.  This does not bode well in my mind.

Do you realize what this means?  Our government has just taken control of every distribution point of our video broadcast network.

The United States government has just demonstrated they now have the power to black out all the video communications any time they wish or just replace the content.  I grew up in the 1950’s when there was a fear of nuclear attack, especially when there were missiles in Cuban silos that were armed with nuclear bombs, so I can understand the need for an alert system.

However, I also grew up reading “1984” by George Orwell, where the Party controlled the media that everyone watched: the Party channel.  There were cameras everywhere, even in the bedrooms.

The only place you had private was when it got dark.  Today the cameras can see in the dark.

Did Big Brother just read it’s ugly head?  What do you think? (Careful of the Doublespeak.)

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