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5 Things You Need To Know About The US Govt’s ‘Simulated Terror Attack’ On NYC

by Claire Bernish, The Free Thought Project:

Operation Gotham Shield has been reported by a growing number of media outlets as this month’s reason for Americans to panic over the government’s latest plot to kill off its citizenry by conducting a mock detonation of a dummy nuclear device over the skies of New York City — nothing to see here, folks.

No, really.

Operation Gotham Shield is nothing more than a routine interagency test of disaster preparedness — but for some less than meticulous media organizations, it is sufficient reason to induce panic — if only due to the National Nuclear Safety Administration’s logo emblazoned multiple times on the government’s PowerPoint presentation.

Nothing about this long-planned routine test of coordination among agencies in a disaster scenario — apart from its incidental timing amid tensions between the United States and, well, multiple nuclear-capable foes — screams impending ‘false flag,’ time to duck and cower in a corner, for something wicked from the State this way comes.

But, as Internet hysteria goes, facts can be quickly eclipsed by the juiciness of another dubious U.S. government plot — never mind the most cursory of online searches proves alarm over Operation Gotham Shield unfounded — and outlets republishing the hyperbolic alarm, downright derelict of duty.

So, to give cooler heads an actual chance to prevail, the following illustrate ample cause to deliberate — before sharing another bullshit-for-clicks farce meant only to manipulate your worst fears — when plenty of legitimate threats already exist.

Just consider these points prevention against an embarrassing lesson in headline-sharing — for Operation Gotham Shield and well into the future.

1. A Big Lie Shares — A Big, Scary Lie Goes Viral

If it bleeds, it leads describes how media outlets prioritize news items arousing fear — typically anything portraying death and destruction — over those lacking a sensationalistic quality. Although it’s not entirely clear which outlet first capitalized on the operation’s catastrophe preparedness premise, the nature of the operation quickly turned to fuzzy predictions of a generally imminent disaster.

Voice of Reason — a pointed oxymoron, in context — appears to have been the catalyst for others to posit worst case scenarios concerning the mundane interagency preparedness exercises. With the basics of Gotham Shield out of the way, Voice of Reason suddenly departed from basic logistics of the plan, reporting,

“During this exercise, 4 nuclear devices, 2 of which are rendered ‘safe’ during the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Vital Archer Exercise, and one successful 10kt detonation in the NYC/NJ area, along with one smaller detonation on the U.S./Canadian border are to take place.”

Except, that’s not true. At all. But Voice of Reason’s tone inserted, albeit clinically, the idea inactive megabombs would be detonated near massive population concentrations. Other outlets known for pushing stories largely fabricated from a foundation of simple facts soon followed that lead — including notorious disinformation disseminator, Superstation 95, and conspiracy theory focused, The Event Chronicle.

2. No Bombs Will Fall on Gotham

While conspiracy-minded known fake sites — and a few of those more level-headed — posited the Gotham exercise seemed suspiciously timed amid deteriorating relations for the U.S. in the Middle East and Asia. Talk of nuclear war — once relegated to the annals of the Soviet, Cold War era — frequently dot the bleeding leads of even the corporate press.

Reports warned the public to exercise caution because, when it comes to Operation Gotham Shield, no one knows what to expect.

But that’s not true.

As the Eastern Region Helicopter Council stated in a March 27 announcement on the operation,

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