by Michel Chossudovsky
January 22, 2010
A Haiti disaster relief scenario had been envisaged at the
headquarters of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in Miami one day
prior to the earthquake.
The holding of pre-disaster simulations pertained to the impacts of
a hurricane in Haiti. They were held on January 11. (Bob Brewin,
Defense launches online system to coordinate Haiti relief efforts
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The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA),
which is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense
(DoD), was involved in organizing these scenarios on behalf of US
Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).
Defined as a "Combat Support Agency", DISA has a mandate to provide
IT and telecommunications, systems, logistics services in support of
the US military. (See DISA website:
Defense Information Systems Agency).
On the day prior to the earthquake,
"On Monday [January 11, 2010],
Jean Demay, DISA's technical manager for the agency's
Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project, happened to
be at the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Miami
preparing for a test of the system in a scenario that involved
providing relief to Haiti in the wake of a hurricane."
The Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project (TISC) is
a communications-information tool which,
organizations with the United States [government and military] and
other nations for tracking, coordinating and organizing relief efforts".
(Government IT Scrambles To Help Haiti, TECHWEB January 15,
The TISC is an essential component of the militarization of
The US military through DISA oversees
the information-communications system used by participating aid
agencies. Essentially, it is a communications sharing system
controlled by the US military, which is made available to approved
non-governmental partner organizations. The Defense Information
Systems Agency also "provides bandwidth to aid organizations
involved in Haiti relief efforts."
There are no details on the nature of the tests conducted on January
11 at SOUTHCOM headquarters.
DISA's Jean Demay was in charge of coordinating the tests. There are
no reports on the participants involved in the disaster relief
One would expect, given DISA's mandate, that the tests pertained to
simulating communications, logistics and information systems in the
case of a major emergency relief program in Haiti.
The fundamental concept underlying DISA's Transnational Information
Sharing Cooperation project (TISC) is to,
With Warfighters, Coalition Partners And NGOs".
December 19, 2008)
Upon completing the tests and disaster scenarios on January 11, TISC
was considered to be, in relation to Haiti, in "an advanced stage of
On January 13, the day following the
earthquake, SOUTHCOM took the decision to implement the TISC system,
which had been rehearsed in Miami two days earlier:
"After the earthquake hit on Tuesday
[January 12, 2010], Demay said SOUTHCOM decided to go live with
the system. On [the following day] Wednesday [January 13, 2010],
DISA opened up its
All Partners Access Network,
supported by the Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation
project, to any organization supporting Haiti relief efforts.
The information sharing project, developed with backing from
both SOUTHCOM and the Defense Department's European Command, has
been in development for three years. It is designed to
facilitate multilateral collaboration between federal and
Demay said that since DISA set up a Haiti Humanitarian
Assistance and Disaster Relief Community of Interest on APAN on
Wednesday [the day following the earthquake], almost 500
organizations and individuals have joined, including a range of
Defense units and various nongovernmental organizations and
Defense launches online system to
coordinate Haiti relief efforts (1/15/10) -
DISA has a Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)
Field Office in Miami.
Under the Haiti Disaster Emergency
Program initiated on January 12, DISA's mandate is described as
part of a carefully planned military operation:
"DISA is providing US Southern
Command with information capabilities which will support our
nation in quickly responding to the critical situation in
Haiti," said Larry K. Huffman, DISA's Principal Director of
Global Information Grid Operations. "Our experience in providing
support to contingency operations around the world postures us
to be responsive in meeting USSOUTHCOM's requirements."
DISA, a Combat Support Agency,
engineers and [sic] provides command and control capabilities
and enterprise infrastructure to continuously operate and assure
a global net-centric enterprise in direct support to joint
warfighters, National level leaders, and other mission and
coalition partners across the full spectrum of operations.
As DoD's satellite communications
leader, DISA is using the Defense Satellite Communications
System to provide frequency and bandwidth support to all
organizations in the Haitian relief effort. This includes Super
High Frequency missions that are providing bandwidth for US Navy
ships and one Marine Expeditionary Unit that will arrive shortly
on station to provide medical help, security, and helicopters
among other support.
This also includes all satellite
communications for the US Air Force handling round-the-clock air
traffic control and air freight operations at the extremely busy
DISA is also providing military Ultra
High Frequency channels and contracting for additional
commercial SATCOM missions that greatly increase this capability
for relief efforts.
Release, January 2010, undated)
In the immediate wake of the earthquake,
DISA played a key supportive role to SOUTHCOM, which was designated
by the Obama administration as the de facto "lead agency" in the US
Haitian relief program.
The underlying system consists in
integrating civilian aid agencies into the orbit of an advanced
communications information system controlled by the US military.
"DISA is also leveraging a new
technology in Haiti that is already linking NGOs, other nations
and US forces together to track, coordinate and better organize
Russia Says US 'Weapon' Caused Haiti Quake
January 23, 2010
An unconfirmed report by the Russian
Northern Fleets says the Haiti earthquake was caused by a flawed US
Navy 'earthquake weapons' test before the weapons could be utilized
United States Navy test of one of its 'earthquake weapons' which was
to be used against Iran, went 'horribly wrong' and caused the
catastrophic quake in the Caribbean, the website of Venezuela's ViVe
TV recently reported, citing the Russian report.
After the report was released, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
also made a similar claim, saying that a US drill, carried out in
preparation for a deliberate attempt to cause an earthquake in
Iran, had led to the deadly incident in Haiti, claiming more
than 110,000 lives.
Though Russian Northern Fleets' report was not confirmed by official
sources, the comments attracted special attention in some US and
Russian media outlets including Fox news and Russia Today.
Russia Today's report said that Moscow has also been accused of
possessing and utilizing such weapons.
In 2002, a Georgian Green Party leader claimed that Moscow had
instigated an earthquake on Georgian territory, the TV channel
According to ViVe, the unconfirmed Russian report says earlier this
month the US carried out a similar test in the Pacific Ocean, which
also caused another 6.5 magnitude earthquake in an area near the
town of Eureka, California.
The California quake resulted in no deaths or serious injury, but
left many buildings damaged.
The Venezuelan news website said that the report also introduced the
possibility that the US Navy may have had "full knowledge" of the
damage that the test could cause.
The report also speculated that knowledge of the possible outcome
was why the US military had pre-positioned the deputy commander of
US Southern Command, General P. K. Keen, on the island so
that he could oversee relief efforts if the need arose.
Based on the alleged report, the ultimate goal of the US weapons
tests was to initiate a series of deadly earthquakes in Iran to
topple the current Islamic system in the country.
The tests are believed to be part of the United States' High
Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP),
which has been associated with many conspiracy theories.
Other than being blamed for earthquakes, HAARP has also been
associated with weather anomalies that cause floods, droughts and
Some sources have even linked the 7.8 magnitude quake that shook the
Chinese city of Sichuan in May 12, 2008 with the program.
Allegations have been made that since the late 1970's, the US has
'greatly advanced' the state of its earthquake weapons to the
point where it is now utilizing devices that employ a Tesla
Electromagnetic Pulse, Plasma and Sonic technology, along with
Russia has accused the US military of employing such devices in
Afghanistan to trigger the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake that
hit the country back in March, 2002.
In the mid-1990s the Russian State Duma issued a press release on
HAARP, which was signed by 90 deputies.
The statement said the US was,
"creating new integral geophysical
weapons that may influence the near-Earth medium with
high-frequency radio waves."
"The significance of this qualitative leap could be compared to
the transition from cold steel to firearms, or from conventional
weapons to nuclear weapons.”
“This new type of weapons differ from previous types in that the
near-Earth medium becomes at once an object of direct influence
and its component,” the statement explained.
In 1997, US Secretary of Defense
also expressed concern about activities that,
"can alter the climate, set off
earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of
The US government, however, has chosen
to stick to its position that HAARP is merely a program aimed at
analyzing the Earth's ionosphere for the purpose of developing
communications and surveillance technology.