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Patriot Acts...Strategic Planning - Part Two

At the crowning of every American Head of State there is undoubtedly great anticipation melanged with a fair measure trepidation. This person, just like all the others, had considered themselves, perhaps not worthy, yet somehow still deserving of the honor. Will this man or woman fulfill their word, for which both believers and the haphazard had already cast their approval? It is not always the man or woman who can say that they actually produced the moral and fearless resolve to remain strong in the face of adversity, which surely awaits each and every successive leader of both the strongest and somehow increasingly impotent nation that seems to have dangerously lost its edge on too many levels.

In Part one of Patriot Acts - Strategic Planning you saw the inner-workings of an infant administration callously and mercilessly thrust into a crisis that, if enacted, would cause the memory of September 11, 2001 shrink into obscurity, except for the true guardians of freedom.

I hope you enjoy Part Two of Strategic Planning. Read how both as the free and the fanatic each plot out their day of power, one side to preserve, protect and defend while the other concocts the end of the nation. Perhaps you will feel afresh the need or regaining our hold on a nation that appears hell-bent on disaster except for strong, free, just and brave men and women ready to give their all in bold, daring and audacious actions that are nothing less than Patriot Acts...

Patriot Acts...Strategic Planning - Part Two

“According to the NCRI, as of August 2005, the project had cost 95 billion US Dollars. Funding was provided by the Supreme Security Council and was outside of the supervisory purview of the Budget and Planning Organization. Again, a front company was specifically created for the project named Kala-Electric, with headquarters in Tehran. One Davood Aqajani is the managing director for the Natanz heavy water project. Officials from the company reportedly made a number of trips to both China and India in 2005, which makes those two nations complicit in Iran’s effort to become a major nuclear power in the world. The head of Atomic Energy Agency of Iran, Gholamreza Aghazadeh, reportedly pays visits to the site every month in order to oversee progress on the facility’s capacity to build MIRV’ed weapons that could carry as many as six warheads on a single rocket.”

“On 12 December 2006, The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) released an issue brief expressing concern that Iran was trying to develop "the capability to make separated plutonium and highly enriched uranium, the two main nuclear explosive materials." ISIS acquired satellite imagery of a site in Natanz, about 40 kilometers southeast of Kashan, which may be a gas-centrifuge facility for uranium enrichment.”

“Iran strongly rejected the allegations and reiterated that the two plants were intended to generate electricity. In the next 20 years, Iran has to produce 6,000 megawatts of electricity by nuclear plants and the launch of these two centers are aimed at producing necessary fuel for these plants," Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said.”

“On 10 February 2007, Gholamreza Aqazadeh, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, said that Iran had started an ambitious nuclear energy program and was poised to begin processing uranium. The uranium ore processing plant came on line in the central city of Isfahan along with a uranium enrichment plant near Natanz. The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency's inspectors visited Iran on 21 February 2006 and 2007 to look at nuclear facilities still under construction there at that time. IAEA spokesman Mark Gwozdecky stated that a process of many visits to understand the architecture of the place and to design the most effective monitoring regime for that facility would be needed but has been prohibited by the current regime." American officials believe new nuclear facilities in Iran are being used to make nuclear weapons, hence today’s crisis.”

“Today Mr. President, Iran remains the ideological center of the America-hatred pervading the Islamic Middle East. That theocracy began warring with America when its rulers took 52 Americans hostages in 1979. Highlights of Iran's terrorism on Americans include the bombing and murder of 241 Marines in Beirut in 1983 and the killing of 19 US servicemen bombed at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in 1996.”
“More recently, Iran is known to harbor the Al Qaeda operatives who orchestrated the bombing of a Western residential compound in Saudi Arabia in 1993 that killed nine Americans. Iran sends Islamic agitators and militants into both US-controlled Iraq and Afghanistan, and sponsors such terrorist groups as Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Lebanon, Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, to mention a few.”

“In January 2002, Israel confiscated 50 tons of weapons to the Palestinian Authority from a ship bound from Iran. A month before this, former Iranian "President" Hashemi Rafsanjani stated publicly that when the Islamic world has nuclear weapons "The strategy of the West will hit a dead end, since a single atomic bomb has the power to completely destroy Israel." Is not this one quotation from an actual former president of Iran enough to do everything needed to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear arsenal? In 2008, an Iranian opposition group discovered another secret nuclear facility in Natanz, undoubtedly part of Iran's advanced nuclear weapons program.”

“It is obvious that Iran is the root of Islamic terrorism. Only in destroying this country’s theocracy could we finally declare a major victory in the war on terrorists. Meanwhile, the Iranian rebels fight to establish a government that will be secular in nature but Islamic in principle. They desire free speech nationwide general strikes have been held in the country with the hope of bringing about the end for their ruling mullahs and ayatollahs. It is apparent that the time is ripe for this administration to topple this regime. The time has come when we have to make that literal. As long as the Iran of today continues, the war on Terror will never end. Furthermore, now that the world has allowed this terrorist regime to possess a nuclear bomb, there is now a very good chance the war on terror will be lost.”

The Top Secret Brief ended. Everyone sat in stunned silence.

“Looks like George W. was right, boys! Thank you Mr. Blake.” Jamie O’Rourke quipped and then turned his attention to President Tate.

“Mr. President, it is our recommendation that action be taken against the three facilities in Arak, Natanz and Isfahan. By striking these three facilities we can deal a blow that, while not destroying their capacity to produce weapons, will cripple them for at least the next twenty years and give us time to take down the regime. We have also concluded that with Iran’s involvement as an official government in placing a large number of clandestine WMD’s on our soil that America is already at a state of war with the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

“Mr. President, our official recommendation is that covert actions against these three facilities be developed, approved and become operational within the next 72 hours. We would need to use “deep-digger” miniature nuclear bombs to burrow into the bunkers where these facilities have been hidden. Civilian casualties will be at a minimum with a maximum facility death toll at around 25,000. This is our best suggestion for an international response.”

“Thank you gentlemen. Mr. Gardner, what does Homeland have for me on the tactical weapons here in our nation? Is there any way of finding where Mr. Garret plans to use these evil bastards?”

“The North Korean spy, Lee Kun Hee told us that they were not intended to be used against civilian populations. They were for the purpose of bringing down your government, sir. The warnings given by the Bush Administration back in 2006, which went unheeded, have now become a reality. Iran is now the fourth most powerful country in the world and able to attack the United States with its Martyrs' Brigade and can attack us by air attack with its new fully functional ICBM’s that can reach into the US as far inland as Cleveland, Ohio. Though Iraq is now a stabilizing democracy, all the work achieved there can be smashed overnight if this regime launches a massive strike on Israel, as they have threatened many times to do, and it appears they do not bluff. World War III may have already started, Mr. President.”


“Dog, we call this operation, ‘Twist in the wind’. You need to contact me through whatever means Garret may have already set up. I guess we’ll know that later. Until then…”

Dog Mac and Fisher stopped talking and listened to the sound they both recognized perfectly. The thump, thump, thump noise told them that a chopper was inbound to their location, wherever that was. Soon they heard it straight overhead and saw the trees start reacting to the twirling blades outside.

“Guess that’s your ride, Dog.”

“Yea, think they’ll drop me in Honolulu?”

The chopper touched down about one hundred yards from the cabin in the valley between the high cliffs surrounding it. Two camouflaged men got out, ducked and ran toward the door.

“Just think, tonight you’ll probably be loving on that beautiful woman I saw in the screen earlier today!”

“Now, Fish, keep your mind to your self, but most of all, watch your back. I want to let you know I am not sure I can let you kill the president!”

“Dog, I would expect no less from a good man, like you. You saved my life before, I have a feeling we’ll be in the saving business again, but you may have to take me down before it’s all over! When that thing inside my head kicks in, it is hard to pull back! I will not let them take the country down, but, one thing is for sure, I am going to kill Tate! I only want you to do what you have in your heart, but get me in that tunnel, then zero in on me if you must. That might be the most merciful thing you could ever do for me! Strange game I know, but these are strange days!”

Dog Mac reached over and hugged Fisher and Fisher reciprocated.

“Well, let’s let go of each other or they’ll think they got a couple of San Francisco types!

“Oh, and Agent Smith, since I met you, that common name Smith will never be common inside my head again. It will always stand out in my book!”

There were three loud pounds on the door and Fisher opened it. The two mercenaries walked in.

“Agent Smith?”

“Yes, that be me, as you can see I am the only black dude in the house!”

The two hired soldiers laughed.

“We have to go, but first…”

One of the mercenaries took out the same spray that had put them both to sleep before. Dog Mac collapsed into the soldiers’ arms. Fisher helped them get Dog Mac into the chopper. It rose high and Fisher could see Dog Mac’s face leaning against the window. He remembered clearly now having seen his face that day when Dog Mac had saluted him there in the Iraqi desert from high up inside the chopper. This time Fisher initiated the respectful act and saluted Hamilton Smith! The chopper raised higher into the air, tilted and was gone in seconds. Fisher had one hour before his call from Garret. Very soon, every lesson in death Fisher Harrison had ever learned would need to be put into action. He was nervous, he was pumped full of adrenaline, he was ready! He just didn’t know who to use his skills on, as of yet!


“Mr. President,” Michael Gardner the Homeland Security Secretary interjected.

“There is one more very important twist to all of this.”

“Well, my friend, if two of my hands and one of my feet are already nailed to the wall, you might as well nail the other foot too!”

“Mr. President, Lee Kun Hee also gave us one more piece of information. He was never exactly distinct in his words, but he indicated that it was his understanding that the Iranians and domestic terrorists have come together in this apparent attack. They’re in a dealing mood.”

“I can imagine what kind of deal they’d broker. Probably, ‘Kill Tate and we go away’ or something like that? We never deal with terrorists!”

“Actually Mr. President that is what the Korean spy told us. They want you dead and then they will stop the attack.” Jamie O'Rourke quipped sarcastically.

“Ha, hell, even if I walked right up to them and cut my own throat they’d still have these nukes to hang around our necks. I am ready to lay down my life for many causes and would do so to save the nation, but for one evil fanatic and a mentally ill American terrorist? Never gonna happen willingly!”

President Tate paused and looked around the table at at the men and women assembled there. He felt the weight of the emergency at hand and wondered if this group of highly educated, completely untested government bureaucrats had what it took to wipe out an enemy that was hellbent on the destruction of the United states of America. He speculated about the same thing, concerning himself.

“Well, thank you very much! I need some time to consider all this and absorb it.”

Tate turned to the Joint Chiefs who were seated behind him.

“See you in the oval at 4:15 PM. Specifics! That’s what I want, estimates but no best-case scenarios! We must plan for the worst, not the best.”

They all saluted their Commander in Chief.

“Gardner and Blake, see you in one hour. I want a plan for evacuations and casualty estimates and triage setups in case we face the awful-awful! Get FEMA in here too. No more Katrina’s this time, please.”

“Yes sir!”

“I don’t have to remind any of you of the sensitive nature of this information. Anyone of you leak this to even your dog Fido and you will be arrested immediately and charged with treason, and I am sure you agree with me on that!”

Everyone did, except one. Mason Ball kept his head lowered and wrote down notes that he knew would not be a secret for long!

Everyone was astonished by President Tate’s resolve and they all seemed to solidify behind him. He was not trying to impress anyone. Only he could feel the fear and trepidation deep inside his stomach. He knew that today, at this very moment, perhaps really for the first time, Christopher A. Tate had truly become the President of the United States of America.

President Tate stood up and looked at his cabinet members who had all been gawking, and had stricken looks across their faces. President Tate crossed his arms and pointed his head downward in a deep somber tone and said,

“I wonder where they will hang this portrait displayed out before us and seated around this table, if there is a wall still standing to hang it on. You are dismissed.”

I hope you found Strategic Planning stimulating, informative and frightening in its real and plausible danger. Let us not sit idly by why the world plots our demise. Dangerous time have always produced great leaders. Today America has a deficit of such people who are willing to rise to the top and take control of a dissolving scenario that would annihilate both friend and foe alike. You can't smell it, you can't see it, but it's coming to kill us unless we can muster up the determination to defend our freedom, put up a real fight and realize that our survival depends on Patriot Acts!

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