On June 27 a disturbing EMERCOM (the Emergency Ministries) report circulated the Kremlin regarding the recently completed talks between Washington, D.C. and Russia, the European Union Times reports. The EMERCOM report says that the Obama administration has requested 15,000 Russian troops who are trained in disaster relief and ‘crowd functions’ to be pre-positioned to respond to FEMA Region III during an unspecified ‘upcoming’ disaster. FEMA Region III includes Washington D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The report says it’s “important” to note this region because it could imply that that the Obama administration has lost confidence in its own military being able to secure the area should it be called upon to do so.
The request for 15,000 Russian troops is unprecedented and, according to the EU Times, was made directly to Minister Vladimir Puchkov by the head of DHS Janet Napolitano. “These Russian troops would work ‘directly and jointly’ with her Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of whose mission is to secure the continuity of the US Govermnent in the event of natural disasters or war,” Napolitano said.
On June 27 Minister Puchkov commented on the request, stating “We have decided that the US Federal Emergency Management Agency and Russia’s Emergencies Ministry will work together to develop systems to protect people and territory from cosmic impacts.” The meeting with Napolitano also covered also other types of natural emergencies, such as recent years’ extreme weather in both countries. The Russian troops would “more than likely” work directly with DHS, who has been stockpiling nearly 2 billion rounds of ammuniction and in May placed an emergency order for riot gear.
Bizarrely, according to some, the “upcoming disaster” the US is preparing for appears to be “strongly related” to the death of journalist Michael Hastings and the story he was working on.
UPDATE (JULY 6): Reports about the June 25 meeting between FEMA officials and their Russian counterparts sparked a swirl of rumors online. On July 1, the U.S. site InfoWars carried a report with the headline “Russian Forces to Provide ‘Security’ At US Events.” That eventually prompted a FEMA spokesman to issue an official denial to a Russian news agency:
The top US emergency response agency moved to quell a flurry of Internet-driven speculation this week that Russian security teams could be deployed at large public events in the United States, saying the two countries will not swap security guards or soldiers under a long-running partnership agreement.
There will be “no exchange of security or military personnel” under a recently renewed partnership between the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry, a FEMA spokesman told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
“The agreement continues information-sharing meetings and observation opportunities with first responders and emergency managers,” the spokesman said.
FEMA’s official Web site, however, has not yet published anything about the June 25 meeting.