Tuesday, January 18, 2005


Conspiracy Theories

Alex Jones of Infowars.com and Prisonplanet.com was on Alan Colme's Fox New radio broadcast this evening, turning this usually-normal show into something more like Art Bell's typical broadcast (odd, considering that most Clinton-era Democrats shy away from conspiracy theory, simply because so much of it over the past decade was aimed at their hero). The topic of discussion tonight was the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

Prisonplanet.com has a series of links to articles related to the recent disaster in Asia, some of which cast doubt on just how "natural" it was, and others a bit more tame but still raising questions about how much was known about the event ahead of time. Jones was unwilling to state that he believes that the earthquake was anything but a natural event (usually, he's not quite so reserved, having gone on record saying that the US government was behind the Sept. 11th attacks). But he does believe that the US and other agencies in the area had advanced warning of the quake and resultant tidal wave, and that the lack of propagation of this knowledge cost thousands of lives.

Interesting stuff, but it would seem like there's more logical explanations for this than high-freq RF bounced off the ionosphere, or sonic testing for oil exploration.

My blog explores the premise that the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center didn't have usable crisis communications protocols in place when the earthquake hit that would have enabled it to issue a usable tsunami warning via the AP, CNN, BBC, etc. Nothing written anywhere in the past four weeks suggests they tried to issue such a warning through the mass media -- even though the Center's scientists suspected a tsunami had been generated an hour before the waves hit Sri Lanka and India (according to NOAA's own timeline). Instead of calling the media, they picked up their phones and called friends and colleagues in the Indian Ocean region; that scenario has been reported in numerous media outlets. A UPI story carried in the Washington Times and elsewhere on January 7 quoted a NOAA spokeswoman as saying the Center doesn't even maintain a list of media contacts. (All this is reported on my blog.) Scientists are caught up in high-tech thinking, which may be understandable, but you have to wonder whether NOAA's communications professionals have done their job and devised low-tech warning plans for fast and efficient alerts via the news media to affected areas even outside NOAA's Pacific Rim community. From their own accounts, I don’t think they have — and now NOAA is in high-spin mode defending its reaction to the earthquake. The danger is that NOAA and its agencies won’t learn from this experience and will do nothing to adjust its protocols for tomorrow’s massive earthquake and resulting tsunami.
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