As president spoke, Tiberi was stashedFriday, January 28, 2011 02:52 AMBy Jack Torry
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
WASHINGTON - Rep. Pat Tiberi was one of the few lawmakers who didn't sit with a Democrat during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday.
But at least Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, had a good excuse: He was selected as one of the House's "designated survivors."
That meant he had to watch the speech on television at what officials called "an undisclosed location."
During the State of the Union, a member of the president's cabinet is named a designated survivor in case of a catastrophic accident inside the chamber. Since 2005, members of the Senate and House also have been sent to undisclosed locations.
So just where was this undisclosed location?
Aides to Tiberi wouldn't say.
It was so secret that, on the day of the speech, only two Tiberi staff members knew he had been picked as a designated survivor.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was the designated survivor for Obama's cabinet.
I remember reading a Tom Clancy book several years ago called Debt of Honor. In it, A group of powerful Japanese businessmen stage an military and economic attack against the U.S. in retaliation for WW2. In the end the US is able to fight back and defeat the Japanese, but a rogue Japanese airline pilot kills his co-pilot and flies his 747 into the capital, killing the president, the SCOTUS and the majority of both congress and the senate. The books main protagonist, Jack Ryan (played best by Harrison Ford in the movies), is then sworn in as President, formerly being the National Security Advisor and the highest surviving ranking member of the government.
Flying aircraft into buildings....doesn't that sound familiar...and published in 1994 none the less.
Wonder where they were at? I doubt that they would use the old standby West Virginia bunker complex that is not a secret anymore...NORAD under Cheyenne Mountain maybe? Nuclear sub? It would have to someplace nobody would ever think of looking for them...maybe the original idea room at Ruger?...ZING!!
Doesn't surprise me that they have gone to a system like this to help protect the continuity of our society and government in case of an horrific incident. It does surprise me that they would openly acknowledge it or that it took them 4 years after 9/11 to implement such a plan.