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many African-Americans are ignoring the computer problems associated with
the new Millennium the government and its intelligence agencies are preparing
for a total meltdown of society as we know it. A reliable and confidential
source who is in a position to know explains that the United States intelligence
organizations have been meeting and making plans about how to handle the
anticipated chaos associated with the Y2K problem. These meetings
have been well attended and held in the secret enclaves of the Pentagon
and at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Several follow-up
meetings have been held separately by each of the intelligence agencies.
The source indicates that the meetings have been attended by members of
the Office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Air Force
Intelligence, the Office of Army Intelligence, the National Security Intelligence
Committee, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the CIA's Office of
Information Resources - Directorate of Intelligence, the CIA's Office
of Research and Development - Directorate of Science and Technology, the
Office of Naval Intelligence, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),
the Intelligence and Threat Analysis Center, and others. The meetings
have centered around the real possibility of a general power failure occurring
at 12:00:01 on January 1, 2000. While there was discussion of the
work being done to avoid such an occurrence, the concentration of the
group was on a response to such a computer-initiated power grid failure.
Indicating that such an incidence could cause chaos in the United States
and across the world, the group developed a "level of threat plan."
Having been formerly employed as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for over 9 years and having maintained contact with many of my sources in the FBI, I know that the government is prepared and will act as stated above if in fact the Y2K problem comes to fruition. During my tenure with the FBI I worked Intelligence matters and was also involved with the Domestic Terrorism Squad. The plans provided by my confidential source (FBI language) is consistent with FBI and intelligence operational planning. The FBI and other investigatory and Intelligence agencies analyze and prepare for all eventualities. They truly work under the motto that it is better to be prepared and have nothing occur than to be unprepared and become victims of the circumstances.
Over the past year I have traveled across the nation trying to implore Black America to be prepared for Scenarios # 1, 2, or 3. Some have indicated that the whole Y2K conversation is much ado about nothing. Let's hope this is the case. But even if there is no Y2K incident, does history not reveal to Black America that it is better to be proactive rather than reactive? Does history not reveal to us that preparation for any case scenario is what nations do? The military of this country trains everyday for the possibility of another war - for the possibility of World War III. Police officers and FBI agents are trained to use weapons just in case they run into a certain situation, not because they absolutely will be involved in a deadly encounter. And as noted above, the Intelligence agencies of this country are preparing for "What Ifs" with taxpayer monies.
So why not Black America? The Reverend Dr. Frank Madison Reid III of the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Baltimore advises that "God has given us wisdom and sends us signs but he will not prepare a people who consistently refuses to heed his warnings and his lessons." The FBI has psychologically profiled African Americans as an emotional people but not an intellectual people. The profile indicates that we respond emotionally to things that we should prepare for strategically. We should be emotional and we should not lose that African trait that makes us a loving, caring, giving, and a unique people.
But we must be aware of where we are in the United States. This is a place that does not respect emotions. Our natural loving and caring personalities can become a vulnerability. The United States is a cold and callous country. Unfortunately, some of our young brothers and sisters adapted and then adopted this coldness - thus Black-on-Black crime. The Hate that hate made. The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad noted this comes from a lack of knowledge and love of self. The Honorable Louis Farrakhan and others have continuously tried to help Black America find that middle ground that will allow for our survival in America. We have to strike a balance, at least until we are free. Please remember that it is not paranoia to be prepared. But it is insanity - considering our history in this nation - to be unprepared. If we are prepared and nothing occurs we are still better off than the alternative. Being cautious is not being scared. Being prepared is not paranoia.
Churches and Mosques in our communities should be prepared with adequate supplies and a plan to be open as safe havens for those who are unprepared. Secondly, Churches should notify State, Local and National government authorities of their plans - publicly - to be sure that the rest of the nation and world understand what the churches are doing and to be sure that the government does not make any mistakes should there be scenario #3. Churches should already possess generators for general power failures and other scenarios that could befall urban America at anytime and at the behest of those in power. (This is simply a return to the role of the church as a safe haven during times of crises - such as slavery.) If there is no Y2K problem, the people will understand that the Church or God's people of the Church were prepared to do the work of God and have not abandoned the people. This, in itself, would be a plus and may have a far-reaching, unforeseen impact. We must be strategic and proactive. We must be prepared and not surprised.
• Communicate to our communities and our children what the Y2K problem is and what its results may be - so that entire communities do not panic if or when it occurs. Failing to communicate the problems to our children has left us in a position of being part of the problem. We complain about White people underestimating and dumbing down our children in schools - yet we do the exact same thing. We cannot expect our children not to fall into the traps if we don't explain where and what the traps are. We must be strategic and proactive. We must be prepared and not surprised.
• Be sure to
have at least a half tank of gasoline in your vehicle – I suggest a full
tank or close to a full tank. If
there is an emergency or some need to travel quickly you do not want to
have to search for a Service Station or spend your time in a long line
at a service station. Keep a flashlight, First Aid Kit, bottled
water and blankets in your vehicle at all times. Transistor radios with
working batteries are a must. (This and other suggestions on this list
should be observed and considered even when we are not in a crisis mode.)
We must be strategic and proactive. We must be prepared and not
surprised. Remember the words of Reverend Dr. Jesse Jackson, "We
are only useful as long as we are necessary." A people without
a vision will perish. We must be strategic and proactive. We must be prepared
and not surprised.