Inside The US Government's Plan To Survive Nuclear War (While The Rest Of Us Die)

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Sadie Dingfelder, originally posted at The Washington Post,

In 2011, a staffer at Washingtonian found a government ID in a Metro parking garage and gave it to Garrett M. Graff (the magazine’s editor-in-chief at the time) to track down its owner. “Since I reported about that world, he figured I’d know what to do with it,” Graff says.

Graff immediately noticed something strange.

“The back of the ID had these evacuation instructions on it. And so I got on Google Maps and followed the instructions and they led to a road that very clearly went into the side of a mountain, and you can see on the Google satellite view big concrete bunker doors.”

Raven Rock, a hollowed out mountain near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border, is reportedly one of the undisclosed locations Dick Cheney worked from after 9/11.

That discovery inspired Graff to comb through newly declassified documents to learn more about the U.S. government’s plans in the event of a nuclear war or other catastrophe. His research culminated in the new book “Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself — While the Rest of Us Die.”

At first, the government didn’t plan to let “the rest of us die.”

“In the early 1950s, the government really hoped and believed it would be able to save most Americans,” Graff says.


As bombs became more destructive, “plans and ambitions gradually shrunk until, realistically, the best they could hope to do is save the senior leadership.”

Drills and disasters have shown that the federal government is too complex and unwieldy to pluck out of D.C. by helicopter and set up in an underground bunker — though that was, and still is, the basic plan, Graff says.

One such shelter is the mountain fortress Graff tracked down: Raven Rock. Here’s more on it, plus other tidbits from doomsday scenarios past and present.

Raven Rock

This compound, carved out of a mountain near the Pennsylvania-Maryland border, contains several freestanding, multistory buildings (on giant, shock-absorbing springs) for a total of 900,000 square feet of office space. It has its own subterranean water supply, too. Raven Rock is where top government and military officials would hide out in the event of a major attack on Washington, D.C.; it was reportedly one of the “undisclosed locations” former Vice President Dick Cheney worked from in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Mount Weather

Another major underground government complex, Mount Weather has been in use since the 1950s. Located at the border of Loudoun and Clarke counties in Virginia, the 600,000-square-foot bunker inside the mountain was once (and still may be) the official evacuation site for Supreme Court justices, documents such as the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and the National Gallery of Art’s most valuable paintings.

E-4B ‘doomsday planes’

These custom-built 747s, also known as “Air Force One When It Counts,” are flying war rooms that follow the president when he travels internationally.

When POTUS is stateside, one plane sits ready on a runway at a Nebraska military base, “fully staffed with battle planners and war planners and meteorologists and anything else you might need to run a nuclear war,” Graff says. The planes are protected from electromagnetic pulse attacks with a fine wire mesh, and they can unfurl a 5-mile-long wire that allows communication with nuclear submarines.

Survival crackers

In the 1960s, the U.S. government distributed 150 million pounds of wheat crackers and biscuits to fallout shelters across America. Packages are still routinely found unopened in civic building basements, and apparently they don’t taste great. “I did actually find on eBay a box of them, but I haven’t been brave enough to try them in part because I have watched enough YouTube videos of other people trying them to know how disgusting they actually are,” Graff says.

Button #13

In the late 1970s, the D.C. mayor’s emergency control center at 300 Indiana Ave. NW had a Plexiglas-shielded button that, when pressed, triggered “Emer-zak,” the broadcast of emergency messages to lobbies, elevators and anywhere else served by the Muzak system.

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While much of this is known, given the recent "Gotham Shield" nuclear attack drill and Washington D.C.'s recent "terror attack drill", one can't help but wonder if these old bunkers and emergency systems are getting dusted off... just as Hawaiian officials have already demanded.

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Erwin643's picture

I heard a rumor during The Cold War that the U.S. only spent $0.50 per person on Civil Defense, and that the Soviets spent $20.00. Don't know if it's true, or not.

Pork Rind's picture

The only ones who will survive will be Jews and cockroaches.

Common_Law's picture

I thought those two were the same thing?

coast1's picture

there is a story in the bible qbout the Tower of should read it, it applies today more than ever. They were building up the same thing the khazar zionist rothchild are doing...There is another scripture...Jesus was cool, barabas was bad,...But a 'george soros" stirred up the crowd and said "release barabas"...Doesnt matter if you believe in God or think the bible is cool...IMHU, the bible has stories that completely blow my mind...Probnlem is, the churches teach the bible to make it slavery and boredom..When in truth, is freedom and should try it...the best drug ever.

Seth_Rich's picture

Aw, why doesn't someone just kill me...


Too late. Youre dead. Gimme your wallet and cellphone fool! Now!

Ms No's picture

They didn't take any of his stuff.  They just murdered him because he leaked about how they currupted our elections and threw Bernie under the bus for the bigger Zionist shill, Hillary.  Where is Bernie on the death of Seth Rich anyway?  Probably eating dinner with Kissinger and Kushner.

Underground's picture

They will die also, once the air and water is poisioned the best they can hope for is dying of cancer inside a dark hole. If that doesn't kill em, the half life of nuke fall out is long enough to ensure they could never have enough medicine and food to last them 80 years. They will likely go mad and start killing each other off....oh I say after the 1st year. Madness will set in and they will die a meserable slow agonizing death. I don't envy them one bit...

DirtySanchez's picture

When the day arrives where the USA succumbs to nuclear annihilation, I hope and pray the rats that survive feast on all the multi millions of dead bodies.

I hope these same rats multiply and grow to be giant rats.

Hopefully these same super rats make their way into all the bunkers and kill off the maniacs in their hideouts with bubonic plague.

ffed's picture

I used to think zerohedge was for the AWAKE, but come on.  They ONLY LIE to US.  Earth is Flat NASA LIES and PLEASE don't be me and wait until you are 45 years old to understand we have been DECEIVED at EVERY LEVEL.  Good Luck ecveryone, start with TRUTH and our paths will cross in the future.  EVIDENCE linked watch at 11:15 seconds- watch dud in green play with IMAGINARY object WTF?   And for bonus watch DUDE in HARNESS at 10:22.    SHEEEESH how much EVIDENCE do you SHEEP NEED?  YOU ARE FUCKING BEING LIED TOO!

truthordare's picture

Flat Earthers should be banned from ZH, unless they can explain why we base our global navigation on "Napiers Rules" aka the principles of Spherical Trigonometry as opposed to "Plane Trigonometry" which would be more appropriate for navigating in the Flat Earth fantasy   ............  unfortunately few of them have the education or intellect to even comprehend what is being asked, or its significance to the subject, nevermind being even able to quote Napiers Rules. I blame Youtube and Mythbusters... Suddenly, every millenial is a scientist.

not dead yet's picture

Every single shelter known is too far away to get the "important" people there. Plenty of stupid government people but they all aren't that stupid. These shelters mean the US will strike FIRST. The Russians also have shelters, like that huge one of either 40 or 400 square miles, and you can bet that's where missiles will be headed on both sides. Maybe we kill all the Russians on the first strike and launch bug bombs to kill off most of the rest of the planet and the important people have the antidote. Most likely what will happen is the military on all sides will go down into the bunkers after they execute the "important" people. After all it's the military that has the weapons and a hatred of politicians and most everything non military. This would be a way for the military to get revenge for the politicians getting them into chickenshit wars and then stab them in the back. Military, key scientists, doctors, tech guys and robots, and researchers along with the hottest bimbos they can round up. Everyone else gets to die especially politicians. Love to see the look on warmonger McCains face when they slam the door on him. Obozo, Cheney, and Bush will get covered in honey and staked out on top of fire ant colonies.

Ms No's picture

"Love to see the look on warmonger McCains face when they slam the door on him."

That will happen, especially with Obama.  Apparently these idiots haven't paid attention to how they regularly throw their puppets in the ME, etc., under the bus.  Popcorn...

i poop pink ice cream's picture

“In the early 1950s, the government really hoped and believed it would be able to save most Americans,” Graff says.

 As bombs became more destructive, “plans and ambitions gradually shrunk until, realistically, the best they could hope to do is save the senior leadership.”


It's not that "plans and ambition gradually shrunk". U.S. policy now is for as many Americans to die as possible. This lightens the burden of government and allows government to completely control the remaining resources without dumb-ass citizens resisting, protesting and otherwise getting in the way. Wake the fuck up, sheeple.  

litemine's picture

Senior leadership bunkers paid by taxpayers to protect those who don't pay taxes?

I wonder how many bankers have access?

These are the ones who start the wars for pegans to fight and die yet...

The smell is getting rancid.

The march to DC. what a story that will be in History books wrote by those who live and maintain control.

Truthseeker20's picture

There wont be a nuclear war. It will run their plans for NWO.

onmail1's picture

Who will save u when
economic system collapses

Twee Surgeon's picture

"Good Intentions pave the road to Hell" I'm not sure who I am quoting but it is an Oldy but Goody, It is not Biblical.

The Bible does mention the Destiny of some to be hiding in Caves when the SHTF (I do not think we are there yet.) But it does mention some folks going into caves and wishing that the Mountain would fall in on them so they do not have to Experience the Wrath of God. Just saying.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

I've been prepared to get turned into ash by some well made Russian nukes since Maidan 2014!...

At this point and with the United States of Israel making life miserable with it's financial debt and military since the collapse of the Soviet Union and what the U.S. military has violated since 1990 and 9/11/2001...

What's taking the Russians so fucking long?!!!

francis scott falseflag's picture

This all boils down to who decides when

to go first with a preemptive strike.

First doesn't necessarily win





Goldennutz's picture

Man up!!!


Take one for the team!!


Whadda bunch of pussies!

Joe A's picture

And of course with an positive ratio of attractive women to officials in order to kickstart repopulation after the nuclear dust has settled (courtesy of Stanley Kubrick). The risk of course being that these attractive women take over the place. But we wouldn't want to discriminate against LBGT officials of course so they should also be served.

Anyway, if a place has only one way in and out how about simulating an attack, let this place fill up with the selected ones to survive and then cement the place?

francis scott falseflag's picture


Joe A's picture

That excludes about everybody in that mountain then. Cause when men lose their ability then they seek power positions for compensation.

Grouchy-Bear's picture

My goal in the event of a nuclear event is, if I survive and have just enough time before being overtaken by radiation to find the last nukes, bombs, tanks and whatever and blow the doors on the shelters of these scum. Let me rot with radiation poisoning, as I take a shelter door off its hinges.... But I will go to my last breath and take them out.... If I can get even one shelter for the elites open to the outer world, I will die happy... I will use a damn sledge hammer and give half of them heart attacks as they listen to me beat on the door and air vents... Yes I am nuts, but it takes that to survive and if you think I came through Vietnam alive because I am sane, then you never were in a war... Get a tank, by the time you exhaust the supply of shells, the main door will be breached and every door as deep as you can send the armor piercing rounds.... Hell if nothing else piss radiation down the air vents... Crawl in the air vent before you die and rot your radioactive body fluids into the core of the shelter. Just do it! Don't let the bastards off easy...

Nuts rules and my kind of nuts believes in payback, especially when you got nothing to lose...

Ms No's picture

We are still hoping that the people pushing for war with... well everybody, figure this out.  It may be a plan and not a glitch.  The US has a tradition of Republic, rebellion and a high standard of living.  These things need to go down the memory hole to facilitate global slavery and the erasure of nation states.

G-R-U-N-T's picture

Could you imagine living among bureaucrats for ANY length of time in that bunker (fate worse than death), If you can't, here's a taste:

Yen Cross's picture

 I love laughing at how the  mainstream media calls Z/H fringe.  Not so much<

 Z/H made a statement, and the markets dictated it.

 Tomorrow more people will read the facts.  I have to admit Z/H should stick with facts. According to CNBS , a couple of Romanians run the site.

  Let's discuss the alcoholic Charlie Gasparino?

learnofjesuits's picture

Vatican masonic order of jesuits Illuminati rule the world for centuries, they are building theirs New World Order - one government, one religion, global socialism-technocracy, depopulation(because overpopulation destroying biosphere) - check Georgia Guidestones also who has funded it, "order out of chaos"- they create a crisis and than they resolve it towards NWO.

Important people in a society works for them, they are giving careers for obedience, we are living in a social pyramid system managed by jesuit masonic order.

Just learn why jesuits were suppressed for 200 years in western countries and were allowed to return only a few decades ago - also in USA (there is pattern easy to recognize). They escaped to Russia and Columbia and created in an underground Illuminati masonic sect.

Society of Jesus was the most powerful intelligence agency - of Vatican - and they still are, all national intelligence agencies are controlled by jesuits, rest is a theater and actors.

First Rothschild Nathan was rescued by jesuits from a camp and they made him theirs banker, he was not a smart Jew that become extremely rich, but he was just working for most powerful intelligence agency, also Soros is Christian Knight of Malta same as Rothschilds, Rockefeller, Brzezinski..., and Bush and Clinton are Skull and Bones - it is also an jesuit organisation and jesuit symbol.

Jesuit masonic order works by an undercover organisatios in order to hide.

learnofjesuits's picture

Bill Hughes, "The Secret Terrorists and The Enemy Unmasked

"The Rothschilds were Jesuits who used their Jewish background as cover their sinister activities.

The Jesuits, hands Rothschilds and financier Nicholas Biddle, sought to take control over the banking system of the United States. "


Napoleon Bonaparte; 1769-1821; emperor of the Frence

“The Jesuits are a MILITARY organization, not a religious order. Their chief is a general of an army, not the mere father abbot of a monastery. And the aim of this organization is power – power in its most despotic exercise – absolute power, universal power, power to control the world by the volition of a single man [i.e., the Black Pope, the Superior General of the Jesuits]. Jesuitism is the most absolute of despotisms [sic] – and at the same time the greatest and most enormous of abuses…”


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865; 16th President of the United States

“The war [i.e., the American Civil War of 1861-1865] would never have been possible without the sinister influence of the Jesuits.”


Marquis de LaFayette (1757-1834; French statesman and general. He served in the American Continental Army under the command of General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War.)

“It is my opinion that if the liberties of this country – the United States of America – are destroyed, it will be by the subtlety of the Roman Catholic Jesuit priests, for they are the most crafty, dangerous enemies to civil and religious liberty. They have instigated MOST of the wars of Europe.”


Edmond Paris (Author of the book The Secret History of the Jesuits)

“The public is practically unaware of the overwhelming responsibility carried by the Vatican and its Jesuits in the starting of the two world wars – a situation which may be explained in part by the gigantic finances at the disposition of the Vatican and its Jesuits, giving them power in so many spheres, especially since the last conflict.”


R. W. Thompson (Ex-Secretary, American Navy)

“[The Jesuits] are the deadly enemies of civil and religious liberty.


Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881; famous Russian novelist)

“The Jesuits…are simply the Romish army for the earthly sovereignty of the world in the future, with the Pontiff of Rome for emperor…that’s their ideal. …It is simple lust of power, of filthy earthly gain, of domination – something like a universal serfdom with them [i.e., the Jesuits] as masters – that’s all they stand for. They don’t even believe in God perhaps.”


"The Jesuit Order, therefore, stands before us as the embodiment of a system which aims at temporal political domination through temporal political means, embellished by religion, which assigns to the head of the Catholic religion - the Roman Pope - the role of a temporal overlord, and under shelter of the Pope-King, and using him as an instrument, desires itself to attain the dominion over the whole world."

Count von Hoensbroech, 1911, German Noble and ex-Jesuit


Pope Clement XIV (Who had “forever” abolished the Jesuit Order in 1773)

“Alas, I knew they [i.e., the Jesuits] would poison me; but I did not expect to die in so slow and cruel a manner.” (1774)


“Above all I have learned from the Jesuits. And so did Lenin too, as far as I recall. The world has never known anything quite so splendid as the hierarchical structure of the [Roman] Catholic Church. There were quite a few things I simply appropriated from the Jesuits for the use of the [Nazi] Party.

Adolph Hitler (1889-1945; Nazi leader and chancellor of Germany from 1933-1945)


"The Fuhrer had come to power, thanks to the votes of the Catholic Zentrum, only five years before, but most of the objectives cynically revealed in 'Mein Kampf were already realized; this book, an insolent challenge to the western democracies, was written by the Jesuit Father Staempfle and signed by Hitler. For—as so many ignore the fact—it was the Society of Jesus which perfected the famous Pan-German programme as laid out in this book, and the Fuhrer endorsed it."

Edmond Paris, 1965 French Historian The Secret History of the Jesuits. Page 138


“The Jesuits wrote the first 25 rites of Scottish Freemasonry in then College de Clermont in Paris in 1754”

The True origin of Scottish Rite Freemasonry According to the Masonic 

Quiz Book: Ask Me Another, Brother by William Petersonás

Obedience to Rome

After receiving a message from Pope Benedict asking the Society of Jesus to affirm its fidelity to the magisterium and the Holy See, the Congregation presided over by Nicolás responded, "The Society of Jesus was born within the Church, we live in the Church, we were approved by the Church and we serve the Church. This is our vocation... [Unity with the pope] is the symbol of our union with Christ. It also is the guarantee that our mission will not be a 'small mission,' a project just of the Jesuits, but that our mission is the mission of the Church."

Grandad Grumps's picture

A. It is kind of disturbing to think that the government leaders believe a bunch of government bureaucrats, with no real skills, are worth saving.

B. It is also disturbing that they would use our money to save themselves.

Sure they can rationalize it anyway they want, but no matter how you slice it, saving a bunch of useless f*cks makes no sense.

0hedgehog's picture

What I want to know is...when they emerge from their rat hole, how will they live once they've realized there is nobody left to rob and screw? They will likely start screwing/robbing/killing each other....problem solved.

Grandad Grumps's picture

I think there is a tendency for people to see a part of the elephant and call it the whole.

We are talking about evil. What makes them evil?

cheech_wizard's picture

>In the 1960s, the U.S. government distributed 150 million pounds of wheat crackers and biscuits to fallout shelters across America. Packages are still routinely found unopened in civic building basements, and apparently they don’t taste great.

Fast forward to my first year in college. Exploring the steam tunnels under the dormitories (hey. the "locked" doors were easy to bypass) my friend and I came across the bomb shelter and you guessed it, those very same wheat crackers.

Standard Disclaimer: They tasted awful. True story.

zvzzt's picture

Similar experience here in NL. By the way, the relatively poor taste is to avoid the ever-hungry guys and gals from munching on them on a regular saturday night after a booze up. 

JailBanksters's picture

Nearly all positions power in the US are now controlled by Jews.

It's good to know, Jews will live on.

Victor999's picture

They are welcome to the world they leave in the wake of their insanity.

Calculus99's picture

9/11 happens and they're so scared they have to work out of a nucelar bunker. 

Home of the brave!

Victor999's picture

The Russians and Chinese likely know every one of these bunkers.  A few well-placed bombs will block all entrances so the bureaucratic shits are sealed in there for eternity.  Imagine having to live out the rest of your life with bureaucrats trapped, and starving (wondering how a fellow bureaucrat tastes).

WTFUD's picture

I'm vegan and would only eat their entrails; sauteed of course.

SunRise's picture

What will they control while down in the hole?  They must be presuming a partial attack - not scorched earth.

San Pedro's picture

A 10K Ton Nuke Device is now only 6" diameter by 16" long. A few of them could fit in a back pack. A 10K device detonated on top of a tall building in any major metro city would result in mass death / destruction / panic / marshal law / lots of second guessing on where the "next" device may go off. Plenty to be concerned about.

"I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan," said Obama."

Aussiekiwi's picture

yes easy to smuggle in in a container when you consider how few are ever even checked. Major concern, way more than spending Billions of dollars to destroy cities in countries we could not even find on a map because their rulers wont let us exploit / control them, all we are doing is creating millions of terrorists.

Fireman's picture

More fractured fairy tales for morons and cynics deviating from the electronic sheeple pen lovingly erected by our corpofascist owners.

"The planes are protected from electromagnetic pulse attacks with a fine wire mesh, and they can unfurl a 5-mile-long wire that allows communication with nuclear submarines." Fredrick Flintstone  You couldn't make this s#it up unless you were a deluded psychopath. The good news is that when Mother Russia and the Dragon finally whack the USSA for crimes too numerous to list...the filth will be the first to get fried and all the ratlines and ratholes and armed goons on their payroll will not hinder the inevitable.


 Get the unwashed USSAN masses to "believe" that some NaSA guys "landed" (pun intended) on the moon, shot a round of golf and then cruised a tad in their "moon" buggy...get the mugs to believe that and they will buy into any s#it that their rulers decide to throw at them.


Ask not what Merca can do for you my fellow sheeple but indeed what you can do for the 001%. That is the meaning of a true patriot and the e$$ence of love that binds US and keeps US a great nation. Do not be led from the flock by those that cast doubt on our Sacred Trinity of the Holy Hubris and the tenets upon which our exceptionalism is erected.


Know ye that the evil Harvey Lee with magic bullets did alone smite the Knight of Camelot coz said Knight wanted to give away our stuff to the le$$er tribes not to mention smash the CIA crime gang into a million pieces. Ray Earl Redneck did whack Martin Luther King all by his lil self and that Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan murdered the other Kennedy guy even with a gun that fired no bullets into dead Kennedy guy because said Sirhan hated the pooh lil jewish "democracy" in apartheid occupied Palestine. The more than 10 shots fired in that there kitchen picked up on radio are NOT important anymore than Jack Ruby whacking Harvey Lee under the noses of half of the Dallas POlice Department had anything thing to do with offing JFK.


Our War Machine with NaSA did “land” a tin can on the moon “and do the other things” that Camelot Guy had promised before they blew his brains out in a car live on TV and waiting for the light to change. This mooning was pulled off with fred flintstone technology after microwaving our moononauts and boiling their brains in the Van Allen Belt, then cruising a further 380,000 klicks out to deep deep space where no man had ventured before or indeed finally “land” (pun intended) on the cheese ball. Then our guys scouted around in their “moon” buggy a tad, shot a round of golf and after delicious, nutritious moon snacks and some more “Hassleblad” bad selfies and mock "moon" rock snapshots blasted 60 miles up into lunar orbit, did dock with mother ship orbiting there at 4000 MPH, magically copulate can and mama ship and then blast home another 384,400.00 kms to splash down in time for more kodachrome moments and then home to catch Archie Bunker on late nite TV. (Be not ye tricked by those that tell you that almost 50 years later we can’t even manage to get into the low orbiting Intl Space Station at 400 kms without that damn Vlad Putin’s rockets.) Our "moon scapades" stuff is still up there on the moon….the other side of course and the Chinese and Ruskies are so blind they couldn’t find it! Pssst little known fact...Stanley Kubrick was actually one of the moononauts on board tin can and filmed the entire show on site before it was all beamed back to Hollyweird for your consumption!


17 cunning camel herders from the feudal abomination of Saud (our best buddy and keeper of our fiat petroscrip Saudi Mercan toilet paper IOU I$I$ "backed" dollah currency) did blow up Merca on 9 11 coz they hate our freedoms and the selfle$$ spreading of our dung like demokracy among the lesser tribes. This they did with magic carpet expertise and our NSA GESTAPO found Mr Atta’s perfectly preserved passport (Allah Snack Bar) blocks away from the Thermite Towers and for this reason we had to wage war on all and sundry who dared U$e any toilet paper currency other than our own blood spattered and much smeared soft triple-ply U$er toilet paper to preserve the freedom$ of Planet Merca.

All these and more true lies are the very foundations upon which our exceptionalism is built. Should so much as one of these beliefs be cast into doubt…then my fellow sheeple our entire sheep farm would be in jeopardy and you would very quickly be shorn and become mutton.


The greatest scam ever perpetrated on the USSAN sheeple...and most still "refuse" to get it.


WTFUD's picture

Let's all hunker at the entrance to their bunker
Our Overlords, may throw us a crumb . . . .

. . . . to be continued when i learn more wurds.

NuYawkFrankie's picture

USSA ZIO-Zombie Regime ---> Satanically Possessed

truthalwayswinsout's picture

Their (USA, China, Russia) worst nightmare is when the people figure out that all they need to do is kill about 40,000 goverment officials and career politicians in each country and then everyone can live in peace.