Operation Dark Winter
|Date||22 June 2001 - 23 June 2001|
|Location||Washington DC, Andrews Air Force Base|
|Planners||Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Analytic Service, Tara O'Toole|
|Participants||Robert Kadlec, Sam Nunn, David Gergen, R. James Woolsey, John White, John Tilelli, Margaret Hamburg, Frank Wisner, George Terwilliger, Jerome Hauer, William Sessions, Frank Keating, Dan Mahoney, Jim Miklaszewski, Mary Walsh, Sian Edwards, Judith Miller, Lester Reingold, Tara O'Toole, Tom Inglesby, Randy Larsen, Mark DeMier, Sue Reingold, Dennis Reimer, John Hamre|
|Interests|| • “Terrorism”|
• 2001 Anthrax attacks
• Event 201
• Crimson Tide
• Atlantic Storm
• “War on Terror”
|Description||An exercise where senior former officials would respond to a bioterrorist induced national security crisis. Uncannily predicted the 2001 anthrax attacks and other narratives. Held June 2001.|
Dark Winter was an "exercise" on 22-23 June 2001 "wherein senior former officials would respond to a bioterrorist induced national security crisis", where "terrorists" started a smallpox outbreak in the US.
The simulation eerily predicted the 2001 anthrax attacks that happened just 3 months later, and also the initial government narrative of those attacks. It also reinforced other narratives, such as an imminent threat from international supervillain Bin Laden, that Saddam Hussein's Iraq had "WMDs", and that the two had joined forces.
The name for the exercise derives from a statement made by Robert Kadlec, who participated in the script created for the exercise, when he states that the lack of smallpox vaccines for the U.S. populace means that “it could be a very dark winter for America."
The two day exercise simulated a bioterror attack in the form of aerosolized smallpox targeting 3 shopping centers in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. By the end of the second week, there were 2,000 cases in 15 states, then turning into a pandemic killing millions. The panic and hysteria in the ensuing national crisis causes food riots and National Guardsmen firing on citizens.
The culprit of the attack in this imaginary scenario was Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network, but one of the very last lines of the scripted drill is a fake broadcast reporting ‘there is a very high probability this attack was conducted by either state or a state sponsored international terrorist organization’ and that ‘A prominent Iraqi defector is claiming that Iraq arranged the bioweapons attack on the US through intermediaries’.
The participants in Dark Winter not only had deep ties to U.S. intelligence services and the Pentagon, but also later became key leaders in similar exercises, like Event 201 and Crimson Contagion. 
Some of these same individuals would also play a role in the FBI’s “sabotaged” investigation into the subsequent Anthrax attacks and 19 years later, are handling major aspects of the U.S. government’s response to the Covid-19 situation.
One of the participants, Robert Kadlec, was put in charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) entire Covid-19 response efforts, while other major players in Dark Winter are key drivers behind the “biodefense” mass surveillance programs being implemented.
|A news broadcasts set up for dramatization, in which shoots are fired at the border between Texas and Oklahoma during a time when travel has been stopped by the governor of Texas.|
The simulation seeded the idea of an anthrax threat in the national imagination. For ecample, Judith Miller of the New York Times soon after co-authored an article on Pentagon plans to develop a more potent version of weaponized anthrax, titled “U.S. Germ Warfare Research Pushes Treaty Limits”, and in October a book, “Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War".
As part of Dark Winter, mainstream media outlets, including the New York Times and others, were sent anonymous letters that threatened renewed attacks on the U.S., including anthrax attacks, if the U.S. did not withdraw its troops from the Middle East. In this simulation, those letters contained “a genetic fingerprint of the smallpox strain matching the fingerprint of the strain causing the current epidemic.”
During the - real world - Anthrax attacks that would occur just a few months after Dark Winter, Judith Miller and other U.S. reporters would receive threatening letters with a white powder presumed to be Anthrax. In Miller’s case, the powder turned out to be harmless.
Censorship and Martial Law
Dark Winter warns of “dangerous misinformation” spreading online selling “unverified” cures and making similarly “unverified” claims, all of which are deemed as posing a threat to public safety. It further discusses the suppression and removal of civil liberties, such as the possibility of the President to invoke “The Insurrection Act”, which would allow the military to act as law enforcement upon request by a State governor, as well as the possibility of “martial rule.”
The Dark Winter script also discusses how options for martial rule “include, but are not limited to, prohibition of free assembly, national travel ban, quarantine of certain areas, suspension of the writ of habeas corpus [i.e. arrest without due process], and/or military trials in the event that the court system becomes dysfunctional.”
- University of Pittsburgh - Exercise Overview
- Johns Hopkins - Center for civilian bio-defense strategies
- Algora blog article: Yes, Biowarfare
- Covid’s Dark Winter: How Biological War Games Stole Our Freedom
|David Gergen||White House insider since the 1970s. Two Bilderbergs in the 1990s. Operation Dark Winter|
|Margaret Hamburg||US physician and expert in pandemic preparedness. Board of the Council on Foreign Relations.Operation Dark Winter, Clade X, GAVI, CFR, Wellcome Trust,Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation|
|John Hamre||US MICC insider|
|Jerome Hauer||A deep state actor with multiple connections to the 9-11 event who appeared on television to promote the 9-11 official narrative.|
|Tom Inglesby||Very influential proponent of extensive Covid-19 lockdown measures|
|Robert Kadlec||'Vaccine mafia' spook with doomsday speculations about biological weapons attacks|
|Randall Larsen||Military/Homeland Security WMD expert.|
|Jim Miklaszewski||Journalist who in June 2001 attended Operation Dark Winter. The first to report the Pentagon had been attacked on 9-11.|
|Judith Miller||Carried the can for the fraudulent story about Iraq's WMD|
|Sam Nunn||USDSO? Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, founded the Nuclear Threat Initiative, 2 Bilderbergers, participated in both Operation Dark Winter & A Spreading Plague|
|Tara O'Toole||A fellow bioweapons expert stated 'she makes Dr. Strangelove seem sane'.|
|William Sessions||FBI director dismissed by Bill Clinton, Operation Dark Winter|
|Frank Wisner||US deep politician, and an architect of Operation Mockingbird. Reportedly killed himself.|
|James Woolsey||Ex CIA director still (per 2020) very active in deep state networks.|
|Document:All Roads Lead to Dark Winter||report||1 April 2020||Whitney Webb|
- Document:All Roads Lead to Dark Winter
- archive of website on Archive.org, which has all five news broadcast videos that were set up for dramatization - https://web.archive.org/web/20070213192843/http://www.terrorisminfo.mipt.org/Dark-Winter.asp