The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is set today for the first nationwide test of its mass media-takeover emergency alert system.
For years, State and local governments have used the Emergency Alert System [EAS] to notify the public of weather and other emergencies on a local scale, but today’s test will represent for the first time the Federal government’s ability to jam all State, local and national airwaves.
In previous tests, broadcasters were able to manually opt out of broadcasting the government message. But with regulations in recent years that require FEMA airwave takeover equipment, the Federal government is able to seize control.
Liberty-minded radio hosts Alex Jones and Glenn Beck have both spoken out against the totalitarian media takeover.
“[T]he EAS [Emergency Alert System] is something new and exciting and something brought to you by Homeland Security, under the George Bush Administration,” Beck said in a recent broadcast on GBTV. “[I] have a problem with the EAS system, one of the reasons I have a problem with it is it seizes control of the broadcast frequency. If I don’t trip the EAS system, the station is tripped for me, it’s automatic. In the middle of my sentence, if the State wants to take control, they just take it.”
Jones has been speaking out against Executive Order 10995 which allows for total government takeover of all major media for over a decade.
“There are going to be more and more government break-ins over radio and TV… This is authoritarian censorship by way of government break-ins with announcements, no country has ever done this, this is beyond 1984, and it’s really happening.” Jones said last February speaking about a government plan to use the EAS system as a State media device.
The test will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today, and is expected to black out television and radio nationally for 30 seconds.