Even as President Trump says he tested negative for coronavirus, the COVID-19 pandemic raises the fear that huge swaths of the executive branch or even Congress and the Supreme Court could also be disabled, forcing the implementation of "continuity of government" plans that include evacuating Washington and "devolving" leadership to second-tier officials in remote and quarantined locations.
According to new documents and interviews with military experts, the various plans – codenamed Octagon, Freejack and Zodiac – are the underground laws to ensure government continuity. They are so secret that under these extraordinary plans, "devolution" could circumvent the normal Constitutional provisions for government succession, and military commanders could be placed in control around America, Newsweek reported.
The US military is fully engaged in responding to coronavirus.— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) March 19, 2020
“I do want to assure the American people that the United States military remains ready and capable of defending the country and our interests abroad.” – @EsperDoD pic.twitter.com/9dQeeQWaqU
The U.S. has sent two military hospital ships to the New York harbor and the West Coast and moved to accelerate production of medical equipment to battle the coronavirus pandemic https://t.co/NwUPryyxbc pic.twitter.com/SLZEg2pxLO— Reuters (@Reuters) March 19, 2020
UKGov is using the coronavirus pandemic to deploy the military in “public order” roles.— Dr Paul Monaghan (@_PaulMonaghan) March 18, 2020
Deployment of the military signals "the total collapse of resources available to public authorities to respond to a crisis."
Deployed in Scotland today.#COVID19https://t.co/rr0EVB90sG
EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Elizabeth Warren will ask President Trump to deploy part of the military across the country to turn existing facilities into hospitals as part of the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. https://t.co/u9OM1lSX6q— Vox (@voxdotcom) March 18, 2020