"O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!
My tables -- meet it is I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain;
At least I'm sure it may be so in Denmark" -- Hamlet
In 1933, a group of wealthy industrialists plotted to overthrow the government of the United States. Their plan was to raise a private army of disgruntled war veterans a half million
Just 69 days after being sworn in to office in 1981, an attempt was made on the life of Ronald Reagan. A lone gunman shot the President as he walked out the front door of the Washington D.C. Hilton hotel. I'll repeat; a lone gunman shot the President as he walked out the front door of the Washington D.C. Hilton hotel. Reagan and fellow shooting victim James Brady are rushed to the hospital, yet despite their limosences leaving the scene at approximately the same time, the car carrying the President, "got lost" on the way to the hospital in the driver's home town, arriving fifteen minutes later than the car containing Press Secretary James Brady. Reagan was x-rayed three times as he coughed up blood;
Secretary of State Alexander Haig had complained bitterly to Reagan's press secretary Brady that someone in the administration was undermining his communications and his relations with the President. As the Vice President was out of town at the time of the shooting, Secretary of State Haig spoke directly with George H. W. Bush by phone. The Vice President told Haig that he was in charge of the
Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger reported to the group that there was a NORAD (North American Air Defense Command) exercise scheduled for the following morning simulating an incoming missile attack. Weinberger along with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff agree and cancel the exercise. At this point, James Baker told the room there was also a planned FEMA (Federal Emegency Managemnt Agency) exercise scheduled for the following day, code named "Nine Lives' which dealt with, of all things, a Presidential succession emergency. Immediately, "Nine Lives' was also cancelled by the assembled.