Rex 84 the standard abbreviation for Readiness Exercise 1984, is a formative measure enacted by numerous legislative/ political entities present within the United States Federal Government that was instituted into mandate during the Reagan Administration’s tenure as a means to facilitate a controlled experiment whereby the detention of large numbers of American citizens in the event of civil unrest or national emergency can attain a measure of precedence.
Exercises similar in nature to Rex 84 occur periodically and are interdependent upon the scope of the exigency confronting the populace in question. Plans for the apprehension of individuals present within the continental United States and its outlying principalities in times of crisis are organized during periods of increased political repression such as that which assumed precedence in the Palmer Raids and the McCarthy Era.
From 1967 to 1971 the FBI kept an indexed list of individuals to be detained as hostile insurgents/ subversive malefactors believed to act in concert in the instigation of insurrectionist activities as well as demonstrations of civil disobedience, dubbed the “ADEX” list.
According to scholar Diana Reynolds: The Rex 84 Alpha Explan (Readiness Exercise 1984, Exercise Plan; otherwise known as a continuity of government legislative protocol), indicates that FEMA in association with 34 other federally subsidized civil departments and agencies conducted a civil readiness exercise from April 5-April 13, 1984.
It was conducted in coordination and in simultaneity with a Joint Chiefs exercise known as Night Train 84 – a worldwide military command post exercise (including Continental United States Forces or CONUS) based on multi-emergency scenarios operating both abroad and within the domestic periphery.
In the combined exercise, Rex 84 Bravo, FEMA (Federal Emergency and Management Agency) and the DOD (Department of Defense) commandeered authority through the passage of a covert military edict over numerous federal agencies and departments, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Secret Service, the Treasury, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Veterans Administration as a means to gauge the public response to unwarranted military incursion under the false pretense of national security.
The exercise anticipated civil disturbances, major demonstrations, and coordinated strikes that would affect the continuity of government and/or impede the mobilization of essential resources. To combat against the occurrence of these subversive activities/ instances of public dissidence, numerous legislative mandates were subsequently ratified into law granting military contingents the authority to implement federally subsidized migration of civilian populations at state and regional levels, the arrest/ indefinite detainment of certain unidentified segments of the populace, and the imposition of martial rule.
The cinematic references below elaborate further on the subject mentioned in the above paragraph:
FEMA plans on suspension of the US constitution exposed during Iran contra hearings. Oliver North is questioned by Jack Brooks.
Rex 84, short for Readiness Exercise 1984, was a plan by the United States federal government to test their ability to detain large numbers of American citizens in case of massive civil unrest or national emergency. Exercises similar to Rex 84 happen periodically. Plans for roundups of persons in the United States in times of crisis are constructed during periods of increased political repression such as the Palmer Raids and the McCarthy Era. For example, from 1967 to 1971 the FBI kept a list of persons to be rounded up as subversive, dubbed the “ADEX” list.