Claim: DC officials are "flocking" to "Doomsday Camps"

MikeG

Senior Member.
A few weeks ago, a story about “Doomsday Camps” made the internet rounds. It turns out to be based on a combination of the usual conspiracy yarn, combined with some inferences, and a good deal of clever marketing.

I originally ran across the reference to “Doomsday Camps” on Dane Wigington’s March 31st Global Alert News [bold face added]:

http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/?s=doomsday+camp

Wigington likely picked up this story from a number of websites that have been reposting a March 18thWashington Examinerstory by Paul Bedard.

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https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/...icial-washington-flocking-to-doomsday-camps-1


The Fortitude Ranch website is easy to find and essentially a prepper marketing platform.

https://www.fortituderanch.com

It offers a detailed map of mostly proposed locations.

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The website introduces official U.S. government shelters under the menu “Survival Community.”

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https://www.fortituderanch.com/survival-community/

Dropping in the reference to Mount Weather site interesting.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Weather_Emergency_Operations_Center

It does exist, but has nothing to do with the extensive network of imaginary “doomsday camps.”

The entrepreneurs running Fortitude Ranch are conflating their product with the federal government, a marketing ploy that evolves into an implied conspiracy as it travels from the Washington Examiner to Dane Wigington.
 
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Mick West

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A few weeks ago, a story about “Doomsday Camps” made the internet rounds. It turns out to be based on a combination of the usual conspiracy yarn, combined with some inferences, and a good deal of clever marketing.

I originally ran across the reference to “Doomsday Camps” on Dane Wigington’s March 31st Global Alert News [bold face added]:

Does he offer any evidence at all for the DC Officials thing?? What does he say in the video?

Wigington is enmeshed in prepper culture, which has a long history in the US. I think he's totally oblivious to the fact that he's one of the people partly driving the current slight uptick in interest. However it's been around (and growing) in similar form since the 1950s, and has always been touched with conspiracism and apocalyptical thinking.
 

deirdre

Senior Member.
Doesn't sound like conspiracy stuff to me.
In a Fox News interview he says

edit add: oh and in non threat times, for $1000 a year membership you can just go enjoy the naturescape, "fishing, hiking, hunting", camping.. they have a gun range. “We are also a great, low cost vacation and recreational site for our members since we locate in remote, beautiful forest, mountain areas.”
 
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MikeG

Senior Member.
Doesn't sound like conspiracy stuff to me.
In a Fox News interview he says

edit add: oh and in non threat times, for $1000 a year membership you can just go enjoy the naturescape, "fishing, hiking, hunting", camping.. they have a gun range. “We are also a great, low cost vacation and recreational site for our members since we locate in remote, beautiful forest, mountain areas.”

As far as Drew Miller is concerned, I agree. He is marketing a product. For Dane Wigington, the Washington Examiner headline alone fits his confirmation bias about the global power structure.
 

MikeG

Senior Member.
Does he offer any evidence at all for the DC Officials thing?? What does he say in the video?

Wigington is enmeshed in prepper culture, which has a long history in the US. I think he's totally oblivious to the fact that he's one of the people partly driving the current slight uptick in interest. However it's been around (and growing) in similar form since the 1950s, and has always been touched with conspiracism and apocalyptical thinking.

For the sake of due diligence, I listened to the entire broadcast. Wigington finally gets to doomsday bunkers at 49:47:

http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/?s=doomsday+camp

My impression is that Wigington routinely only skims news that conforms with his worldview, adds some scientific terminology, and the usual word goulash about the ill-informed public and encroaching disaster. He doesn't cite any other sources besides the Washington Examiner.

The whole broadcast reminded me of his normal Gish gallop.
 
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