George Bush came to Beirut in Oct 83, the USMC
had 22 hours advance notice and the first US Secret Service rep did not arrive until four hours before the VP
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If anyone caught wind, publicly, that he had gone before he actually arrived, it would have all been scrapped though I think news agencies understand the implications of releasing such information. Can the WH put an embargo on that story?
The US military and the White House have a classified mission setup for the press corps. Certain media members are 'on call' on a rotating basis. These people are called up and picked up. Other pre-selected members of the press corps covering the White House or DOD are notified that there has been a call up and a deployment. Certain pre-selected national media executives are also notified.
That explains why Jane Reporter and Joe Cameraman have not come to work/ disappeared. With a pre-determined time period the media executives will be given notice that news releases from the press pool will be coming soon - usually a couple hours.
Everyone in the US media fully cooperates in maintaining the secrecy and keeping the entire incident embargoed until the goverment gives the okay to release the information. Because anyone who even notifies their customers that a big story is coming gets excluded for at least three years from future events.
The military and the White House are careful to not 'over classify' the incidents.
The system is activated by the White House at least three times per year - so the media does not know if it is real or it is a drill. The military system is activated at least four times per year.
Both the government and the media agree it is a very good, workable system.
The concern is always on the local end - the reporters in the destination who are not part of the special pool groups - not with the US based media.