FBI’s Cold War ‘Plan C’ Prepared For Nuclear Attack, Including Martial LawThe United States government made extreme, top-secret plans for preserving national security in the event of a nuclear attack during the Cold War, according to documents recently released to transparency journalism organization MuckRock. The FBI created “Plan C” in 1956, the same year the Red Army shut down the Hungarian Revolution, and if activated, Plan C would have put the nation under martial law and allowed for nearly 13,000 people to be detained for having links to “subversive organizations.” The FBI held a briefing with three top officials from every department to distribute papers outlining Plan C, which was later given to FBI field offices. The plan was ordered to be destroyed in July 1957. Although the plan was never released, MuckRock’s memos from closed meetings with high-ranking officials give readers an idea of what could have happened. Plan C would have gone into effect “after a war has begun in which the U.S. is involved or may become involved and prior to an actual attack on the U.S. itself,” according to the documents. Government organizations would decide which of their employees were essential and have them hide out in backup offices. Soviet embassies would be searched for weapons, radios and explosives. Up to 900 Soviet diplomats and couriers would be taken into custody. In an emergency, the government would also have activated a detention program that would have led to arrests for “individuals whose affiliations with subversive organizations are so pronounced that their continued liberty in the event of national emergency would present a serious threat,” according to the documents. The exact number of people who would be affected was set at 12,949. More