Last week, I reported that Western bankers have committed two acts of war against Russia. First, the West has driven down the price of oil to such an extent that the Russians are being forced to tap into both their gold and oil reserves to keep their economy afloat. Further, there is a direct attack upon the Ruble by the West as Russia’s financial liquidity was terminated in Western banks and all positions which have invested in the Ruble are being terminated by Wall Street and other investment firms. These are acts of war. I believe that the attack upon SONY was merely the shot across the bow with its intended message to Western nations to back off of Russia. In support of this assertion, it is fairly well known that North Korean hackers are routinely caught trying to penetrate the DoD and the Pentagon.
World War III May Have Actually Begun
The psychological profile of Putin, as a former leader in the KGB and later the Russian Mafia, does not suggest that he is a person to take the economic sanctions from the West without retaliating. I have previously reported that Putin has engaged no less than 10 Latin American nations in a military alliance against the United States. Putin is leading the charge against the use of the Petrodollar across the planet. Putin has forged a deep alliance with China through the virtual merging of the energy resources of both countries. China controls the puppet state of North Korea. When Hu says “jump” Kim Jong-un says “How High President Hu?” And make no mistake about it, an attack upon Russia is now an attack upon China and North Korea sits at the ready to do the bidding of its puppet masters.
According to my sources, Putin and Hu are using North Korea to send a message to the West to back off or else.
Attacking America at Its Weakest Point
Last night, I interviewed Bob Fletcher and we discussed the recent computer hacking against SONY, thus forcing the withdrawal of the movie, The Interview. Fletcher has concluded that there is a significant danger to America from North Korean hackers far beyond the disruption of our movie-going experience. In the last 48 hours, I have been contacted by Paul Martin as well as one of my most reliable military sources and their message reflects the same content as Fletcher’s conclusion, namely, North Korea is preparing to launch a massive attack against the United States and the attack will take one of two forms: (1) the generation of an EMP attack upon our power grid; and, (2) an attack upon selected nuclear power plants, thus causing multiple Fukushima’s at the same time. Undoubtedly, you are going to hear these same warnings repeated across the country. In a similar vein, Martin informed me that various aspects of the military are preparing for an anticipated attack in the first two weeks of January. My military source did not provide any dates, but did clearly state that key military assets and are being moved or shielded.
The Most Devastating Delivery Method of a HEMP
Traditionally, most experts agree that the most effective delivery method for a nation-wide EMP, or HEMP attack would be the Club-K Container Missile System. In its advertised versions, it is designed for launching four or six cruise missiles; It could obviously be converted for a long-range ballistic missile. A Scud-D ballistic missile would fit quite easily into this container as well. These delivery devices would be readily available on the open market and a cargo ship could be rigged to launch such missiles.
I have publicly heard Congressman Trent Franks speak to the fact that an EMP attack would likely consist of two high-altitude nuclear explosions over the mid-continental United States. The resulting EMP, or HEMP to be more accurate, would take out the power grid. Since I heard the Franks warning, I have also learned that sophisticated computer hackers, like the ones from North Korea, have the ability to generate such an effect on our power grid by simultaneously hacking into our power grid and, in effect, generating a localized EMP attack. The effect would be almost as devastating in terms of the effects of such an attack on local utilities, especially for the providers of our power and water entities.
As as part of the November 2013 Grid EX II drill, which simulated an EMP attack upon the United States, Russia and China, are most formidable enemies, were invited to attend. Who would sanction such lunacy in which we showed them how to take down our grid? And then I remembered the ubiquitous actions of our current President towards the American people. In other words, Obama gave the Russians and the Chinese the knowledge on how to effect a grid takedown. Of course, who could forget when outgoing DHS director, Janet Napolitano, stated in her August 2013 farewell address that it is not a matter of if but when such an attack will occur.
Our Power Grid Is Very Vulnerable
Our power grid is susceptible to hurricanes, flooding, lightening strikes and Corona Mass Ejections (CMEs). The grid is also vulnerable to Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). Dr. John Casti, author of the book, X Events The Collapse of Everything states that EMP is only something that we have known about since the 1950’s when the United States detonated nuclear weapons in above-ground testing in the South Pacific. When one sets off a nuclear weapon, a pulse is emitted which “short circuits” all electronics and permanently damages them.
The Heritage Foundation has detailed many of the effects of an EMP attack and they coincide with Casti’s and many other accounts on the subject.
A Cross-Section of Effects of a Power Grid Takedown
Nearly all of the commercial sector is not protected. Most data backups of commercial systems are protected from just about every other threat, but not protected against EMP; and most data backups are located within the area likely to be affected by the EMP attack. Computer systems and the information they contain are especially vulnerable. As stated in the first episode of the old Dark Angel television series, ” . . . the electromagnetic pulse turned all the ones and zeros into plain old zeros . . .”
An EMP attack would literally send thousands of small and mid-sized businesses in the United States into bankruptcy in less than a millisecond. Other than your printed statements, the banks would have no records of your ledger sheet.
In the event of an EMP attack, America would see catastrophic conditions immediately take place in our hospitals and convalescent centers. Within a few days, old age homes would lack the resources and services of the staff to help preserve the lives of those who are virtually helpless. Patients on the operating table would stand a good chance of not surviving. Hospital backup generating systems would be rendered unusable. Food and water would become a scarce resource. Many hospital personnel would walk off the job by the beginning of the third day. The only medical personnel that would stay would be those that live too far away from home to walk. People would not be able to get their life-sustaining medications and services, most of which are electrically powered. Our worst fears would be realized.
In one of the most dramatic effects, airplanes would fall from the skies. Untold thousands of people would immediately be plunged to their deaths. And their deaths might be considered merciful compared to the fate that the majority of the rest of us would face over the next two years. Most automobiles will not work unless they have all pre-electrical parts. Even then how long would gasoline be available? Many people on the various subways, would be hopelessly trapped depending on the time that an electromagnetic pulse would be released. And we can all be sure, that the release of an EMP, through false flag planning, would occur at the optimal time to ensure the maximum loss of life.
Schools and Children
One of the most tragic developments arising from an EMP attack with the fate of schoolchildren geographically isolated from their parents who have already commuted to work. Reuniting parents and their children would be next to impossible for the majority of Americans who have a 30 minute commute or more to work (20 miles). In an earlier article this year, I identified and detailed the questionnaire which went out to all school personnel which was inventorying staff school individual skill sets such as law enforcement experience, construction as well electrical and engineering talents. Sounds like a strange set of skills to be surveying at our public schools. What do the originators of this document know that the rest of us should?
If you were a teacher, how long would you stay on the job and ignore the welfare of your family? Getting home and reuniting with family will be problematic.
Your cell phones, your land lines, text, twitter, emails and faxes will not work. Nearly all broadcast stations, especially television stations, would go off the air. Due to the high level of computerized automation, the equipment in most radio and television studios would be so completely destroyed that most commercial stations would be damaged beyond repair. Radio studios are actually more vulnerable to permanent damage than many portable radio receivers. When America emerges from the event, the NSA police state surveillance grid would be permanently in place for the extreme martial law dictatorship that will follow.
According to a statement of Damon Penn, a DHS official, made to a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on July 8, 2011, a limited number of critical radio stations are being retrofitted with some EMP protection. However, most of us will be without the benefit of mass communication. Smoke signals anyone?
Somewhere between 250,000 to 500,000 people will die in the first few minutes. Perhaps as many as 1-2 million would be dead within three days.
Water Borne Diseases
The greatest threat to human survival, in the aftermath of HEMP, is the public’s availability to obtain clean drinking water. This access would be greatly imperiled.
In 2010, when Haiti was hit by a major earthquake which killed over 200,000 people, the misery did not stop with the survivors. Six weeks following the earthquake, Haiti announced its first cholera outbreak in over a century. The cholera outbreak went on to claim 8000 more lives. The disease thrives in places where there is insufficient water treatment, poor sanitation and inadequate hygiene. This is what precisely would happen in most areas following an EMP attack.
Keeping drinking water clean and separate from human sewage and other contaminates would prove to be humanity’s biggest challenge. Cholera would also prove to be the biggest threat to long term survival. It is likely that in the 24 months following the event, that most people would succumb to cholera and other water-borne diseases.
Cholera is a horrible disease which grants its victims a very painful and agonizing death. In the 20th century, human lifespan in United States increased by 35 years. Thirty of those 35 years was due to improvements in sanitation. Following an EMP attack, effective sanitation would all but disappear.
Access to Water
Human beings require approximately 2 Liters of water per day in order to survive. If we do not get that water, we will die in approximately 5 days. With regard to a HEMP attack, our water supplies are especially vulnerable. The power to distribute water is highly concentrated within the United States. Only eight municipalities provide 82% of the drinking water in the United States.
There are multiple technologies which are used to pump water from the source to its final destination. Some require no electricity. However, most do. And even if your water system was powered by non-electrical means, how would the personnel and staff, who monitors and maintains your water supply, get to work without proper transportation?
In all of Southern California, the water must make its way over mountains. What will happen when all electricity is gone? The resulting casualty rates stemming from civil disorder and death due to lack of water would be unimaginable.
In a time of a power grid attack, the availability of water, as well as the safety of water would come into question for the vast majority of Americans. The availability of clean water supplies would be the most critical threat and would claim the most victims.
These grim possibilities makes one wonder why T. Boone Pickens is buying up the Ogallala reservoir. What does he know that the rest of us should know?
The food supply would be imperiled as well. What do crops need to grow? With hydroelectric power gone, where would the water come from for many food-growing regions in the country? Our food supplies would dry up and disappear, thus exacerbating the threat.
Most people will perish within 30 days of famine, thus, making water shortages the greatest threat to survival.
Survivors would undoubtedly form collectives to forcefully procure food and water. The levels of violence would be horrific. Yet, I was unable to locate any government or academic documents which attempted to project how bad it will get. It is safe to say that it will be a waste of time to call 911 and that every person would be under threat of attack 24/7/365.
How Bad Will It Get?
Sociologists tell us that there are five levels of societal development.
1. Nomadic Hunting and Gathering
2. Horticulture and Pastoral
Much of America is entering into the Post-Industrial phase. An EMP attack would reduce most Americans to a violent existence in the first stage, Nomadic Hunting and Gathering. The “hunting” would be your neighbors looking for whatever resources you have and the “gathering” would be what they would do with your resources after they killed you and your family. Without easy access to water, most would not be able to maintain a Horticulture and Pastoral society for long. And those that did would face dire threats from those seeking resources. This would make the death curve for the elderly and the infirm skyrocket. Child mortality would dramatically rise. I am not predicting a return to 10,000 Years BC. However, a pre-Revolutionary War existence would largely be out of reach because of the lack of obtainable clean water. Water is the organizing foundation for any society. Society, as we know it, would collapse.
I have read the Naval War College projections which tell us that within two years of the event, 90% of all Americans would be dead. In the video below, Congressman Franks predicts a 60% mortality rate. The fact remains that nobody knows for certain how many of us would perish. However, it is safe to say that most of us would perish.
I will prepare a short list of things that I think all of us, even those with limited budgets, can be doing to prepare in a future article. In the next installment in this series, I will examine how the North Korean hackers could attack our nuclear power plants and what this could mean for all of us.
I will close the most grim article that I have written with the words of Congressman Trent Franks who at the seven minute mark tells us his view of the expected casualty rates following an EMP attack.
Dave Hodges is the Editor and Host of The Common Sense Show.