Multiple Sources Indicate North Korea Will Attack The American Power Grid

Posted: December 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

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December 29, 2014 | By Dave Hodges | US News

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

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 warning 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 (CME).

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.

In the old Dark Angel television series used to say, in the first episode of the old Dark Angel television series, ” . . . the electromagnetic pulse turned all the one 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.

Hospitals

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.

Transportation

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.

Communications

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?

Food

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.

Social Chaos

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

3. Agriculture

4. Industrial

5. Post-industrial

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.

Conclusion

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 this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-QuASiVE-c , 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.

Government Agency: If 9 Substations Are Destroyed, The Power Grid Could Be Down For 18 Months

December 29, 2014 | By Michael Snyder | Preparedness\Survival, US News

What would you do if the Internet or the power grid went down for over a year?

Our key infrastructure, including the Internet and the power grid, is far more vulnerable than most people would dare to imagine.

These days, most people simply take for granted that the lights will always be on and that the Internet will always function properly.

But what if all that changed someday in the blink of an eye?

According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s latest report, all it would take to plunge the entire nation into darkness for more than a year would be to knock out a transformer manufacturer and just 9 of our 55,000 electrical substations on a really hot summer day.

The reality of the matter is that our power grid is in desperate need of updating, and there is very little or no physical security at most of these substations.

If terrorists, or saboteurs, or special operations forces wanted to take down our power grid, it would not be very difficult.

And as you will read about later in this article, the Internet is extremely vulnerable as well.

When I read the following statement from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s latest report, I was absolutely floored…

“Destroy nine interconnection substations and a transformer manufacturer and the entire United States grid would be down for at least 18 months, probably longer.”

Wow.

What would you do without power for 18 months?

FERC studied what it would take to collapse the entire electrical grid from coast to coast.

What they found was quite unsettling…

In its modeling, FERC studied what would happen if various combinations of substations were crippled in the three electrical systems that serve the contiguous U.S.

The agency concluded the systems could go dark if as few as nine locations were knocked out: four in the East, three in the West and two in Texas, people with knowledge of the analysis said.

The actual number of locations that would have to be knocked out to spawn a massive blackout would vary depending on available generation resources, energy demand, which is highest on hot days, and other factors, experts said.

Because it is difficult to build new transmission routes, existing big substations are becoming more crucial to handling electricity.

So what would life look like without any power for a long period of time?

The following list comes from one of my previous articles…

-There would be no heat for your home.

-Water would no longer be pumped into most homes.

-Your computer would not work.

-There would be no Internet.

-Your phones would not work.

-There would be no television.

-There would be no radio.

-ATM machines would be shut down.

-There would be no banking.

-Your debit cards and credit cards would not work.

-Without electricity, gas stations would not be functioning.

-Most people would be unable to do their jobs without electricity and employment would collapse.

-Commerce would be brought to a standstill.

-Hospitals would not be able to function.

-You would quickly start running out of medicine.

-All refrigeration would shut down and frozen foods in our homes and supermarkets would start to go bad.

If you want to get an idea of how quickly society would descend into chaos, just watch the documentary “American Blackout” some time.

It will chill you to your bones.

The truth is that we live in an unprecedented time.

We have become extremely dependent on technology, and that technology could be stripped away from us in an instant.

Right now, our power grid is exceedingly vulnerable, and all the experts know this, but very little is being done to actually protect it…

“The power grid, built over many decades in a benign environment, now faces a range of threats it was never designed to survive,” said Paul Stockton, a former assistant secretary of defense and president of risk-assessment firm Cloud Peak Analytics.

“That’s got to be the focus going forward.”

If a group of agents working for a foreign government or a terrorist organization wanted to bring us to our knees, they could do it.

In fact, there have actually been recent attacks on some of our power stations.

Here is just one example…

The Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Smith reports that a former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman is acknowledging for the first time that a group of snipers shot up a Silicon Valley substation for 19 minutes last year, knocking out 17 transformers before slipping away into the night.

The attack was “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred” in the U.S., Jon Wellinghoff, who was chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the time, told Smith.

Have you heard about that attack before now?

Most Americans have not.

But it should have been big news.

At the scene, authorities found “more than 100 fingerprint-free shell casings“, and little piles of rocks “that appeared to have been left by an advance scout to tell the attackers where to get the best shots.”

So what happens someday when the bad guys decide to conduct a coordinated attack against our power grid with heavy weapons?

It could happen.

In addition, as I mentioned at the top of this article, the Internet is extremely vulnerable as well.

For example, did you know that authorities are so freaked out about the security of the Internet that they have given “the keys to the Internet” to a very small group of individuals that meet four times per year?

It’s true.

The following is from a recent story posted by the Guardian…

The keyholders have been meeting four times a year, twice on the east coast of the US and twice here on the west, since 2010.

Gaining access to their inner sanctum isn’t easy, but last month I was invited along to watch the ceremony and meet some of the keyholders – a select group of security experts from around the world.

All have long backgrounds in internet security and work for various international institutions.

They were chosen for their geographical spread as well as their experience – no one country is allowed to have too many keyholders.

They travel to the ceremony at their own, or their employer’s, expense.

What these men and women control is the system at the heart of the web: the domain name system, or DNS.

This is the internet’s version of a telephone directory – a series of registers linking web addresses to a series of numbers, called IP addresses.

Without these addresses, you would need to know a long sequence of numbers for every site you wanted to visit.

To get to the Guardian, for instance, you’d have to enter “77.91.251.10” instead of theguardian.com.

If the system that controls those IP addresses gets hijacked or damaged, we would definitely need someone to press the “reset button” on the Internet.

Sadly, the hackers always seem to be several steps ahead of the authorities.

In fact, according to one recent report, breaches of U.S. government computer networks go undetected 40 percent of the time…

A new report by Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) details widespread cybersecurity breaches in the federal government, despite billions in spending to secure the nation’s most sensitive information.

The report, released on Tuesday, found that approximately 40 percent of breaches go undetected, and highlighted “serious vulnerabilities in the government’s efforts to protect its own civilian computers and networks.”

“In the past few years, we have seen significant breaches in cybersecurity which could affect critical U.S. infrastructure,” the report said.

“Data on the nation’s weakest dams, including those which could kill Americans if they failed, were stolen by a malicious intruder. Nuclear plants’ confidential cybersecurity plans have been left unprotected. Blueprints for the technology undergirding the New York Stock Exchange were exposed to hackers.”

Yikes.

And things are not much better when it comes to cybersecurity in the private sector either.

According to Symantec, there was a 42 percent increase in cyberattacks against businesses in the United States last year.

And according to a recent report in the Telegraph, our major banks are being hit with cyberattacks “every minute of every day”…

Every minute, of every hour, of every day, a major financial institution is under attack.

Threats range from teenagers in their bedrooms engaging in adolescent “hacktivism”, to sophisticated criminal gangs and state-sponsored terrorists attempting everything from extortion to industrial espionage.

Though the details of these crimes remain scant, cyber security experts are clear that behind-the-scenes online attacks have already had far reaching consequences for banks and the financial markets.

For much more on all of this, please see my previous article entitled “Big Banks Are Being Hit With Cyberattacks ‘Every Minute Of Every Day’“.

Up until now, attacks on our infrastructure have not caused any significant interruptions in our lifestyles.

But at some point that will change.

Are you prepared for that to happen?

We live at a time when our world is becoming increasingly unstable.

In the years ahead it is quite likely that we will see massive economic problems, major natural disasters, serious terror attacks and war.

Any one of those could cause substantial disruptions in the way that we live.

At this point, even NASA is warning that “civilization could collapse”…

A new study sponsored by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

Noting that warnings of ‘collapse’ are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make sense of compelling historical data showing that “the process of rise-and-collapse is actually a recurrent cycle found throughout history.” Cases of severe civilisational disruption due to “precipitous collapse – often lasting centuries – have been quite common.”

So let us hope for the best.

But let us also prepare for the worst.

Ric/Rex: I put these two stories together for obvious[I HOPE] reasons.

The Sources:

1. http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/multiple-sources-indicate-north-korea-will-attack-american-power-grid/

2. http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/government-agency-9-substations-destroyed-power-grid-18-months/

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