December 2, 2015
In this New York Times bestselling investigation, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared.
Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people over several states are affected. For those without access to a generator, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before.
It isn’t just a scenario. A well-designed attack on just one of the nation’s three electric power grids could cripple much of our infrastructure — and in the age of cyberwarfare, a laptop has become the only necessary weapon. Several nations hostile to the United States could launch such an assault at any time. In fact, as a former chief scientist of the NSA reveals, China and Russia have already penetrated the grid. And a cybersecurity advisor to President Obama believes that independent actors — from “hacktivists” to terrorists — have the capability as well. “It’s not a question of if,” says Centcom Commander General Lloyd Austin, “it’s a question of when.”
And yet, as Koppel makes clear, the federal government, while well prepared for natural disasters, has no plan for the aftermath of an attack on the power grid. The current Secretary of Homeland Security suggests keeping a battery-powered radio.
In the absence of a government plan, some individuals and communities have taken matters into their own hands. Among the nation’s estimated three million “preppers,” we meet one whose doomsday retreat includes a newly excavated three-acre lake, stocked with fish, and a Wyoming homesteader so self-sufficient that he crafted the thousands of adobe bricks in his house by hand. We also see the unrivaled disaster preparedness of the Mormon church, with its enormous storehouses, high-tech dairies, orchards, and proprietary trucking company — the fruits of a long tradition of anticipating the worst. But how, Koppel asks, will ordinary civilians survive?
With urgency and authority, one of our most renowned journalists examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways to prepare for a catastrophe that is all but inevitable.
According to CNBC :
“Billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer has issued an unusual warning for investors, calling the threat of a widespread blackout from an electromagnetic surge the “most significant danger” in the world.
Called an “electromagnetic pulse” or EMP, the events can occur naturally from solar storms or artificially from a high-altitude explosion of nuclear weapons.”
In a letter to clients of his $24.8 billion Elliott Management; Mr. Singers “called on leaders to protect the power grid and essential electronic devices. He also said that spare parts should be stockpiled and that government and other groups should prepare an emergency response plan.”
The letter continued: “Why are we writing about this topic? Because in any analysis of societal risk, EMP stands all by itself. Congressional committees are studying this problem, and federal legislation is laboriously working its way through the process. We think that raising people’s consciousness about what should be a bipartisan push to make the country (and the world) safer from this kind of event is a good thing to do.”
Check out the whole story at: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101875747#.
Unfortunately, this is one on the issues that I talk about in my book ‘Surprise, A Message of Hope — — Second Edition; which nobody wants to address? It is a National Disgrace because our elected officials avoid this National Security Threat and our Survival is in Jeopardy. Ironically, according to Paul Singer’s inside contacts; our U. S. Government is well aware of this International Threat! But as usual, our incompetent ‘do NOTHING Congress’, does nothing to FIX this THREAT?
It is time for All of You — To Do — Your Job and Protect America! It is TIME for — ‘We The People to Vote Your Asses Out Of Office — If You Don’t!
“Let’s move on to some other imminent dangers. Our Electric Grid, is in DANGER and our elected officials — Don’t give a Damn? If and when it goes down; we will get knocked back into the Stone Age! Our Top Priority should be to Protect and Modify our electric grid from an EMP or Solar Flares from our Sun.” “A solar flare disrupted primitive electronics such as telegraphs in 1859 and another one… A blast like that one above the U.S. could wipe out every electric grid in the U.S. …More than 1,800 electric power plants are part of this nationwide network. A Nuclear blast 200+ miles above mid America could wipe out every electric grid in the U.S. — plunging our nation into darkness.” “We must Guard the Grid by passing the Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act (H.R. 2417) which was introduced by Rep. Trent Franks [R-AZ8] in June of 2013. This is very, very serious and if you don’t believe me then you best check out the book ‘One Second After’ at http://www.onesecondafter.com/. Also you can do a Google search on EMPs and Our Electric grid. You don’t play politics when it is a matter of survival.”
George Noory Launches EMP Protection Campaign
August 04, 2014
George Noory has announced a campaign to protect and insulate the U.S. power grid against an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) event or attack via nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and solar flares, all of which could endanger the lives of millions of Americans.
“The preservation of our great nation and the lives of its people are critical. It is not a matter of if, but when we will experience an EMP event or attack. We need to be ready now. I want to thank WND and Joseph Farah for joining this effort, which is imperative to our future.” George Noory,
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/end-is-near-radio-star-launches-emp-warning/#d4HHLCFMfQB01qf6.99
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