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Has Thuggery Invaded the Republic?

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By Joe Kress

March 6, 2013

If you haven’t been worrying about Electronic Magnetic Pulse (EMP) you should, because it has the capability of affecting an entire nation by killing its electronic grid and/or causing weather change, rapid, repeated, wild ocean surges, one after another, that could be more catastrophic than what happened to Japan or Bangladesh. It’s more sophisticated than atmospheric nuclear explosions. The problem of EMP is being addressed secretly by top scientists cooperating with the Pentagon and NASA and it appears defense is possible, but the variations of height, explosive power and concentration other variables need further study because of foreign government scientific improvements. The question is when? Will it be before our enemies, such as Iran, Pakistan, China or Russia, decide to act?

Enrico Fermi discovered EMP in the 1940s; since then, the more scientific, advanced major countries have been involved in developing non-nuclear devices called explosively pumped flux compression generators, a devise used to generate a high power electronic magnetic pulse compressing magnetic flux using high explosives. Individuals can carry the device and use it on specific, critical and inclusive targets that would have devastating effect within major cities. Now we need defenses before our enemies find their defense solutions. If we find defensive means to combat the enemy’s initiatives before they do, it effectively cancels out our enemy’s attacks.

But this article is about a weapon that has a capability more selective like a slow water torture… drip by drip, namely computer hacking and its possibilities. The weapon that America only minimally prepared to face becomes very serious indeed. Actually, millions of words mention cyber hacking of U.S. military secrets - despite the complex programs developed to cope with the problem. Recently, the news media revealed that the problem was more threatening than any one envisioned. The reason for the delayed revelations is American industry was fearful that, if known by their investors and stock holders, stocks prices would fall and investment capital would dry up. Industrial scientific secrets are their life blood going into the future. The problem of hacking is now so severe that Congress is latently awakened to the threat. China’s military cyber command’s units are used to stealing technology. Centered in Shanghai - no amount of complaints to the Chinese Communist Government make the slightest difference.

The threat is not just stealing our secrets, but the capability of expanding the technique that the Chinese have already developed to actually attack electrical systems relevant to functions and whole industries such as chemical, oil, gas, steel, drug manufacturing. But the worst threat is America’s electrical grid, which, if attacked, would shut down all electrical power throughout the nation and consequently render the United States helpless and that could be accomplished without using explosives or nuclear EMC attacks.

Our government has prepared for the wrong wars. Massive armies, sophisticated weaponry, armored tanks, aircraft carriers requiring 5000 sailors to operate and multimillion dollar fighter aircraft are not the tools needed to prevent cyber space or EMP warfare. Nuclear power depends on electricity to produce nuclear weapons and they are rendered no better than a sling shot once cyber attacks preempt a response. The Chinese and other major adversaries won’t even need a pop gun to overwhelm our nation and others throughout western civilization. It could bring millions of Chinese troops to America without firing a shot. Here is what could happen unless our government devotes every asset it has to disable the enemy’s military and civilian hackers and their weapons of non-destruction that the enemy is realistically able to launch against us.

The cyber wars have already begun! The modern plague travels anywhere it pleases. In our cities, traffic lights become inoperative, then street lights, then all the lights; cooling fans slowly flicker and stop; heaters fade and stop; elevators stop between floors; radio stations, televisions fail to transmit; music, news, advertising will be lost for the foreseeable future and silence reminiscent of bygone centuries revert to the stone age or at least the time after Rome fell. The dark ages of the 21st century will be our legacy.

Our civilization is at the precipice but for one or two meals away from barbarism. Those who work within a carved out mountain and within buried bunkers will sit before blank computer screens that no longer transmit information to warn our forces of an attack. Reinforced metal access doors automatically slam shut to insure that those unauthorized to enter are barred from access. Ironically, the power to unlock fails and all within are entombed for the ages.

As dawn appears, and the panicked crowds emerge from the dark subways, they face thousands of vehicles of all make and models totally blocking roads and the exists leading out of the metropolises. Nothing of a mechanical nature moves on country roads or on farm lands that will be critical to maintain food supplies. Hospitals will be only storage areas for the emaciated.

Roving bands of desperate souls search for clothing, food and sources of water (water and sewer pumps no longer work). Those still occupying homes are attacked and whatever assets they have are stolen. These people are unable to protect themselves, their children or their possessions because weapons have already been confiscated by order of the Obama White House.

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Our feeble attempt by our state department and the White House to use the verbal leverage of a threat of any commercial cut off creates a dilemma…how to charge the nation’s banker (the Chinese Government) possessing our bonded debt and our nation’s physical assets of land and oil as collateral with the crime of theft? XiJinping will soon be the Chinese Primer. He actually supports cyber-hacking. He may take being charged as a hacker an affront to Communism and to the Chinese people. In effect, threats are already innocuous as they are to Iran… our country is already reduced to the status of mendicant.

Let’s face it, America is broke involved in continuous war for peace and the two Parties and the White House are fuming over how to prevent going over a financial cliff while almost totally unconcerned with a threat so overwhelming as to turn us unto cave dwellers without dinosaurs to hunt. The reality of losing the entire defense of our nation - the far-thinking Communist powerhouse salivates at the opportunity to control the “Bright Beacon on the Hill” and its vast recourses to be left for China’s disposal.

� 2013 Joe Kress - All Rights Reserved

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The "Curmudgeon," Joseph H. Kress, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret) obtain a B.S. in Business Administration, with a major in economics and minor in accounting.

He served in England and Viet Nam where he received the Bronze Star during the TET Offensive, then he was appointed Chief of Supply for two state-side assignments; the DOD's Defense Disposal Agency where he was chief of disposal operations for all of Southeast Asia, based at CINCPAC Headquarters in Hawaii. He retired from Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio as chief of supply with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at the age of 52, and now he and his wife reside in Summerville, S.C.

Since leaving the military, he was involved in political campaigns, writing articles for the local papers, and as a realtor.










Our government has prepared for the wrong wars. Massive armies, sophisticated weaponry, armored tanks, aircraft carriers requiring 5000 sailors to operate and multimillion dollar fighter aircraft are not the tools needed to prevent cyber space or EMP warfare.