By now, we all know about the potential catastrophic dangers of the High-altitude Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) from terrorists or WWIII, and likely solar flare events. Some preppers take it seriously and plan for it by taking certain measures and precautions to protect their equipment and electrical necessities.
The rest of us take a chance on the unlikelihood of terrorists getting their hands on enough sophisticated electromagnetic pulse (EMP) bombs or delivery methods.
And the fact that unless old sun actually whips the mother of all coronal mass ejections on us, no one knows for sure how bad it will be and there’s even a chance that most of the electrically civilized world will still survive, especially on the side not facing the sun.
So based on the tenuous imminence factor of the event potential, most people just go on with the preoccupation of their personal comfort zones, secure in their normalcy bias, counting on the odds being in their favor, and don’t think about it anymore.
But what if I told you there’s another guaranteed way the electrical grid will collapse, leaving us all without major power for years, while we struggle to survive the aftermath? And it has nothing to with chance, because it has already started! And when it’s finished, the currently unimaginable scenario of massive devastating power outages will become a nightmare we might never wake up from.
The Danger from the Inside
What if I told you that if you believe that the radical Islamic State enemies of the West will stop at nothing to take down America, then they wouldn’t need a complicated and not necessarily foolproof HEMP weapon of mass destruction?
What if they already had the weapon of mass electrical grid destruction right here and now in this country? And that all that had to be done is to trigger a simple electrical kill switch to implement the catastrophic collapse of our grid, and subsequently the economy and everything else as we knew it? And that this weapon is our own government?
But here’s the worst part. There’s nothing that authorities or anyone can do to prevent this from happening at this point. Not all seeing and intruding massive spying on the public by a totalitarian government. Not the pervasive institution of Police state control. Because in reality, the government is actually facilitating this attack!
Instead of beefing up and protecting the outside intrusion factor in national security, this government allows and even sanctions and encourages free and easy access by terrorists to our country by its official immigration policies and its lack of proactive physical perimeter security.
Instead of doing good old fashion police work in profiling and tracking specific activities and indicators the way all good detectives used to do, the DHS and its feckless fools are hell bent more on restricting our freedoms by massive citizen privacy intrusions and illegal spying on everybody because of their Marxist gun control and asset seizure agendas.
And they are doing this virtually ignoring basic police techniques that don’t require ubiquitous registration and surveillance of all free American citizens.
How Is This Happening and How Bad Will It Be?
Shortly after April 16th 2014 when the incident occurred in the early am hours, a private independent outside think thank consultant/analyst I know, like many others on the standby payroll, was contacted for their opinion on a highly suspicious criminal damage act that took place in Silicon Valley California.
A power transformer substation like you see everywhere enclosed in chain link fencing was shot up with enough rifle fire to destroy it. It only took a few minutes of firing. Empty assault weapon casings were found at the scene but local police investigating found no finger prints or DNA on the empty shell cases as if they were ”sanitized” before loading in the weapons magazines.
If it was not for the good fortune that this particular substation’s power dispersion could be backed up and re-routed electronically by engineers, a good part of the valley would have been without power for as long as the entire month it took to repair the damage.
To this day, nobody has been caught and the official FBI investigation reports it as ”an act of vandalism”. The independent analyst studied the information details and sent his encrypted evaluation to the contact office. From his extensive experience in this particular venue, the conclusion was obvious to him.
It wasn’t a bunch of nitwit drunken vandals out to destroy something just for the fun of it. And it wasn’t disgruntled power company employee.
It was a textbook example of something government special operations units have been doing for decades. Commando type guerilla warfare attack on critical infrastructure designed to cripple large populated areas. This was the general consensus of all outside analysis. But then what was the purpose of the attack?
There were several questions on this that were also analyzed. If it were a government staged exercise to test the concept for whatever reason, why would they risk the lives of the people by shooting live ammo in a public location when they could have tested the outcome of such an act in a more coordinated and safety conscious environment under controlled conditions at a military or private contractor base?
Whoever did this didn’t care if a large portion of a major population area would be immediately shut down without power and cause millions in damage and disruption. It would seem as if they wanted to just see how easy it would be to do and get away with, and what the actual damage could be?
If it weren’t for a last minute rescue job by civil power company engineers to re-route power transmissions, indeed, whoever did it would be pleased with the results. But the unknown attackers still smiled to themselves.
Then, what about if it was a ”false flag” attempt that was fortunately thwarted by on the ball employees? Or was it what the majority of analysts believed? That it was the well planned work of trained terrorist cells to test the potential of their ability to damage the grid, before going ahead with the large scale timed and coordinated attack?
In any event the last and main analysis was the actual viability and real time damage results of such an exercise. When the final analysis was in, it shocked everyone involved in the investigation.
The Unspeakable Truth
When the reality check also came in on the effects of a lone wolf but well-coordinated commando attack on our grid infrastructure as far as just what it would take to cause major unprecedented collapse, the answer was lung collapsing.
It wouldn’t be merely an isolated incident that could relatively quickly be responded to and handled. This one would be much different. First of all, most grid systems cannot be re-routed like the one in Silicon Valley. If you hit the right ones, there would be no way you could repair it before a major black out and the subsequent disaster would occur. But it gets worse.
Doing this on a large scale throughout the country would potentially amount to nothing less than all out nuclear war type damage. And it would be so easy, that yes, a caveman could do it in his sleep, but even a bunch of hate crazed delusional extremist murderers, with rudimentary guerilla skills could pull it off in one quiet, nap taking lazy afternoon.
Tactically speaking, it would be an unstoppable exercise. And the cold hard reality is that there’s another factor that is horrifically mind numbing.
A Dozen Doomsday Power Stations It’s All It Takes
It only takes the destruction of a dozen or so critical power stations to literally shut down the entire country s power. This is hard to comprehend but it’s a fact.
It has to do with an obsolete, complicated, and fragile electrical grid distribution system that is even worse than our crumbling bridges and transportation systems, and the fact that every electrical power integration is linked backward to fewer power supplies.
If you take out certain critical substations then everything in the down chain also fails. It’s a domino phenomenon that eventually kills us all where less than a dozen substations can begin the process.
It wouldn’t even help to have armed guards or police posted at each critical power unit, even if they wanted to–which they don’t. As any Special Forces A team knows, the attack force has the advantage of surprise, and maneuverability, and can distract and create diversionary tactics while they calmly quickly take out the power stations.
There used to be a special Delta Force team that specialized in these type of sabotage raids to prove the defensiveness of secure government facilities, and a soldier–by the name of Marcinko–headed the training.
The terrifying conclusion was there was virtually nothing he couldn’t get into and take down unless it was surrounded by an entire infantry battalion supported some well-armed ”Guardian Angels” from God, for back up!
The government used to get so irritated at their own ineptitude that instead of being grateful to this team leader for his skill in pointing out their critical flaws, they vilified him.
And this feckless government already allowing millions of illegal immigrants from Mexico to come across the border almost at will, where intelligence estimates one out of every five is a Muslim jihadist and potential future lone wolf operative.
Texas Department of Public Safety Director, Steven McCraw, when asked recently at a news border conference if any illegals coming across the border were from a country with a well-established terrorism presence, he answered unequivocally “Yes”.
And now, the current regime is welcoming 200,000 immigrants from the premier middle East terrorist breeding grounds to join the border infiltration soiree here with absolutely no restriction, vetting, or identification.
Even the intellectually terminal government can’t outright deny that ISIS will intentionally place a few thousand of their specially trained anti-American terrorist jihadists within the refugee ranks. Why not, it’s an opportunity too good to pass up for ISIS? We welcome them in to kill us!
So I predict that the Islamo-terrorist grid plot has already hatched and the ”test run” in California was the second phase, and now they are only finishing up the last details of target determination to learn exactly which dozen or so power stations will target.
And it might be sooner than we think, with the new ”hands on” help from the latest White House protection of our country debacle, with the additional implanted foreign trained sleeper cells posing as Syrian refugees.
It’s so bad that it almost seems that there has to be some kind OCD of gun control agenda use for this flagrant breach of national security, by a government gone insane for them to even attempt such a denigration of their most primary government responsibility, the protect our borders! Because first and foremost disarming the Free American people is always their main priority.
Since these jihadists like to attach propaganda symbolism with significant times and dates in their planned attacks, I’m seeing this grid attack coming as we get closer to the election.
Especially if it looks like Trump might win the nomination, because Trump promised he’d promptly send every one of them back to where they came from. Maybe around next year’s 9/11 anniversary or maybe sooner…
So there it is. If you thought it was bad enough to upset your little paper panties with worrying about solar flares and HEMPS, this is an amazingly guaranteed easier way to kill all our electrical grid power with many of us right along with it.
But not only are the authorities incapable of doing anything about a planned coordinated guerilla attack on critical power infrastructure, they intentionally do nothing about it in terms of even making it a little more difficult to achieve!
That’s because they’re too busy wasting time and DHS effort from our tax money on spying and data collection on free law abiding citizens, so that they can eventually confiscate our firearms and then implement totalitarian control over what little we have left of our money and assets.
This coming grid attack, my fellow Patriots, is the bad boy your mommas warned you about. And it would be a very bad prepping mistake not to make long term blackouts a major priority.
This article has been written by Mahatma Muhjesbude for Survivopedia.
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grintch | November 6, 2015
Why can’t transformers and other key components be standardized and modularized so that greater interchangeability can be achieved and repair and replacement expedited?
Mahatma Muhjesbude | November 7, 2015
They probably can do this. But who’s going to pay for it when municipalities can’t even promise they’ll have enough money to pay pensions and keep up maintenance on basic infrastructures/supplies like water?
kevin | November 17, 2015
***DISCLAIMER-DID READ EARLIER POSTINGS after TYPING THIS ALL IN.. I DID NOT DUPLICATE OTHERS’ WORK THIS IS MY PERSONAL OBSERVATION FROM JUNE 2011. HOPE IT IS USEFUL IN AN ANECDOTAL & INFORMATIVE WAY. AM ONLY ON EMAIL ONCE EVERY WEEK OR 2. THANKS FOR THE OP. MAHATMA***
Very Enervating Article, Mahatma. Reminds Me of Reasons to Not be in a Population Center. Few Years ago, Watched A city Block Transformer substation go up from a car n truck wreck..Lots of Sparks.. Power out for rest of week while power company mobilized hazmat truck to Pump out rest of Toxic Oil(in ALL Trans.- Almost 95%).. took 4 days to do .. next week heavy lift crane came in, trns’s almost all are Multi-Ton Items.. took3 days to assemble crane, uninstall (mostly) empty Trns(inert Containment Liquid to “Reduce” Toxicity..)..Following Week New Trns Arrived From Different area (Certain Sizes ARE Modular..However big n hvy EXPENSIVE(Toxic OIL is NOT Cheap..)items are NOT Ordered UNLESS needed…not alot of “Stock” in an “Amazon” whse somewhere… Most all are Custom for site due to electrical load variations area, Transmission System has to be matched, grid has to be balanced just like any other electrical circuit, WHOLE “Laundry List” of things have to be done(While Engineers have to live also(n they’re likely NOT “Prepper” Level savvy Awareness, shall we say???), so 4TH week comes along, install crane is gone, local power crew, showed up 2 days after Hazmat truck filled Trns with Toxic OIL, to finally connect the thing to local grid. NOT FOOLIN..AM ELECTRICAL TYPE GUY FROM DAYS OF 8-TRACKS N TUBE TESTERS…SCARED the bejeezus out of me to realize how UNSUSTAINABLE modern existence is. Lucky for the Office Sheeple in that block they were right in the middle of downtown of the City..Still had jobs to go to due to power needs… My Job site was fed from a different city block node so no worries even on day of incident…That is the TIMELINE of a small(6-15 KVA Local Feed)Trns replacement formo an accident..Directed, Strategic, PLANNED Strike?!?!?!?!? Snake Pliskin had the right idea on some level…I guess… I can understand but the Collateral Damage? Civilization gone in less than 6 months I’d say… By-Deaths of innocent unknowings…I’d guess95%+ n I’m being nice… the main transmission stations… Unprotected OUTSIDE of cities, when PRACTICAL, also by EPA Reg n Electrical Inductance/Circuit Demands…THOSE are ALL MUTLI-MONTH LONG-TERM Contract Replacements..IF you can get Custom Ordered/Matched Trns’s even Delivered when you got Active Guerilla Hostiles not being…assistive.
NOTE TO SELF-DO NOT LIVE IN A CITY. HAVE OWN POWER SOURCE(S), REDUNDANCY, REDUNDANCY….oh yeah, REDUNDANCY.. WIRED MAG DID A POWERFUL ARTICLE YEARS AGO THAT GOT ME THINKING.. The towelheads aren’t going to screw up their “Alpha Strike”, methinks…
Doggy doom | November 6, 2015
Good article… I think the neocons and other elements of shadow government want us down so that they can come in and take over.. That’s why government isn’t protecting against rifle attacks on substations or other attacks to the grid
Tom james | November 6, 2015
Point of correction: the event at San Jose happened in April, 2013, not 2014, as you state in your article.
Beyond the correction, since April of 2013, there have, in fact, been other ‘dry runs’ that are probably related to the one on the Metcalf Substation in San Jose:
In August, 2013, some perps tried to take down some power towers outside of Little Rock AR: see http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2013/09/26/terrorists-attack-electric-grid-in-arkansas/
Also since April, 2013, power grids in Yemen and Pakistan have been taken down via terrorist attacks on power towers.
Even if the perps in these far-flung events are not communicating, they don’t need to for such a low-tech assault.
The article also missed a couple of key points:
1. the transformers that were destroyed in San Jose are so expensive, and therefore ‘rare,’ that there are not enough on the shelf, nationwide, to replace more than a handful…and making more of them in the few factories, worldwide, that make them will take many months. FERC investigators, in June 2014, estimated that taking out 9 critically located substations at the same time, along with the only American manufacturer of the transformers, would knock out America’s entire electrical grid for 12 to 18 months….most Americans would not survive the ensuing societal collapse.
2. the only equipment the bad guys would need to pull it off would be some center-fire rifles with a few dozen rounds of ammo apiece.
Mahatma Muhjesbude | November 7, 2015
Thanks for the corrective update, Tom, In an ever increasing world of time constraints and constrictions of time itself, my typos often escape proper scrutiny as i myself often can’t waste the time looking for minor editing issues if i want to get the important essence of the message out.
‘Copycat’ attacks notwithstanding, you’re right about the modus operandi probably being connected to Islamist terrorist tactics.
As far as ‘missing a couple key points’, If you are new to the website, look back on some of the other articles about Hemps or Solar Flares/black outs, and the extent of time that custom made transformers would be back in service was extensively discussed.
1. So I didn’t really miss the explanation but did allude to it because of editorial length limitations in these articles by saying there would be ‘no way you could repair the grid before a major black out and the subsequent disaster would occur’. Also saying that the domino effect damage would amount to ‘nothing less than all out nuclear war type damage’. which anybody who knows anything realizes that this means months and even years of debilitating life changes before recovery of any kind is achieved.
2. I did NOT miss anything here and did go into direct comments on how tactically ‘easy’ it would be to accomplish this disaster without going into extra ‘detail’–especially when it is already a ‘known’ factor in the investigation that a few small arms were used, because that would just be redundant info as you were then in your ‘2nd missed point’ , even though i didn’t include that i happen to know the exact caliber that was used from my insider research but when i do these kinds of essays, i never like to help ‘tune up’ the capabilities of these psychos with too much info…especially if ‘missing’ something is not essential to the core message. if you get my drift? (actually, you inadvertently did that in your comment here-giving out ‘helpful’ info to the bad guys-something i knew but intentionally didn’t mention, again for the obvious reason of not to give psycho nit wits additional ‘ideas’. I know you probably didn’t realize that you did it. The fact is that there are more ways then just ‘some center fire rifles and a few dozen rounds of ammo apiece. Some that can be done with only one lone wolf terrorist and…(again, not going to reveal it, but it ain’t a bomb).
You are well informed and intelligent, Tom, but peruse these articles more carefully for ‘knowledge’ rather than spelling/typo/grammar mistakes. Then you will become…a REAL expert! Thanks!
TPSnodgrass | November 7, 2015
Also, as a small but important point, the “replacement” transformers are ONLY available from the PRC, (China) companies that make them, Yep! Just one company in the world and it’s in China. Of course we don’t have any “replacements” in our current power providers inventory. They said so publicly as a result of a transformer “fire” that occurred in my area two weeks ago.
I am far more concerned with an EMP or grid-attack that is coordinated, as that WILL shut this country down instantly, faster than anything else.
Want “replacement” parts? like the Apple commercial says, we WILL be Chinese slaves in order to get those parts for our grid.
I also belie that the cartel factions already operating within our borders at present will be the “contractors” used to take down our grid system. It’s far more economical to use them, than n bringing in a group of dedicated jihadi or Chechen fighters.
The “Red Cell” group was led by Rick Marcinko of the US Navy and was base out of Coronado’s North Island facility. I’m extremely familiar with their operation they conducted years ago at Seal Beach(CA) Naval Weapons Station. Wasn’t pretty at all.
Robert | November 6, 2015
In the 80’s G. Gorden LIddy Ghost wrote an article for a Mens magazine where he outlined this exact scenario. Also in the 80’s Liberal Phil Donahue actually interviewed General Singlaub who warned that this was being planned way back then. Donahue even agreed with him!!
If I was the enemy I would choose the cheapest and easiest was to accomplish my goals especially if your foe was going to assist you.
MontanaMel | November 6, 2015
Well, this is bad news…way to simple and low tech to bring us to our knees, eh?
But, it could be worse — with EMP of any level (higher being way bad/worse) then our actual devices at all levels are destroyed. In such a case – we have nothing or very little/few to “use” at any future date.
Whereas, this selective destruction of key nodes/devices does leave a much larger base of devices for use once “parts” are replaced and the grid comes back by section/region.
Not fun – but, survivable. Still going to be a high number/% that don’t make it out the other side!
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