DDP Newsletter September 2015 Vol. XXXII, No. 5
War is not going to stay “over there” this time. Even as Russia is pounding ISIS bases in the Middle East, the threat of Islamist jihad proliferates both from infiltration of terrorists with other illegal immigrants and with refugees, and from “home-grown” Westerners seeking meaning in their lives by joining the jihad.
The waves of “refugees” from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East are causing havoc in Europe. Migrants are breaking through a razor-wire fence that Hungary erected on its border with Serbia, and causing riots—behavior not characteristic of true war refugees. According to UN statistics, 75% of migrants swarming into Europe are men, and only 51% are Syrian. Police are finding caches of Syrian passports.
According to Dr. Mark Christian, an Egyptian-born former Muslim who served in the Egyptian military and is an expert on the Muslim Brotherhood, the migrant invasion was unleashed to put pressure on Europe and the U.S. to enter the Syrian Civil War and take out President Bashar al-Assad and replace him with a Sunni Muslim government. By 2017, the Obama Administration may have agreed to accept 100,000 Syrian migrants (http://tinyurl.com/p9o75qh).
Most recently, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The gunman shot Christians in the head. His MySpace page is said to have contained direct connections to others who shower praise on mujahidin fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. It happens that one of the U.S. soldiers responsible for the takedown of the shooter in the terror incident on a high-speed train traveling between Amsterdam and Paris attends this small community college. On the day of the attack, he was out of town in rehearsals for a television show (Threat Journal 10/3/15, http://tinyurl.com/o4umeya).
Such attacks are self-help defense situations, as presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson noted. Later, a shooter at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff killed one and injured three but was tackled to the ground by several students and held until police arrived (http://tinyurl.com/pdy744j)–a point not mentioned by CNN or USA Today.
ISIS has posted a spreadsheet with names, locations, email addresses, and other information for 1,400 members of the U.S. military, U.S. government employees, members of law enforcement, and others, along with a message urging Islamic State followers and supporters to “act and kill” those appearing on the list. Worse, personally identifying information about the children of individuals appearing on the hit list has been published. Most of this information is being drawn from publicly available social media accounts. It is believed the source of the most recent posts is British jihadist Sally Jones (a.k.a. Umm Hussain al-Britani). It is well advised to minimize your social media footprint—especially if you’re one of the 21 million individuals whose personal information was stolen in the data breach of the Office of Personnel Management (TJ 10/10/15, http://tinyurl.com/oqp7qtw). This included people who had applied for a background check.
While the shooting of a few students attracts endless sensationalist press, a far more deadly type of attack has been rehearsed. There have been 15 fiber-optic cable-cutting incidents, an attack on the infrastructure backbone of the internet in California.
A leaked U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission report divulged last March that coordinated terrorist attacks on just nine of the nation’s 55,000 electrical power substations could provoke coast-to-coast blackouts for up to 18 months—which most of the U.S. population would probably not survive.
Who might do this? Peter Pry, a former CIA officer, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, pointed specifically to the possibility of ISIS hiring Mexican extremists such as the Knights Templar drug cartel, which in 2013 successfully utilized guns and Molotov cocktails to attack numerous Mexican power stations, leaving 11 towns without electricity. Pry also noted that ISIS allies in al-Qaida in June 2014 attacked power lines in Yemen that left the entire nation without power for a day (http://tinyurl.com/nge4d6t).
The Iran nuclear deal—accompanied by chants of death to America and Israel—greatly increases the risk of an EMP attack, writes Larry Bell. Iran will gain $150 billion in assets, and “let’s venture to guess that Iran’s orbital ICBM missile program probably isn’t prioritized to advance peaceful space science” (http://tinyurl.com/plobyrs).
ISIS plans to acquire nuclear weapons and kill 100 million people, says German journalist Jurgen Todenhofer, who calls it a “nuclear tsunami preparing the largest religious cleansing in history” (Israel National News 9/25/15, http://tinyurl.com/ncceqa8).
The U.S. could be destroyed by a single catastrophe impacting any one of 15 key structural elements in the supply chain for food, water, fuel, or other essentials, states Barrett Moore, founder of the global security company Triple Canopy. Specialization and centralization make a civilization extremely vulnerable. U.S. government preparedness is abysmal. “In 1964, the federal government maintained stockpiles capable of feeding the entire population for a period of three years,” he said. “Some 50 years later, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has admitted to a stockpile of a mere six million meals” (http://tinyurl.com/njm25ke).
As readers of this newsletter know, most Americans are ignorant of nuclear weapons effects and would likely panic at the prospect of tiny doses of radiation. Most people could survive the initial effects if they are not at Ground Zero and know what to do (www.goodnewsnuke.com). Most will perish in the aftermath if they are not able to restore a functioning society.
Some of the internet advice is shockingly inaccurate, such as an Oct 8 article on Survivopedia.com. It even omits the basics found on the 60-second training card (www.ddponline.org/storage/card.pdf).
Always remember the first rule: If you see a bright flash, drop, cover, and count. The time interval between the flash and the blast wave is an indicator of the distance from the explosion. If you stay down for two minutes, that should be long enough for the positive and negative pressure waves to pass. Breathing with your mouth open helps to minimize blast damage to your lungs.
Download and print a copy of Nuclear War Survival Skills now if you don’t already have one (http://oism.org/nwss/). Do not risk being one second too late. After a high-altitude nuclear detonation or cable-cutting at critical locations, the internet will be gone.
If you have radiation monitoring equipment or know how to make a Kearny fallout meter, you would be a great asset to your community. Do you have some potassium iodide to share? (See ki4u.com and CDP, March 2011, http://tinyurl.com/q5mdqzw).