During testimony at a House Oversight and Reform Committee this week, Brooks said asking United States residents on the upcoming 2020 Census is necessary to know the number of illegal aliens living in the country and to ensure that congressional districts are drawn based on the number of American citizens, rather than entire populations, including citizens, noncitizens, and illegal aliens.
“I submit the inclusion of the citizenship question on the next census is not only common sense, it is a Constitutionally required,” Brooks said.
After the 2010 Census, illegal aliens were counted for reapportioning Congressional districts and electoral college votes. Hence, states that had fewer illegal aliens saw a shift of their political power to states that had more illegal aliens. [Emphasis added]
Law-abiding states lost not only Congressional representation in Congress, they also lost electoral college votes that elect the president of the United States. I submit the citizenship power of citizens in low illegal alien count states was diluted as their Congressional seats and electoral college representation was disproportionately cut. [Emphasis added]
Similarly, the counting of illegal aliens for reapportionment of political power purposes violates the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause by unconstitutionally diluting the representative and political power of citizens who live in low illegal alien population states. [Emphasis added]
As Breitbart News has reported, the counting of only American citizens to divide up congressional districts and electoral college votes would shift power away from the affluent, metropolitan coastal cities of the U.S. and towards middle America.
If congressional districts were set by the number of citizens, the overall average population needed per congressional seat could decrease to about 670,000 citizens per district. This would give a stronger advantage for states with small illegal alien populations to gain and keep their current number of congressional seats.
For instance, if by only counting citizens, a state like Ohio, with few illegal aliens, could possibly gain a congressional seat, increasing the state’s total number of representatives to 17. Current projections suggest Ohio will lose a congressional seat.
In West Virginia, which is also slated to lose a congressional seat, the state could keep their three districts if the redistricting is counted by citizens. Indiana, as well, — with less than 180,000 noncitizen residents — would potentially increase its congressional seats from nine to ten if apportionment is based on the number of citizens in the state.
On the other hand, deep blue states with affluent coastal cities are set to make major gains in terms of congressional representation. California has an estimated three million illegal aliens, a total of about 5.3 million noncitizens, and a total population of about 39.5 million residents. Currently, California has 53 congressional seats, the most in the country.
If California’s congressional districts were set by the number of citizens in the state, it would potentially lose three to five congressional seats, leaving the state with about 48 to 50 seats.
“Congressional districts with lower percentages of citizens — because of higher illegal alien concentrations — grant their citizens an unequal representative power when compared to citizens in districts with higher percentages of citizens and lower percentages of illegal aliens,” Brooks said.
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide in the coming months the constitutionality of asking American residents their citizenship status on the 2020 Census.
Currently, the U.S. admits more than 1.5 million legal and illegal immigrants every year, with more than 70 percent coming to the country through the process known as “chain migration,” whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S. In the next 20 years, the current U.S. legal immigration system is on track to import roughly 15 million new foreign born voters. Between seven and eight million of those foreign born voters will arrive in the U.S. through chain migration.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.
The head of the Venezuelan comptroller department, Elvis Amoroso, announced that Juan Guaido who illegally proclaimed himself president, has been officially stripped of office as chairman of the National Assembly, including the introduction of a ban on holding any public office for 15 years,
According to the portal Noticias24, a check on the property and finances belonging to Guaido showed that he made more than 90 foreign trips for a total of 300 million Bolivars, which is roughly $30 million dollars . And it is not known by what means they were paid In Venezuela on January 21st, mass protests organized by the United States began against President Nicolas Maduro shortly after he was sworn in. The speaker of the National Assembly, and U.S controlled opposition leader Guaido, illegally declared himself the interim head of state. It appears the latest move of the Venezuelan government, stripping him of his post and banning him from public office, is a response to his call for public violence, termed ‘tactical actions’ on April 6th.
The self-proclaimed president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, intends to conduct “tactical actions” in the country on April 6 in order to overthrow the elected president, Nicolas Maduro . This was announced by the opposition through Twitter.
“On this day, we should be ready and organized, with the aid and freedom committees already formed. Venezuela’s rescue is in our hands! ” Wrote Guaido.
In addition, he called on residents of the country to come out on March 30 to protest against the lack of social guarantees and to demand “an end to the usurpation of power.”
The political situation escalated in Venezuela in January after, during the protests, Guaido called himself the interim president of the country. He was supported by the United States and other countries, but many, including Russia, refused to recognize the oppositionist as the legitimate head of state.
It is likely that his being stripped of his position and the right to hold future office is connected to a major investigation into treason, sedition, and planning to illegally overthrow the government with the assistance of a foreign power.
Civil War Two is rapidly emerging as an inevitable reality, given that deranged Leftists have now convincingly demonstrated they cannot coexist with anyone else in a civil society. Left-wing operatives (lawmakers, fake news journo-terrorists and deep state actors) are lawless liars, frauds, hoaxers and destroyers of civilization. They steal elections, push fake news narratives, brainwash the public with deliberate lies and indoctrinate children with hatred for their own country. They are pedophiles, child traffickers, charlatans and tyrants. The Left, as I’ve said before, is a “suicide cult,” and they will not stop until they have criminalized, marginalized or mass murdered everyone who opposes their authoritarian rule. (Face it: Two years ago you wouldn’t have believed this, but now you know it’s true.)
As deranged and dangerous as Leftists have become, stopping them in a civil war scenario is tactically simpler than you might suppose, our analysis finds. That’s because Leftists are concentrated in cities, and every city is a death trap that depends on outside supply lines for its continued existence. To defeat the anti-American Leftist forces, pro-America forces don’t even have to enter the cities. They would only need to cut off the cities from rural America, which is where all the resources come from that keep cities alive.
DISCLAIMER #1: This article is an analysis of events that seem likely to occur. This analysis should in no way be interpreted as an advocacy of any actions of violence or sabotage against anyone. We hope for peace and pray that a second civil war in America can be averted. Yet we also realize that the deranged Left will stop at nothing and is incessantly pushing us all toward conflict. This article is an analysis of how that may unfold if it is not stopped beforehand.
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Stated plainly, rural America is where all the water comes from… it’s where the food is grown, the electricity is transported and the city sewage is dumped. Yet cities, run by delusional Leftists, seek to nullify the political power of rural America and rule over real America as authoritarian tyrants. This can only happen if rural America continues to supply cities with the resources they need to function. That consent will likely be revoked in due course.
Last year, I released a documentary called Biosludged. This film documents the irrefutable fact that every city in America exports its human sewage sludge to rural areas outside the cities. That sewage sludge is dumped on farms, poisoning the countryside while allowing city liberals to pretend they are “recycling” by flushing their toilets. Cutting off the export of city sewage sludge to rural areas would cause cities to fester in their own steaming piles of human sh#t, and in cities like New York, those steaming piles would almost instantly flood into the streets, spreading e.coli, cholera and other diseases that would bring any city to its knees. In other words, if liberals had to deal with their own feces, their cities would collapse into Third World status. San Francisco already has a head start on that program, by the way, thanks to an endless stream of homeless people crapping all over the streets of that once-great city, which now resembles the urban sh#tholes of Haiti.
Run by liberals, every city will eventually collapse into Third World status. In a civil war scenario, that process can be rapidly accelerated by disconnecting cities from rural imports and exports. Electrical substations that feed power to cities are the Achilles heel of liberal authoritarianism
DISCLAIMER #2: This is my analysis of what may come. I offer this as a warning, not as any form of advocacy for the actions described here. My hope is that this scenario can be avoided. Pray for peace. But be prepared for anything.
During Civil War Two, it would be a relatively simple matter for rural, patriotic Americans fighting for America and defending the Republic to take out the electrical substations that feed power to the cities. These substations are not even defended by anything more than chain-link fences in most cases, and they happen to be extremely vulnerable to sabotage which can disable delicate parts that require long wait times for resupply and repair.
I was recently thinking of writing a fiction novel about the likely tactical scenarios that would unfold in an actual modern civil war. In my research, I ran across this outstanding article from Matt Bracken, a patriot and Trump supporter who has reached many of the same conclusions that I’ve reached on all this. At AmericanPartisan.org, Bracken writes:
And once this vicious civil war is in full swing, the odds are high that the power grid itself will become the target of ten thousand attacks. In such a fluid crazy-quilt battlespace as an all-out dirty civil war, shared infrastructure lines will run through both friendly and enemy territory. Every faction will have a veto on their downstream enemy’s power grid and water supply. Food supplies that today are trucked from hundreds or thousands of miles away will disappear in this dangerous environment. Brainwashed Dunning-Kruger Democrats and their FACLI reinforcements might not enjoy living around evil and oppressive white devils very much today, but they are going to enjoy life without electricity, food, and clean drinking water even less. They will discover that it’s much easier to turn Minneapolis into Mogadishu than the reverse.
Bracken calls it a “dirty civil war,” and by that, he means it’s messy and chaotic. What Bracken recognizes is that cities rapidly become uninhabitable without power, water and food. And cutting off those supply lines to the cities is a relatively simple matter for determined patriots working to take their country back from the left-wing traitors who are trying to overthrow America (and destroy it with illegal immigration and massive, coordinated voter fraud). Disabling or denying the access of upstream dams, municipal-scale water pumps, electrical infrastructure, railways and even bridges is not technically that difficult for determined forces fighting to defend America against domestic enemies (i.e. lawless Leftists).
Imagine Los Angeles in a sustained power grid outage. Imagine no EBT cards (food stamps), no air conditioning and no wifi. In 48 hours, L.A. collapses into a war zone, with police vastly outnumbered by armed gangs that go door to door, robbing, killing, raping and pillaging. This is what liberal policies have demanded, of course: No police protection. No firearms for self-defense. No prosecutions of criminals if they happen to be minorities (Jussie Smollett, anyone?). Without a power grid, Los Angeles collapses into something far worse than Venezuela. It becomes a cesspool of filth, lawlessness and violence, which is exactly what Leftists eventually produce when they are in charge of cities, states or nations. Cutting off the power to Los Angeles would merely accelerate the process that’s already under way thanks to left-wing California policies that are rooted in lawlessness, socialism and authoritarianism.
Lunatic left-wing cities like Los Angeles are especially vulnerable given their dependence on large water volumes pumped over a mountain, using very high electrical power that’s brought in from remote locations. What happens to Los Angeles when power, water and food are cut off? The scenario is well described by Bracken:
What will happen inside the blue hives that are presently organized as DemSoc vote-harvesting plantations, when the EBT system collapses? When no electricity, food or water is flowing in to sustain their populations? This dystopian dynamic is likely to occur in some cities or regions earlier than in others, and this will lead to the imposition of extremely harsh measures, including martial law and food rationing in other parts of the country. Alternatively, where government control is weak, local vigilantism will become rampant.
But history is clear: no matter how draconian the emergency decrees, new laws will not by themselves restore the power grid, or purify and pump the water, or get the food supply chain moving again. That will require the end of the civil war and a return to civility and the normal rule of law. Civil War Two will be brutal in every corner of America, but it will be absolutely catastrophic for the inhabitants of the blue hives when their sustenance is cut off. The Dunning-Kruger Democrats and the FACLI immigrants will not be able to eat socialist slogans or drink officially-sanctioned racial hatred.
The upshot of all this? Don’t be in a liberal city when Civil War Two gets under way.
By the way, this exact same scenario also unfolds in the aftermath of an EMP weapon or solar flare that takes out the power grid. So what I’m actually describing here is not only a civil war scenario; it’s also a warning about America’s vulnerability to EMP weapons launched by foreign adversaries like Russia, China or North Korea. We’ve already covered the belief that North Korea already possesses orbiting nuclear warheads that pass directly overhead the United States every few hours and can be dropped into a trajectory, then detonated to produce a disastrous EMP effect that could take down most of the major cities in America.
So as you’re reading this warning here, keep in mind that civil war is only one of the many scenarios that could produce these results. Again, my hope is that we can avoid all this, but things like space weather are completely outside of human control and thus cannot be stopped no matter what we do here on Earth. The sun, it turns out, is the great fusion-powered “societal reset” machine in the sky. Sooner or later, a massive solar flare strikes our planet and fries all the electronics. NASA says the odds of that happening are roughly 12% every decade, or put more simply, about 1% every year. Government research reports estimate a die-off rate of up to 90% of the U.S. population in the months following a grid-down solar flare event or EMP weapon detonation. Most of those deaths would occur in the cities. Why socialism eventually leads to authoritarianism and cannibalism
Leftists can’t eat their socialist slogans, but in the right circumstances, they will likely turn to eating each other. Cannibalism is, of course, exactly what the deranged, anti-American Leftists have set up for themselves since they work diligently to destroy the free market system that delivers food abundance in the first place. AOC’s “Green New Deal” — a horrendously idiotic plan that would collapse the food supply and lead to mass starvation — might simply be called the Cannabalism Diet Plan for Socialists.
After the residents of Los Angeles have eaten all the zoo animals, stray squirrels and pet dogs, they will of course begin to kill and eat each other. It is the way of the Left to destroy themselves, usually while claiming to be victims of a hate crime. The secret is to make sure that you and I don’t get caught up in the suicide pact that Leftists will roll out across America. Ideally, their self-destruction could be largely limited to Democrat-controlled cities so that they only destroy themselves.
This is precisely what Leftists have brought upon themselves, by the way. They have worked overtime to demonize, marginalize, de-platform and scapegoat everyone who dares oppose their authoritarian demands. In doing so, they have forfeit their right to participate in a civil society. History reveals that radical Leftism always ends up in mass violence and even genocide carried out against political opponents. What Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are doing right now to silence conservative speech is just the warm-up. What they really want is to slaughter all conservatives in the name of “social justice.” Again, Bracken chimes in with some astonishingly appropriate thoughts:
I am instead observing that before every notorious genocide, the same pattern of marginalizing and demonizing a designated scapegoat population has occurred. Does the American Left intend to eventually commit genocide against white heritage American males? In my opinion, yes. Scapegoating is part of a clear pattern of conduct seen during every socialist power grab from the French Revolution until now. In the case of German national socialists, European Jews were the scapegoats of the Nazis during their climb to power. In the case of international socialists, AKA Communists, class enemies were usually but not always the designated scapegoats. Examples of class enemies would include the Kulaks in the Soviet Union, “landlords” in China, and “intellectuals” in Cambodia. But in other cases ethnic groups were targeted as scapegoats by Communists, to include the Ukrainians, Crimeans, Latvians and others.
So, are today’s Democrats already planning to load their white heritage American enemies into boxcars for trips to a new Gulag? Probably not many at this time, but Barack Obama’s political mentor Bill Ayers certainly considered it. Ayers believed that so many Americans would bitterly resist Communism that 25 million would have to be “eliminated.”
Today in the United States, a possible future genocide remains far down the track and around the curve, well out of sight, and beyond the power of most Americans to even imagine. But the historical record is clear. Broad social approval of class- or racially-based scapegoating is a necessary precursor stage to eventual genocide, and a combination of both variants was clearly seen in the Covington case. Why you need to relocate out of left-wing cities before the 2020 election
If you are still living in a left-wing city, you may only have about 18 months to get out or risk being caught up in the battles that might follow the 2020 election. That election is sure to be contested, no matter who wins or loses. If Trump wins re-election, the deranged Left goes “full lunatic” and starts bombing buildings, executing Trump supporters in the streets and setting fire to government buildings. (They are already physically attacking anyone who wears a MAGA hat. This is just the warm-up to what’s coming.)
If the Democrats win, it can only have been accomplished through massive voter fraud, Big Tech censorship, media collusion and illegal ballot harvesting carried out across the country… and the pro-America forces will not accept that outcome, either, since every Democrat win is now only achievable through massive fraud. (See the scientific proof that Google already helped Democrats steal congressional seats in the 2018 mid-term elections.)
The day after Election Day in 2020 is the day America fractures. There is no more coexistence with the Left in America, for Leftists have already decided they will never accept the outcome of any election they don’t win. They reject the rule of law; they despise facts that don’t fit their delusional thinking; they have zero tolerance for a diversity of ideas; and they are seething with hatred for their own country and wish to see it overrun and destroyed economically, politically, culturally and geographically. Leftists are a cancer on society, and sooner or later, they must be eliminated from all positions of influence and power.
Stop trying to appease these insane, deranged, mentally ill lunatics and start thinking about where you want to be when Civil War Two gets underway. If you’re caught in a liberal city — Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Baltimore, New York, etc. — you will likely experience a rapid collapse of infrastructure as rural America fights back by cutting off supply lines to the cities. As an additional outcome, cutting off the power to cities that host the server farms which run the tech giants will simultaneously result in persistent outages across Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Apple and all the other technology companies that are presently at war with America and have been waging a two-year assault on the First Amendment, Second Amendment and basic constitutional rights.
Every server farm that runs the left-wing censorship infrastructure across the ‘net is hosted in a liberal city. Every server farm relies on the constant supply of electricity to function. And every left-wing media outlet that continues to wage psychological terrorism against America by broadcasting poisonous lies 24/7 is also based in a liberal city and needs a constant supply of electricity to continue to operate.
DISCLAIMER #3: Note that I am not advocating violence of any kind, nor am I suggesting anyone take action to sabotage the power grid and plunge liberal cities into darkness. Instead, I am warning that this tactic appears to be an obvious, inevitable outcome if the deranged Left continues to push America into a civil war that we all hope to avoid. Remember, in all-out war there are no rules. Presently, conservatives who are being vilified, censored, defamed, violently attacked, smeared and bullied are still being polite. But there is likely a point beyond which conservative America says enough is enough; it’s time to defend the border, arrest the traitors, dismantle the tech giants, deport the illegals, protect the integrity of elections and defend our constitutional republic. That day is probably not far off, given the current behavior of the lawless Left.
How we might still avoid the worst case civil war scenario
To avoid a civil war, the radical Left needs to apologize to America for pushing the Russia collusion hoax. Censorship of the tech giants needs to be immediately lifted. The fake news media (NYT, CNN, WashPost, MSNBC, etc.) needs to close down and cease operations. The deep state operatives who tried to carry out a political coup against America need to be arrested and tried for treason. And Barack Obama and Hillary Clincon need to be among them, for they are the evil masterminds behind the entire plan to inject deep state spies into the Trump campaign and create collusion in order to overthrow our democracy.
It’s time for the Left to apologize in shame, for Adam Schiff to resign from Congress and for the tech companies to pay reparations to all those they have economically sabotaged over the last two years. Every journalist who pushed the Russia collusion hoax should offer an on-air apology and then permanently resign from “journalism.” Flynn and Stone should be pardoned by the President, and the military police should arrest the deep state traitors like James Comey who attempted the coup in the first place. For attempting to overturn the will of the people and thwart democracy, Democrats should be barred from all elections for the next four years. If all that happens, we just might be able to avoid a civil war.
Yet it seems unlikely that the lunatic Left will ever apologize for what they have done to shred the rule of law in America, which is why I fear things are going to continue to snowball toward the 2020 election, after which an outbreak of “Civil War Two” seems increasingly likely. At the moment, we still have a window of opportunity to avoid it, but there’s zero evidence the radical Left is interested in coexistence. Yesterday, Facebook just announced that all pro-America patriots would be banned on its platform if they happen to be white. Facebook has now officially designated “white nationalism” as “hate speech” in its latest attempt to silence patriotic voices and smear people with false claims of bigotry. This is just another sign that the only long-term solution to stopping Facebook will likely be played out in a civil war scenario, where Facebook meets the reality of a grid-down scenario. Without electricity, Facebook can’t censor anyone, since everyone is offline.
Pray for America. Pray for peace. But prepare for all-out war, because it’s the most likely scenario at this point, given that the lawless Left has zero intention to operate in a civil manner and play fair in a diverse society. Leftists demand authoritarian rule and the complete destruction of their political opponents. The very basis of their demands are incompatible with civil society and must be halted if America is to survive as a sovereign nation.
Once Civil War Two begins, and conservatives decide to fight back, the scenarios described in this article will happen with shocking speed. Leftists will find themselves outgunned, outsmarted and living in Third World conditions. The cities will implode. Political correctness will collapse. Survival will be the only game that matters.
The idea that power and wealth can corrupt a person and negatively impact their ability to make decisions is not a new discovery. This is an ancient piece of knowledge that has been passed down for generations in many different ways and different languages, the basic message being that “power corrupts.”
The two most significant forms of power in our modern world is political power and financial power, which is how things have been for most of history. Over the years, studies have shown that the wealthy and powerful are more dishonest than the average person, and more likely to lie, cheat and steal to get what they want.
Dacher Keltner, a psychologist at the University of California at Berkeley who has spent decades studying wealth and power, told the Washington Post last year that the effect that power has on a person seems to be a part of human nature.
“To researchers who study wealth and power, it’s dismaying but not surprising, because it tracks so closely with our findings. The effect of power is sadly one of the most reliable laws of human behavior,” Keltner said.
In one experiment that Keltner conducted, researchers observed a busy intersection and found that people in expensive cars were four times more likely to cut off other drivers and ignore right-of-way laws.
“It told us that there’s something about wealth and privilege that makes you feel like you’re above the law, that allows you to treat others like they don’t exist,” Keltner said.
In a following experiment, Keltner sent one of his fellow researchers to pose as a pedestrian and ordered them to cross the road while the team observed which cars stopped and which ones didn’t. Keltner found that more than half of the expensive cars sped through the intersection and didn’t pay any attention or even make eye contact with the pedestrian. Meanwhile, every single person who pulled up to the car in a cheap car stopped.
In one of Keltner and Piff’s most interesting experiments, they found that wealthy people were more likely to take candy from children.
Adam Galinsky of Columbia Business School, who has also conducted research in this field, says that wealth and power can make people feel invincible and entitled because they make rationalizations and justifications for the social positions of themselves relative to others.
“Wealth is basically a mechanism for power, and power has a freeing effect on people. It takes away the constraints of society and frees people to act according to their dominant desires,” Galinsky said.
Joe Magee, a power researcher, and professor of management at New York University, says that power and wealth make you think differently about the world and the choices that you have, sometimes for better, but often at the expense of others.
“What power does is that it liberates the true self to emerge. More of us walk around with kinds of social norms; we work in groups that exert all pressures on us to conform. Once you get into a position of power, then you can be whoever you are. People who are given more power in the lab, they see more choice. They see beyond what is objectively there, the amount of choice they have. More directions for what actions they can take. What it means to have power is to be free of the punishment that one could exert upon you for the thing you did,” Magee told The Atlantic.
The findings of these experiments should remind us to be conscious of the role that wealth and power plays in our own lives, and the effect that it can have on our own personalities. It is very easy to point our aggression to those above us on the economic ladder, but it is much harder to take a critical look at how we treat those who are less fortunate than us, and the impact that it could have on them.
In a new report from the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council and published by the Department of Homeland Security, the government is urging the public to prepare for the up to six months without electricity, transportation, fuel, money, and healthcare.
DHS is warning that the electric grid is now the “prime target” of terrorists, and says Americans need to be prepared for a power outage of up to six months. The report says that “People no longer keep enough essentials within their homes, reducing their ability to sustain themselves during an extended, prolonged outage. We need to improve individual preparedness.”
The report, titled Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage”, warns that an attack would likely come with little to no notice and could cause complete chaos for at least a half a year, “Long-duration, lasting several weeks to months (at least 2 months, but more likely 6 months or more) due to physical destruction to equipment, such as transformers or transmission lines; or the severity of the event resulting in limited workforce to repair damage, or inability to create or transport replacement parts,” said the report.
The report recommends Americans have enough supplies on hand for a minimum 14 days, a number that now seems grossly inadequate considering the threat and the timeline for reestablishing essential services after an attack.
“This profound risk requires a new national focus. Significant public and private action is needed to prepare for and recover from a catastrophic outage that could leave the large parts of the nation without power for weeks or months, and cause service failures in other sectors – including water and wastewater, communications, transportation, healthcare, and financial services — that are critical to public health and safety and our national and economic security,” said the advisory council.
The report is the second in the last month to warn of a “profound threat” to the U.S. electric grid from terrorism and events like a solar storm or solar flare. A prior government report also recommended presidential action to protect the grid from attacks.
In that report, from the Air Force’s Air University, the military warned an EMP-style attack could wipe out the United States, democracy, and the world order. They also warned that:
99 nuclear reactors would likely melt down without electricity to cool them.
4.1 million would be displaced from areas around the nuclear plants as the radioactive cloud spread.
Military and commercial jets, such as those built by Airbus, could be degraded. “Alarmingly, aircraft designed to carry large numbers of people and sizable cargo are allowed to operate without certainty about their level of resilience.”
Bases would be cut off, making defense and counter-attacks impossible.
Civil unrest would start in “hours.”
Power and GPS could go dark. “An EMP would cause instantaneous and simultaneous loss of many technologies reliant on electrical power and computer circuit boards, such as cell phones and GPS devices.”
“Failures may include long-term loss of electrical power (due to loss of emergency generators), sewage, freshwater, banking, landlines, cellular service, vehicles.”
Eighteen months or more are required to replace key elements of the electric grid that would be damaged or knocked out.
What can you do to Prepare for an attack on our Power Grid?
In my book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide, I devote a lot of time to this specific topic because I believe, as detailed in these latest reports, our country’s emergency managers have no real contingency plans to deal with this type of event. You need to be prepared to survive an extended period without power, without access to food and water, and without essential services – hell, don’t take our word for it, the government is saying they will not be able to help you!
You need to be prepared to survive for an extended period of time without power and essential services. This means stockpiling food and water, learning the skills you need to protect yourself and your family from the chaos and violence that will inevitably happen, and in my opinion, you need to get as far away from highly populated urban centers as you can.
Stock up on Food & Water: During a long-term grid-down situation, food and water will be crucial to your survival and will likely be the first things to go. Our entire food infrastructure is extremely reliant on the power grid; when the power goes down you are going to see widespread panic and chaos. Stock up on long-term food and water.
Have cash on hand: During any type of grid down situation, your debit and credit cards are going to be useless. You need to have cash on hand to buy last minute supplies and to deal with the initial stages of the disaster.
Start becoming more Self-Reliant: Over the last couple of decades the world has seen an unprecedented spike in technology and access to learning. Unfortunately, we’ve also seen a growing number of people who have used this technology to tune out and lose their ability to be self-reliant. To prepare for this danger, these 32 resources and skills are all things that you should know.
Stock up on Firearms: During any type of long-term power outage, security is going to be a top priority. If the grid goes down for any length of time, chaos is going to quickly sweep the streets, and social unrest will be one of the top threats you face. The unprepared masses are going to be unpredictable; in all likelihood, they will become a threat to your safety.
Stock up on Backup Power. Solar Chargers, power generators, and portable battery backups are all things you need to invest in. For a very small amount of money, you can ensure you have the power to run things like emergency radios, ham radios, tablets, flashlights, and other emergency gear.
Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez announced Wednseday that phase two of the country’s military exercises would begin as early as Friday.
Sputnik said local news reports show large-scale military exercises will start in 24 to 48 hours, will be used to secure the country’s power grids and water supply systems.
“This coming weekend, the military drills dubbed Ana Karina Rote are being resumed at their second stage,” Rodriguez was quoted on the state-run television on Wednseday. The first stage of the drills, dubbed Angostura, was held between February 10 and 15 to practice repelling an American invasion.
The news comes after Venezuela suffered a devastating blackout that left the country paralyzed. The crisis started on March 7 with a system failure at the Guri hydroelectric power plant, which produces 80% of the country’s power.
Earlier this week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said two people had been detained on suspicion of attempted sabotage of the country’s power system, adding that Washington carried out the attack.
President Maduro said the blackout is an “electric war announced and directed by American imperialism.”
He said electrical systems were targeted by cyber attacks and “infiltrators.” He added that government forces restored power to “many parts” of the country on March 8, but was quickly knocked out again by a new wave of attacks. He noted that “one of the sources of generation that was working perfectly” had been sabotaged and accused “infiltrators of attacking the electric company from the inside.”
In the last 60 to 90 days, Venezuela has faced deep political turmoil. Juan Guaido was elected the head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly in early January, which the Maduro government rejected recognizing since 2016.
On January 23, several days after the Venezuelan Supreme Court invalidated his election, Guaido then declared himself the country’s interim president. Maduro, who was sworn into his second presidential term on January 10 after winning the May election, which part of the opposition boycotted, called Guaido’s move treasonous and aided by Washington.
The blackout in Venezuela was likely Washington’s new warfare strategy centered on creating as much social destabilization as possible before military intervention. We have reported that the US military is staggering troops around the Carribean and in nearby countries. With the second wave of war drills expected to commence this weekend, the Venezuelan government continues to prepare for war.
US imperialists are so desperate in their regime-change predations over Venezuela, they seem to have a problem controlling their drooling mouths.
The latest orgy of American gloating was triggered by the massive power outages to have hit Venezuela. No sooner had the South American country been blacked out from its power grid collapsing, senior US officials were crowing with perverse relish.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio – who has become a point man for the Trump administration in its regime-change campaign in Venezuela – was a little too celebratory. Within minutes of the nationwide power outage last Thursday, Rubio was having verbal orgasms about the “long-term economic damage”… “in the blink of an eye”. But it was his disclosure concerning the precise damage in the power grid that has led the Venezuelan government to accuse the US of carrying out a sabotage.
Rubio’s Gloating Betrays US Sabotage in Venezuela Power Blitz
Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez noted how Rubio, in his tweeted comments “three minutes” after the power outage, mentioned failure of “back-up generators” in Venezuela’s main hydroelectric plant, known as the Guri Dam, located in Bolivar State. The dam supplies some 80 per cent of the Venezuelan population of 31 million with its electricity consumption.
Rodriguez mockingly ascribed “mystic skills” to Rubio because the Florida Republican senator appeared to know the precise nature of the power failure even before the Venezuelan authorities had determined it.
The Venezuelan government has since claimed that the failure in the electric grid was caused by a cyber attack on the computer system controlling the Guri Dam turbines. Caracas said it will present proof of its claims to the United Nations.
Apart from Rubio’s apparent insider information, there are several other indicators that Venezuela’s latest turmoil from power blackout was indeed caused by US sabotage, and specifically a cyber attack.
The South American country has experienced recurring power cuts over recent years due to economic problems and Washington’s sanctions. But the latest outage was widespread – at least 70 per cent of the country – and sustained for more than four days, rather than being rectified within hours. That scale of disruption suggests an unprecedented event, way beyond intermittent problems of maintenance.
The duration of the blackout in the capital Caracas and other major cities also indicates that the nature of the problem was difficult to reverse, which would be consistent with a cyber attack on the power grid. “It was a kill-shot,” says American political analyst Randy Martin.
Furthermore, US officials like President Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton as well as “special envoy” on Venezuelan affairs Elliot Abrams have been warning that Washington is seeking new ways to pile pressure on Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro to stand down.
Abrams was caught out last week in a prank phone call made by two Russian entertainers posing as Swiss President Ueli Maurer in which Abrams openly advocated crushing the Venezuelan banking system in order to topple the government in Caracas. The American envoy, who was convicted over the Iran-Contra affair in the 1980s for sponsoring terrorism to sabotage Nicaragua, appeared to balk at using overt US military power against Venezuela. That suggests Washington was persuaded on the efficacy of cyber warfare to inflict social chaos and incite popular anger against the Maduro government.
The immediate reaction by Washington officials and the US-backed political opposition in Venezuela was to blame the Maduro government for the power disorder. The failure was flagged up as a sign of “incompetence” and “mismanagement” of the oil-rich country by the socialist administration. Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has declared himself the rightful president with Washington’s blessing, conveyed the logic of blackmail when he declared, “the lights will come back on when usurper Maduro is gone”.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also weighed in with repulsive gloating within hours of Venezuela’s power crisis. Pompeo tweeted: “No food. No medicine. Now, no power. Next, no Maduro.”
The delight openly displayed by Washington officials in regard to aggression against Venezuela has broken new ground in terms of the brazenness of US imperialism.
Only a few weeks ago, Bolton announced that the objective for seeking regime change in Venezuela against the elected President Nicolas Maduro was for US corporations to seize the South American state’s vast oil wealth – reckoned to be the largest known reserves on the planet, far exceeding those of Saudi Arabia.
Such is Washington’s unbridled lust for Venezuela’s natural resources that its imperialist advocates are falling over themselves with naked lies and crimes.
When a US Trojan Horse aid convoy was blocked from entering into Venezuela from Colombia last month, American politicians and media immediately blamed the Maduro government for sabotaging the effort. An aid truck was set alight on a border crossing on February 23. US Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Rubio, as well as CNN, condemned the Venezuelan authorities for “callous” destruction of vital aid delivery to its long-suffering people. It turns out, as even the New York Times has now admitted three weeks later, that the aid truck was torched by US-backed opposition supporters on the Colombian side of the border.
The obscenity of American imperialism is that it has inflicted huge social misery in Venezuela from years of sanctions and illegal confiscation (theft) of billions of dollars in assets belonging to the nation. Then it has the audacity to mount a charade seeming to deliver humanitarian aid.
The latest twist to this sadistic game played by Washington is turning the lights off across the entire nation, in homes, hospitals, airports and schools, among other essential services, and attempting to lay the blame on the Venezuelan government.
We may, however, be thankful for Washington’s overweening arrogance and criminality. Because, as Marco Rubio’s rash remarks concerning the latest power outage show, the American gangsterism towards Venezuela is being exposed for the naked aggression that it is.
US-based political analyst Randy Martin, in comments for this column, says that what Washington is doing to Venezuela is tantamount to the “rape of democracy”. “American imperialism has no longer any shame,” he said. “It used to rape countries under the cover a seedy alleyway of false excuses and hollow claims of righteousness. Now it has its trousers around its ankles and trying to rape Venezuela right on the global Main Street.”
It took a country-wide power outage in Venezuela, whispers of a cyberattack, and smug tweets from US officials to make me suddenly recall the cloak-and-dagger story of a close Iranian-American friend nine years ago.
My friend, an engineer — who I will not name for obvious reasons and who I will call ‘Kourosh’ for the purpose of this article — revealed to me in 2010 that he was approached by two “State Department employees” who offered him $250,000 to “do something very simple” during his upcoming trip to Tehran.
Kourosh was freaking out because he didn’t know how these guys knew he was going to Iran in the first place, and how they knew he was “cash-strapped,” in the second.
He wasn’t a particularly political person, though he had participated in some DC protests in the aftermath of the hotly contested 2009 presidential elections. He was just one of thousands of Iranian-American engineers in the Washington-Maryland-Virginia technology belt looking to make a decent living.
Kourosh told the US officials that he was not interested, that if Iran needed to make changes, Iranians inside the country were the only ones who should do it.
I begged him to let me write this story, but he was very nervous and declined. Over the next year or two, I pushed some more and he gave me further information, but wouldn’t budge on its publication.
Here’s what he revealed: The State Department guys had since approached him a second time. They offered him further details about the job. They wanted him to disable Tehran’s power grid in exchange for the $250k. They needed someone with technical skills, but said the job was a simple one. He would have to go to a specific location in the Tehran area with a laptop or similar communication device and punch in a code.
Kourosh even told me the code. Said he had memorized it and could recite it in his sleep. Here it is: 32-B6-B10–40-E (symbol for epsilon).
Okay, that’s not the actual code, but it looks exactly like that — same format, same sequence and amount of numbers and letters. I don’t feel comfortable publishing the code in case it is still relevant — sorry. If anyone knows what this code could be, please comment below.
A colleague with an engineering background has this to say about it:
“This could be a password for power grids or any equipment that is governed by an electronic or computer system. Manufacturers have codes they use for de-bugging or resetting a system. Control systems are all electronic and sometimes for any reason (like an earthquake) something is triggered and the system goes off. And then you reset it within the vicinity of the system usually and feed in the new code. You don’t have to physically be there if you can hack into it, but that’s of course harder. If they (the Americans) needed to have someone physically there during the sabotage attempt, it probably means they didn’t have remote access to the system.”
I don’t actually know why Kourosh received that level of detail unless he was willing to go through with this act of sabotage on behalf of the US government, but he assured me he would never consider it — that he was just “curious” during the second meeting. “No way,” he told me. “Imagine it I did it and someone’s grandmother or father died because their life support machine switched off.”
I remember these details because I discussed it with a number of people in and around 2010, without disclosing Kourosh’s name. Today, I dug up the old Facebook message I sent to Iranian-American author and activist Trita Parsi of the DC-based National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), a fellow Huffington Post blogger at the time. Trita gave me permission to post screenshots here:
Disclosure: My Iranian-American husband and I ran an internet company in the telecommunications industry in Washington years ago and I was a founding member of the Iranian-American Technology Council, so I knew a lot of engineers and technology folks from that very background.
I recall writing to Trita precisely because he was so keyed into the political heart of this community. It would be extremely dangerous for myself and colleagues in my industry if the US government was recruiting Iranian-American civilian engineers as saboteurs in third countries.
This deep-dive by investigative journalist Whitney Webb into Venezuela’s power outage reveals some interesting details about a Bush administration cyberattack plan against Iran. Exposed by the New York Times in 2016, the “Nitro Zeus” plan — which involved the US Cyber Command — would, among other things, target crucial parts of Iran’s electricity grid.
Take note, however, that US officials asked Kourosh to sabotage Tehran’s power grid during the Obama administration. Obviously aspects of the Nitro Zeus plan remained on the table despite a switch in government, political parties and policies.
Back to Venezuela
It’s been a grueling week for Venezuelans dealing with the nationwide blackout that has brought the country to a standstill. Last Thursday an “accident” at the Guri Dam power plant in Bolivar state — which generates around 80% of the country’s electricity — left at least 20 out of 23 Venezuelan states without electricity.
As power started to flood back to central states, a second “cyber attack” on Saturday plunged the country back into darkness. Government authorities have charged US officials with launching the attack on Venezuela’s electricity infrastructure and say they will present evidence of this to the United Nations and other international organizations.
The US has countered, blaming the power outage on corruption and infrastructure neglect by the government of President Nicolás Maduro — against whom Washington has been staging a rather unsuccessful coup effort these past months.
But in the midst of this to-and-fro between longtime adversaries, insightful news reports and analysis are starting to emerge, suggesting that a US cyberattack against Venezuela’s power grid is actually a very possible — even likely — scenario.
Says Forbes Magazine‘s Kalev Leetaru:
“In the case of Venezuela, the idea of a government like the United States remotely interfering with its power grid is actually quite realistic. Remote cyber operations rarely require a significant ground presence, making them the ideal deniable influence operation.”
“Widespread power and connectivity outages like the one Venezuela experienced last week are also straight from the modern cyber playbook. Cutting power at rush hour, ensuring maximal impact on civilian society and plenty of mediagenic post-apocalyptic imagery, fits squarely into the mold of a traditional influence operation,” he continues.
For those of us who have spent years covering US irregular warfare in the Middle East, infrastructure targets are part and parcel of these wars — sometimes via direct strikes, other times via proxies and sabotage operations.
I’m not just talking about cyberattacks like the US/Israeli-made Stuxnet virus that destroyed hundreds of centrifuges at Iranian nuclear facilities.
In Syria, for instance, the US military specifically targeted major economic infrastructure under the guise of ‘fighting ISIS.’ These include but are not limited to oilfields, wells and facilities, electrical transformer stations, gas plants, bridges, canals, a number of vital dams and reservoirs in the country’s northern agricultural belt — and power generation facilities.
And US-backed proxies — part of the Pentagon and CIA’s ‘irregular army’ in Syria — targeted bread factories, wheat silos and flour mills to deprive a population of basic food staples.
As opposed to conventional wars, US irregular warfare seeks to covertly use influence ops to turn the largest part of a country’s population, the “uncommitted middle,” into supporting regime-change. Destroying infrastructure, creating shortages, unleashing political violence, propaganda dissemination — these are all steps outlined in the US military’s Special Forces Unconventional Warfare manual to create a disgruntled population that will turn on its government.
And cyber warfare is the newest theater of engagement for the Pentagon, which is now openly ramping up its investment in “lethal cyber weapons,” regardless of the civilian casualties these attacks will leave in their wake.
So far in Venezuela around 20 people are reported dead due to the blackouts, though I’ve seen some opposition sources place that number north of 70.
Is Venezuela’s blackout part of US cyber warfare against a Latin American adversary? Has the US engaged in cyber warfare against Iranian infrastructure?
In a somewhat surprising turn, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) voted no on blocking President Trump from declaring an emergency on the border. Mr. Sasse can hardly be called a Trump supporter. In fact, he’s one of a handful of Republicans who has never been scared to oppose the President on policy. That makes his vote and reasoning all the more impactful in my view.
This is something I’ve been arguing for a while and I’m glad someone else far more important than myself is articulating it.
Trump is exercising authority given to him by Congress. Despite the hysterical protestations, he is not doing something unconstitutional. He is not being an autocrat (as David French asserted in his questionable analysis). Rather, he’s doing something he has the legal right to do as given to him by the legal act of Congressional legislation.
You might say he shouldn’t be able to do that. Then you need to reform the NEA itself. One of the most disturbing aspects of Trump’s Presidency is the court system’s penchant for applying special rules to him. Some jokingly call it “Trump law.” Things that former Presidents did suddenly become unconstitutional with the stroke of a pen by a partisan judge. For example, it is completely nonsensical for a judge to assert that Obama had the constitutional right to create DACA (he didn’t) but that Trump has no right to put an end to it (he does). Such discrepancies are an awful, unfair way for our government to operate and it undermines the power held by voters in choosing their representatives.
Congress is now trying to do the same thing, arbitrarily applying a standard because they dislike something the President is doing. Did Congress make a mistake abdicating their power over emergencies? Perhaps, but the way you remedy that is by taking it back. Yet, Democrats had no interest in doing that because they want to preserve the same power for themselves the next time there is a Democratic President. The Democratic caucus collectively scoffed at Mike Lee’s good faith attempt to reform the NEA and reign in not only Trump, but all future Presidents from exerting too much power within the executive branch. Their unwillingness to do that should tell you all you need to know about their true motivations.
While 12 Republicans voted yes today on singling out Trump’s declaration because their efforts at an alternative reform bill failed, I think that was the wrong decision. The ends can not justify the means. If you felt the NEA was the issue until that push failed, deciding that you are going to apply different standards to President Trump to get where you want is not right answer.
Sen. Sasse recognized that and he voted no because he didn’t want to be apart of pushing a bad solution conjured up by Nancy Pelosi for purely political, not principled, reasons. Compare that to Sen. Romney’s convoluted reasoning.
“I am seriously concerned that overreach by the executive branch is an invitation for further expansion and abuse by future presidents. … Where Congress has enacted a specific policy to consent to an emergency declaration would be both inconsistent with my beliefs and contrary to my oath to defend the Constitution,” Romney added.
In reality, Romney’s vote does absolutely nothing to stop future Presidents from abusing their authority because his vote did absolutely nothing to enact any limits on future Presidents. The Democrats are specifically keeping that power on tap for them to abuse the next go around and Romney thinks a press release is going to stop them? He’s not defending the constitution. He’s simply punting on the actual issue. Whereas Romney spits out some platitudes for public plaudits, Sasse isn’t afraid to cut to the heart of the matter and demand the proper action. Congressional members are often guilty of the type of obfuscating seen by Romney here, screaming “unconstitutional,” when in reality it’s their weakness to take back power they willingly gave up that is the problem.
If Congress truly cares about reigning in executive power, then they will all get behind Sasse’s push to narrow the NEA. If they don’t do so, then you can be assured that their concern is simply with sniping at Trump and not the U.S. Constitution.
China is ready to assist Venezuela in restoring the power supply system, Lu Kahn, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said today, March 13ty .
Earlier, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that he intends to ask the authorities of Russia, China, Iran and Cuba, as well as the UN, to support the investigation of the recent cyber attack on the country’s power system, which led to a massive outage of electricity for most of the Bolivarian Republic for several days.
“China is ready to provide Venezuela with assistance and technical support in rebuilding the energy supply system,” said Lu Kahn at a briefing.
Answering the question whether China can send specialists to participate in the investigation, the diplomat said that he has no information on this so far. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman also expressed concern over reports that the cause of the accident was a cyber attack on the power grid.
“We hope that the Venezuelan side will investigate the causes of this accident as soon as possible and restore energy supply and public order,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
Recall that on March 7th, a major terrorist attack occurred at the Guri hydropower plant, the largest in Venezuela, covering up to 80% of the country’s electricity needs. Because of the blackout that followed, which has already been called the largest in the history of the South American republic, at least twenty of its 23 states were de-energized. The Venezuelan government confirmed that the cause of the incident was sabotage by the United States.
The accident hit the transport system and public utilities, including water supply, in the strongest way. The lack of pwoer also led to the fact that the Venezuelan government announced 8, 11 and 12 March days off.
The day before, the Vice-President, Minister of Communications and Information of Venezuela, Jorge Rodriguez, said that the work of the power grids was almost completely restored throughout the country.