USCDA cap  for only $19.95.


 For more information Contact:

Lt. Col:Michael D. Moran, M.D., FACC, FSCAI
Commander of United States Civil Defense Assoc
Nationwide Emergency Communication Network (NECN).
Chairman and C.E.O.
Coastal Cardiovascular Institute
25301 Cabot Road, Suite 104
Laguna Hills, CA. 92653
(949) 499-8080 Dir.
(949) 973-8814 Cell
(949) 499-8082 Fax

The United States Civil Defense Association is in the process of constructing an emergency, nationwide, communication network. The purpose of the nationwide emergency network is to provide assistance to those in need of emergency assistance in a timely and effective manner using Amateur Radio Service Communications in emergencies and disaster relief nationwide and form a group of trained operators who have the ability, on a voluntary basis, to assist the public by providing essential communications links and facilitating relief actions, particularly when a disaster or other emergency situation occurs or is likely to occur.

 A second important role of the emergency communication network is to provide reliable communication between and among USCDA members, both during emergency and non-emergency situations.

USCDA is looking for Comm officers to command organize and set up our ENCN system in there area. If you feel qualified and are interested in this very important command contact H-Q’s at Lt. Colonel: Michael Moran M.D/THE UNITED STATES CIVIL DEFENSE ASSOCIATION’S  EMERGENCY NATIONWIDE COMMUNICATION NETWORK (ENCN) Comander.

 Additional details concerning the United States Civil Defense Association is available on our website at WWW.USCDA.US

If you hold a General class amateur radio operator’s license or higher, and would be interested in participating in the development of the USCDA’s emergency amateur radio network and making it an operational reality, your assistance would be greatly appreciated. USCDA sincerely hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge of electronics and amateur radio toward making the USCDA’s network a success.

HAM Operators from around the country please contact:

USCDA, at Web site:

USCDA H-Q 301 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


If you want to get involved in this major effort please contact :

Lt. Col:Michael D. Moran, M.D., FACC, FSCAI
Commander of United States Civil Defense Assoc
Nationwide Emergency Communication Network (NECN).
Chairman and C.E.O.
Coastal Cardiovascular Institute
25301 Cabot Road, Suite 104
Laguna Hills, CA. 92653
(949) 499-8080 Dir.
(949) 973-8814 Cell
(949) 499-8082 Fax

HQ email at  


By General Michael (Mick) Webster, United States Civil Defense Assoc.

Trusted by the Public Voluntary organizations like the United States Civil Defense Assoc. (USCDA) are trusted because they have member volunteers who are qualified to address the unique needs during a disaster and after the affected community. They are considered “good stewards” of resources and donations. They are skilled in listening to and respecting the privacy of confidential information. Have the flexibility to respond to local needs and come from the local community.

Radio communication services are being developed and will be provided by the United States Civil Defense Assoc.  “National Emergency Communication Network”. (NECN). USCDA will utilize licensed member amateur radio operators to provide emergency radio communication to fellow organizations and local government personnel. Technical Assistance is provided by USCDA and other voluntary organizations to provide telecommunications and information management systems support to the emergency management community.

Services provided by USCDA volunteers.

There are many and varied services provided by USCDA before, during and after a disaster. These services include activities beginning with training, planning, and preparedness, and continuing with early response activities through long-term recovery.  You can learn more at A.

Disaster Planning and Preparedness:

USCDA work with communities before disasters to help them take steps to minimize the effects of disasters. Some activities include: • Cross-training between community-based volunteers and established disaster response organizations, offering opportunities to build relationships and learn about major response and recovery activities. • Developing and training cadres of USCDA members within the community that can provide mitigation planning to develop and implement ways communities can lessen the effects of a disaster. • Provide and train preparedness tools to help communities build a disaster kit, create a personal family disaster plan, and organize them.   Disaster education as a way to prepare and inform by distributing educational materials and making presentations to community groups, schools, churches, and individuals, along with translation and interpretation services to survivors. • Voluntary organizations, in cooperation with local governments, can identify and provide outreach to targeted populations to plan and prep for disasters. Plan and prepare for service delivery.  Mass Care: There is a variety of mass care activities including (but not limited to): • Identifying, staffing, and setting up shelter facilities • Fixed and mobile feeding of disaster survivors • Services to support mass evacuation for those survivors who cannot remain in the area • Support to individuals with animals • Emergency financial assistance • Emergency comfort and hygiene kits • Emergency medical needs assistance • Cleanup kits • Bulk distribution of food, water, blankets, heaters, baby needs, childcare products, and other disaster-specific items not available from retail outlets that may have been impacted by the event • Emergency First Aid • Family reunification services are provided to family members inside and outside the disaster-affected area • Shower units can be provided to support volunteer efforts or to support sheltering activities.

Shower units can be provided to support volunteer efforts or to support sheltering activities.

USCDA collaborate with the whole community to contact local governments, Sherriff’s, individuals, organizations, businesses, and churches to offer emergency training and share information with them about the local disaster relief operation, determine community needs, and provide information and referral for services and support to assist.

In an effort to bring greater responsibility and accountability to disaster response, the Department of Homeland Security through the National Incident Management System published, in August of 2011, a document entitled, “Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel.” While credentialing is not required for Non-governmental Agencies, “Section 5 establishes the recommended model credentialing standard for Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which collectively refers to voluntary, charitable, faith-based, and not-for-profit organizations. NGOs are not required to comply with these credentialing standards, however, their implementation and compliance with these recommendations ensures consistency with all credentialing activities by other response organizations and responder personnel.” (NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel page 23.) The complete document can be found at · The intent of the credentialing is to allow for greater “interoperability, commonality, and consistency. Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management IS-0288.a February 2015.

Contact your county sheriff

Find out if he/she is a constitutional sheriff? If your sheriff is, than support your sheriff and let the sheriff know that the local and national USCDA will support them. Share what our services are and how we can help the sheriff in times of emergencies, both man made and natural. Ask your sheriff lf he/she is a constitutional sheriff and see to it the sheriff gets a copy of our “Letter to America’s Sheriffs. (copies on this web site.

If your sheriff is not a constitutional sheriff do your best to educate him/her. If your sheriff shows little or no interest then look for someone qualified to run for sheriff in your county and work to support them.


USCDA Disaster Seminar

We are currently organizing seminars around the country to be hosted by the national H-Q of the United States Civil Defense Assoc. of Laguna Beach California, where General Michael Webster of the USCDA will be speaking. He will share his world wide disaster experiences working with governments globally as well as FEMA and other federal agencies here at home.

USCDA has responded and provided disaster relief all across the nation and around the world with General Webster being on the scene after 9/11 NY Trade Center, Northridge, Katrina, Haiti, Sandy, Mexico City and many others.

He will discuss the importance of disaster preparedness and what to expect during and after a major disaster, and just how much preparation is really needed!

Due to the population density in most major cities, the fire department, police, sheriffs, paramedics and FEMA will be spread so thin, help will not be there for those who need it for some time.

Here is where the USCDA plays such an important roll to provide disaster relief and other emergency services directly to those in need.

Gen: Webster will be sharing what he has seen first hand during and after major disasters and why it is extremely important to be prepared and be able to respond to disasters to help others in a timely and professional way as well as being able to take care of yourself, your loved ones and hopefully your community when necessary.

General Webster is also available to give seminars to other USCDA chapters, Sheriff Dept personal and other organizations such as Community Collages, VFW’s, American Legion, ELKS, CERTS, Peppers, survivalist, Chambers of Commerce and other civic organizations. Contact USCDA at 301 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach CA 92651 or e-mail

USCDA does accept public, private and corporate donations. As a non-governmental “volunteer” organization. But not as a government controlled non-private status, nor are we seeking such a tax exampt ruling. Your donation may not be tax deductible. USCDA avoids any funding from the government. USCDA remains a non-government entity. We feel we are therefor better able to serve in times of emergencies and act independent to the government and can provide better and faster services with out all the governmental red tape. In other words we get things done. We are always in need of funds to help assist us in our efforts to help our communities during natural or man made disasters. We understand and realize that the economy is unstable for the average American and we therefor only seek donations from those who can spare it without causing any hardship on themselves or families. Checks and money orders can be made out to: USCDA, 301 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.


Attention Ham Operators across America join USCDA’s National Emergency Commuication Network. E mail us with your level of interest.


USCDA is looking for drone operators with sky camera & video experience. Contact HQ. At:


USCDA is looking for Experienced and non-experienced wildland fire fighters to join our USCDA Wildland Hot Shot Fire Fighter teams:

Experience needed are:

Crew Chiefs

Wildland Fire truck operators


Training is available for those without experience

Contact HQ at: e-mail to:

USCDA for southern California is in need of experienced search and rescue training instructors. Many other local county USCDA chapters are also in need of instructors

Contact HQ at:e-mail to:




USCDA does accept public, private and corporate donations. As a non-governmental “volunteer” organization. But not as a government controlled non-private status, nor are we seeking such a tax exampt ruling. Your donation may not be tax deductible. USCDA avoids any funding from the government. USCDA remains a non-government entity. We feel we are therefor better able to serve in times of emergencies and act independent to the government and can provide better and faster services with out all the governmental red tape. In other words we get things done. We are always in need of funds to help assist us in our efforts to help our communities during natural or man made disasters. We understand and realize that the economy is unstable for the average American and we therefor only seek donations from those who can spare it without causing any hardship on themselves or families. Checks and money orders can be made out to: USCDA, 301 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

Emergency Volunteers

By General Michael (Mick) Webster: United States Civil Defense Assoc. (USCDA)
By Michael Webster

Who would you think is the most important person to handle emergencies in your community?
Most people would say in times of disasters and other emergencies in the order of importance are the following:
1. Police
2. Fire
3. Medical Personal
4. Public or Volunteers
But in reality during times of great emergencies and disasters trained Volunteers become the most available and therefore the most important.
The facts are that immediately after a large scale disaster Police, Fire, and medical personal will be over whelmed and may not be available for hours, days or even weeks.
Statistics show that there are only 2.4 policemen per 1,000 people on average in America. Here in Orange County California where I live cities have half the number of police officers per capita than the national average. The county has only 1.2 police officers and sheriff deputies per 1,000 residents, as stated, compared with a national average of 2.4 and a state average of 2.3, according to a Times analysis of state records. Orange County Sheriffs Dept is below the average with less than 1.0 per 1,000 and has less than 1500 patrol deputies for the whole county with over 3 million inhabitants.
Fireman, Paramedics, EMT’s and other medical professionals like nurses and Doctors fair even less.
The United States Civil Defense Assoc. (USCDA), through their local chapters, can often be the first on the scene for a disaster. Because each chapter is community-based, they are able to mobilize quickly and provide immediate assistance such as 1st aid, search and rescue, feeding, sheltering, clothing, and debris removal. During large and not so large disasters. USCDA can be on the scene even before FEMA and prior to a Presidential declaration, and they continue to provide their services independent of a disaster declaration, consistent with resource availability and community need.

USCDA by serving as a critical link between the community and the government, USCDA can help promote a quick and efficient disaster relief effort. Trusted local voluntary organizations such as USCDA can improve the delivery of services where fear or distrust can hinder survivor assistance.

USCDA chapters should be well grounded in the communities served. Often, USCDA members are friends and neighbors who are committed to community service independent of the red tape and government bureaucracy. As a result of this relationship with the community, USCDA is able to incorporate the values, priorities, and spirit of the community in their disaster relief efforts. Additionally, USCDA members are frequently able to identify specific individuals, families, or groups who have special or functional needs, which may be amplified during a disaster.
Who is the highest ranking law enforcement officer in your county?
Most lay people pick the cities chief of police. But the truth is the county sheriff. In time of disasters its the county Sheriff is ultimately in charge of over all emergency operations and bears all responsibility as the highest ranking elected law enforcement officer in the county. And the only one voted into office by the citizens he or she serves.
Nations have had to rely on citizen volunteers in times of crisis such as war, revolutions, manmade and natural disasters throughout history. It is the citizen volunteer that supports emergency government agencies. It is the trained volunteer who provides needed extra manpower during times of extreme crisis. Voluntary agencies have helped meet the needs of individuals and communities affected by disasters since the very beginning. Today, they serve a critical role in the emergency management field from helping communities prepare for and mitigate the effects of disasters to providing immediate response and long-term recovery services. Without the support, dedication, and expertise of trained volunteers, the government would be unable to address all the needs of disaster-affected communities.
Solutions only built around government are too small – Another reality that trained volunteers brings to light is how big disasters can be. If we only build solutions or systems that work within the capabilities of government, communities will and do suffer.
Just look at Katrina, not only were the emergency services over whelmed but many of New Orleans police officers, firemen and other emergency responders did not show up for work. In fact later investigations indicated that they stayed home to protect there own or were just too afraid to go in. A number of other New Orleans police officers who remained on duty became police death squads, roving bandits looting and shooting innocent victims during and immediately after Hurricane Katrina putting fear in the hearts of Katrina survivors.
Thousands of New Orleans citizens were herded into the sports stadium and was lift their without water, food and the basics of life. They were held there for over a week before any real help arrived. That help came in the form of the U.S. Army. Where were the Police, sheriff, fire, and National Guard? This is what can happen to the system when the disaster is bigger than the local, county state and even the federal government. What happens to those impacted by the disaster when that system doesn’t do what it’s supposed to? Government by itself does not have all the answers – the responders to large scale disasters must be much bigger than government. Large scale disasters must include trained emergency volunteers. We can’t fall into the trap of government having the answers because disasters hit communities and families. That’s why we need to build our response and recovery systems around the public trained volunteers first.
That’s what the USCDA does we recruit and train volunteers to respond to large scale disasters county by county.
Trained volunteer members of the community need to be at the planning table alongside government, businesses, and non-profit organizations because they’re the ones that best know the needs of the community and are local residents and they’re the ones who are often the first responders. That’s what the USCDA does best we identify people’s needs in the community in times of disasters and scale the solutions to meet those needs.

Our goal is to protect lives and property by effectively preparing for, preventing, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from all threats, crimes, hazards, and emergencies. USCDA is a private organization and not a government entity and it exists to provide humanitarian aid, and disaster response and relief on behalf of the duly elected county sheriff’s across America and help provide emergency relief where needed in his/her area of jurisdiction and to those citizens in need.
We can provide search and rescue, public school safety, force multiplier, and improved force protection, and all aspects of disaster relief.
During man-made or natural disasters and other emergencies. USCDA will respond to requests from any Constitutional authority or sheriff.
As was pointed out in time of disasters the county sheriff is ultimately in charge of over all emergency operations in his/her county and bears all responsibility. During those situations deputies can become overwhelmed and the sheriff may need additional locally trained and experienced USCDA man power in the form of a posse that operate under the command of the sheriff. Crimes, misdemeanors, disasters, public safety, community events, and keeping the peace have been the traditional role of the Sheriff. A new threat to our school children/students needs to be dealt with by county sheriffs with specially trained posse members.
USCDA also offers programs serving all 3,100 plus counties nationwide. This represents the best practices that a successful USCDA and County Sheriff can start and maintain their partnership.
USCDA while working in partnership with the county sheriff will establish a local USCDA chapter or work with an existing USCDA chapter to train USCDA members as well as citizens in the county. USCDA first starts with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs educating them about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. USCDA conducts many more emergency Management training courses made available to your county residents.
All county sheriffs should consider adding us to their emergency resource directory so in times of emergencies they can call on the USCDA.
USCDA Training program
The following is just some of the training our members receive and is also available to the public through local USCDA chapters.
• Emergency disaster relief
• CERTS. Hands on training
• Wilderness Survival
• Food and water Storage
• Advanced 1st Aid
• Basic fire fighting & safety
• Light search and rescue
• Team organization
• Disaster medical care patient stabilization & make ready for transport of the injured
• Land Navigation (map, compass, GPS)
• Water Purification methods
• Advanced search and rescue with tracking
• Communications. Nationwide Amateur Radio network and local HAMS Signal Core.
A substantial number of scientist now believe that global warming is and will cause not only more mega storms but new monster storms that man has yet to see.
Natural disasters, such as supervolcanoes , Earthquakes – ‎Tsunamis – ‎‎Tornadoes – Floods – ‎‎Hurricanes , Mudslides – Epidemics-Aasteroids, and major fires, pose great risks if sufficiently big enough.
Man made disasters these anthropogenic events could include catastrophic nuclear war, nuclear bomb explosion (suit case), nuclear power plant explosion , The Nuclear EMP Threat , Terrorism , bioterrorism, Chemical war fare – Dirty Bombs and many more.
There will always be natural and man made disasters. We need to be prepared!!!

Orange County, California – Sheriff’s Department

Attention all United States Civil Defense Assoc. (USCDA) Members.

USCDA is recommending to all our members and their families for emergency preparedness Canuck In Denver’s

Emergency Preparedness

and Survival Basics Guide

Basic information to get you started on the road to

Emergency Preparedness and Survival – A beginner’s guide. Download/print and keep on hand for reference.

By Canuck In Denver

Ó 2006 Canuck In Denver




The following is Dr. Peter Pry’s discussion during ACD’s September 30 symposium on “Energy, Space, and Cyber Security – Current and Future Threats.” Dr. Peter Pry is the Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security.

I am the Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, which is a congressional advisory board. And before that, I worked on the House Armed Services Committee, and before that the CIA. I’ve spent all of my professional life working on weapons of mass destruction, including EMP. EMP is the threat that’s always concerned me the most because it was the least understood and it can do the most damage with the smallest investment. But I think all of us here seem to be experts on EMP now.
On EMP, China and Russia  are light years ahead of us . On the Congressional EMP Commission, we found  that Russia has developed what they call a Super-EMP weapon, a new generation of nuclear weapon specifically designed to create EMP. The Super is basically a gamma ray producer. Very low yield; on the order of a couple kilotons, or even less. And it generates a tremendous EMP pulse, an E-1 pulse of 200 kilovolts per meter, according to Russian military writings. That is for every meter of dimension in the object being attacked, you get 200,000 volts. So if it’s 2 meters long, that’s 400,000. Multiply by 200,000 volts the dimension in meters of the target – that’s the amount of energy. Imagine the energy transferred to power lines or communications lines that can run for kilometers.
The EMP phenomenon begins above an altitude of 30 kilometers. But the ideal attack would be to place one about 400 kilometers within the center of the country. That puts the EMP field down over all 48 contiguous United States. And it would be 100 kilovolts per meter at the horizon with the 200 kilovolt peak field.  Russia and China are the only countries in the world that have hardened their infrastructures against EMP. They did it back in the Cold War because they believed you could fight and win a nuclear war. At least the Soviets did. And we now know – fairly recently because it’s only a recent discovery – about the so-called Underground Great Wall in China. The Chinese have built thousands of kilometers of underground facilities very similar to what the Russians and the Soviets before them did. And they have hardened their critical infrastructure.
The Russians told us – we were actually visited by a delegation from Moscow, two Russian generals, their top experts on EMP – to warn the Commission that there had been a technology leak from Russia to North Korea on the secret of the Super-EMP weapon. They predicted – this was in 2004 – that, within a few years, North Korea would be capable of developing a Super-EMP weapon. And a couple of years later in 2006, they did their first [nuclear] test. And all of the tests have been the same. These low-yield weapons, one to three kilotons, the Western press has tended to declare to be failures because the yields were so low. I mean, a nominal atomic bomb should have a yield of about 10 kilotons.
These are on the order of one to two kilotons. And no leakage of radionuclides from the tests, which almost always happens. This indicates something like a pure fusion weapon, which is consistent with the Super-EMP weapon. South Korean military intelligence independently came to the conclusion that Russians were in North Korea helping them develop Super-EMP weapons. Then in 2012, a military commentator for People’s Republic of China said the North Koreans have Super-EMP weapons.
To make matters worse, you don’t actually need a Super-EMP weapon. Any nuclear weapon would do: our electrical grid is not hardened, at all.
Any nuclear weapon detonated anywhere above 30 kilometers over the Eastern U.S. would cause a national catastrophe. You could use a meteorological balloon to get up that high. Last year an acrobat had himself lofted up into the stratosphere by balloon above 30 kilometers with a heavy sky-diving suit demonstrating that you can get heavy objects up to that altitude by balloon. We knew it before he did that. One of our concerns was that you could use a meteorological balloon to lift any kind of warhead up to that altitude, 30 kilometers or higher, and detonate the warhead anywhere over the United States – preferably someplace over the Eastern seaboard, because the Eastern Grid generates 70 percent of our electricity. And the country can’t survive without the Eastern Grid. If you take down the Eastern Grid,  all the critical infrastructures are going to collapse.
One of the things that makes this so tragic is there’s really no excuse for the country to be vulnerable to EMP. We have known for decades how to protect military systems against EMP. And it’s far easier to protect the civilian grid. There are things like Faraday cages and surge arresters they could use. At the heart of the grid are EHV transformers, Extremely High Voltage transformers. They are to our civilization what the aqueducts were to the Romans. You can’t have a grid – you can’t have a modern society – without these EHV transformers.
They aren’t built in this country anymore. They were invented here by Nikolai Tesla. They were originally built here. We exported the electric grid to the world. But unfortunately, like so many things, we don’t make EHV transformers here anymore. There’s only two countries in the world that make EHV transformers for export: South Korea and Germany. And the worldwide production of EHV transformers is 180 per year – because the windings have to be done by hand, the old fashioned way, just the way Nikolai Tesla did it. And we have about 3,000 EHV transformers in this country. So it doesn’t take a genius to do the arithmetic that if you lose 1,000 EHV transformers, how many years will it take to replace them? And it doesn’t take a year for people to starve to death massively. This is why the Commission estimated that within a year, given our current state of unpreparedness, millions would starve.
There is also natural EMP – because the sun can do this, too, by means of a Carrington class coronal mass ejection. [Holds up a photograph.] That is an actual photograph of a Carrington class coronal mass ejection taken from a satellite.  In December 2012 we entered the solar maximum, which means greater risk of the occurrence of a Carrington class coronal mass ejection. You may not be able to see it, but this little blue dot – that’s the relative size of the Earth compared to one of these coronal mass ejections. So you don’t need to be an astrophysicist to understand that if this hits, it’s going to ruin your whole day. A Carrington event would be even worse than a Super-EMP weapon because it would cause an EMP worldwide and collapse electric grids everywhere.
But yet again, the technology is understood, and it’s relatively inexpensive. We think – the Congressional EMP Commission estimated – that for about $2 billion we could protect the whole country, the entire national electric grid. And as we’ve looked at different plans, we’ve been able to bring the price down so that it’s down now around $500 million.  There are many ways of doing it. There are three plans described in my book Apocalypse Unknown about how to protect the country, but we haven’t been able to get Congress to do it.
I’m extremely alarmed at what is not being reported in our newsrooms. And while it’s fascinating to talk about the future, I frankly am increasingly concerned that we may not have any future, given how blind we are about what’s going on and what isn’t being talked about. It’s appalling to me to hear the whole focus on the media reporting and what we’re focused on in this town today is over sequestration, over the budget, whether the government is going to shut down.
Going back I guess four weeks ago, over the past four weeks, things that have happened that I find extremely disturbing but that weren’t reported, or were barely reported in the press. I think it was the 2nd of September, on a Monday, when Israel did an unannounced anti-missile test. It was all over the Russian press, but to my knowledge, not mentioned at all except in an article I wrote for LIGNET. The Russian general staff command post went on alert in response to that Israeli anti-missile test and notified Vladimir Putin that unknown missiles were coming out of the Med, headed towards Syria where they have a fleet.
Now, they likened this – their deputy defense minister – likened this to the January 1995 incident (they did, not me), which was the closest we ever came to a nuclear war. And they reminded the international press that on the 25th of January, 1995, when they had detected an unannounced Norwegian meteorological missile, they had nearly pushed the button because they had not been notified. And they likened this thing that happened back in September to the January, 1995 incident. It was the closest we ever came – it was the only time that all three “Chegets,” which is their equivalent to the U.S. nuclear football, the presidential football, were activated.
The Chief of the General Staff, the Defense Minister, and the President – all three of those Chegets were activated, and basically [Mikhail] Kolesnikov, then the Chief of the General Staff, was yelling at Yeltsin, who was President at the time, ‘Push the button!” And it was only Boris Yeltsin, an alcoholic, who couldn’t believe the United States was going to launch a surprise nuclear attack. He waited and paused for ten minutes. And that’s what spared us. That’s how close we came. And they claim, on the 2nd of September because of what the Israelis did, that this was another incident, a nuclear war scare. Totally unreported.
The Israelis had launched two target missiles. They were testing their anti-missile system. So it was scheduled in advance and the bureaucracy, I guess, just decided – despite the fact that there was a crisis going on in Syria – to launch these two target missiles from the central Mediterranean toward the eastern Med to be intercepted. And the Israelis – only after the Russians came out and made a warning about: hey, who’s launching missiles in the Mediterranean – did they say, well, we did it. And then they declared it was a success.
There’s another event that I’m just sort of amazed at: That is the Russian fleet that nobody seems to think much of. The Russians are closely aligned with Syria, made it clear that their national interests are tied up there. There are probably tactical nuclear weapons on that Russian fleet. Where do our people think these 8,000 tactical nuclear weapons the Russians have are? In storage? We know from their exercises, the military writings, that these things play a very important role in their defense plans. The Moskva, which is now the flagship of the Russian fleet off Syria, during the Cold War, we understood that that thing carried tactical nuclear weapons that had yields of 300 kilotons on anti-ship missiles. So that Russian fleet’s probably got tactical nuclear weapons on it. The whole thing strikes me as being like 1914 all over again.
In Syria the President passed the buck to Congress. And Congress and the President, now that we’re engaged in negotiations, our fleet is still there, we passed the buck to the U.S. Navy and to the Russian fleet as well, who are going to be watching each other because they have no alternative. Both sides, the U.S. and Russian fleets and their military establishments, are watching each other like hawks with their national tactical means, just in case something should happen. What if there’s some kind of a glitch with a satellite? What if Hezbollah or Iran or somebody who would love to see the United States and Russia get into a nuclear war with each other decides to use cyber warfare to try to provoke something? The Iranians have got Silkworm anti-ship missiles from China. They’ve got Sunburn [anti-ship] missiles from the Russians to attack our guys and start a war, like 1914. We’ve got all these actors, many of whom have an interest in seeing us go to war with each other, and nobody’s talking about that.
Let me just step through a couple of other headlines that should have been – things that happened over the past few weeks that have really bothered me that our own Western media has largely ignored. Syria had crossed the chemical redline, but now they’re going to go into negotiation.
North Korea restarted the Yongbyon reactor, and that has gone virtually unreported, which is crossing another redline. That was supposed to be a redline with North Korea: They were not going to restart that reactor, but they did. And not even Fox News has mentioned it. You know, that reactor produces enough plutonium for two atomic bombs a year.
On Friday, Maariv, an Israeli newspaper, reported that interviews with Israeli government experts – Israeli experts who have elected to remain anonymous – show they believe that the redline in Iran has already been crossed and that it’s too late to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.
They concluded that Iran has probably already developed at least one nuclear weapon. And you know, I think that that is so. Congressman Bartlett and I two years ago wrote an article in the Washington Times warning that Iran may already have the bomb. It just astonishes me that we have this – you know, that we truly are a culture of strategic optimists. I mean here’s a country [Iran] that’s had a nuclear weapons program for 30 years – 30 years! And, supposedly, in 30 years they haven’t been able to build an atomic bomb when the United States in World War II, in the Manhattan Project, working with 1930s-1940s era technology, built two atomic bombs of completely different design in just three years.
And the Iranians had help from North Korea, the Russians and Chinese, and, yet, we say that it’s still a year before they’re going to get the bomb! Why do we think that? Because the Iranians told the UN International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors, supposedly, exactly how many centrifuges they really have. The Administration’s calculations are all based on information provided by Iran to the IAEA.
You know, the last thing – building on what Jim Woolsey said – if you pull all of this together, you know, the EMP, the cyber warfare, with the doctrine – the adversary doctrine of the Russians, the Chinese, North Koreans. To them cyber warfare, information warfare, is not just computer viruses. They may use kinetic attacks like those AK-47s that were used in San Jose – all the way up to nuclear EMP attack. And it’s almost like, over the past several years, we’ve seen a dry run happening.
They’ve been attacking us, maybe not doing everything that they could. I think that these things are more like exploratory scouting expeditions to see how vulnerable our critical infrastructures really are to their viruses and those kinds of attacks. Now, we’ve had a couple of instances where we had kinetic attacks on transformers. The San Jose one was clearly professional. They haven’t found those so-called vandals. We don’t know who they were, and they were using AK-47s when they did it.
That North Korean freighter that was stopped for smuggling drugs to Panama had SA-2 missiles on it. Now, that is a nuclear-capable surface-to-air missile. The Russians designed it so that it could carry a nuclear warhead. Now, they didn’t have nuclear warheads on them. But it’s just fascinating that it just happened to be discovered by accident – because they were investigating the freighter for smuggling drugs – that we found that here’s a North Korean vessel that brought a nuclear-capable missile into the Caribbean, which was the EMP Commission’s nightmare scenario.
Our worst-case scenario was that Iran or North Korea or somebody would put a short-range missile, or some kind of missile, on a freighter and do an EMP attack from a freighter, launch it up over the East Coast of the United States. And here we’ve actually found a freighter that had a nuclear-capable missile in it, discovered just by accident when it was trying to go through the Panama Canal. How many other things have been going on like that? So you’ve got all the building blocks here, and I wonder how much time we have. I wonder how much time.
The last thing I will mention is the complexity of our world now and all the different pathways in which things could lead to apocalypse. I mean 99 years ago, this August just past, World War I started because the political and military leadership of the time were overwhelmed by the technology of the time. The technology involved in the act of mobilizing armies was something they didn’t anticipate, the complexity of it, the risk of trying to de-escalate once mobilization had started.
So all it took was one bullet from a Serbian terrorist to send us down a path that our great minds of the time, the political and military leaders and the crowned heads of Europe, could not control. They could not control it. How much more complex is the technology and the difference between war and peace today? Then, the decision between war and peace was based on days and weeks. Now it’s minutes and seconds, and extremely potentially fallible and cyber-vulnerable satellite systems – and all kinds of bad guys out there who would love to see an apocalypse that would take out the United States and Russia both.
There’s just one last thing I want to mention. Thursday, the Russians finished Zapad 13, which is a big military exercise that they held. Again, another thing that hasn’t been mentioned in the press, while they’re negotiating with us on behalf of the Syrians. And this exercise, by the way, was witnessed by President Putin and Aleksandr Lukashenka, President of Belarus. It was a joint exercise between Russia and Belarus that in a matter of a couple of days delivered 22,000 troops from central Russia to the gates of Poland and the Baltic states – 22,000 troops. That is almost exactly the same number of the active duty personnel in the combined armed forces of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia – 22,000.
And there were enormous protests. Poles, I think accurately, objected that the exercise featured a simulated nuclear strike on Warsaw. So here’s just another thing that the Western press seems to have no interest in whatsoever that might perhaps raise some questions about the sincerity of our Russian negotiating partners in Syria and the like. Anyway, thank you for letting me get all those events off my chest. What their collective significance is yet, I hope, will come to no significance
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