2020-09-24 18:24:04 UTC
This "Omni" magazine issue appeared in the news stands within days of the
Pan Am Flight 103 bombing, and I thought, "G. Gordon Liddy writing for a
SCIENCE magazine?" So I had good reason to read what he had to say: Smart
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Robert H. Kupperman, mentioned below, also wrote a book called "Final
Warning" (1989), finished before the Lockerbie disaster:
Though this is fictional, in the 30 years since, has ANYONE listened?
THE WHITE HOUSE TOP SECRET
PENUMBRA IKON ZOAR JENN IFER HELOS
09 September 1999
MEMORANDUM FOR THE PRESIDENT
FROM: AXEL JOHANSEN [Chief of Staff]
SUBJECT: HOW AMERICA WAS SHUT DOWN
This memorandum is a summary of and attached to, the comprehensive damage
report, physical and political, on the coordinated terrorist sabotage attack
on the night of second August. The political section has, as ordered, been
expanded to include a report on the Capitol Hill riot of last Thursday,
which cost 13 lives, including those of the speaker of the House and a
congressman before order was finally restored.
U.S. Commercial Aircraft Industry: 90 Percent Inoperative
The rendering of U.S. jet equipment inventory unusable cannot be attributed
to the events of second August. The intelligence community and the Federal
Bureau of Investigation are, however, unanimously in agreement that the two
are part of the same overall operation. This conclusion is based primarily
upon the evidence taken from the body of a female slain by SEAL Team 3 on
second August in the San Diego area while she was participating in the
attack on the national electrical power distribution system (next heading).
But for this fortuitous event, the sudden structural failure of several
aircraft belonging to each U. S. carrier would still be blamed on age (a la
the 1988 Aloha aircraft incident, when metal fatigue caused the roof of a
Boeing 737 to rupture in flight). As it is, we have had to ground the U.S.
civil commercial aviation fleet for an indefinite time, but at least we know
what to look for.
Japanese intelligence has confirmed that the body of the woman slain by the
SEALs is that of a member of their "Red Army" group. On her person was an
item at first thought unrelated to her mission: what appeared to be a
U.S.-made Magic Marker, which, although not dried out, did not mark. The
fluid it contained has now been identified by researchers at the Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as nearly chemically identical to
our classified liquid metal embrittlement (LME) agent. Unfortunately, prior
to being added to the classified technologies list, the LME agent was
discussed in open literature.
With the aid of the LME marking device, a terrorist could gain, and
obviously has gained, access to aircraft and by the simple process of
drawing a virtually undetectable line across fuselage components subject to
stress, could cause the metal under the line to become brittle enough to
fail shortly after it is next subjected to the stress of flight.
It will take a long time to check every aircraft unless under interrogation
any of the few prisoners we were able to take will talk. They are being
questioned by CIA, over the protests of the FBI, because in this rare
instance CIA methods are justified for domestic use and are not in the FBI
We have been able to achieve 10 percent capacity of normal civil or
commercial air transport only because the smaller turbine commuter aircraft
were not attacked, nor were the aircraft of foreign carriers, a number of
which have generously leased us spare aircraft at extortionate rates.
Even assuming the best, the fear of the American public for the safety of
our civil fleet will have a lasting, very economically damaging effect.
Nation's Capital and Seven Largest Metropolitan Areas Blacked Out
Since the devastating New York City blackout of 1977 much has been done by
way of redundancy to protect entire nets from chain-reaction failures.
Nevertheless the terrorists exploited a vulnerability brought to
governmental attention several administrations ago (and ignored since) by
Dr. Robert H. Kupperman of the Center for Strategic and International
Studies. The terrorists did their homework very thoroughly.
Kupperman's point is as follows: In order to achieve economies of scale,
generated electrical power is transmitted over long distances at extremely
high voltage (EHV). Think of a power line as a water pipe. In electrical
terms, amperage is the flow of water through the pipe. Voltage is the
pressure. The higher the pressure, the greater the amount of water a given
pipe can transport. To get water under pressure requires a pump. To get
electricity under pressure requires a transformer. EHV requires an EHV
transformer, both to step the voltage up at the beginning of its journey and
down at its destination.
There are only about 500 EHV transformers in the entire nation. Their
locations are shown on a map available to the public. Most are protected by
no more than a chain-link fence and warning signs that serve to confirm
exactly what they are. EHV transformers are sophisticated pieces of
equipment not manufactured in the United States. The lead time for delivery
of a new one from abroad is 18 months. They can be put out of operation by a
Thus a small number of terrorists—a few using .458 Winchester magnum rifles
(as was the woman killed by the SEALs), and the rest Israeli-made copies of
our Marine Corps' new 40mm lightweight, polymer/ceramic, near-handgun—size
grenade launchers-took out the few key EHV transformers around Washington,
DC, New York City/Newark, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta,
Oakland/San Francisco, and Los Angeles. San Diego was saved when an element
of SEAL Team 3, on a security penetration test mission, came upon one of the
terrorists who panicked and fired on them. After killing her, the SEALs
grasped her mission, alerted their superiors, and in short order we had
nearly half the few prisoners captured to date.
The aftermath of the EHV attack has been devastating. There is no power for
the water supply pumps. The effects of arson are impossible to control.
Martial law is barely able to maintain order now that the stores are looted
and burned. Vigilante justice is rampant. Sanitation has broken down, and
the rats are out of control in New York City It will take six months to a
year, under emergency conditions, to acquire and replace the transformers
and restore the electrical power.
North-South Rail Traffic in Eastern United States Severed; Much of Strategic
Rail Corridor Network (STRACNET) Out
Unfortunately, all major north-south railroad traffic in the eastern United
States funnels through two choke points: a single strategic railroad bridge
over the Potomac River between Washington, DC, and Virginia, and the rail
complex at Cincinnati. On the night of second August, terrorist-planted
pressure mines—set so that they would go off only under the weight of a full
train—took out the Potomac Bridge, and the Cincinnati choke point was
severed by use of an expert combination of low-order (ammonium nitrate
combined with heating-grade fuel oil) and high-order (both C4 and dynamite)
Rebuilding is under way, but as you read this, the accordion effect, coupled
with the fact that power outages make it impossible to pump automotive fuel,
promises substantial interruption of freight delivery, especially of food
staples, for some time to come.
Natural Gas Supply for Industrial, Utility, Commercial, and Residential Use
in Northeastern and Atlantic Coastal U.S. Cut by 75 Percent; Restoration to
Take a Year
Seventy-one percent of domestic natural gas is produced in Texas and
Louisiana. Texas consumes a substantial amount of its own production. The
remainder is exported interstate via pipelines combining both lengths of
pipe and compressor stations. Louisiana, by contrast, consumes little of its
production; the bulk of it, combined with excess Texas gas transported from
next door, is shipped by pipeline interstate to the northeastern and
Atlantic coastal markets. Thus the terrorists, by targeting just the key
compressors and a few pipeline river crossings (easily identified by large
warning signs saying, WARNING- DO NOT ANCHOR- PIPELINE) entirely within the
state of Louisiana, caused a catastrophe. From Louisiana, the pipe network
fans out into the Northeast and Atlantic Coast. The key compressors are in
Louisiana at the base of the fan. They have no protection at all.
As with the EHV transformers, many of the gas compressors were manufactured
abroad. Replacement lead times are long. Very few are in inventory. The
damaged compressors destroyed easily by Soviet RPG-Ts (rifle-propelled
grenades), cannot be repaired. Even after gas transmission restoration, it
will take nearly a year just to relight the industrial pilot lights in large
utility and manufacturing installations.
Computer Database Erasure of Wall Street, Six Federal Reserve Banks, Two IRS
Service Centers, Several of Largest Commercial Banks, and Numerous
Corporations Produces Fiscal Chaos
The same small teams that attacked the EHV transformers serving New York,
Washington, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco then used
man-transportable electromagnetic pulse generators (EMPGs) to erase computer
databases in those cities. The extent of the havoc is now becoming clear as
all but the cash monetary system collapses.
A Special Operations Capable Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOCMEU) exercising
in Louisiana was alerted by the demolition of a natural gas pipeline at a
river crossing. By dawn, they killed six and captured four from two separate
five-man terrorist teams. Captured with one team was its EMPG.
The EMPG, cruder and bulkier than our own classified device, appears to be
of Soviet origin. While both theirs and ours use superconductors, theirs is
coupled with an explosion, whereas ours uses an implosion for greater yield.
The best minds we have been trying to find ways to reconstruct what was lost
through retrieval of partial data from unaffected network components. They
are working first on the governmental losses.
“Experts have been worried about computer viruses for years. The threat is
minor compared to EMPG- it erases everything: records of Treasury bonds, VA
checks, civilian and military pensions.”
It may, for example, be possible through the use of old paper records that
may survive in local offices, as well as any correspondence in the hands of
individual citizens, to reconstruct some of the Social Security system. We
may, however, have to ask Congress to consider some sort of postcatastrophic
forgiveness or moratorium and a fresh start for some of the private sector.
The loss of Social Security records causes the most severe impact on
civilians; the government is more devastated by the loss of IRS records.
Many experts have for years been worried about computer viruses. Their
threat is minor compared to that of the EMPG, which erases everything:
records of Treasury bonds, VA checks, pension plans, military pensions. Some
military installations are protected from EMPGs, but none of the
civilian-military ones are, such as those installations where records of
military pensions are kept.
Who Did It and How?
Intelligence community and Department of Defense (DOD) estimates of the
total number of terrorists involved in the coordinated attack vary from 100
to 250. We shall not know the exact number for a long time, if ever.
Although the terrorists are being hunted by both the FBI and civil
authorities on the theory of criminal law violation, as by DOD Special
Warfare (SPECWAR) assets such as the SEALs, SOCMEU, and the Army's Delta
Forceon the theory of military attack and under martial law, CIA believes
that in the continuing chaos following the assault most participants slipped
out of the country, probably via Mexico.
Although worldwide there are more than 3,000 terrorists belonging to about
50 organizations, the intelligence community pinpoints only about five
groups with a combined membership of about 200 highly trained men and women
as being capable of the second August attack. While there are different
estimates of the number of international terrorist groups, here we are
including the PLO, IRA (which became totally Marxist, so now there exists
the provisional IRA, called the Provos, which is the majority and
socialist), Japanese Red Army, the French Action Directe, the Islamic Jihad.
Some groups are bogus, like Black September, which was created by the PLO so
that it could deny its role in the Olympics massacre. It is, however,
unlikely that they could all be recruited for this operation.
Noting that all those captured by the SOCMEU in Louisiana were black aliens,
CIA has assigned a high degree of credibility to the information passed on
by Mossad that the entire Louisiana attacking force was recruited from black
citizens of Communist African nations who were students at the Soviets'
Patrice Lumumba University and that the recruits' training took place at the
same bases that are used to train the PLO as well as other terrorist groups.
Mossad advances the foregoing based upon three factors: that the attack was
Soviet-sponsored and directed (CIA is not so sure. They like the Qaddafi
revenge theory better- that he arranged the attack to avenge the death of
his daughter in 1986 when we bombed his palace); that the existing pool of
200 sufficiently trained terrorists could not be recruited en masse for one
operation; and that groups of blacks could pass unnoticed in Louisiana,
given the existing residual racism in the region.
This led to the white commanding officers ignoring the input of competent
black police in the South, who detected the presence of black aliens
immediately and submitted their field intelligence reports on this
matter—the typical police operations procedure. (FBI records tend to lend
support to this theory. According to reports from the New Orleans field
office, black police officers in Louisiana picked up rumors of strange
blacks moving about, but when they reported them to their white superiors,
they were either ridiculed or completely ignored.)
It is the consensus, therefore, that the terrorists were recruited from
among the 200 who constitute the transnational threat, further supplemented
by a contingent of trained-for-the-event Communist black Africans.
The Soviet initiation theory is lent credence by the possession of the EMPG
devices. Other than us, only the Soviets are known to have them, and
although Israel could probably build one, it would most likely employ our
implosion/superconductor technology rather than that of the cruder, less
efficient Soviet model.
DARPA suggests Soviet responsibility based not only on the EMPG technology
but also on the captured communications equipment. It nearly mirrors our
latest classified gear but with construction techniques peculiarly Soviet.
The transceivers operate using a constant sweep of an exceptionally large
number of frequencies so that no one frequency is used for more than a
microsecond at a time, rendering effective interception virtually
impossible. Both Israel and Switzerland have equipment operating on the same
principle. We have acquired specimens of both, and the transceivers in
question are definitely neither.
The question of responsibility remains in doubt, in view of the foregoing.
CIA avers that only the black Africans can be believed to have acted from
ideological conviction. International terrorists are real, regardless of
their rhetoric, not ideological, despite undistributed extreme left or right
dispositions. They do it for personal, psychosocial reasons-because they
The how of it is relatively simple. The terrorists were outfitted with
appropriate clothing, alias documentation, and pocket litter and infiltrated
into the nation with the most porous border on Earth. Armament in total
(including AK-47 assault rifles, RPG-7's, handguns, ammunition, and
miscellaneous mines and other ordnance) amounted to a small mass compared
with the bulk of such regularly smuggled contraband as marijuana. All the
odd laws we passed against "plastic" guns did nothing to halt the march of
technology, specifically the production of plastic polymer and ceramic guns.
While weapons made of these materials are a bit delicate for use in
traditional hand-to-hand fashion- i.e., to strike the enemy
with-ceramic/plastic construction offers a number of benefits.
Ceramic/polymer weapons are impervious to rust, extreme heat, and the
elements, and they are self-cleaning.
What we have accomplished with our restrictive laws on this technology was
to lose a large new industry and all the jobs that go with it. Even without
resorting to such high-tech weapons, it is relatively straightforward to get
a standard-construction gun through the airport magnetometers and roentgen
machines, which are a joke. In a previous terrorist attack on an aircraft,
for example, the protagonists took a common semiautomatic pistol apart and
immersed its pieces in molten leaded crystal. This passed as an opaque
object through the airport machines. Once airborne, one of the terrorists
went into the plane's bathroom, broke the glass, and reassembled the pistol.
There is no substitute for human inspection by trained personnel.
Which leaves the question of why. To understand that requires a
recapitulation of what has been done to us; what has been accomplished from
the point of view of whoever was behind the attack.
Our biggest cities and the huge areas surrounding them (the Boston/New York/
Baltimore/Washington metropolitan areas interconnect) are without electrical
power, have been so for a month, and will continue to be so for many more.
Food has spoiled because there is no refrigeration. (Gas-powered
refrigerators have run out.) Fuel cannot be pumped. What traffic there is
gridlocked because there are no operational traffic signals.
Garbage is piled up. Rats are running rampant. Emergency generators at
hospitals are out of fuel, and the hospitals are running out of supplies.
Freight cannot be moved. Factories are out of operation. Food produced in
relatively unaffected areas cannot be marketed or even effectively
distributed as relief in the affected areas because there is no electricity,
and combustion engines need fuel. Police, mistakenly now wedded to and
dependent upon the automobile, are crippled. The people, weaned on what
passes for news on television and radio, are without it.
Virtually every citizen in the vast areas affected by the attack is now
jobless because factories have no fuel or power. The homes in the North are
without heat and light, with winter coming on. The economy as we know it is
at a halt, and the banking system is shut down. Denied such basics of
civilization as police, fire, and healthcare, people are frantic. They have
looked to Washington, and Washington has been able to do nothing. We cannot
even communicate effectively with these people. Even battery-powered
portable radios are failing as their batteries give out.
As you know, according to Kupperman and other observers, the "prayer" of
public officials has always been that a disaster will be either so immense
as to be perceived as an "act of God" and thus engage the loyalty and team
spirit of both the government and a patient populace or so small that it
will go away by itself. The dread of officials is the one in between,
affecting more than one choke point, the one with which government cannot
cope. It is dreaded because it damages the faith of the people in their
government and way of life.
The current situation is a nightmare. The people know this was not an act of
God. What has happened is so immense as to be almost incomprehensible to
them. The people expect their government to do something about it; to fix
the problem and punish those responsible. And the American people are not
patient. Their faith in what the Founding Fathers wrought is ebbing fast. It
is this last factor that occasioned the following.
The Capitol Hill Riot
DOD, working with the Secret Service, has taken elaborate precautions to
protect the White House from the angry mobs that looted and burned the K
Street corridor. The service has taken additional steps to protect the White
House. This is beyond the work that has been done in past years, including
the concrete, barriers and extensive sensor deployment. As you are aware, if
a would-be intruder stood in Lafayette Park and looked at the executive
mansion, he would be observed via high-powered TV monitors secreted in the
little vent housings on the roof of the White House. Beyond this, should an
individual set foot anywhere on the lawn area, sensors would display exactly
where he or she was. Should evacuation become necessary for you or members
of your staff, there is the escape tunnel from the White House into the
Treasury- which has been recently checked and is fully operational. It was
anticipated that the focus of resentment would be upon your office and the
White House, the symbol of authority of the national government throughout
our history. We know now that that has changed.
Gradually, over the past few administrations, as Congress passed law after
law for the people and the executive branch to follow but excepted Congress
itself (the civil rights acts, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the minimum
wage laws, etc.) and as Congress continued to act as if the rest of the laws
of the land did not apply to its members (and indeed, the Constitution
itself, as Congress usurped more and more of the powers of the executive
branch), the perception of the people shifted like the needle of a compass
toward a more powerful magnet. The Capitol building came to supplant the
White House as the foremost symbol of power as well as the actual locus of
Thus the rage and frustration of the people was not directed at you but at
Congress. Speaker of the House Galloway, bravely defying the urgent advice
of the Capitol police, sought to confront and calm the mob sacking the
Capitol building and beating individual members. The mob, shouting
obscenities and references to the speaker's recent press conference - at
which he denied new charges of illegality in his solicitation of campaign
contributions-used electrical cable from a nearby construction repair site
to hang him from a lamppost.
We have got to reunite the country without delay. Already for millions,
their faith in government and our way of life has been destroyed. We can
keep that from happening to the majority of the population. The present
situation serves as an opportunity to do that and to achieve the return of
power to the presidency. As a bonus, we can be rid of Communist Nicaragua.
The armed forces are intact and functioning. A quick strike by all three
divisions of the Marine Corps (the Army will scream, but we need them here
to deal with the emergency) will get rid of the comandantes within 90 days.
It will focus the public's attention outside and let us get a handle on
things domestic. This recommendation is concurred in by all of your Cabinet
save the Department of State.
The aim of this action is to divert the country from its domestic woes. This
is a perfect job for the Marines-it is the sort of mission that they are
intended to perform. The general plan of battle is for one division to land
via an amphibious assault on Nicaragua's Atlantic coast, and another on the
Pacific side, with the third division in reserve. The division landing on
the Pacific coast would capture Managua. The Sandinistas are expected to
take to the countryside. The two divisions would then employ a classic
pincer movement to trap the Nicaraguan forces between them.
The legal scenario that such action would prompt is as follows. Congress
passed the War Powers Act, to which no President has yet yielded. Nor has
any President tested it, either legally or politically. The legal test for
those opposed to this act centers on the theory that if you read it together
with the decision of the Supreme Court that struck down the congressional
veto, then the War Powers Act is unconstitutional and thus can be ignored by
the President. In short, we could just do it and then tell those against our
action to take us to court. Strategically, from a legal point of view it is
important to note also that because Nicaragua is small, if you use
overwhelming power and get the job done and the U.S. troops out within 90
days, the War Powers Act never goes into effect, and the point is moot.
"Delay in the use of force, and hesitation to accept responsibility for its
employment when the situation clearly demands it, will always be interpreted
as a weakness. Such indecision will encourage further disorder, and will
eventually necessitate measures more severe than those which would have
sufficed in the first instance." -- The United States Marine Corps Small
Your father and any other veteran of WWII would remember.