Faulty Chips Could Cripple
Bush Attack On Iran
By William Thomas
Responding after further investigation to further queries from this reporter, Hank used slang to reveal his stress when he flatly declared, "The stuff that's 'hardened' ain't. The stuff that's 'safe' ain't."
This means that in the event of an attack launched by the United States against Iran, an electromagnetic pulse from a deliberate or accidental nuclear detonation-or from a directed energy weapon manned by Chinese technicians defending their country's interests ashore-will cause many or most American offensive and defensive missile systems to fail to fire, explode on launch, or not detonate on target. Some weapons may even emulate WWII torpedoes and Vietnam- era Sidewinders and boomerang back on the ship, plane or vehicle that launched them.
"It's a 50-50 coin toss whether you have bad material," Hank told two very unhappy agents. "There's no way to identify which ones are and which ones are not the problem children. You won't know until you roll."
IMPOSSIBLE TO FIX
Any detonation of Bush's beloved "low yield" bunker-buster, an Iranian nuclear power plant, or shipboard reactor "could deactivate the U.S. Navy," as Hank put it-along with all other command, control, communications and weapons circuits quietly humming in some forgotten but vital piece of equipment aloft, afloat or alongshore in the Persian Gulf.
To rig the Trojan chips, "pick a frequency that isn't in nature above 23,000 hertz or below 2 hertz at power levels only you can produce," Hank invited. Jackie the sailor would not be able to misdial her sonar and shut down the entire fleet because "the pressure and wattage, as well as the frequency equivalent to an EMP" would be needed to do melt all those microchips. And that "could only come from a nuclear blast," Hank added.
Or a pulse weapon. Hank was also informed that if attacked, Chinese technicians in Iran could make every vulnerable circuit within range "melt when hit by a microwave" tuned to their vulnerable frequency.
If that happens, this military tech added, "You would immobilize the entirety of any response we would have. No radars. No engines to mobilize troops; to supply electricity. We'd be on foot. That's it. Oops!"
"There is quite literally no way to break one of these things open on the nano level" and reverse engineer the millions of micro-traps the Chinese have set. "There's no way to tell if you got it all."
Whoever said that a 12,000 year-old civilization was dumb?
Is this all hypothetical? Supposedly built "milspecs", will much or most U.S. military electronics in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations cease to function if hit with an electromagnetic pulse?
The smoking transistor answer is that China has already dramatically demonstrated their capability to fry the best U.S. military microelectronics on-or off-the planet. Just before North Korea tested a nuclear weapon in a "tiny" underground blast on October 9, 2006, Hank confirmed from multiple sources that America's most advanced reconnaissance satellite was immobilized by Beijing.
According to this well-informed source, "We had no warning" of the North Korean test because "the Chinese took down our look down capability" with a frequency-focused EMP. "And we were going, 'What the fuck just happened?' Nobody knew. Even after it happened nobody knew. Because it leaves no signature."
Since "an electromagnetic pulse goes on through and it's gone," such egregious aggression could not be proven, and was not an act of war.
It was a wake up call. Because the advanced NSA spy bird-"a little higher than Keyhole 14"-was supposedly "hardened against everything from solar flares to enemy action," Hank was told.
"This ain't GE," he underlined. "The Chinese "have the ability to do this to our equipment. We don't know which equipment. We don't know what frequencies it will fail. It could be frequency A in this component, frequency B in that one, frequency I in that one."
In a confrontation in the Persian Gulf or off Taiwan, where another U.S. task force has also been deployed, it will not matter if some "Made In Colorado" hardened chips shut down in time to dodge aimed or accidental pulses. Because complex electronic circuitry is assembled in a cascade-inviting daisy chain, if one microchip fails, even if the other dozen chips connected to that circuit come back online, the device they're directing won't.
Did someone say, "eject"?
Thursday, February 22, 2007