Americans tend to think their country is invulnerable to devastating, catastrophic attack – despite Pearl Harbor, despite 9/11 and despite the recent mega-hack of the entire personnel database of the federal government.
After all, we have a great military machine that can project force anywhere in the world when necessary. Our soldiers are fearless. They fight in the air, on land, in the sea and in darkness better than any others in the world. We have sophisticated weapons and technology on our side.
But what if the big attack on America is one in which our military can’t defend us at all?
More and more, that seems not only like a possibility, but a probability.
In fact, we’ve seen some dress rehearsals for this kind of war recently.
What this means is that enemies are prepared, willing and able to exploit vulnerabilities of our civilian government infrastructure to avoid a direct head-on confrontation with our strength – our fighting forces.
It has come recently in the form of a devastating, albeit limited, cyber-attack by China in which this privileged trading partner and recipient of hundreds of billions in direct U.S. government aid exploited Washington’s negligent, virtually non-existent digital security policies to score perhaps the biggest intelligence asset in the history of the world – the names, addresses, Social Security numbers and background information on every single U.S. government employee, civilian and military, in the U.S.
It was a breathtaking and astonishing attack, albeit, given the U.S. government’s sheer incompetence, it was more like a surrender than an ingenious triumph by an enemy.
It’s not comforting to realize the U.S. power grid is vulnerable to a similar kind of cyber-attack. If that one were successful, it would mean darkness and starvation for millions of Americans – plunging an interdependent technology-based nation into an 18th-century existence overnight.
That could happen today … tomorrow … the day after.
Written by Joseph Farah
Full report at WND