A Closer Look At The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

A Look at the Tri-State’s Active Fault Line

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Ramapo Fault is the longest fault in the Northeast that occasionally makes local headlines when minor tremors cause rock the Tri-State region. It begins in Pennsylvania, crosses the Delaware River and continues through Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties before crossing the Hudson River near Indian Point nuclear facility.

In the past, it has generated occasional activity that generated a 2.6 magnitude quake in New Jersey’s Peakpack/Gladstone area and 3.0 magnitude quake in Mendham.

“There is occasional seismic activity in New Jersey,” said Robinson. “There have been a few quakes locally that have been felt and done a little bit of damage over the time since colonial settlement — some chimneys knocked down in Manhattan with a quake back in the 18th century, but nothing of a significant magnitude.”

Robinson said the Ramapo has on occasion registered a measurable quake but has not caused damage: “The Ramapo fault is associated with geological activities back 200 million years ago, but it’s still a little creaky now and again,” he said.

“More recently, in the 1970s and early 1980s, earthquake risk along the Ramapo Fault received attention because of its proximity to Indian Point,” according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.

Historically, critics of the Indian Point Nuclear facility in Westchester County, New York, did cite its proximity to the Ramapo fault line as a significant risk.

“Subsequent investigations have shown the 1884 Earthquake epicenter was actually located in Brooklyn, New York, at least 25 miles from the Ramapo Fault,” according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.

Babylon the Great’s New Nuclear Weapons

US News

WARNING SIGNS Pentagon developing ways to detect electromagnetic pulses to prevent ‘Pearl Harbor-style’ surprise nuclear EMP attack

Samantha Lock

20:32, 18 Jul 2020

The nation’s defense headquarters is working on ways to detect and analyze EMP sensors amid reports China may be plotting to use an electromagnetic weapon to wreck havoc on the US.

“The modern battlefield is heavily dependent on electronic systems and near real-time data,” Tom Cartledge of the DTRA’s Nuclear Detection Division explains.

“Warfighters would benefit by being able to rapidly assess why these essential systems are not functioning properly so that appropriate troubleshooting or alternate procedures can be initiated.

“Our initial assessment is that we’ll likely need a family of sensors to fully inform the battlefield.

“This would include sensors for dismounted warfighters, mobile command posts, and fixed facilities. Because of size, weight, power, and data constraints with these different platforms, it is likely these sensors will vary in capability.”

The news come as a new report has warned China may be plotting to use an electromagnetic pulse weapon that would plunge the US into darkness and kill hundreds of millions.

Potential ways to detect an EMP attack could include sensors that give details of the pulse – its duration and intensity – indicating what equipment might have been damaged and how badly.

Sensors could also potentially tell whether an EMP is from a nuclear event, and what type of conventional device was used and where it came from.

“These sensors would most likely be networked within larger systems to sharing early warning information and enable collaborative analysis,” says Cartledge.

“However, communications is one of the capabilities impacted by an EMP so the sensors must be able to work stand-alone.”

‘NUCLEAR STRIKE’

Campaign group the EMP Task Force on Homeland and National Security released the paper which details the Chinese threat that it warns could come in the form of a nuclear strike from space.

Task force executive director Dr Peter Pry penned the report – first released on June 10 – which warns of a possible “Pearl Harbor-style” preemptive strike in a confrontation between the US and China.

It comes as relations between the two powers remain frosty amid the coronavirus pandemic, which President Donald Trump continues to blame on China.

EMPs use low-yield nuclear weapons detonated in the atmosphere to create an invisible and silent wave of energy that fries electronic equipment and may knock out the power grid.

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With no power, the nation would be plunged into chaos which could lead to rioting and famine – potentially killing millions.

Dr Pry – who was chief of staff on the Congressional EMP Commission – is calling on the White House to do more to protect the power grid and other critical infrastructure.

The expert also worked as an advisor to the House Armed Services Committee, and is a former intelligence officer with the CIA.

The EMP Task Force on Homeland and National Security is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to raising awareness of the threat posed by such weapons.

Writing in the report China: EMP Threat, Dr Pry warns he believes a high-altitude EMP is the “most likely kind of future warfare”.

The report lays out suggestions that China have been preparing for such a strike for many years so it can use the capability alongside cyber-attacks.

The task force describes itself as an organisation of “citizens, engineers, field experts, and others, all united in our concern for the American people”.

On its website, it describes the threat of the US power grid crashing as “very real”.

The organisation warns up to 90 per cent of Americans would die within the first year if it went down – a total of 295million people.

Dr Peter Pry penned the new report on the threat from ChinaCredit: .

Dr Pry warns recent Chinese cyber attacks – should be ” regarded as possible practice or preparation for Total Information Warfare—including nuclear HEMP attack”.

China has “Super-EMP weapons” which are based on a designs stolen from the US, the report claims.

It suggests satellite launched weapons or new hypersonic missiles could act as delivery systems for the EMP which would plunge the US into darkness.

The report warns China’s small nuclear arsenal could become a “giant killer” if it equips missiles with warheads designed for an EMP strike.

Dr Pry also claims China’s self imposed “no first use” policy on nuclear weapons would not apply when launching an EMP.

He warns: “Chinese military writings are replete with references to making HEMP attacks against the United States as a means of prevailing in war.”

The report describes a campaign of “cyber bugs and hacking” as the “tip of the spear” in a Chinese offensive against the US.

The expert compared these information warfare tactics to the “motorcycle troops that preceded the heavy armored divisions in Germany’s Blitzkrieg”.

China could use its nuclear missiles to deliver an EMP strike to the USCredit: CCTV

Dr Pry warns the coronavirus pandemic has “exposed dangerous weaknesses” in the US planning for disasters.

Writing in The Hill, he said: “Hostile foreign powers surely have noticed the panicked, incompetent US response to the virus that shut down a prosperous US economy, self-inflicting the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

“The nationwide lockdowns brought shortages of all kinds, exposing societal and critical infrastructure fragility — and causing widespread fear.”

President Trump signed an executive order last year to try and protect the US from the threat of an EMP.

It ordered federal agencies to plan for the possibility and assess its risks to America.

Dr Pry however said the executive order so far has had “done nothing to protect the national electric grid or other critical infrastructures that sustain the lives of 330 million Americans”.

Tensions remain high between the US and China, and Beijing this week allegedly showed off its cyber capabilities as it was accused of being behind a mass hack attack on Australia.

So far there has never been a nuclear EMP attack in history, with the side-effect of such blasts first being noticed by the US during a test in 1962.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order last year to try and protect the US from the threat of an EMPCredit: AFP

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China is Enabling the Iranian Nuclear Horn

America Has Created a “China-Iran Collaboration” Monster

News that China and Iran are nearing a twenty-five-year cooperation agreement has sparked concern about a growing alignment between two U.S. rivals. New York Times reporters Farnaz Fassihi and Steven Lee Myers disclosed details on the purported agreement claimed that it would “extend China’s influence in the Middle East, throwing Iran an economic lifeline and creating new flashpoints with the United States.” Those concerns seem overstated. The leaked text is apparently long on vision statements and short on actual commitments by either side. Both countries remain deeply wary about over-reliance on the other and have incentives to maximize their flexibility. Nevertheless, while the threat of a Sino-Iranian axis remains low, closer cooperation could still result in a stronger Iranian military and greater Chinese military and intelligence presence in the region. Those challenges, which are alluded to but not specified in the reported agreement, constitute the more difficult problems that will need to be addressed in the next few years.

In January 2016, the two countries agreed to pursue a twenty-five-year “comprehensive cooperation agreement” as part of their new “comprehensive strategic partnership.” The eighteen-page leaked document indicates that the two sides are nearing completion on such an agreement—neither side has disputed its authenticity—although the final version could differ. The agreement anticipates that the two sides will continue or expand cooperation in six major areas, including Chinese investments and purchase of Iranian oil and natural gas, infrastructure (including Chinese assistance developing the Chabahar and Bandar-e-abbas ports), technology (including 5G and artificial intelligence), banking and trade, defense (focusing on counter-terrorism), and coordination in multilateral institutions.

There are good reasons why China and Iran would want to cooperate in these areas. The two economies are complementary: China is the world’s largest oil importer and Iran is looking for purchasers willing to defy U.S. sanctions; Iran needs modernized infrastructure in areas such as rail and 5G networks, where Chinese firms have strengths. Beijing has also identified Iran as a link along the Belt and Road Initiative, connecting Xinjiang with the Middle East. Strategically, both states are motivated by a common perception of Washington as an adversary and concerns about U.S. military interventionism. Iran seeks Chinese weapons and expertise to expand its military influence in the region, while China is looking to cultivate Iran as a lucrative arms market and a strategic bulwark that ties up U.S. forces outside of Asia.

Cooperation was previously constrained by China’s opposition to Iran’s illicit uranium enrichment program and desire to avoid dealing directly with a pariah state, but the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action which imposed constraints on Iran’s nuclear program reduced both concerns. Only a week after that deal went into effect, Chinese president Xi Jinping visited Tehran and signed the “comprehensive strategic partnership.” Since then, the two countries have built relations in multiple areas. This includes Chinese financing for Iranian rail projects, China’s emergence as Iran’s largest oil purchaser, and meetings between high-level officials. Military ties, which flourished in the 1980s when China became Iran’s largest arms supplier, have also started to re-emerge. In December 2019, Chinese, Iranian, and Russian naval ships carried out a drill in the Gulf of Oman, highlighting what some analysts described as a strategic alignment between the three countries.

The leaked agreement appears to summarize this pre-existing cooperation and offers broad brush strokes for how the partnership could evolve in the future. Nevertheless, the details—or lack thereof—in the agreement suggest the limits of the partnership. Iranian analysts who have scoured the Farsi text report that it contains no precise investment or trade targets. China did not commit to purchase a specific amount of oil, but would “become a regular importer.” There is no mention of previous Iranian claims that China would invest up to $400 billion in return for steep discounts in Iranian oil. Rumors that China would base up to five thousand troops to protect those investments, or that Iran would sell China the strategically located Kish Island, are not supported by the text.

Both sides have reasons to keep agreements as vague as possible. China has long tried to balance Sino-Iranian relations with its competing interests in the Gulf. Saudi Arabia remains a far more important oil supplier for China ($40 billion in sales versus $7 billion in 2019). While the purported Iran deal has made headlines, Beijing has been working simultaneously to enhance its “comprehensive strategic partnerships” with Riyadh and the UAE, in addition to “strategic partnerships” with Kuwait, Qatar, and Oman. The Gulf states have also been important diplomatic partners for China, taking common positions on issues ranging from Xinjiang to Hong Kong. Beijing would have little appetite to antagonize those countries by upgrading ties with Iran at their expense.

The U.S. factor also influences China’s calculations. During the 1990s, U.S. pressure led China to curtail nuclear and ballistic missile cooperation with Iran. U.S. leverage today is weaker but the threat of sanctions still discourages trade and investments by China’s major state-owned and private enterprises. Those constraints increased with the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018 and heightened U.S. sanctions (although Washington lifted sanctions against one Chinese firm to make progress on a bilateral trade deal). The effects have been significant. Even before the coronavirus weakened demand, Chinese oil purchases in mid-2019 were down 60 percent from the previous year and a Chinese firm pulled out of a $5 billion deal to develop the South Pars natural gas field. Beijing wants access to Iranian oil and markets but is not prepared to make commitments that might completely cut off its access to the much larger U.S. economy.

Iran has its own reasons to hedge. While Iran’s supreme leader has signaled his support for the agreement, virtually guaranteeing its approval in the parliament, many remain skeptical about its potential benefits. One concern relates to the history of failed business deals between the two countries: as one parliamentarian noted on Twitter that, “Somebody should ask the other party to our 25-year pact why doesn’t it pay its debts to us?” As in many other countries, some are also wary of falling into a Chinese debt trap. Those fears are exacerbated by rumors, apparently circulated by Iranian opposition figures, which suggest that Iranian territory could be sold to China. Iran’s leadership thus has incentives to keep commitments to China ambiguous.

None of this, however, implies that Washington should dismiss the twenty-five-year agreement as empty rhetoric. Ambiguity can have benefits: both Beijing and Tehran can leverage the prospects of deeper bilateral cooperation to generate leverage with foreign leaders. With a future U.S. administration more open to negotiations, Iran could signal that it will avoid granting China base access or intelligence cooperation in return for sanctions relief. Just as Beijing curtailed military cooperation with Iran to improve ties with Washington in the 1990s, China could promise to “exercise restraint” in implementing a new accord with Iran if progress can be made in protecting Chinese interests on other issues.

Regardless of what appears on paper, several aspects of Sino-Iranian cooperation could pose problems for the United States. First, are the continued illicit Chinese oil transfers (some of which reportedly involve ships turning off their transponders to avoid detection), which provide cash for Tehran. Second is Chinese investments in strategic ports. Iran’s welcoming of China to contribute to the development of Chabahar, and recent tensions that call India’s privileged status on that project into question could reduce New Delhi’s ability to serve as a regional counterweight and portend a larger Chinese naval presence in the region. Third, although China is unlikely to condone a full resumption of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, it could supply advanced conventional weapons to Iran once United Nations restrictions expire in October, following in Russia’s footsteps.

The United States will have to employ carrots and sticks to curtail Sino-Iranian cooperation in the areas it cares about most. But an effective U.S. strategy should start with a clear understanding of the inherent limits of the partnership. Mutual wariness and differing interests, as reflected in the lack of firm commitments in the leaked agreement, should reduce U.S. fears of a lasting strategic alignment and help undercut any attempts to use expanded cooperation as leverage.

Joel Wuthnow is a senior research fellow in the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs (CSCMA) at the National Defense University.

Phillip C. Saunders is the director of CSCMA.

This piece reflects only their personal views and not those of NDU, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

Image: Reuters

China Calls Out Trump’s Ignorance

Chinese spokesperson says US should ‘stop playing dumb’ on nuclear arms agreement

White House officials have called for a new nuclear arms agreement between Russia, China and the US

By Caitlin McFall | Fox News

China has dismissed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s calls for the United Nations Security Council to extend the Iranian arms embargo, citing concerns that the regime will become an arms dealer – with the suppliers being Russia and China.

Pompeo said in press conference this week that the U.S. has intelligence which suggests “that China will sell weapons systems to Iran” and that “Iranians believe that China will sell systems to Iran.”

The embargo, which prevents Iran from being able to purchase or sell arms, is a part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also referred to as the Iran nuclear deal.

The deal is set to expire on Oct. 18.

Pompeo’s remarks are totally unreasonable and apparently an excuse to push the U.N. Security Council to extend arms embargo against Iran,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a press conference Friday.

“Without violating international obligations including Security Council resolutions, China can carry out normal arms trade cooperation with any country and such cooperation is beyond reproach.”

President Trump pulled out of the arms agreement in 2018, calling the Obama-era deal “decaying and rotten.”

Intelligence officials and U.N member states warned that the move could destabilize the region’s security.

“The U.S. has no right to criticize China on this issue. It unsigned the Arms Trade Treaty last year while China recently just joined it,” Hua said Friday.

“The two countries’ attitudes towards international rules stand in such sharp contrast that they are self-explanatory.”

Pompeo also warned the U.N. last month that should the embargo expire, Iran will be able to purchase “Russian-made fighter jets” which have the capability to strike “up to a 3,000-kilometer radius, putting cities like Riyadh, New Delhi, Rome, and Warsaw in Iranian crosshairs.”

Pompeo suggested that China and Iran are already working to establish a relationship in arms sales.

“I think Europeans should stare at that and realize that the risk of this is real and that the work between Iran and the Chinese Communist Party may well commence rapidly and robustly on October 19th if we’re not successful at extending the U.N. arms embargo,” Pompeo said this week.

The Trump administration is also pushing to have a new nuclear arms deal with Russia that includes China – though a top Russia diplomat, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he was not optimistic this agreement would be met.

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which was signed in 2010 by former President Barack Obama and then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, was made in accordance with the original nuclear arms deal from 1987 and worked to further eliminate the creation and stockpiles of nuclear arms.

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin pulled out of the 1987 nuclear arms treaty last year, leaving the START treaty as the only nuclear non-proliferation agreement between the two countries.

Should the treaty expire, it would be the first time the U.S. and Russia were not united in a nuclear arms agreement since the Cold War.

Lavrov said that Russia would be willing to extend the treaty which is set to expire in Feb. 2021 without contingencies, but the U.S. is demanding that China sign the new agreement as well.

China has repeatedly said they will not enter into an agreement that requires they reduce their nuclear arms.

“The U.S. has conducted more nuclear testing than others, over a thousand at home and abroad, causing unspeakable damage to other countries’ ecological environment,” Hua said Friday. “By dragging China into this issue, it seeks to let itself off the hook and out of the straitjacket.”

She added that China was one of the first signatories of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, an agreement that bans all testing of nuclear weapons, in 1996.

“We hope the U.S. will stop playing dumb,” Hua said from Friday’s press conference.

“With the largest nuclear arsenal, the US should respond to international concern, earnestly fulfill its special and primary responsibilities to nuclear disarmament, respond positively to Russia’s call on extending the New START and further drastically reduce its nuclear arms stockpile.”

Babylon the Great is Expecting a Response from Iran

Iran ‘will respond’ to explosions blamed on Israel, top US general says

In interview with Washington Post, head of US Central Command also says America will retain ‘military platform’ in Iraq

The leader of the US Central Command, which oversees Washington’s military operations in the Middle East, said Iran “will respond” to a recent spate of explosions and fires at its nuclear and industrial facilities that have been blamed on Israel.

In an interview with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius published on Thursday, General Kenneth McKenzie predicted a possible crisis erupting between the Islamic Republic and Israel.

“My experience with Iran tells me they will respond,” McKenzie was quoted as saying.

Early in July, an explosion hit the Natanz enrichment facility, causing significant damage to the nuclear site about 300km south of Tehran. Days later, a blast killed two in an industrial zone in the capital.

A string of mysterious fires and explosions has followed, including incidents that damaged an aluminum factory in the industrial city of Lamerd, a shipyard in the port city of Bushehr and a petrochemical plant in southwestern Khuzestan province.

Iranian officials have declared some of the fires to have been accidents, but they have also suggested that Israel or the United States may be behind the Natanz blast.

“Responding to cyber attacks is part of the country’s defence might. If it is proven that our country has been targeted by a cyber attack, we will respond,” Iran’s civil defence chief Gholamreza Jalali told state TV early in July.

State news agency IRNA also published an article addressing the possibility that sabotage by “enemies” may be behind the blasts.

“So far, Iran has tried to prevent intensifying crises and the formation of unpredictable conditions and situations,” IRNA said.

“But the crossing of red lines of the Islamic Republic of Iran by hostile countries, especially the Zionist regime and the US, means that strategy… should be revised.”

The New York Times this month cited a Middle Eastern intelligence official saying a “powerful bomb” planted by Israel was responsible for the Natanz attack.

The Post’s Ignatius said constantly renewed crises in the Middle East were making it difficult for the US military to fulfil the wishes of President Donald Trump in leaving the region.

McKenzie, who recently toured the region before returning to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, confirmed to the newspaper that the US still has a significant number of troops in Iraq and Syria, where Trump has been pushing for a withdrawal.

According to the general, 500 US soldiers remain in war-torn Syria, mostly in the at-Tanf desert base near the Jordanian border. Meanwhile, 5,000 are in Iraq – despite the protests of some Iraqi politicians.

In January, following the killing of top Iranian general Kassem Soleimani by a US drone strike in Baghdad, the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution calling for the withdrawal of American soldiers.

McKenzie said he was confident that the United States would retain a “military platform” in Iraq, albeit with fewer troops.

The general also stressed that Washington remained the main military partner for governments in the region, despite the apparent rapprochement of some Middle Eastern countries with Russia and China.

“If you want to get good stuff, you get ours,” he said, referring to US weapons and training.

US scientists hopelessly urge Trump to renounce nuclear test

US scientists urge Trump to renounce nuclear tests

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Top US scientists called on President Donald Trump on Thursday to not resume nuclear weapons tests, saying such tests would heighten the risk of a nuclear war, AFP reported.

In a letter published on the 75th anniversary of the world’s first atom bomb test in 1945, about 70 scientists, including a half-dozen Nobel Prize recipients, questioned the Trump administration’s possible plan to end a 28-year moratorium on tests.

Doing so “could increase the danger of another nuclear arms race as well as an inadvertent or intentional nuclear war,” they said in the letter published in the journal Science.

“Following in the long tradition of scientists opposing nuclear weapons due to their harmful effects on both humanity and the planet, we ask the US government to desist from plans to conduct nuclear tests,” they said.

The Washington Post reported in late May that the Trump administration had discussed the possibility of undertaking a nuclear weapons test to send a warning to Russia and China, both nuclear powers.

There was no agreement on doing so, but the report sparked concerns in the community committed to arms and nuclear weapons control.

The letter in Science noted that during the post-World War II Cold War with Russia, the United States undertook 1,030 nuclear bomb tests, more than all the tests combined by the world’s other nuclear powers.

Washington imposed on itself a moratorium on tests in 1992 and in 1996 signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

But the United States has yet to formally ratify the treaty, even as it has adhered to and promoted its goals.

“Restarting US nuclear weapons tests of any size, underground or above ground, would give license to other countries, such as North Korea, India, and Pakistan, to resume testing,” the scientists wrote.

They warned that underground tests can spread dangerous radioactivity into water supplies, while atmospheric tests — currently banned by a 1963 treaty — could spread radiation quickly and widely.

The group urged the administration to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and called for the Senate to adopt a proposed law to prevent any funding to go to nuclear tests.

Ex-Hamas Leader Calls for Violence Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Ex-Hamas Leader Calls for Violence Over Israel’s Annexation Plan

July 5, 2020

(July 5, 2020 / MEMRI) It is time to “turn the page” and clash with Israel, former Hamas Political Bureau chairman Khaled Mashal said in a video that was uploaded last week to YouTube.

In an interview uploaded to YouTube on July 1, Mashal that today’s Palestinian leaders must re-examine the plan for a peace settlement with Israel and advocated the creation of a detailed “resistance” plan that would involve every Palestinian living in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and abroad.

In light of Israel’s annexation plans, he said, the West Bank must rise up using direct confrontation, with every weapon available, including vehicles, stabbings and other, “innovative” measures.

He added that the West Bank stands on the shoulders of a “great historical heritage,” and that it is the West Bank of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam (the armed wing of Hamas).