Sunday, March 26, 2017

"An Attack in Garland" on CBS 60 Minutes: Could an FBI agent have stopped it?


Anderson Cooper, tonight working as a correspondent with CBS 60 Minutes (for the first time?) reports on “The Attack in Garland” in May 2015.

The episode that an undercover FBI agent was at the “right place at the right time” to witness the aborted attack on a cartoon drawing contest sponsored by Pamela Geller.

The attackers had a huge cache of weapons and a massacre was averted by local police or sheriff.



But the FBI had tracked people associated with the attack on social media, and one had ties to extremis, as far back as 2006.
 
Why didn’t the FBI do more itself to stop the attack?

Monday, March 06, 2017

A few videos maintain North Korea could launch EMP attacks from orbiting satellites


Lori Buelow has a filmstrip Youtube video “Heillish Nightmare: North Korea’s Satellite Launch EMP Attack”.


I guess the article title is in subjunctive mood. The attack didn’t happen (the video dates from Feb. 2016).  But in late February 2017, former CIA director James Woolsey warned  in the WSJ that North Korea could put a warhead on a satellite and launch an EMP attack from high altitude with a small nuclear weapon. It’s unclear how many transformers in a wide area it could wipe out. Woolsey discussed the article with Erin Burnett tonight on CNN (Monday, March 6, 2017).  The satellite orbits at about 315 miles elevation.

NBC news reported this today.