Dave Hodges

November 12, 2013

The Common Sense Show


The following material is grim, very grim. Let me get the dramatics out of the way in the very beginning. If a nation-wide EMP attack ever takes place in America, given our present level of preparedness, it will prove to be the most cataclysmic event in human history.

This is an article that I did not want to write. However, it is an article which represents completely known information but is normally not available outside academic and government sponsored conferences. I have synthesized and simplified much of the research in the hope of making the material understandable and useful to the general public.

Many authors who would write such an article would be immediately accused of fear-mongering. In this instance, I believe there is much to fear. Short of a 3 mile-wide asteroid landing n the ocean, I cannot think of a more devastating event than an EMP attack. If anything, the scenarios I present are on the very conservative side.

I strongly concur with my Congressman, Trent Franks, that an EMP attack is the most devastating event that our country could ever face. Congressman Franks represents a small group of Congressmen who have desperately been trying to attract attention to the possibility that a nation-wide EMP attack would prove more devastating than if a dozen of our cities were to be hit by a nuclear attack. America could mostly recover from the latter, but there might not be any recovery from a nationwide EMP attack.

This article is not an inventory of all things that could go wrong following an EMP attack, it is a cross-sectional view of events. Suffice it to say that there would be nobody who would be left untouched by an EMP attack.

Our Power Grid Is Very Vulnerable

Our power grid is susceptible to hurricanes, flooding, lightening strikes and Corona Mass Ejections (CME). The grid is also vulnerable to Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). Dr. John Casti, author of the book, X Events The Collapse of Everything states that EMP is only something that we have known about since the 1950’s when the United States detonated nuclear weapons in above-ground testing in the South Pacific. When one sets off a nuclear weapon, a pulse is emitted which “short circuits” all electronics and permanently damages them.

In 2010, an executive summary from the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission, warned that an EMP would destroy the power grid, or at minimum, would seriously damage it. The most malicious threat would be a High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP).  A HEMP attack would have a devastating impact on all the normal channels of government coordination and communication, including intelligence and data gathering assets, and nuclear forensics. Indeed, with a  severe societal breakdown, the basic continuity of government agencies would be at risk. Under such circumstances, it is judged unlikely that the source of a  HEMP attack, given even a minimal attempt to disguise it, would ever be known.

Our constitutional freedoms and liberties as well as our 300 million handguns would prove to be an effective deterrent against an occupying force.

If the globalists desire totally to collapse the resistance of America an EMP/HEMP would be an excellent method to eliminate the American civilian threat. The cap and trade extreme environmentalists would jump for joy because all industrial activity would be immediately halted.

In two years following an EMP attack, with the majority of people dead (see below), there would be no opposition to a Chinese/Russian military occupation for the remaining populace.

You say, that you don’t believe that this will happen? Then explain to me why the Russians and the Chinese are being allowed to participate in Grid EX II (see the previous article)? Until this question can be satisfactorily answered, then we must view their presence on our soil as provocative to say the least.

Adding to the likelihood that an EMP would be used to subdue this country is the fact that the United States military system is protected against EMP and the American businesses and the general public are not. Therefore, critical infrastructure controlled by the globalists could survive while the rest of us fight for our survival.

The Most Devastating Delivery Method of a HEMP

Most experts agree that the most effective delivery method for a nation-wide EMP, or HEMP attack would be the Club-K Container Missile System.  In its advertised versions, it is designed for launching four or six cruise missiles; It could obviously be converted for a long-range ballistic missile. A Scud-D ballistic missile would fit quite easily into this container as well. These delivery devices would be readily available on the open market and a cargo ship could be rigged to launch such missiles.

I have publicly heard Congressman Trent Franks speak to the fact that ah EMP attack would likely consist of two high-altitude nuclear explosions over the mid-continental United States. The resulting EMP, or HEMP to be more accurate, would take out the power grid.

Grid EX II

I emphatically stated in my last article that I do not believe that the November 13-14 Grid EX II drill will produce an EMP event. I want to emphasize that it is not likely that a false flag EMP attack will occur this week as part of the Grid EX II drill. However, it is highly likely that such an attack will take place in our future. Remember, outgoing DHS director, Janet Napolitano, stated in her August 2013 farewell address that it is not a matter of if but when such an attack will occur.

Even if the attack did not take the form a false flag attack, Russia, China and North Korea all possess devastating EMP capabilities. Russia is considered the leader in EMP weapons technology.

I want to emphatically reiterate that I am highly concerned about the presence of two nations, who have both threatened to nuke the United States in the past two years, and the fact that they are being allowed to participate in the simulated take-down drill involving our power grid. Treason or insanity? You decide.

The reasons that I do not think that we will see a false flag event, despite the fact that this event is unfolding like so many false flag events of the past (e.g. 9/11, 7/7 London bombings and the Boston Marathon bombing), is due to the fact that the bad guys are not ready. The military’s leadership has not been sufficiently purged and Obama needs more time to complete an absolute takeover of the American military from a leadership standpoint. Secondly, the martial law troops consisting of the Russians and Chinese, both a part of Grid EX II, need to be trained on how to carry their roles on American soil.

I do believe that it is likely that we will see sporadic power outages in isolated portions of the country as a part of a beta test. However, just like the EBT beta test a few weeks ago, the event should not last very long, and if you are unlucky enough to get caught in the in the wrong place at the wrong time, don’t panic.

Just like the Boston Marathon bombing, the Grid EX II is a dress rehearsal for the event and the subsequent martial law enforcement from the Chinese and Russian troops which are participating in the drill.

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A Cross-Section of Effects of A HEMP

Nearly all of the commercial sector is not protected. Most data backups of commercial systems are protected from just about every other threat, but not protected against EMP; and most data backups are located within the area likely to be affected by the EMP attack. Computer systems and the information they contain are especially vulnerable.  In the old Dark Angel television series used to say, in the first episode of the old Dark Angel television series, ” . . . the electromagnetic pulse turned all the one and zeros into plain old zeros . . .”

An EMP attack would literally send thousands of small and mid-sized businesses in the United States into bankruptcy in less than a millisecond. Other than your printed statements, the banks would have no records of your ledger sheet.


Education records would be destroyed and only hard copies of transcripts would serve as the remnants of an extinct system. If there is a silver-lining, at least Common Core would stop wreaking its havoc on American students before the damage was too widespread.


America would see catastrophic conditions immediately take place in our hospitals and convalescent centers. Within a few days, old age homes would lack the resources and services of the staff to help preserve the lives of those who are virtually helpless. Patients on the operating table would stand a good chance of not surviving. Hospital backup generating systems would be rendered unusable. Food and water would become a scarce resource. Many hospital personnel would walk off the job by the beginning of the third day. The only medical personnel that would stay would be those that live too far away from home to walk. People would not be able to get their life-sustaining medications and services, most of which are electrically powered. Our worst fears would be realized.


In one of the most dramatic effects, airplanes would fall from the skies. Untold thousands of people would immediately be plunged to their deaths. And their deaths might be considered merciful compared to the fate that the majority of the rest of us would face over the next two years. Most automobiles will not work unless they have all pre-electrical parts. Even then how long would gasoline be available? Many people on the various subways, would be hopelessly trapped depending on the time that an electromagnetic pulse would be released. And we can all be sure, that the release of an EMP, through false flag planning, would occur at the optimal time to ensure the maximum loss of life.

Schools and Children

One of the most tragic developments arising from an EMP attack with the fate of schoolchildren geographically isolated from their parents who have already commuted to work. Reuniting parents and their children would be next to impossible for the majority of Americans who have a 30 minute commute or more to work (20 miles). In an earlier article this year, I identified and detailed the questionnaire which went out to all school personnel which was inventorying staff school individual skill sets such as  law enforcement experience, construction as well electrical and engineering talents. Sounds like a strange set of skills to be surveying at our public schools. What do the originators of this document know that the rest of us should?

If you were a teacher, how long would you stay on the job and ignore the welfare of your family?

Getting home and reuniting with family will be problematic.


Your cell phones, your land lines, text, twitter, emails and faxes will not work. Nearly all broadcast stations, especially television stations, would go off the air.  Due to the high level of computerized automation, the equipment in most radio and television studios would be so completely destroyed that most commercial stations would be damaged beyond repair. Radio studios are actually more vulnerable to permanent damage than many portable radio receivers. When America emerges from the event, the NSA police state surveillance grid would be permanently in place for the extreme martial law dictatorship that will follow.

According to a statement of Damon Penn, a DHS official, made to a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on July 8, 2011, a limited number of critical radio stations are being retrofitted with some EMP protection.  However, most of us will be without the benefit of mass communication.  Smoke signals anyone?

Somewhere between 250,000 to 500,000 people will die in the first few minutes. Perhaps as many as 1-2 million would be dead within three days.

Water Borne Diseases

The greatest threat to human survival, in the aftermath of HEMP, is the public’s availability to obtain clean drinking water. This access would be greatly imperiled.

In 2010, when Haiti was hit by a major earthquake which killed over 200,000 people, the misery did not stop with the survivors. Six weeks following the earthquake, Haiti announced its first cholera outbreak in over a century. The cholera outbreak went on to claim 8000 more lives. The disease thrives in places where there is insufficient water treatment, poor sanitation and inadequate hygiene. This is what precisely would happen in most areas following an EMP attack.

Keeping drinking water clean and separate from human sewage and other contaminates would prove to be humanity’s biggest challenge. Cholera would also prove to be the biggest threat to long term survival. It is likely that in the 24 months following the event, that most people would succumb to cholera and other water-borne diseases.

Cholera is a horrible disease which grants its victims a very painful and agonizing death. In the 20th century, human lifespan in United States increased by 35 years. Thirty of those 35 years was due to improvements in sanitation. Following an EMP attack, effective sanitation would all but disappear.

Access to Water

Human beings require approximately 2 Liters of water per day in order to survive. If we do not get that water, we will die in approximately 5 days. With regard to a HEMP attack, our water supplies are especially vulnerable. The power to distribute water is highly concentrated within the United States. Only eight municipalities provide 82% of the drinking water in the United States.

There are multiple technologies which are used to pump water from the source to its final destination. Some require no electricity, however, most do. And even if your water system was powered by non-electrical means, how would the personnel and staff, who monitors and maintains your water supply, get to work without proper transportation?

In all of Southern California, the water must make its way over mountains. What will happen when all electricity is gone? The resulting casualty rates stemming from civil disorder and death due to lack of water would be unimaginable.

In a time of a HEMP attack, the availability of water, as well as the safety of water would come into question for the vast majority of Americans. The availability of clean water supplies would be the most critical threat and would claim the most victims.

These grim possibilities makes one wonder why T. Boone Pickens is buying up the Ogallala reservoir. What does he know that the rest of us should know?


The food supply would be imperiled as well. What do crops need to grow? With hydroelectric power gone, where would the water come from for many food-growing regions in the country? Our food supplies would dry up and disappear, thus exacerbating the threat.

Most people will perish within 30 days of famine, thus, making water shortages the greatest threat to survival.

Social Chaos

Survivors would undoubtedly form collectives to forcefully procure food and water. The levels of violence would be horrific. Yet, I was unable to locate any government or academic documents which attempted to project how bad it will get. It is safe to say that it will be a waste of time to call 911 and that every person would be under threat of attack 24/7/365.

How Bad Will It Get?

Sociologists tell us that there are five levels of societal development.

1. Nomadic Hunting and Gathering

2. Horticulture and Pastoral

3. Agriculture

4. Industrial

5. Post-industrial.

Much of America is entering into the Post-Industrial phase. An EMP attack would reduce most Americans to a violent existence in the first stage, Nomadic Hunting and Gathering. Without easy access to water, most would not be able to maintain a Horticulture and Pastoral society for long. And those that did would face dire threats from those seeking resources. This would make the death curve for the elderly and the infirm skyrocket. Child mortality would dramatically rise. I am not predicting a return to 10,000 Years BC. However, a pre-Revolutionary War existence would largely be out of reach because of the lack of obtainable clean water. Water is the organizing foundation for any society. Society, as we know it, would collapse.


I have read the Naval War College projections which tell us that within two years of the event, 90% of all Americans would be dead. In the video below, Congressman Franks predicts a 60% mortality rate. The fact remains that nobody knows for certain how many of us would perish. However, it is safe to say that most of us would perish.

I will prepare a short list of things that I think all of us, even those with limited budgets, can be doing to prepare in a future article.

I will close the most grim article that I have written with the words of Congressman Trent Franks who at the seven minute mark tells us his view of the expected casualty rates following an EMP attack.