- Have "designed-to-fail" microchips set up the
United States naval, air and ground units in the Persian Gulf for a disastrous
defeat in Bush's looming showdown with Iran? Has a Wal-Mart mentality,
and corporate sleight-of-hand fatally undermined the U.S. war machine with
- Following this website's revelations of Israel's recent
abortive nuclear air strike on Iran, agents of the United States military
intelligence community have returned to visit my informant to disclose
- During their longest and most cooperate briefing to date,
the two agents-nicknamed "Bob" and "Dave"-said that
they, their government, and major antagonists powers in the Middle East
are being manipulated by elements as yet unknown, to the detriment of all
- "Once they found this out, they started asking questions,
hoping to defuse a larger issue before it turns into a catastrophe,"
explained a trusted source I have come to call "Hank". During
our 15- year collaboration, this combat veteran with a high security clearance
has shown himself to be impeccably measured and accurate in his timely
revelations. Curious, conscious, careful, and well-connected-as well as
technically savvy in computers, chemical warfare and physics, you can take
his information to the proverbial bank. And charge interest.
- Throughout our long association, Hank's contacts within
U.S. and international military, intelligence, political and religious
circles have rarely ruffled his professional aplomb. This time, he was
as shaken by his formerly adversarial visitors' plea for his assistance,
as he was by their briefing.
- As Hank expressed it, Bob and Dave "felt that they
were on the pointed end of a broken, splintered spear repaired with Elmer's
glue and then reshaped again. It was a bad day. Bad day. They were not
in really good humor. It seems they have had a couple of things crop up
they decided to share. Nobody gets more worried about sharing with me than
- When the agents departed 45 minutes later, Hank made
a series of calls to check their information. He quickly verified that
the United States military's war-fighting capability is undermined by an
- ?PLAYING POKER WITH CHINA'S CHIPS
- It is widely documented that since the secession of America's
semiconductor supremacy to Asia, most computer chips supplied for civilian
and military use in the United States by corporate giants like AMD, Microsoft,
Intel and Motorola are now imported. As Hank was reminded by his visitors,
"It's all outsourced"-by U.S. manufacturers to suppliers in Japan,
Taiwan and China.
- Electronic components made to military specifications
in Taiwan and Japan are good to go. But U.S. military microchip suppliers
have in recent years been "sharing components from a single source
manufactured over there in the Big C," Hank learned. And chips manufactured
in mainland China for use by the United States military are-surprise!-not
- Regarding the marine assault force, three aircraft carriers
and their escorts about to wage war on Iran, Hank was told, "We really
don't know which components are installed in U.S. Navy weapons systems."
- Elements in the U.S. military in touch with Bob and Dave
have discovered that Beijing has rigged those decks to insure China's supremacy
in any showdown with the United States. This has been accomplished by ensuring
that its exported semiconductors used in many U.S. military computer and
electronic components-from cellphones to missile warheads, fighter jets,
frigates, radars, laptops and carriers-can be either accidentally or purposefully
deactivated by a silent and invisible electromagnetic pulse delivered at
the start of any future conflict.
- BETTING IN A RIGGED CASINO
- Bob and Dave had returned to Hank's house to ask this
army tech with a flair for thinking outside the conventional military mindset
how this could have happened.
- The answer is that electronic components made by companies
in Taiwan, Japan and the U.S.A. for the U.S. military are often wired with
chips made by their subsidiaries in China. By 2005, after nearly a decade
of explosive electronics growth, China surpassed the United States to dominate
the world IT (information technology) market with annual exports exceeding
$180 billion. Foreign firms have driven much of China's growth, with "heavy
investment" from U.S. giants like Intel, Motorola and Microsoft."
[International Herald Tribune Dec 12/05]
- Today, China's advanced computer chips run everything
from civilian rice cookers to military communications, surveillance, and
missile guidance systems. Companies like Semiconductor Manufacturing International
and Grace Semiconductor can use lasers to etch circuitry as intricate as
an interstate highway network onto nano-thin wafers less than one one-hundredth
the width of a human hair. And that was five years ago. According to one
online industry publication, Chinese circuitry is now used "in the
smallest, fastest and most powerful computer chips in world." [www.hpcwire.com
- Elecsound Electronics Company is another Chinese manufacturer
specializing in semiconductors "widely used in communication, satellites,
mobile phone and wireless telephones" assembled by U.S. military suppliers
such as Intel and Motorola. Like many Chinese semiconductor firms, Elecsound
also supplies Japanese companies such as NEC, Sanyo and Toshiba, which
in turn make electronic components for the Pentagon's smartest weapons.
- The outsourcing tangle also leads through Taiwan, where
companies like ProMos Technologies, Powerchip Semiconductor and Taiwan
Semiconductor Manufacturing are exporting "Made In Taiwan" DRAM
chips and other components to U.S. firms from their newly built manufacturing
plants on mainland China. [IDG News Service Nov 16/06]
- The world's second largest custom chip maker, United
Microelectronics no longer sends genuine "Made In Taiwan" chips
to the USA. UM was recently fined a wrist-slapping $155,000 by the government
of Taiwan for helping to establish an advanced microchip company in China
without first gaining Taipei's approval. [IDGNews Service Feb 16/06]
- Not all transfers of chip-making technology to China
have been legal. According to the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in
Monterey, California, the rapid rise of Shanghai-based Semiconductor Manufacturing
International Corporation (SMIC) has involved repeated patent violations
and "illegal transfers of technology allegedly originating in Taiwan."
[Asian Export Control Observer Feb- Mar /05]
- Launched in Shanghai in 2000, the Taiwan-invested $1.48
billion SMIC is actually controlled by Beijing, whose mandarins insist
on 11 "public relations officers" to keep them informed. SMI
has supplied third party Chinese chips to the U.S. military through such
recognized suppliers as Motorola. Company chairman Yang Yuan Wang is a
Chief Scientist of the Microelectronics Research Institute at Beijing University
and a fellow of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and The Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers. He is also a Chinese government official.
- Motorola sold its $115 million stake in SMIC in February
2005. [US China Economic and Security Review Commission Hearing March 17/06]
- Even more troubling, documents declassified in 2003 show
that after the Democratic Party received illegal cash campaign contributions
from the Red Army, then-President Bill Clinton signed a November 1996 waiver
authorizing the transfer to China of specialized chips needed to wage nuclear
war. The high-tech "Chinagate" transfers not only allowed China
"to more accurately target American cities with atomic weapons using
advanced U.S technology," as Charles Smith disclosed, but also allowed
China to later sell advanced chips back to the U.S. military-rigged with
a fatal flaw. [www.newsmax.com Feb 15/07]
- A STRATEGIC THREAT
- During the US China Economic and Security Review Commission
Hearing held in Washington D.C. last year, John Tkacik, Jr., a Senior Research
Fellow in Asian Studies at the Heritage Foundation, pointed to Defense
Science Board report on "High Performance Microchip Supply" issued
13 months before, which called "the strategic threat to the United
States" in semiconductors "significant" in two ways:
- 1) The globalization of the microchip supply chain is
draining production capacity from the United States and in a crisis it
would be difficult to ramp up domestic output.
- 2) There is a real threat that microchip supplies from
overseas-particularly from China-would be untrustworthy; that "opportunities
for adversaries to clandestinely manipulate technology used in U.S. critical
microelectronics applications are enormous and increasing."
- Testifying on March 17, 2006 Tkacik went on to remark,
"Not only is the Pentagon finding fewer and fewer sources for application
specific integrated circuit microchips for highly classified defense applications
(such as signals processing, encryption, guidance systems, etc.), but the
U.S. military already relies heavily on China for the bulk of the nervous
system of our network-centric warfare doctrine."
- Pointing to a "global supply-chain" delivering
Chinese chips everywhere, Tkacik asked, "How can saying that the United
States simply won't buy Chinese-made chips for its military be sufficient?
- As microcircuitry architecture continues to shrink, becoming
"orders of magnitude denser," this expert warned, "it becomes
ever easier to hide lines that serve as Trojan Horse circuit designs, radio-frequency
receivers and other 'backdoors' to circumvent encryption, muddle signals,
induce data failure"- leaving supposedly "hardened" circuits
vulnerable to EMP.
- "Are Chinese semiconductor firms capable of such
chicanery?" Tkacik asked the U.S. government panel. "There are
already several hundred semiconductor design labs in China-sponsored and
paid-for by foreign firms including America's top microchip corporations."
- [US China Economic and Security Review Commission Hearing
- Right now, no one serving onboard a U.S. warship, manning
a tank, or flying a fighter in the Persian Gulf can know for certain where
the microswitches conveying electrical impulses to their communications,
surveillance and fire-control systems originate. Or whether they will turn
into powder in an EMP.
- In order to harden military electronics against an electromagnetic
pulse from a nuclear detonation or directed energy weapon, chips and circuit
boards assembled to United States military specifications are not encased
in a protective shell. Instead, they are etched with thicker wiring that
Hank described as "the equivalent of a 30-amp fuse as thick as your
- This thicker circuitry, "reduces reaction time to
an electromagnetic pulse by shutting off the circuit faster."
- Instead of adhering to "milspecs", my source
was informed and has since confirmed that Chinese chips inadvertently used
in many U.S. military applications have been booby-trapped with EMP- sensitive
circuitry equivalent of a civilian-size "3-amp fuse, the size of a
wire in a light bulb."
- Regardless of it's "dual use" in civilian and
military applications, Hank emphasized, "a transistor is a transistor.
The U.S. military for example is using essentially the same AMD 64X2 chip
being manufactured for civilian use. They say it's shielded. It ain't."
- While specially-made circuit boards for the helmet-mounted
fire- control system in an Apache helicopter are robust enough to be stomped
on, the millions upon millions of chips and motherboards permeating high-tech
U.S. military equipment-from laptops purchased at the local Circuit City
to Patriot missiles supplied by Raytheon-"can't all be tested."
- The glitch was discovered during a routine rear-area
inspection. Technicians working in a shielded "womb" room thought
the component they were testing was hardened. But Hank learned from his
visitors that when their readouts started blinking, and they were still
wondering, "What the heck could have done this?"- monitoring
equipment "used across the womb room also went bust."
- Since those remote monitors were not part of the test,
this should not have happened.
- When the alarmed techs ran further experiments, "they
found that the A----- brands had that fatal flaw in it," he related
(brand name redacted by this reporter). "They started reverse engineering
and breaking it down as best as they could, and they found a fatal flaw
in each component."
- As Hank put it, "Twice is coincidence. Three times
is enemy action."
- DON'T TRY IT
- "We had a 45 minute chat-the longest I've ever talked
to either of them. They were forthright. Not exactly scared, but nervous,"
- Until he frightened them.
- If this goes down, he told the two military agents, the
systems you've come to be depend on will bite you in the ass. And then
close its teeth. In each instance if sabotage, before the odor of fried
electronics clears, "You no longer have an operating system. All the
information you had is gone, and any recovery you might want to do is kaput."
- And there will be no in-theater resupply, he stressed,
Even if spare circuit boards are stored in a warehouse "and somebody
does this nearby, it's kaput."
- 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'
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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!"
- Despite rigorous spot-testing of some batches of some
Pentagon- purchased microelectronics, the only way to ensure that bad things
will not happen to components that have not been microscopically checked
is to remove every chip and motherboard in every computer in every ship,
aircraft, truck, radio, radar, sonar, cellphone, satellite, toothbrush,
laptop and warhead "that everything is soldered onto, and replace
it with something else."
- That cannot be done, Hank continued. "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
- 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"?
- MÉNAGE A TROIS
- This was not all that was bothering Bob and Dave. "Somebody
is behind the scenes. Someone is fomenting this," they informed Hank.
And the highest echelons in the United States government, military and
intelligence circles have no idea who they are.
- That hidden agency is not Beijing rulers, who unlike
their Washington counterparts, are safeguarding their country's interests
by not selling high-tech arms components to a powerful potential enemy.
"There is no 'them'. There is no one brand name," Hank said.
"Other people have built the casino and we're showing up to pull the
- But whoever is operating behind some of this planet's
biggest governments and corporations "are getting obvious enough that
they're becoming noticed," Hank went on. "Some elements in military
and intelligence circles are starting to notice that there are flaky things
happening around them."
- These oddities involve the three "I's" to the
"left, center and right" of the region in question, who appear
to be acting in potentially calamitous concert. Hank's visitors and their
friends are seeing "a ménage a trois," he explained. They're
seeing all three "I" countries "doing the same thing in
the same way, with the same people at the same time-moving their pieces
in on the chessboard the same way, procuring things on the market in the
same way. But they don't talk to each other."
- "They're going to butt heads over this," I
- "All three are being directed to do this,"
my informant confirmed. "We don't know who's doing the directing."
- TIP TOP
- The twins were freaking out because they had always believed
that they and their government were "at the top of the food chain,"
Hank saw. "Bob and Dave, they thought they were autonomous-you know,
the men in black kind of thing. They know who signs their check, and who
signs their check, and who signs the checks above them.
- "Then they come to find out that there's somebody
who doesn't need a fuckin' paycheck! When you think you're king shit of
the hill, and then you find out, not so much-that's what unnerved them
to the point that they came to me."
- Which is "scarier than heck," Hank stated.
"You haven't seen that high yet. And you don't want to see that high.
But you know that somebody else turns the knob, and it's not you. The twins
don't have a clue of who they might be, which made them exceedingly nervous.
This goes beyond borders, beyond any political system with an 'ism' after
it; beyond religion," added this former Jesuit novitiate who chose
to take different orders.
- "These are the people who have ascended past that,
a behind-the- scenes cabal bunch of people. Bilderberger doesn't come close
to touching the folks I'm talking about. These are people the Masons don't
know about. They thought up the idea to put out the Masons and the Knights
Templar to go forth and fight other groups. These are the guys who are
- And because they have "no building, no signs, no
designator, no name tag, they are totally autonomous, outside the realm,"
he said. "When you get to the point where you actually see the shadow
of the person behind the curtain, it's should you run or not? How do you
approach something like that? It's kind of like waking up one day and finding
that you really are in the fuckin' matrix."
- FREE FOR ALL
- "This will be the first time our military will be
going up against an already established nuclear power," Hank added,
referring to a Persian country that received shipments of nuclear bomb-making
software and material from Saddam's disaffected Shiite generals in 1991.
These facts are presented in a U.S.-intelligence document that Hank had
recently arranged to be put into the hands of his Commander-In-Chief.
- A twice unelected president who deserted the ranks when
mandatory urine tests were instituted might also benefit from hearing Hank's
expert assessment of his "Iraq The Sequel" plan to pulverize
- "They're going to cap our asses."
- What is scaring Hank, his newfound allies, and many American
admirals and generals is that when the chips are literally down in the
Persian Gulf, "it's going to be a free for all. Once the fatal flaw
is exploited, that may tip over the other hands that have to be played,"
- The momentum toward catastrophe is not just coming from
Washington, he underlined. It's being instigated regionally, "in multiple
positions and growing toward each other. That's worse. It's not just one
idiot with a match. Here everyone is playing with their inner child. And
their inner is plaything with matches If one starts something, they're
all going to get into it."
- THE CHERNOBYL FACTOR
- Hank no longer talks about the U.S. Navy being ordered
to provoke potshots from an Iranian patrol boat in another "Gulf of
Tonkin kind of thing." He is more worried about Teheran's "sacrificial"
nuclear power plant tethered at an-Bushehr.
- "If something happened in our country-Three Mile
Island, all these near-misses, and we supposedly know what we're doin'-if
we can have something like that happen, what about them?" he asks.
"They're running these things balls-to-the-wall, without adequate
shielding. We run a pile at 60-70% capacity. They run theirs at 95% and
- "You will see some corners being cut. That can lead
to a lot of wear and tear. Your crews are gonna be bone dead tired. The
possibility of a mistake is going to be increased exponentially. The number
of people cleared security-wise will be at a minimum These guys don't run
with dosimeters. 'You die-you had too much.' That's pretty much how they
- This is why the mullahs in Teheran built their biggest
reactor on the other side of massive mountains, Hank points out. Unless
they also want their enemies to take a shot at it.
- TRAINED SEALS
- In one scenario being actively considered by America's
self- described "war president," the U.S. military is prepared
to "render assistance" after Navy SEALS swim ashore "and
cause a light-water reactor accident" at an-Bushehr.
- In the ensuing uproar, American forces would enter Iran,
insisting, "Oh, we're just here to help," As Hank described it,
taking over that reeling and radioactive country without firing a shot.
- "That scenario is one on the board," Hank confirmed.
"But that would fry all of our equipment, while we're thinking 'we're
hardened, we're good to go.' Every ship out there out on the water, every
boat bobbing around, every aircraft that we had up there at the time would
be rendered suddenly inert. That could start alot of other things happening
that weren't supposed to happen until the time is right."
- BULLET STOPPERS
- Bush's looming attack on Iran also bothers Bob and Dave
"greatly, for a specific reason," Hank went on. "They're
still in uniform. You've got the bullet stoppers in the first wave. And
the nervous bullet stoppers in the second wave. And the 'I saw it on the
news and I don't want to go' bullet stoppers in the third wave. That's
Bob and Dave. We've got people who played X-box and Ghost Recon a couple
of times, and they will be the tactical commanders. Because they will have
lost that many people by that point."
- With vaunted American firepower reduced to assault rifles
and bayonets, Iran will employ human-wave attacks using barefoot teenage
conscripts packed with as many IEDs as have not yet been exported to their
Shiite brethren in Baghdad. "And they will win by attrition."
- Hank agreed with me that after Putin's recent "America
must be stopped" remarks, and Bush's humiliating and costly eviction
of China from its major oil investments in Iraq into even heavier infrastructure
capitalization in Iran-neither superpower is going to allow the United
States to "put a stranglehold" on them by once again controlling
- While crippling anti-U.S. sanctions could be one response
to further White House aggression, Russia and China have recently held
joint military maneuvers in a region jammed to its madrasa rafters with
devout Muslims who consider Iran second in importance to their faith only
- SHOCKED AND AWED
- "If we do in any way, shape or form precipitate
a movement, if the U.S. decides to carry on cranky and do this," or
"if by accident something happens and goes pfft pretty much everything
in the Persian Gulf would go lights down.
- "Picture unplugging everything in the region where
we have deployed the majority of our capability. It's as if someone has
rigged your home security to fail if subjected to a sudden noise, he instructed.
"If it comes down to we get into a fight you never knew that the entire
system could be deactivated by someone clapping their hands twice-dark!"
- With so many chips being called, the biggest shock, Hank
and his visitors foresaw, would come when all military players in the Gulf
simultaneously lose "the illusion of control." With almost all
communications and surveillance systems suddenly blacked out, each side
might panic. Operating under the most militarily basic "use it or
lose it" imperative, rival powers would find that their most destructive
weaponry located beyond the range of an EMP in the Gulf would remain devastatingly
- Fearing that Iran had deployed a secret weapon, "that
'I' county far to the left might freak out and act independently,"
Hank predicted. Israel's leaders could rush into launching nuclear air
strikes on their Persian adversary. Or they might choose to detonate by
remote command ex-Soviet MIRV missile warheads previously obtained on the
black market and infiltrated into Iran via two-man submarines crossing
the Caspian Sea.
- Back in the USA, panicked neocons who have never been
near a battlefield might launch "an ICBM response."
- COVER UP
- While the world wonders why the American people and their
elected representatives are allowing one delusional individual to precipitate
a war that in its very mildest outcome will derail life as we've known
it, Hank protests that his brothers and sisters in arms "are being
- Say again?
- "Nobody in the field knows this!"
- His composure slipping for the first time, Hank tersely
explained that no one deployed to the Gulf has been informed that their
communications, surveillance and weapons systems have been rigged to fail
just when needed most.
- "The folks that tested this stuff are really upset
about this," he told me. "But what do you do?"
- The brass never wants to hear news as bad as this. Look
at the "dusty agent" report on the chemical agents sold by the
U.S. government to Saddam Hussein to kill Iranian child conscripts. Those
gory findings were written and disseminated in '88 and '89. Yet during
Desert Shield in 1991, unsuspecting American troops massing at al-Jubayl
got badly bitten by Iraqi Scuds and aircraft-delivering those same sarin,
mustard and other dusty agents. More than 200,000 veterans are still sick,
and so far more
- than 15,000 have died.
- "Depleted Uranium is the same thing," Hank
noted. Google the "Z Memo" and read about the U.S. Army's early
cover-ups of a weapon that poses an extreme daily radiation hazard to U.S.
troops- and to hundreds of thousands of unenlisted civilian wombs in places
like Afghanistan, Kosovo, the USA, and Iraq.
- So forget the rear-echelon REMFS coming clean on the
- "We are a military HMO, and we are being triaged,"
Hank said, with the inflection of an incoming HEAT round. As people safely
in the rear "are realizing the cost in PR, the cost in money, and
the cost in time and embarrassment to fix what we won't even acknowledge
is a problem."