The following is the transcript of Judge Jeanine Pirro’s opening statement regarding threats to our nation’s power grid.
Welcome to a special edition of Justice – I’m Judge Jeanine Pirro. Tonight – an hour long investigation into the dangers facing the U.S. power grid. What would it take to bring it down? And if our system did break down – how would you survive? And what would it be like in the dark?
Last month – i [sic] went to a meeting in Manhattan in the freezing cold. But when I came out of that meeting, I was frozen – not from the bitter temperatures – but from fear.
I learned things that *no one* is talking about… Things that can change my life, your life, and the lives of everyone you know… forever.
I started thinking about how fragile life is – and how ill-prepared we are for this.
Tonight – in an exclusive Justice investigation – the vulnerability of America’s power system – the United States’ electric grid. Are we ready for a terror attack – and what would we do if the lights go out?
And the consequences would be a million times worse than 9/11. One day you’re enjoying the comforts of life… The next – everything is different. Civilization as you know it would be gone.
An electromagnetic pulse would destroy all electronics, and the transformers that power *everything”… *anything* with an on/off switch. Your hot water heater. Your refrigerator. Your dialysis machine. Hospitals are closed. Grocery shelves are empty – most of the food you have at home is spoiled.
And forget about your bank accounts. What you have in your pocket is all you can access.
A blue ribbon commission predicting mass fatalities, horrific loss of life… Some say 9 out of 10 Americans would die.
This is not science fiction – it’s *real*.
Tonight – we’ll tell you about the ways this could happen:
A solar flare.
An electromagnetic pulse.
A nuclear device.
Or a simple physical assault – all of which would break down our society as we know it.
The threat can also be from the sea.
Fact: Six month ago, two full up nuclear capable missiles on their launchers were discovered in Panama on a North Korean flagged vessel hidden under sugar bags.
Reports are that our grid has already been penetrated by our enemies leaving behind software programs that can compromise it.
Fact: Ten months ago, unknown attackers attempted to blow up a San Jose transformer substation in a military style raid.
No one has been apprehended. The FBI and local police call it vandalism. As if Billy Bob and Bubba – after a few beers – get their hands on AK-47s and surgically knock out 17 transformers and 16 circuit breakers *after* cutting underground fiber optic cables and outsmarting security cameras and motion sensors.
These terrorists are still out there.
Even if *no one* attacks our grid – the sun will.
The earth is exposed to intense solar flaring roughly every 150 years. The last time it occurred was 1859. Do the math – we’re due.
I’m not saying this to panic anyone – but *everyone* – including our enemies, know that an artificially created electromagnetic pulse will shut down all power… which risks our survival.
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