Could A New Terror Threat Dwarf 9-11?

Former-Missile Engineer Reveals Grave Vulnerability
Topic Summary It would start simultaneously at four locations on the San Andreas Fault plus one each on the Puente Hills Thrust Fault (which runs under the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles) and the Hayward Fault in the San Francisco Bay area. Powerful explosions deep underground would send super-heated, ultra-high pressure steam coursing through the faults. Simultaneously flames would shoot from the ground at numerous locations and Santa Anna winds would carry the conflagration across California, resulting in death and disaster that would eclipse the 9-11-01 tragedy. But earthquakes are naturally occurring events and what about the flames shooting from newly opened fissures—is this Armageddon? Or could these be man-made ‘Acts of God’—terrorist attacks on US soil? That’s what Tolman Geffs, an ex-missile engineer (BS, MS, PE), successful entrepreneur (Harvard MBA, 21 years as CEO), and author of the novel being released this April, The Unsung Patriots, from Trabuco Press (www.theunsungpatriots.com <http://www.theunsungpatriots.com/>), believes can happen. And he wants to warn Americans about it before we get blindsided again. Discussion Topics • • • • • How is it possible that an event like this could happen? How could terrorists get a hold of nuclear devices, let alone get them to US soil? How solid is the science behind this theory? What would the ramifications of such an occurrence be? What would the government have to do to prevent this from ever happening?

Topic Overview On November 13, 2008, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) held the cautionary ShakeOut Scenario earthquake drill in Southern California. The Southern section of the San Andreas Fault is overdue for a major seismic event by a factor of more than 2. Mere nudges could break it and the other faults free. Set in the summer of 1961, The Unsung Patriots is the previously untold story of how the guidance system of our first ICBM, the Atlas E, could be confused (thus rendering it of no strategic value), and how World War III may have narrowly been averted. Of current significance, however, the Epilogue details how those nudges to the earthquake faults can

be delivered and be made to appear to be ‘acts of God’. The key is the use of small diameter, tactical A-bombs (equivalent to the U.S.’s now retired 40 kiloton yield W-33) not as weapons, but as energy sources to create massive steam explosions deep within flooded faults thus triggering the release of orders of magnitude greater natural forces that have been quietly accumulating for centuries. “Six deep wells will be sunken (8 inch inside diameter oil well casings) and then flooded for up to a year. Two bombs will then be inserted in each. Upon simultaneous detonation, the upper and lower blast fronts will merge producing horizontal jets of ultra highpressure steam and vaporized rock propagating in opposite directions. As the pressure waves pass locked up areas they will reduce the force pressing the opposing faces of the fault together, thus allowing the lockups to rupture, and triggering a multi-epicenter series of earthquakes. Although, not of greater magnitude than naturally occurring quakes, the prolonged duration will multiply the destruction.” Mr. Geffs explains. “Unfortunately, there is an unrelated hazard also possessing the potential for great carnage. It is the surreptitious oxygenation and subsequent detonation of the abandoned, early oil fields underlying downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, the Port of Los Angeles, and numerous other communities. When these shallow wells were abandoned, the oil-string casings were not pulled up; the well heads were simply cut off and caps welded on. Oxygenation of these fields will turn the hydrocarbon gases in the voids and the substantial remaining oil into bombs. “To maximize carnage, these events will be initiated simultaneously during peak traffic at the onset of a major Santa Ana wind event. Flames from the subterranean explosions will shoot from newly opened fissures. That which wasn’t obliterated will be incinerated in the following hurricane force conflagration. As was the case following September 11th, fundamentalist Christians will proclaim the devastation to be their long predicted wrath of an infuriated God, and the flames shooting from the ground will be their irrefutable proof. That this was an ‘act of war’ can never be proven to those who choose to believe otherwise. Being aware of these views, those fanatical Islamic leaders who believe the USA to be ‘The Great Satan’ may convince themselves that they can get away with such an attack. What they believe is the crucial factor. “What I am seeking is the unbiased, independent analysis of the threats delineated. This will require the cooperative efforts of scientists from several disciplines and extensive computer simulations. If the hazards are validated, protective measures must be adopted.” Mr. Geffs concluded, “Unfortunately, there is a near universal flaw in the human psyche; we do not take threats seriously until after they have occurred. My quest is to ensure that I’m never the in position to say, ‘I told you so.’ Meanwhile, we remain a nation of sitting ducks.”

About Tolman F. Geffs September 11, 2001 ended his retirement—the time had come to reveal a threat he had first deduced in 1959. He chose to do so in a novel believing that only public pressure will result in the enactment of the relatively inexpensive requisite protective measures. Physically active, he paddles outrigger canoes, single-hands a 69 foot ultra-light displacement sailboat, and skis. He and his wife Jill enjoy ballroom dancing and travel extensively. They reside in Southern California

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