May 24, 2023

Is the government expecting a "disruptive event?" Senators issued satellite phones

Dana Mathewson

Found this article on PJ Media today:

Do our benevolent oligarchs know something we don’t know? Over fifty U.S. senators have reportedly been issued satellite phones just in case a "man-made” or natural disaster or "disruptive event” occurs and takes out part of the power grid. Purely precautionary and in no way ominous, I’m sure.

CBS News reported May 21 that over fifty senators now have satellite phones and the satellite airtime will be covered with federal funding (i.e. your tax dollars). A Department of Homeland Security (DHS)advisory explained, "Satellite mobile phones are handsets that use satellites to communicate with landline,cellular, or other satellite phones…Satellite mobile phones have been increasingly used by responders as a backup to land-based communications systems during natural disasters or man-made events.” So if these phones are frequently used in case of disasters, why would senators suddenly be needing them?

CBS claimed there are "growing concerns of security risks to members of Congress” following Jan. 6, 2021, (where many protestors were peaceful and non-threatening). But we know such alleged risks are often exaggerated by the media (at least when it comes to Democrats), Jan. 6 being a perfect example. Perhaps there’s a warning the American people should be getting right about now?

A less sinister interpretation could be that states with increasing dependence on "green” energy — which is toxic, inefficient, and unprofitable — are already having rolling blackouts and trouble with their grids (weather can also impact grids). Cell phones do, at least to some extent, depend on power grids. California and Texas are two states with blackout troubles. As the Biden administration pushes "green” energy and environmentalism, elites might be planning to exempt themselves from power grid issues the rest of us will have to deal with.

With China and Russia becoming more aggressive, however, speculations are inevitable. Let’s hope senators are just acquiring new convenient gadgets or being melodramatic about supposed "risks” to their safety, rather than preparing for a huge disaster. CBS:

Amid growing concerns of security risks to members of Congress, more than 50 senators have been issued satellite phones for emergency communication, people familiar with the measures told CBS News. The devices are part of a series of new security measures being offered to senators by the Senate Sergeant at Arms, who took over shortly after the assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

The satellite phone technology has been offered to all 100 senators. CBS News has learned at least 50 have accepted the phones, which Senate administrative staff recommend senators keep in close proximity during their travels.

In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee last month, Senate Sergeant at Arms Karen Gibson said satellite communication is being deployed "to ensure a redundant and secure means of communication during a disruptive event.”

I wonder just what this "disruptive event" might be? The General Election in 2024, perhaps? It'll probably take that long for our Senators -- especially the Democrats -- to learn how to use the contraptions.

Speaking of Democrats: the article says "over 50 Senators have been issued..." I can't help wondering if these phones have been issued only to Democrats.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at 10:06 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 Curiouser and curiouser. I wonder; what value would satellite phones have in another J6 event? None I can think of. I'll admit I'm not a tech guy.

I wonder; are these hardened devices that can withstand an EMP? They would be satellite phones, not reliant on power from the cell towers. If they are hardened against attack they could still be working after an EMP.

Russia could well take us out with an airburst nuke.

This really piques my interest.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at May 24, 2023 01:10 PM (wFp8l)

2 If somebody takes us out with an EMP, I'd expect it to be Iran, rather than Russia -- or perhaps China. But either way, it would be a helluva disaster, and knocking out the power as it would, it would undoubtedly kill the satellite phones as well as all the others. Which would mean that our snotty Senators would be incommunicado either way (which I think would be A Good Thing -- can't you imagine Chuck-You Schumer not being able to get his message across?).

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at May 24, 2023 11:05 PM (5O9A0)

3 Dana, I'm no expert on the technology, not by a long shot. I do know it is possible to harden such gadgets, or they can be kept in a faraday cage. If we are victims of an EMP attack it would take out all the power and blow anything NOT hardened or so protected. I may be wrong about how I think sat phones work, but I suspect they access satellites directly whereas a cell phone has to communicate with a tower (which boosts the signal). If that is so then these phones will continue working, I should think.

Granted, they could still be jammed, or satellite killers could take out the satellites.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at May 25, 2023 07:21 AM (esjeD)

4 I don't know how they work, and I'll betcha neither do the "experts" who will be happy to 'splain 'em to us.

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at May 25, 2023 11:02 PM (5O9A0)

5 No doubt you're right Dana.

I probably should ask some of my scientist friends on Facebook. John Lees would probably know, or Roy Spencer maybe.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at May 26, 2023 07:46 AM (xkHGb)

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