Washington, D.C. is not the only place where violence is making its voice heard. Its making its presence felt out west, centering itself in California. The New World Power is planning a series of attacks that are meant to go off simultaneously. Most of the attacks are going to occur within the state of California, but it’s going to extend to the southern portion of Nevada as well. The New World Power is based out of Los Angeles and its influence is growing. It has extended its reach throughout the state of California and has extended into neighboring states of Nevada and Arizona with chapters forming elsewhere in the West, such as Oregon and New Mexico. As time goes by, the confidence of the New World Power is beginning to build and will take more daring actions. This includes engaging in acts of violence and extremism. But the New World Power is also willing to use softer approaches, such as placing its members and sympathetic individuals to their cause into positions of power, such as political office and areas of industry and commerce. The leadership of the New World Power doesn’t care what level of political office or position within a company the individual has, as long as they have a mole. But if they could get someone placed in a higher position of authority, it would greatly help their cause.
The attacks which they plan on engaging in today consist of several sights across multiple cities. They include the State Capital Building in Sacramento, the Golden Gate Bridge and Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, a few hotel-casino’s in Las Vegas, Century Plaza Towers, the Four Level Interchange, and LAX in Los Angeles, and Hoover Dam. The site that possesses the greatest difficulty in attacking is Hoover Dam, which supplies power to Nevada, California, and Arizona. Though we don’t think much about them, dams play an important role in society and play a key function in its operation. They act as sources of hydroelectric power and water supply. If you disrupt the operation of a dam, you can affect the communities which it serves. That’s why the government has an interest in protecting them. And since Hoover Dam services Los Angeles, it you disrupt Hoover Dam, you disrupt Los Angeles, which will affect the country as a whole.
Even though New York City is the economic center of the United States, Los Angeles has a lot of economic influence of its own. This is due to the fact that Los Angeles is the economic center of the western half of the country, making it the second largest economic hub in the United States. If something happens to disrupt the economy in Los Angeles, it will be felt throughout the United States. And since the economy of California as a whole is so strong that it can compete on an international level with foreign countries, the state economy is also vital for the prosperity of the United States. If either the city or the state is interrupted and prevented from doing its job, the national economy will feel its effects.
Eventually, the time comes for the New World Power to implement its plan. When these attacks were planned out, it was decided to do them in teams so that they can increase their efficiency. When these attacks are executed, they manage to be done in close sequence. It would be nearly impossible to have them go off all at once. The greatest damage was in Las Vegas. This is because several locations were selected instead of just one or two. And since hotel-casino’s were targeted, the New World Power is targeting the city’s economy besides just the buildings. The most dramatic attack was upon Stratosphere Las Vegas where Stratosphere Tower was managed to be brought down. With the attack on the Four Level Interchange, the attackers setup their bombs at the bottom level of the interchange. This is done out of convenience more than anything else. But if they do it right, they could affect the entire interchange and cause it to collapse instead of just the overpass above. But regardless of the result, the entire interchange would most likely be shutdown. When the explosives are set, the assailants drive off and detonate the device once they are far enough away to safely escape.
With the Plaza Towers in Century City, it was decided that driving a car bomb into the parking garage wasn’t the most effective approach due to the fact that it is required for cars to pop their trunks so that security can check it for explosives. Since they can’t attack them from below, and since attacking from above with a plane is out of the question, they decide to attack from the side. With the design of the buildings, there is a support pillar in each building that is located on the ground level and doesn’t have any walls located around it. The public is free to walk by it and underneath the building. The New World Power decides to take advantage of this.
Two New World Power members, dressed up as delivery men, each carry a package and walk by the pillar of each building. It was planned that each would put the package next to the pillar, walk off, and then detonate it. But as they do this, one of them drops his package. Because of the fall and the nature of the explosive, there is the chance that the bomb will no longer be effective. This is indicated by the fact that one corner of the package is becoming darker due to leaking fluids. But the second member continues onward and places his package. Once doing so, he hurries off. This draws some attention to him by bystanders, causing him to detonate the bomb earlier than planned. At this, both members run, even though they will eventually be caught. Though the plan didn’t go off exactly as they wanted, they were able to damage one of the buildings. But because the member didn’t place the package in the best possible position, it wasn’t as effective as it could have been.
Roughly the same thing happened with the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco; partial damage to the structure. And this damage wasn’t enough to completely close the building. All that it did was cause one section to be closed. But with the Golden Gate Bridge, the New World Power attacked the structure by boat. They rented a vessel and approached one of the towers. Once they are close enough, they manage to climb onto the concrete island which the tower rests and start laying explosives. But in anticipation that this wouldn’t work, it was decided that they should also use foot traffic attack, where New World Power members would use sticky bombs to attack the suspension cables. By destroying the suspension cables, it would increase the weight that the remaining cables would need to bare, increasing their chances of critical failure. And as it turns out, it was the foot traffic attack that was more effective than the boat attack.
However, the attacks on Hoover Dam, LAX, and the State Capital Building in Sacramento were failures. When it came time for the assailants to execute the attacks on Hoover Dam and the State Capital Building, the perpetrators were stopped by security. With the attack of LAX, one of the people who participated was bragging about it to his friends a few nights before it, which caused one of the friends to call the police to notify them about a potential attack.
With everyone which the authorities were able to apprehend, they were able to get a lucky break because one of the apprehended was dumb enough to have made detailed notes on the attacks and actually had them on his person. These notes directly connected all of these attacks and those involved. This included those who were arrested as well as their superiors. Because of this gross negligence, the New World Power sends a member of an associate organization to kill this individual. As it turns out, this associate member was already arrested and kept in the same jail for an unrelated charge, allowing him to have easier access to his target.
Though a lot of damage was done because of this, killing him would prevent any more damage from being done and would prominently silence him and prevent the person from becoming states evidence. There’s also a report of one of the captured suspects committing suicide out of a sense of honor to prevent the authorities from using him as leverage against the other conspirators and to prevent them from gaining any information from him. Despite the social stigma attached to suicide in the West, there are actually times where suicide is appropriate. That would be when more lives would be helped or saved if that one person dies. The actions of this one New World Power member shows that there are those who are willing to sacrifice themselves for the organization and help achieve its ends.
(c) 2011 Bradley P. Thomas