Skip to comments.EMP Attack Could Wipe Out U.S.
Posted on 09/09/2009 8:34:08 AM PDT by Fennie
The federal government is doing "nothing" to protect against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack that could wipe out American civilization, Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, a leading expert on the subject, tells Newsmax.
For only $200 million to $400 million, the government could protect a key element of the power grid to keep electrical power from being wiped out for years, according to Dr. Pry, a former staff member of the congressional Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack.
Yet neither Republicans nor Democrats have been willing to spend that small sum, says Pry, who is president EMPACT America, which is meeting in Niagara Falls, N.Y. this week to spotlight the scandal.
A single nuclear bomb exploded over the Midwest would generate an electromagnetic pulse that would destroy the chips that are the heart of every electronic device. While military and intelligence networks may be shielded against EMP, most of the rest of the country's technological infrastructure is not.
An EMP attack would wipe out personal computers and the internet. Cars would not start, gasoline pumps would not work, and airplanes could not take off.
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I vote for global mutually assured destruction. No matter who the perpetrator might be.
If we go down — then we’ll make sure that EVERYBODY goes down — all over the planet.
Yep, buy an older car without a computer.
Oh gezz... Not this crap again.
Lock and load.
As usual, we’re all gonna die.
And your minority perspective is based on
. . . what . . .
Excellent fictional book on the topic: http://www.onesecondafter.com/
Frightening read, but it will certainly keep your attention.
Maybe Obama should call Tom Beaden and ask him to come out of retirement to set up the woodpecker grid properly so we are safe, and the Soviets can’t shoot down anymore space shuttles with their emp ray guns.
Who cares about EMP? When we have the ENEMY WITHIN KILLING OUR CONSTITUTION, CULTURE AND FREEDOM. Slavery to the state is worse than any fate from some improbable EMP pulse.
What is the source of your
Lots of experts I read seem to disagree.
Unfortunately the government is the only entity that is hardened against such an attack.
YOu’ll just burrow deeper into . . .
. . . . the numbers.
Please note that old, defunct microwaves act as (because they are) Faraday cages. I surf Craigslist looking for them, and advise all FReepers to do so also, except those in the Houton area, because I’m greedy like that.
You have far more faith in the competency of government than I.
There is THAT alright!
The post-EMP disaster is described in this book “http://www.amazon.com/One-Second-After-William-Forstchen/dp/0765317583/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1252510654&sr=8-1"
That EMP pulse disaster theeories are fictional garbage. I’d be much more worried of being vaporized than an emp wave that doesn’t extend much beyond the destruction zone of a nuclear blast.
So what do you do with the old microwave once you have it?
Again? Someone in MSM likes to push this concept.
Surrender now, America! One single tiny bomb can wipe you all out forever, and your government is helpless against this threat!
Sort of sounds like Ming the Merciless talking to Buck Rogers, your puny Earth technology cannot save you now!
Read “One Second After” by William R. Forstchen, and you will understand a lot better what could happen to us in such an attackk!
Yep ... Seems like it’s on rotation.
Good luck finding a gas station without a digital pump.
I call BS. If this is true, then just put in a single unit to protect the entire US, or maybe one unit on each coast ... wrong.
You would need to distribute these units along each circuit, across the nation. The EMP pulse is very narrow, and very fast - it's an impulse that any 'antennae' will pick up, whether that antenna is your radio, a chunk of co-axial wire bringing cable TV and the internet into your home, a trace on a PC board, speaker wire, or your home's wiring system itself. You cannot feasibly protect yourself from this, that's why it's so effective. Bear in mind, this pulse also travels at near light speed, so you won't get a little light coming on that tells you to unplug your TV - it will have done it's thing and dissipated long before you eye's would register the light coming on.
I would rather invest my money in a missle shield; so we can stop the EMP pulse before it gets over American air space.
“Yep, buy an older car without a computer.”
Well, cash for clunkers tried to take that option off the table. :)
A single bomb over the midwest would fry electronics in the affected area but it wouldn’t fry them across the country. It would probably take the power down over much of the country but a tree limb can do that.
Some folks assert that we have
satellites that can deliver such pulses in narrow beams and broad beams.
And, iirc, bombs can be engineered to maximize such pulses.
The plot was the KGB stole the plans to make EMF-resistant microchips, which Great Britian developed.
Maybe they should have held back on using the script; the plot would be more tangible to people now.
that the PTB
would USE said defefnsive shield
when their GOAL is to destroy the USA to make setting up the overt global government all the easier and faster.
. . . a flawed assumption, to me.
At least my John deere tractors that use a fully mechanical injection system will still run.
Snake Plissken kinda faced this scenario in Escape from L.A.
Excellent idea, with the first 4 salvos of MIRVs reserved for Mecca, Brussels, Caracas, and Tehran...
Oh, and 2 more for Paris and Moscow.
You could buy a filter for your incoming power, that would catch the surge from the line from the transformer to your house. POTS telco too. The filters are COTS items. (big distribution transformers are in the process of retrofit against solar flare-induced saturation, many also have considerable attenuation against HEMP).
My internet and TV is fiber, no point in filtering that.
We as citizens could do what the government/military does to harden against HEMP or SREMP. Personally I think an attack by hoards of people armed with sticks and stones to be more likely.
Personaly, I keep a transistor/shortwave radio in mine, as the ability to communicate will be important after all forms of mass electronic media go down. My radio was about $20 and I get signal as far away as Florida. (I'm in Houston, so that's like, totally far!)
My other preparing-for-the-apocalypse-fantasy involves dropping an old non-electronic diesel engine in a newer vehicle. Non-electronic diesel engines will survive EMP because they are purely mechanical.
The more we rely on electronics(ATM, Direct Deposit, etc.)
You can take it apart and play with the two big round magnets, maybe save the copper. Otherwise chuck it out.
Or you can give it to one of the weirdo's that think they are going to twirl a magnet just right and discover the "mysteries of the magnet" and make a perpetual motor that generates free electricity, if the MIB's don't come and steal his invention when he's oh so close to solving the mysteries first...
You can find a kook here: http://www.overunity.com/index.php
Nothing new here. EMP is an old story. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prepare. It is an easy way to cripple the nation.
a meteor can wipe out US and the government isn’t DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT! FEAR! DEMAND ACTION! DEMAND THEY SPEND MORE MONEY! on useless crap
We would immediately be back at frontier days style of life and who of the younger generations has a clue about it?
Riots and home break invasions, pillaging chaos would be supreme. There are a few survivalists that are prepared ... with food and water storage, seeds, solar panels for a bit of low power,vitamins, medicines, wood or coal for burning as heat source, true survival equipment necessary to make it for a time. What we would hope for is a prepared cave somewhere isolated.
The TV program “Jericho” a couple of years ago ... was an idea of what a small town would be like. Interesting show.
Some would say "why try to survive?" For what?
Gee, no iPods, cell phones, GPS systems, or video games.... Can someone set off an EMP today..., please....
Look, if your close enough to a nuclear explosion to be effected by an “emp” pulse, Worrying about your car stalling will be the last thing on your mind.
I think the flesh dripping off your arms will be a priority, if you can still see that is...
Its the Amish I tell you. This is all part of their plan to take over. /sarc
How old do the microwaves have to be?
I would like to put my crank radio into one.
It is rather amazing it has not happened already from some mad man like Iran’s Adumenenhjad (sp)
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