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The Next 9/11 A Nuclear One?
IBD Editorials ^ | September 9, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 09/09/2011 5:22:26 PM PDT by Kaslin

National Security: The Sept. 11 commission stated that our biggest failure was one of imagination. Imagine an Iranian nuclear device detonating high over the American heartland. They're working on it.

On the same day the 9/11 Commission issued its report, another commission issued a report on a threat that could change our world and way of life in ways we can scarcely imagine. It is a real and credible threat, and it is largely being ignored.

The threat is a phenomenon known as electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, and demonstrates why the issue of homeland security extends beyond the need for body scanners or taking our shoes off at the airport. It's why ignoring Iran is dangerous and why a robust national missile defense should be of the highest priority.

This threat to our national security was the subject of study by the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack, established by unanimous consent of the House and Senate. Released on the same day as the 9/11 Commission report, few paid attention.

It is a scenario worthy of Hollywood, but it is a frighteningly real possibility. A solitary ballistic missile, perhaps an ICBM launched by a decaying North Korean regime or an Iranian mullah, or a terrorist Scud launched from a ship off the Atlantic Coast carrying the first Islamic nuke, detonates its warhead 25 to 300 miles above the U.S. mainland.

Nobody is harmed or killed immediately by the blast. But life in America, the world's only superpower and largest economy, comes to a screeching halt as a country dependent on 21st-century technology regresses almost a century instantaneously.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 12thimam; 911; 91101; bible; emp; globaljihad; gwot; ibd; iran; islam; jihad; nuclearattack; nucleariran; obamalateral; onesecondafter; prep; preppers; prophecy; sept11; september11; survival; technology; terrorism; venezuela; waronterror; worldwithoutamerica; wot
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1 posted on 09/09/2011 5:22:27 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Read the book “One Second After” — a novel. Not the greatest writing in the world, but a very compelling book.


2 posted on 09/09/2011 5:24:36 PM PDT by Jerrybob
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To: Kaslin

It’s likely just a matter of time. We may stop them a few times, but eventually they’ll get one through.


3 posted on 09/09/2011 5:28:58 PM PDT by Ramius (Or getrsonally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Kaslin

It would need a hydrogen bomb and a very powerful booster, and it would not cripple the U.S. ability to respond, since most of the U.S. military force would be under the sea or over the horizon from the EMP.


4 posted on 09/09/2011 5:31:48 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: Kaslin

This is why I’m such a Luddite. We are WAY too dependent on electronic toys.


5 posted on 09/09/2011 5:32:31 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: Kaslin

I think the Iranian fleet would sink before they got close enough to launch an EMP.


6 posted on 09/09/2011 5:34:21 PM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: Kaslin
It's the same sort of fear that existed in the 1930s with the introduction of large bombers. The bomber would always get through, but it would not hit the target it was supposed to hit. It's the same thing with this fear. If Iran wants to destroy the U.S., not merely cripple it, it would need several hundred bombs and launchers. Meanwhile, Iran would be reduced to trinitite.
7 posted on 09/09/2011 5:34:21 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m more worried about the plethora of conventional arms that are pouring onto the Black Market from places like Libya....


8 posted on 09/09/2011 5:35:09 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Obama got mostly Ds and Fs all through college and law school. Keep repeating it.....)
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To: GAB-1955

But the issue is “respond against whom?” Ultimately we might be able to discover who sent the nuke but that could take lots of time and you would want to be damned sure you had the right people identified.


9 posted on 09/09/2011 5:35:50 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (So much stress was put on Bush's Fault that it finally let go, magnitude 6)
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To: NonValueAdded

Follow the rocket course! Follow the ship! We can and do do both!


10 posted on 09/09/2011 5:38:41 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: Cindy; Velveeta; WestCoastGal; LucyT; MamaDearest

One of our biggest fears on the “Threat Matrix” threads.


11 posted on 09/09/2011 5:40:09 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: mountainlion; All

Iran is building missile sites in Valenzuela which will put the eastern half of the US within range.

They’ve also orbited a 60kg payload, which would allow them to put that 60kg anywhere they want.


12 posted on 09/09/2011 5:42:08 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Bean Counter

Or from our own govt.


13 posted on 09/09/2011 5:43:26 PM PDT by certrtwngnut
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To: GAB-1955

“If Iran wants to destroy the U.S., not merely cripple it, it would need several hundred bombs and launchers.”

It needs 3 bombs and the ability to detonate them at the proper altitude and location.

“Meanwhile, Iran would be reduced to trinitite.”

Its an acceptable tradeoff for their leaders.


14 posted on 09/09/2011 5:44:10 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Where the hell is Valenzuela?


15 posted on 09/09/2011 5:45:20 PM PDT by certrtwngnut
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To: Jerrybob
Yes it is. The rather banal writing adds to the impact of a pretty detailed description of the US returning to a circa 1900 technology base.
16 posted on 09/09/2011 5:45:40 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: Kaslin
Even if Iran didn't use a domestically developed system, it has been reported that Russia sells a “missile in a box” system that could be adapted. As I remember this system, it is something like a scud in a cargo container. Such a system could get off the US coast easily. The real issue is when Iran has a warhead that is sufficiently miniaturized that could be fitted to such a delivery system.
17 posted on 09/09/2011 5:47:52 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: driftdiver
I have heard glowing reports on our reprisals not to mention defense.
18 posted on 09/09/2011 5:47:52 PM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: certrtwngnut

Its close to the country where Shavez is the leader.


19 posted on 09/09/2011 5:48:49 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Truth29

Remote pilot the falsely flagged cargo ship, launch, scuttle vessel.


20 posted on 09/09/2011 5:51:28 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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