Skip to comments.EMP: The Greatest Threat to America, and What We Can Do about It
Posted on 09/29/2011 1:21:40 PM PDT by george76
It's bewildering. Pathetic. Frightening. And it seems that the mainstream media avoids talking about it for fear that Americans will panic. Well, Americans ought to be panicking -- anything to get them to bang on Congress's door and force our representatives to immediately act on the pending legislature now in Congress called the SHIELD Act -- a bill based on the previous HR 5026 -- that unanimously passed in the House of Representatives on June 9, 2010.
The disaster I am referring to is an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), which can easily be caused either by Mother Nature as a geomagnetic solar storm or by an enemy with a low-cost, short range, ship-launched missile armed with a nuclear warhead. The national consequences of an EMP destroying our electrical grid are far-reaching, with long-lasting, continent-wide crippling effects to our electricity-dependant infrastructure.
At the press conference organized by EMPactAmerica on September 23, 2011, this dangerous threat to our national security was exposed for what it truly is -- the most likely event to happen to the U.S., naturally or man-made, that has the potential to bring the country to its knees.
The National Academy of Science points out that protecting the grid against this threat is critical, and getting a bill passed is necessary to do that. An EMP, if not deflected, will shut down and paralyze our country. Just think about the role electricity plays in water, food, heating and cooling, communications, transportation, distribution, the economy and banking.
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low-cost, short range, ship-launched missile armed with a nuclear warhead.
ping to another of the periodic EMP articles.
the grave threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) in America is not being talked about
Article, # 4 , and graphic at # 5.
Thanks, george76. Wasn't there a recent article about Iran's ship near the Eastern U.S.?
is this possibly being used as a ruse to cram thru “smart grid” technology that will allow them to control your electric use from a central location?
The "Foxfire" series is priceless. I have a lot of "back to basics" books.
An old car is just the tip of the iceberg in order to be prepped for a One Second After scenario.
MaMood I’manutjob has the ultimate suicide terrorist attack in mind perhaps? He is more than willing to sacrifice the people of Iran in order to serve his bllod-lusting devil god.
Retaliation is no deterrent to a culture bent on suicide, they wish for it.
Dude, the detonation doesn't have to be over Kansas. The laws of physics are the same 30 miles above Philadelphia. There goes the Boston to DC megalopolis. Or one over western Ohio...that takes out St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, all of Ohio, Louisville and Pittsburgh.
Either way, much of the country is unaffected, but most of the federal structure , financial heavyweights and heavy manufacturing is toast.
Oh, and 30 miles is nothing for any nation that has successfully orbited satellites...like Iran.
This was one of those threads that seriously discussed possible Iran EMP threat. There may have been another.
Just think, after Islam has demolished this nation, there won’t be any reason for anyone to obliterate us any further with an EMP because there won’t be anything worth left to destroy.
I didn’t say it would be centered over Kansas, the point is that your circle that you said isn’t very high IS actually quite high (needing a weather balloon or better to achieve, 30 miles is over the ozone layer) AND only gets a small fraction of the country.
Your own comment shows the problem with the article. The article says this:
by an enemy with a low-cost, short range, ship-launched missile armed with a nuclear warhead.
And you just admitted:
and 30 miles is nothing for any nation that has successfully orbited satellites...like Iran.
There’s a pretty big gap between a low cost short range ship launched missile and a satellite. Which is exactly the problem I was pointing out, all these articles try to make it sound like any doofus terrorist that can get a hold a small nuke and a good sling shot can destroy the country, and the facts show that’s 100% BS. You need a good sized nuke and a real launch platform.
What no one has mentioned so far is that a handy individual can build a small EMP generator in their barn for a few hundred dollars. And most the materials needed are available at your local Lowes.
Granted it will only take out a few city blocks but if a terrorist chooses his target carefully he could do a huge amount of damage.
Iran has the latter and will soon have the former.
It really wouldn’t do that much damage. OK you fry all the computer chips in a couple of blocks and then... some car crashes, stuck elevators, suppose it gets kind of bad if there’s a hospital in that range, certainly business are inconvenienced. But really a half way decent regular bomb would do almost as much damage, plus all the blood and guts that terrorists love so much.
Our educational system, thoroughly dominated by Marxists from kindergarten through graduate school is our nation's **most** serious threat.
But the former is immaterial, and the later is still not as big a threat as the paranoids want it to be. If one high altitude burst was really that big a threat it would have become the primary nuclear strategy of both us and the USSR. It didn’t, that proves the point.
The inner cities, yes, but not where I live. I am confident that our neighbors and citizens of our town and county would rally. Yes, there would be damage and many people very inconvenienced and some deaths but in no way would there be the collapse of Western Civilization. Not in this county.