Wednesday, January 22, 2014

American Blackout: EMP Attack ~ By Patrick J. Kiger

From the article:
While some doomsayers, such as former U.S. House Speaker and Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, have sounded the alarm about the threat of EMP, others have doubted that such an attack would really be as dire of a threat. In a 2003 paper, Electric Power Research Institute staffer Mario Rabinowitz concluded that an EMP generated by a nuclear blast would be no more harmful to the electrical grid that natural events such as lightning storms...
Okay, so in other words, we are being told that there is no real threat. Here is a news segment that I saw that also brings up the fact that there are military analysts that say there is nothing to worry about:

It hit me hard when the thought occurred to me, and the thought is that somebody is lying to us. While the threat seems to be so feasible, the military is downplaying the threat of an EMP attack. If it does happen, then will the U.S. military, and the rest of the critics of an EMP attack (including the U.S. Senate a few years ago), have some kind of deniable plausibility for overlooking this threat that would not only take so many lives, but change America, and the world, forever? Absolutely not! If those "WITH access to current threat assessments" are wrong, we could be in big trouble.  Make your own decision.   Just sayin'...



By Patrick J. Kiger

National Geographic

In this blueprint for a national nightmare, an enemy nation or terrorist group would launch a missile containing a powerful nuclear weapon. The device would explode at high altitude above the U.S. and release a burst of radiation that would interact with the Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere—including the ionosphere, the thin upper layer filled with free electrons, which facilitates radio communications. As a result, a powerful electrical current would radiate down to the Earth and create additional currents that would course through man-made electrical circuits as well. Electrical infrastructure and electronic devices would receive severe shocks, causing severe, widespread damage. A federal commission of scientific and military experts convened by Congress in 2004 warned that an EMP attack could cause a massive blackout that would affect phone systems, electric power transmission, factories the financial system, and transportation. “Depending on the specific characteristics of the attacks, unprecedented cascading failures of our major infrastructures could result,” the commission warned. “In that event, a regional or national recovery would be long and difficult and would seriously degrade the safety and overall viability of our Nation.” The commission noted that “the longer the outage, the more problematic and uncertain the recovery will be."

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