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The Threat of EMP

One of the biggest concerns that we have been warned about multiple times has been the Electromagnetic Pulse or EMP attack.

Are you familiar with what it is?  Newt Gingrich certainly is.  At the recent conference of conservative students, Newt discussed what he thought about it.

He referenced the June 29 derecho storm gave us an idea of what an “electromagnetic pulse attack” would be like. As you may or may not know, the derecho storms gave us massive power outages that crippled parts of the country.

I think that says something when our own political leaders are warning us about such an attack.

Newt’s full quote was, ”Any of you who were in Washington during the recent week-long opportunity to experiment with an electromagnetic pulse attack, just talk to people, we were out of electricity for seven days at our house.”  Interesting, don’t you think?

A lot of your friends or even family may mock you for your beliefs that EMP attacks could be real, but now we have a high level American politician seemingly warning us of things to come.

This wasn’t the first time that he warned us of EMPs.  Check out this quote from an op-ed he wrote in the Washington Post  just a month ago:

“It is almost unthinkable, yet possible, that an enemy could detonate a nuclear weapon over the atmosphere over the continental United States, triggering an electromagnetic pulse. This would short-circuit our power grid, taking power off­line for months, perhaps even years…

In a crisis, many in the Washington area could not even flee because the impact of an EMP attack would disable most cars and public transportation. The water supply would go dry without electricity to pump water from rivers and wells.

Imagine if you needed to find a bottle of potable water for, say, your children. How much would you pay? What would you pay with if every bank and ATM were shut down?

Public safety? Forget it. No power means no police cars, no communications and no 911 emergency service. For criminals, it would be time to run rampant.”

That’s a powerful piece isn’t it?

Newt wasn’t the best candidate for President when the rubber met the road, but he was always regarded as one of the most intelligent.  Don’t you think there might be something to this?

There have been other instances as well where politicians and leaders have warned us of attacks on our power grid.  The Secretary of the Department of Defense, Leon Panetta, has warned us of attacks to our power grid multiple times.  He has stated over and over again that the next big attack on America would be through our power grid.

Terrorists aren’t hiding in the woods waiting to pounce on us like guerrilla warfare of old, they are waiting in our computers and in our technology… just biding their time until the right moment when they will strike and shut down massive amounts of electricity so that we destroy ourselves.

These things are sadly a reality and where technology has brought us.

It’s so easy to take for granted how weak the tiny pieces of technology we make phone calls on are…

Sure we take pictures, email, send texts and surf the internet on them now… but as soon as we drop them, whether it be in the water or on the ground, they break. That’s not because they are made cheaply… well some of them probably are… it’s because the technology in them is fragile.

One thing is for certain, you NEVER want to put your cell phone or any technology in the microwave.  Why?  Because as soon as you do, they’ll fry…

Now think about how easy the microwaves or other waves that can come from a small box in your kitchen could be made to project.  I’m not saying shooting things from a “ray gun,” but just to project out of a larger satellite or briefly burst onto a large area of our country.  REALLY think about that.

That’s all it would take to destroy a majority of this country’s technology.

The worst part of an EMP attack is that it would be so widespread.  The simple attack could wipe out not thousands, not millions, but HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of Americans’ access to simple things.  See, if technology goes, we aren’t just talking about your cell phone going out… We’re now talking about the power grids going down for large amounts of the country.

Then you need to think about what runs on the power grid.  Most food needs to be refrigerated, water needs to be cleaned, and information needs to get out.  If you think people freak out during hurricanes, what do you think would happen if most of the country went down with no technology whatsoever?

These are just things to think about.  There could be widespread panic, there could even be riots and mob rule… who knows?

And the worst part about all of this is that it may not even come from enemy that we know, or an enemy at all.  The sun could literally do the same thing to us with a solar flare.  Doesn’t that sound crazy?  But NASA has warned us about this for a while now.

I want you to take a look at this message that I was sent by Wallace Streete the other day.  I hadn’t heard from him in a while, but he came into the office and was very adamant about this.  He says that we should worry and that there aren’t many options in this situation but to prepare.

Anyway, I want you to take a look HERE and really see what’s happening.

And if you want to learn more about EMP attacks, just Google it.  You’ll learn a lot about what they can do to us and where we could end up.

Be smarter than what they think you are,

Tim Young

Managing Editor

 

4 comments

  1. I have been warning people about the EMP attack that could trigger disaster for most of the world and when this happens I suspect it will be on 12-21-2012. But I also think this will cause people to panic and do what ever it takes to supply the family needs even if it means looting ,and to kill others in order to survive, another thing to worry about is FEMA, Homeland Security and UN soldiers will enforce Marshal Law for civil unrest unless the american dollar devalues to nothing first, most countries will experience the same. People should prepare themselves now and get a bug out bag and go hide somewhere deep underground several days before Christmas. … LOL

  2. The debate over the EMP attack threat makes better sense if you see graphics. When we started researching this, we we frustrated by the extreme language used by both sides. It took a lot of research, but we found out important facts and converted them to graphics.

    Please take a look at our EMP simulator. Some things you’ll see:
    1) A coast-to-coast EMP attack requires a multi-megaton bomb. Only the major powers have those, so that kind of attack would be most likely as part of a global thermonuclear war.
    2) The more likely scenario is some sort of regional attack. You can see the EMP range of small nuclear bombs by looking at our EMP simulator.
    3) The EMP energy pattern is not that of a radio signal. Instead of an even pattern that diminishes evenly away from the central point, the peak fields in an EMP have a horseshoe like shape. That dramatically increases the threat for some areas.
    4) There is also the possibility of local attacks using non-nuclear EMPs, which are a growing threat.

    It is also helpful to know the odds. We estimate:

    –The chance of a solar super-storm is about double the risk of a house fire.
    –The chance of a nuclear EMP is about the same as the risk of a fire at your house.
    –The chance of terrorists using a non-nuclear EMP for a local EMP attack is about the same as the house fire risk, but the odds are growing as the devices become easier to build and smaller.

    The pictures and and graphics on our site really help explain the threat. For example, we have pictures of EMP devices built into the back of truck trailers. The US Military uses these for testing. (Real stuff, not some crazy ranting. Click on the link and you can read the US military brochure that explains the test systems.)

    Finally, let me say that we feel the country can survive an EMP attack. There are things people can do to protect their families and businesses.

    Even if someone was able to hit us with a single multi-megaton EMP blast, power systems would slowly come back. It might be days or even weeks, but the United States would come back.

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