Thursday, July 2, 2009

EMP Attack on the US - Are you prepared?

America is Vulnerable to An Electromagnetic Pulse Attack
by Kathryn Gaines

In a nutshell, an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack has an immediate effect as would an atomic bomb blast. It moves like a wall of energy overloading, and destroying all computer based technology. Such an attack would destroy the power grid; air traffic would be dropping to the ground, telephone, internet and other communications would be immediately shut down.

Americans would die by the HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS.

EMP is not a sci-fi war theory. EMP is a legitimate weapon and a legitimate threat to the security of our nation.

Brief analysis shows that our computerized, electronically-dependent society offers any rogue nation a perfect target: an EMP-vulnerable power grid susceptible of a sucker punch to the heart of our infrastructure. On the floor of the House, Rep. Roscoe Barlett (R-Md) recounted a story of a Russian, who, prior to the G-8 meeting said “If we really wanted to hurt you, with no fear of retaliation, we'd launch an SLBM, submarine launch missile. We wouldn't know where it came from; it came from the sea. And we'd detonate a nuclear weapon high above your country, and it would shut down your power grid and your communications for 6 months or so.”

Our enemies are well aware of what an EMP attack is, and just what precisely it would do. The incentive to attack America through EMP is high because the cost to America would be catastrophic. As the 2004 commission report said “The current vulnerability of our critical infrastructures can both invite and reward attack if not corrected. Correction is feasible and well within the Nation's means and resources to accomplish.”

Our electric grid systems, communication networks, financial system, fuel/energy infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, food infrastructure, and most importantly water supply would be corrupted to an un-workable extent in the event of an attack, because we have yet to make the vital corrections. If America were hit with an EMP over the course of one year 90% of Americans would be dead.

America would be reduced to third world status.

Additionally the expense to produce an EMP attack is less than a nuclear attack. Counter to logic the less developed the warhead, the more range and greater effect. An EMP attack does not require highly developed delivery technology because the effect of the attack is so widespread, although its closeness to the surface does affect its severity. Both of these factors make it easier for less developed nations to develop this technology. Defensive deterrence coupled with decreasing our vulnerability to an EMP attack is the way to counter the high incentive to attack us.

It has often been said that 9-11 was a failure of our imagination. There are certain things that our imagination, out of self-preservation resists thinking about -- an electromagnetic pulse attack falls into that category.

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