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  1. #1 EMP: The Greatest Threat to America, and What We Can Do about It 
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    By JanSuzanne Krasner
    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. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, who made a statement on the floor of the House in support of the HR 5026, told Congress that an EMP attack would create $1-$2 trillion in damages and take four to ten years to recover. The truth is that within one year we would no longer be a sovereign nation.



    The HR 5026 that passed in the House was stalled in the Senate during the lame-duck session. More recently, Congressman Trent Franks introduced the SHIELD Act, which goes beyond HR 5026 -- i.e., requiring an automated protection plan and hardware-based solution to be developed within six months. EMPactAmerica points out that Americans need to get Congress to focus on this immediately.



    The EMPactAmerica conference "Standing Up to Ahmadinehad: Military and National Security Policy Experts Call on President Obama to Confront the Iranian Threat" presented the undeniable fact that the Iranian regime is prepared to use its nuclear weapons in the form of an EMP detonation in the skies 70-100 miles above "the great Satan" and to do so without attribution. A panel of ten EMP and terrorist experts spoke to an audience of concerned reporters and involved activists with the hope of stimulating awareness, discussion, and action.



    The panel was extremely impressive. Opening remarks came from EMPact's president, Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, Director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum. He pointed out that "we are so vulnerable with this threat because we are unprepared." Therefore, "it is not acceptable for Iran to be allowed to build nuclear weapons."



    Lt. General Thomas McInerny, retired Air Force and member of the Iran Policy Committee, advised that we must have a strategy to hold nations accountable that sponsor or allow terrorists to live in their nation and deter them from doing so. He confirmed that Iran is at the heart of most attacks through proxies like Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaeda, and others. "The Iranian regime likes to keep their 'fingerprints off' while spreading propaganda, money and weapons to others ready to do the killing and dying for them." Brigadier General Kenneth Chrosniak, retired, U.S. Army War College, Bronze Star recipient, added to the discussion that "we must plan for the worst-case situation, and we are not being told about the worst threat in the forefront of America."
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    That's a lot scarier than the piranhas and the giant snails.
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    "Hardening", or shielding against EMP, requires specific materials and special application. EMP is only effective across a broad area if it's an air burst weapon. An aircraft, ship or computer center can be hardened against air burst EMP, but it's not possible to shield an entire power grid, even as small as a city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv View Post
    "Hardening", or shielding against EMP, requires specific materials and special application. EMP is only effective across a broad area if it's an air burst weapon. An aircraft, ship or computer center can be hardened against air burst EMP, but it's not possible to shield an entire power grid, even as small as a city.

    Yes, and a very high-altitude, high megatonnage one at that. She is mixing apples and oranges in the piece to pump up the threat. The major EMP threat from the sort of ordinary, shipboard missile with a tactical warhead she describes is limited to about the same area as the 10% destruction circle from the warhead.

    Two things are most seriously affected by EMP, long line wires and small intergrated circuit electronics. The proliferation of IC technology into every sort of machine including autos means there is really no way to protect ourselves thoroughly without a crash program that would consume the entire budget for several years. Anything that's inside a Faraday cage is protected, even if it's running as long as its connection to the outside world is optically isolation (i.e. fiber optics), but that pretty much lets out most of the crap we need to make goods move and the economy work.

    Good news is that the fiber optic signal networks are immune to it so at least they won't have to be rebuilt once the power transmission lines are restored, and any car that still runs which has points ignition will be suddenly very valuable.
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