The threat posed by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) was once considered by the mainstream as simply the stuff of science fiction or lone nut jobs living in rooms lined with tin foil. But people are now coming to understand that an EMP — whether from natural causes or a weapon — poses a real threat to America’s electronics and could send the country into a new Dark Age.
Even the corporate media is onboard, as the mainstream media poster child USA Today ran an article warning of the dangers of an EMP attack in its Oct. 27, 2010 edition. Titled One EMP burst and the world goes dark, Dan Vergano leads with, “The sky erupts. Cities darken, food spoils and homes fall silent. Civilization collapses. End-of-the-world novel? A video game? Or could such a scenario loom in America’s future?”
The answer is a resounding, “Yes it could!”
An EMP could come from the sun. The 11-year solar cycle will hit its maximum in 2012. Solar flares have caused blackouts in the past. Or, it could come in the form of an attack from one of America’s enemies.
There are reports that rogue nations like Iran and North Korea have been working on an EMP weapon that could be launched from a ship or barge off the American coast. And the missile launch — while the Barack Obama administration denies it was a missile, numerous experts have said that’s what it was — spotted off California’s coast by a KCBS camera Nov. 8 shows that America is vulnerable to attack.
An EMP would shut down the nation’s power grid, silence communications and render everything containing electronics — from hand-held games to cell phones to airliners — inoperable. Water would cease to flow as pumping stations shut down. Grocery store shelves would be bare within hours. The banking system would crash.
Those in poor health depending upon machines to stay alive would be dead in minutes. Within days the weak and infirm would be dead from dehydration. As the crisis grew, riots would ensue and people would turn on one another. As an example for how bad it could get, just check out some of the headlines from the Black Friday madness at stores across the country. And those incidents stemmed from anxiety over low-priced convenience and luxury items — not things that meant the difference between life and death.
On Nov. 17 The Heritage Foundation issued a report, EMP Attacks — What The U.S. Must Do Now, that outlined the dangers of an EMP attack and suggested a to-do list for the Barack Obama administration and Congress to better prepare the nation for such an attack.
According to The Heritage Foundation, the U.S. must take steps to:
- Prevent the threat. Regardless of the mitigation and response measures, a massive EMP impact could have a devastating impact on the United States. Washington must pursue an aggressive protect-and-defend strategy, including comprehensive missile defense; modernizing the U.S. nuclear deterrent; and adopting proactive nonproliferation and counter-proliferation measures, both unilaterally and in partnership with allies.
- Provide resilience. Measures must be adopted to ensure the resilience of the U.S.-Canadian electrical grid and telecommunications systems, including developing limited redundancy and identifying means for the timely replacement of essential damaged parts or their rapid substitution.
- Plan for the unthinkable. The U.S. must have robust pre-disaster planning — with practical exercises that include top officials who rehearse a wide variety of contingency scenarios — that integrates federal, state, local, private-sector, non-governmental organizations, and international support.
- Protect the capacity to communicate. The U.S. must have the means to establish assured emergency broadcast as well as interactive communications both within the U.S. and across the globe. An EMP strike can easily obliterate America’s electrical, telecommunications, transportation, financial, food, and water infrastructures, rendering the United States helpless to coordinate actions and deliver services essential for daily life. In the words of Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, EMP “is one of only a few ways that the United States could be defeated by its enemies.” The time to prepare is now.
Of all the things that government is considering, this is one concern that must be front and center. And expecting that Congress and the President will screw it up — as they do most everything else — it’s something that everyone must prepare for themselves.
How to prepare? Consider what life will be like when your electronic conveniences — and necessities — are no longer available. Then store food, water, medicines, sundry items, guns and ammunition — and gold and silver for the barter economy that will develop later.