What is an “Electromagnetic Pulse” (EMP)?
Wikipedia defines an EMP as:
An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is a short burst of electromagnetic energy. EMP interference is generally disruptive or damaging to electronic equipment. Weapons have been developed to create the damaging effects of high-energy EMP. These are typically divided into nuclear and non-nuclear devices.
So what does that mean and why is it important to me?
Energy IS Civilization.
I’m sure you’ve seen this picture from NASA Satellites of the United States lit up at night. The United States relies on its generation of power transmitted through the electrical grid to light our streets and buildings, heat and cool our homes, pump water to our faucets and smoothly govern the flow of traffic.
But not just high-power appliances and devices, low-power electronic devices such as cell phones and computers help us live and work more effectively.
We are totally dependent on this lifeblood of energy for our modern conveniences. If it were to be shut down permanently – we would be in a world of trouble.
EMP is Nuclear
When you think of a Nuclear blast, you might envision a mushroom cloud and total devastation on the ground. You would be right, but what you may not know is that the nuclear explosion has ALWAYS produced an EMP.
In modern warfare a nuclear strike scenario is usually not in the interest of the attacker. Such a strike would completely destroy their target. The goal of warfare is not typically destruction, although that is a side effect, more often it is control.
Once the population is subdued, and the enemy is no longer fighting, they are going to want to take control of infrastructure. It is therefore not in the best interest of an attacker to completely destroy the location they want to eventually control.
Ground based nuclear strikes require multiple nuclear weapons, and most countries just don’t have that many available. But a Nuclear Weapon does not need to touch the ground to be effective.
In fact, a nuclear warhead detonated high above the Earth would still produce an EMP.
And because it is operating at a higher altitude, the EMP blast radiating out from the center of the weapon would be effective across a wider area.
How wide of an area?
As the warhead gets higher into the atmosphere, it becomes more and more effective because the spread of the blast is spherical.
If the blast were detonated at the proper altitude, rather than needing multiple warheads, an attacker could render his enemy powerless with a single warhead.
Are all EMPs Weapons?
No. Not all EMPs are man-made. There are also Natural EMPs that are generated from unusual activity from our Sun.
In fact, there was a well known event in 1859 where a large solar flare was observed – (also known as a Coronal Mass Ejection or CME).
This event was later dubbed the “Carrington Event” named after the astronomer who first observed the sunspots and the subsequent solar flare.
According to Wikipedia’s article on the Solar Storm of 1859:
Telegraph systems all over Europe and North America failed, in some cases giving telegraph operators electric shocks. Telegraph pylons threw sparks. Some telegraph operators could continue to send and receive messages despite having disconnected their power supplies.
How credible is this threat?
We here in America have been blessed with peace and prosperity, but we do have enemies; enemies who would like nothing more than to take our power and standing in the world away from us.
One such example is North Korea. Many people scoff at this little nation and their maniacal leader as “ineffective” and “not a threat” – but North Korea has missiles capable of putting a satellite in orbit.
North Korea has become increasingly aggressive toward the United States and it is well known that North Korea is in possession of Nuclear weapons.
In December of 2012, North Korea launched a satellite, KMS 3-2 which orbited right over the eastern seaboard of the United States.
Had there been a Nuclear Device on that satellite and had North Korea detonated it, we might have lost the entire east coast electrical grid.
Despite repeated warnings from surrounding nations to cease and desist and sanctions from the United States, North Korea continues to launch satellites into orbit to this day – and there is no reason to think that they will stop. (CNN Article).
The “Islamic Bomb”
There are also Radical Islamic Terrorist factions who would use a nuclear device if given the chance – and not just fringe radicals – but Islamic Republics such as Iran.
Iran has stated in no uncertain terms that it’s goals are to utterly destroy Israel and the United States.
Even so, our feckless leaders in Washington have naively entered into nuclear negotiations with entities who have publicly stated that they wish to murder Americans and often chant “Death to America” at their political rallies.
The Obama administration has done more to empower and embolden our enemies through weak diplomacy and foolish deals than any president since Jimmy Carter.
Another reason to vote for the Republican Party in November 2016.
What can WE do about this?
The sad fact is that the people of the United States are just not aware of the threats they face.
This is why a Coalition of Scientists, Military Analysts, Intelligence Agents and Concerned Citizens have formed the Secure the Grid Coalition and the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security.
We have the technology RIGHT NOW to harden the Grid against EMP attacks – and it is far less expensive than people think.
We just need to make the energy sector and government aware of the need to take action. We are making a difference but we could use your help.
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