Monday, November 29, 2010

EMP: Like a Star Trek photon torpedo only real

Today I am going to leave Wikileaks, North/South Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, EU stability, jobs and the US economy to others. If you can believe it, there are other, possibly even greater potential risks to the United States.

The topics mentioned above include some of the US national security and foreign policy concerns that have been discussed here before. Wikileaks will put them onto the front pages of every newspaper in the world today. Some story's from predictable outlets (i.e. Aljazeera and possibly even the New York Times) will discuss the benefits to having leaked this information in the spirit of full disclosure, despite, or maybe because of the fact that it puts American national security as well as Americans at risk. This while the majority will express the indignation, anger and disgust it deserves.

Rep. Peter King of New York said yesterday that Wikileaks should be designated a foreign terrorist organization. This designation would bring onto Wikileaks and its creator, self-described "information activist" Julian Assange the full wrath, penalties and punishments that the U.S. can bring down on them.

Because of the overwhelming coverage, I am going to discuss something that I have read about previously through research that has been done at The Heritage Foundation, and that I was reminded of today by an article at WorldNetDaily.

Electromagnetic pulse attack (EMP) is the threat that turns a science fiction movie into the ultimate horror show!

The following is a brief description of what an EMP is and the incredible devastation that it could wreak. If interested, I would recommend going to the link at The Heritage Foundation to find out more about it, whether there are ways for the United States to mitigate the problem and whether any steps are being taken.

"...An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack represents one of the greatest threats imaginable—to the United States and the world. An EMP occurs when a nuclear device is detonated high in the atmosphere—a phenomenon of which America’s enemies are well aware. The electromagnetic discharge can permanently disable the electrical systems that run nearly all civilian and military infrastructures. A massive EMP attack on the United States would produce almost unimaginable devastation. Communications would collapse, transportation would halt, and electrical power would simply be non-existent. Not even a global humanitarian effort would be enough to keep hundreds of millions of Americans from death by starvation, exposure, or lack of medicine. Nor would the catastrophe stop at U.S. borders. Most of Canada would be devastated, too, as its infrastructure is integrated with the U.S. power grid. Without the American economic engine, the world economy would quickly collapse. Much of the world’s intellectual brain power (half of it is in the United States) would be lost as well. Earth would most likely recede into the “new” Dark Ages..."


  1. There is so much more than just the economic engine involved here. Cars will literally stop running, their computers fried. Jets will literally fall out of the sky. this would be, as you say, a catastrophe the like of which mankind has never seen. And it only takes a few nukes ignited at altitude. They don't have to be close to the ground. Very scary and real.

  2. Agreed Joe. Just add this one to what is becoming a long laundry list of concerns.