Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Group meets in upstate NY to warn America about EMP threat

An organization named EMPACT: Protecting America Against Permanent Continental Shutdown from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack is having a symposium in Niagara Falls, NY this week. The agenda is here.

Among the scheduled speakers is the "polarizing" former Georgia GOP Rep. Newt Gingrich of "Contract with America" fame during the Clinton years.

There exists, from mid 2008, a “Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack,” a long PDF document, here.

The report compares a hypothetical event to previous calamities like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina; but some experts say this could be much worse.

The Washington Times today (Sept. 8, 2009) ran an op-ed by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. “Death Star: A weapon that could create a new Dark Age”, URL link here.

This blog has presented other editorials on this topic from this conservative paper. Past op-eds have stressed the possible threats for rogue devices launched under the aegis of Iran or North Korea.

This article, while reporting that 90% of people in a large area could perish if electricity were lost for a year, points out that it’s possible that dire threats might occur naturally, as from solar flares or storms (there was a minor storm in October 2003, a larger one in 1989 that shut down power in Quebec for a day; a major episode of “Smallville” in 2003 presented the solar flare possibility on the same day that the October flare really happened! – hence the “death star” is our own Sun). The article also mentions the “Oceans 11” scenario of a small device, as speculated in a September 2001 issue of Popular Science (just before 9/11). There is a “mystery picture” which tracks back to a device proposed by an engineer at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, as the US Army was assessing various devices that potential enemies could try (I think the photo dates from before 9/11). The original Getty Image link is here.

Or check this "Barking Studios" blog link.

The image does, tangentially at least, bring up the idea that when one relocates into an area, one needs to make sure there is no unusual radio or magnetic activity that could affect one's own electronics. I've always wondered about living right next to major power lines.

Attribution link for Niagara Falls NY and American Falls, a favorite spot by honyemooners (even the Cramdens) in the 1950s, now a bit more sinister .

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