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 Ex-CIA analyst warns of the danger of an EMP attack

Canada and the United States are currently vulnerable to an imminent threat that could “topple the pillars of civilization”, says the executive director of the EMP Task Force on National Homeland Security, a U.S. Congressional advisory board.

In a recent trip to Toronto, Dr. Peter Pry discussed the importance of protecting North American infrastructure from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack the effects of which would be devastating.

A well-planned attack would be “a mortal threat to the West,” says Pry, who’s studied the issue since doing his doctorate in strategic studies and then becoming an analyst with the CIA, where he was their EMP point man.

In 1962 the U.S. government conducted a high-altitude nuclear missile test in Hawaii known as Starfish Prime. One of the results that puzzled researchers was why the lights were knocked out and the underground sea cables damaged.

That’s when they became aware that one effect of a nuclear explosion was super-energetic radio waves that carried many thousands of volts. If they hit electronics, they’d be fried in mere nanoseconds.

The common worry with a nuclear weapon is the on-the-ground explosion it makes. But researchers realized an EMP blast above the ground could have a much different, and arguably worse, impact. The higher up it detonates, the wider the field.

“If you can come up 300km in the centre of the USA, it will cover all the states and the edge will hit Canada. All with one bomb,” Pry says, who later worked with Congress for the House Armed Services Committee where he continued his research.

While there are zero deaths from the actual explosion – which is in the air – the EMP field would fry the entire electrical grid. The power transformers are knocked out. Cars shut off. Traffic lights stop.

North America would be under blackout. And it would be a long blackout. Many power transformers and other major devices would need to be rebuilt – which would take a number of months, even years. Emergency generators only have fuel to survive for around 72 hours. And North America only has a food supply to feed people for a couple months.

“We estimated that given the current fact that the grid is unprotected, if something like this were to happen we could lose up to 90% of the population in a year... 9 out of 10 north Americans could die as a consequence.”

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SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2016/2/16 21:47Profile

 Re: Ex-CIA analyst warns of the danger of an EMP attack

Yeah, I've heard Peter Pry interviewed extensively. I could see it happening. Not saying it is going to, but wouldn't surprise me one bit.

 2016/2/17 1:46

 Re: Ex-CIA analyst warns of the danger of an EMP attack

It is not looking good especially if we consider all the other threats as well such as Ebola, Zika Viruses etc and now I have just discovered this:

How can we still argue about minor non essential things when we are again "in the days of Noah "?
We need to have our "lamps full of oil" in those dark days ahead - and "seek first the Kingdom of God"

 2016/2/17 1:48

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