20 July 2009

Electromagnetic Pulse Basics


William R. Forstchen is the author of One Second After, a best-selling novel that looks at a post - EMP US. Without the electrical power grid, modern civilisation would be in danger of collapse. If your power utility breaks down, the world around you will grow very dangerous, and life very precarious -- quickly.
This is a terrifying aspect of an attack that no government report has publicly discussed along with the potential casualty rate in the first seconds after an attack. Commercial airliners today are all computer driven. In fact, from lift off to landing, a pilot no longer even needs to be in the cockpit, a computer can do all of it if need be. When the pilot pulls back on the "stick" it is no longer connect by wires stretching all the way back to the tail and the elevator assembly. Instead, his motion is read by a computer which sends a signal to an electrical servo - motor in the tail, which then moves the tail. In short, the entire plane is computer driven. It is estimated that at any given moment during regular business hours, somewhere between three to four thousand commercial airliners are crisscrossing the skies. (There is a fascinating site you can find via Goggle that shows typical air traffic around the world during a twenty four hour period. From dawn til way after dusk, the entire USA is one glowing blob of commercial flights crisscrossing our sky). All of them would be doomed, the pilots sitting impotent, staring at blank computer screens, pulling on controls that no longer respond as the plane finally noses over and heads in.

Somewhere between 250,000 to 500,000 people will die in the first few minutes...more than all our battle casualties across four years of World War II

AREN"T WE PREPARING? ISN'T THERE REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT IN PLACE AND TRAINED PERSONNEL READY TO REACT?

The frightening answer is no. This author has spent over four years researching this topic, interviewing scores of personnel from Congressmen and Generals, to your local police chief and sheriff. At your local level, since 9/11, first responders have received hundreds of hours of training and briefings on all sorts of terrorist scenarios. Only a few have told me that they even discussed the topic for more than a few minutes at an official level. As to emergency stockpiles of supplies and crucial replacement parts, there is nothing in place.

WHY NOT?

EMP, has managed to "stealth" its way on to the highly dangerous list and few, except for a small number of personnel in the Pentagon, various research labs, and men like Congressman Bartlett (R., MD) who heads the Congressional Investigative Committee on EMP, are aware of it. For one it has a certain "sci - fi" sound to it, which makes many dismiss the potential before the discussion has even started. Second, the only way to truly evaluate the threat and demonstrate it is to detonate a nuclear weapon, something we have not done since the full test ban went into effect decades ago. It is therefore not "visible" to us, the way another airliner smashing into a skyscraper is now forever imprinted on our national psyche, feared, and prepared for. Next, with all the competing issues and threats in the world, EMP simply does not have a "constituency" of influence. Only a few members of Congress, our military and scientific community are issuing the warnings. There are no Hollywood stars placing themselves in front of cameras with this as their cause, the few times it has been used in popular movies, it has been portrayed inaccurately, often absurdly.

And finally, the impact is so overwhelming - that it triggers a psychological sense of helplessness, and therefore why bother, since if it happens we are finished. It is the same response that happened between the 1950s - 60s. When first confronted with the threat of a nuclear attack, tens of billions was spent to prepare, in fact our Interstate Highway system was initiated in the mid 1950s as a national defense effort to provide avenues of escape from cities in the event of nuclear war, a means to bring in emergency supplies and to move our military. Plans were issued to citizens on how to build bomb shelters and all children were drilled in what is seen now as the absurd "duck and cover."

Something happened though by the mid - 1960s. The threat was no longer fifty to a hundred small atomic bombs dropped from bombers, it was now a rain of thousands of hydrogen bombs, delivered within minutes by ballistic missiles. In this atmosphere of overkill, attempting to prepare seemed ridiculous, futile. The standard phrase became "the living will envy the dead," so why bother? Civil defense finally became an object of derision, the realm of a few survivalist nut cases.

That threat is still there, and to this day our nuclear forces stand ready to respond, which has indeed been the only defense left..."if you nuke us, we'll nuke you," a policy known as "mutual assured destruction," a zero win game.

EMP is different, it is not a rain of thousands of bombs, needing a vast and powerful military to deliver it, which means Russia and China are the only real threats in that realm...but unless seized by madness, their leaders know such an attack, within minutes would be met with thousands of bombs annihilating their country as well. It is a balance of terror that has now endured for nearly sixty years.

An EMP attack is different since it only requires but one nuclear weapon, detonated 300 miles above the middle of the United States. One bomb. The launch could even be done from a container ship somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico and in that instant, the war is already over and won.

_Forschen
Read the whole thing.

If you are an Obama zombie, brain-dead and blindly trusting in the benevolence and wisdom of the clown in the White House, there is nothing here that will interest you. Life goes on according to the "talking points", and life will always go on according to the talking points. To think anything else is to wander off the reservation, onto dangerous and uncharted territory.

But if you can think for yourself, you will see the threat of EMP as just one out of many threats that can throw the modern, oblivious way of life out of its convenient and affluent path.

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Blogger Ronduck said...

Roscoe Bartlett was also involved in peak-oilism - link.

I've come to the conclusion that ecos, leftist and idiots sit around and during their bull/planning sessions start with mass disaster and then work their way backwards towards some evil they want destroyed.

They start by imagining America's technological system collapsing and then imagine such a collapse resulting in apocalyptic levels of famine, death and bandenkrieg. From there they identify some pillar of modern American life made possible by science or industry, such as electricity, the automobile, freon, the interstate highway system, indoor plumbing and find a way to link this modern convenience to The End of Man. Just add alcohol and you have a fun party game for all of your libtard friends to play.

Thinking of all of the technologies opposed by the ecopagans I've come to the conclusion that these people want to see most of us die off, with the survivors living in a New Dark Age.

Actually, I think the ecos want even more than that, these people consider Man to be an invasive species that must be exterminated so Gaia can heal herself. The best proof of this is the ecos hysteria for protecting the Spotted Owl, while supporting abortion.

To the truly committed environmentalist every spotted owl is precious, while every human child must be hunted down in its womb and be vacuumed out and chopped up.

Monday, 20 July, 2009  
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Wednesday, 22 July, 2009  
Blogger Realist said...

"
If you are an Obama zombie, brain-dead and blindly trusting in the benevolence and wisdom of the clown in the White House, there is nothing here that will interest you."

The good news is when and if an EMP attack occurs these buffoons will be the ones disproportionately affected.

The majority of Liberals live in cities and people in the cities will be the ones most affected by an EMP. They will be helpless and at the mercy of the folks from the bad neighborhoods.

The city folk have only a few days vital supplies like food and water. As soon as everyone realizes what has happened the bad folk will be raiding the Liberals homes to take their food and water and since the Liberals believe in gun control they will be unarmed and will be victims of their own demise.

The country folk (more conservative/libertarian) will do much better. They have water supplies and food supply stores (canned from the gardens) plus local wildlife to hunt. But most importantly they are almost all armed.

The net effect would be to drastically reduce the Liberals in America...where is that red launch button :)

Wednesday, 22 July, 2009  
Blogger Ronduck said...

and since the Liberals believe in gun control they will be unarmed and will be victims of their own demise.

A surprising number of liberals who advocate gun control also happen to have concealed carry permits. I don't know how this trickles down the liberal food chain, but it is worth noting.

Wednesday, 22 July, 2009  
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Thursday, 23 July, 2009  
OpenID preparednesspro said...

One Second After is an excellent read to help people mentally prepare for the catastrophic events an EMP would bring. Alas, Babylon is another favorite along similar lines and definitely worth reading. http://tinyurl.com/cckxmb

Monday, 03 August, 2009  

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