EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulse)

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    EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulse)

    From Wikipedia:

    The term electromagnetic pulse (sometimes abbreviated EMP) has the following meanings:

    1. A burst of electromagnetic radiation that results from an explosion (especially a nuclear explosion) and/or a suddenly fluctuating magnetic field. The resulting electric and magnetic fields may couple with electrical/electronic systems to produce damaging current and voltage surges.
    2. A broadband, high-intensity, short-duration burst of electromagnetic energy.

    In military terminology, an EMP bomb detonated hundreds of kilometers above the earth’s surface is known as a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) device. Nuclear electromagnetic bombs have three distinct time components that result from different physical phenomena. Effects of an EMP device depend on the altitude of the detonation, energy yield, interactions with the earth’s magnetic field, and shielding of targets.

    From You Tube:

    EMP: A Terrorist’s Dream

    December 08, 2008 — Short film produced by the Center for Security Policy warning about the dangers of an EMP attack. In a widely-read article in Imprimus, Frank Gaffney was one of the first to bring attention to EMP, “America’s Achilles’ Heel.” http://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis/archive/issue.asp?year=2005&month=06

    From Fox News:

    An EMP Attack could be more damaging than an Nuke Bomb

    February 02, 2009 — Ex-speaker latest official to raise alarm on threat of nuclear EMP attack by Tehran

    WASHINGTON The threat posed to the national security of the United States by Iran was likened only to the one posed by Nazi Germany in the 1930s, by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who suggested Tehran could be planning for a pre-emptive nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack on America that would turn a third or more of the country “back to a 19th century level of development.”

    Gingrich made the stunning statements, which echo warning of other congressional leaders and national security experts, in testimony before a subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last week.

    He said the “extraordinary challenge that the current regime in Iran poses to the safety of the United States” requires “extraordinary measures to meet it.”

    “Not since the failure of the League of Nations in the 1930s to confront the aggression of the dictatorships in Japan, Italy and Germany have we seen the willful avoidance of reality which is now underway with regard to Iran,” said Gingrich. “There are lessons to be learned from the 1930s and those lessons apply directly to the current government of Iran.”

    Gingrich pointed with alarm at a report first published in G2 Bulletin that Iran had tested the firing of ballistic missiles from a merchant ship in which warheads were detonated in midair over the Caspian Sea rather than at a land or sea target. National security experts and scientists commissioned by Congress to study the threat of electromagnetic pulse attacks on the U.S. concluded that Iran was preparing for just such a scenario. So does Gingrich.


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