An Electromagnetic Pulse Catastrophe

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The bad news is that none of the EMP Commission’s recommendations to protect the electric grid and other critical infrastructures have been implemented.  And now we are running out of time to protect ourselves from the nuclear EMP threat from Iran and the natural EMP threat from the Sun.

Some Members of Congress have heroically fought to implement the EMP Commission’s recommendations, forming a Congressional EMP Caucus, and aggressively trying to pass legislation like the SHIELD Act (HR 668) that would protect the national electric grid from EMP.  But lobbyists for the electric power industry, like the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, have deep pockets and an army of lawyers to stop bills like the SHIELD Act.  They oppose the SHIELD Act because it is the job of industry lobbyists to oppose any increase in government regulatory power over their industry, no matter how important and necessary.

Bureaucrats in the Department of Homeland Security are also a big part of the problem.  Except for one high ranking official in DHS who was a personal friend, no one in DHS would even agree to receive a briefing from the Congressional EMP Commission.  DHS refused to add nuclear EMP attack to its National Emergency Planning Scenarios, that are the basis for training and resourcing emergency responders at the federal, state, and local levels.  So thanks to DHS, there is no planning and preparedness for a nuclear EMP catastrophe at any level of government, except in DOD.  Dr. William Graham, Chairman of the EMP Commission, when asked in a congressional hearing to account for this behavior by DHS, replied: “It is at times like these I wish, instead of having a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, that my degree was in Abnormal Psychology.”

FP: What role does your Task Force play in protecting the nation and people from EMP?

Pry: The Task Force on National and Homeland Security was established to help Congress achieve national EMP preparedness on an accelerated basis by doing whatever is necessary, because we are running out of time.  The Task Force is aggressively trying to educate policymakers and the public on the EMP threat and solutions, on the very urgent necessity of achieving national EMP preparedness.  We hope that if the American people can be mobilized to demand EMP protection from federal, state, and local governments, that this will break the logjam.

The Task Force is the successor to the EMP Commission, which Congress tried but could not re-establish because of bureaucratic politics on the Hill and with DHS.  We are also an experiment, to see if a major national and homeland security issue can be advanced by the people themselves, spearheaded by a Task Force that is funded by donations.  Congress has no money to fund the Task Force.

All of our operations depend on donations.  Our Task Force is an experiment in returning to an earlier era, when the private sector played a much bigger role in U.S. security, as in the War of 1812, which was not won at the Battle of New Orleans, but on the high seas by American privateers who crippled Britain’s merchant shipping.  I like to think of our Task Force as a group of expert intellectual privateers, operating on a shoe string, but achieving decisive results by raiding and sinking the myths, propaganda, and bad ideas of lobbyists and bureaucrats who would leave our nation vulnerable to an EMP catastrophe.

FP: Is there anything the average American can do, or is this Washington’s problem?

Pry: Call and write your Congressman and Senator and tell them to support the SHIELD Act (HR 668), sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks, and the legislative initiatives of Congressman Roscoe Bartlett to protect our national electric grid from EMP.

–Contribute to Congressman Roscoe Bartlett’s re-election campaign.  Bartlett, who has been the national leader on EMP preparedness, is fighting to keep his seat because his district was gerrymandered.

–Demand that your Congressman and Senator join the Congressional EMP Caucus and start becoming part of the solution.

— Call and write Rep. Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and demand that he support the SHIELD Act and pass the bill out of his committee.  Upton’s office number is 202-225-3761.

–Call and write your state and local representatives and demand that they take steps to protect state and local critical infrastructures, and to ensure that police, fire, and other emergency services are prepared to operate after an EMP catastrophe.

–BE PREPARED YOURSELF.  EMP preparedness is largely just common sense and prudence that will better enable you and your family to survive all hazards, any catastrophic scenario.  For example, start stockpiling food and water, or means to purify water, plant a garden, so you and your family can survive without the local grocery store for a protracted period.  Have an emergency medical kit and know how to use it.  Read the Task Force book Civil-Military Preparedness For An Electromagnetic Pulse Catastrophe which has been circulated to the White House, Congress, DOD and DHS–but which should be read by every American, not just the Washington elite.  The book is basically a blueprint for how to protect our nation, your community and yourself from EMP or any catastrophe.

FP: Dr. Pry, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.

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  • cjk

    I've been convinced for years now that this is how the USA will be destroyed.

    • EMPCover_com

      It is helpful to know some odds.

      –The chance of a solar super-storm is about double the risk of a house fire.

      –The chance of a nuclear EMP is about the same as the risk of a fire at your house.

      –The chance of terrorists using a non-nuclear EMP for a local EMP attack is about the same as the house fire risk, but the odds are growing as the devices become easier to build and smaller.

      The pictures and and graphics on our EMPCover site help explain this stuff a lot better. For example, we have pictures of EMP devices built into the back of truck trailers. The US Military uses these for testing. (

      Real stuff, not some crazy ranting. Click on the link and you can read the US military brochure that explains the test systems.)

  • David

    A "Faraday cage" is one answer for personal electronics. Voting out of office the people who are opposed to the SHIELD Act is another answer.

  • Kafir Harby

    The EMP is THE perfect weapon to get Teheran on its knees. It throws them back in de dark middle ages, where they belong.

  • harrylies

    Typical neo-con war talk. You are the same people who got soldiers killed in Iraq. Now Iran. A war the readers of "Frontpage" will not serve in.

    • Flynn McMahon

      Judging by your remark there's no war that you would serve in.

    • Stephen_Brady

      "Neo-con" … just another way of saying, "Jews". Of course, you would know that, wouldn't you, Harry?

      • trickyblain

        Neocon is a term given to us by a neocon — Irving Kristol. It's been around since the early 70's and describes a group of academics who bastardized Leo Strauss's philosophy. They include Wolfowitz, Perle, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Kagan, Frum et. al. The neos think (well, thought — they've been largely embarrassed) that the US, as a "benevolent hegemony" should go around the globe knocking off leaders we don't like and the result will be all sunshine and roses and everyone will love us for it. Not so much.

        After the Iraq fiasco, nobody wanted to be called a neo. But that wasn't always the case. And pointing out that many are, in fact, Jewish is as irrelevant as it is an attempt at distracting from why folks are actually critical of them — they are delusional ideologues.

        • Stephen_Brady

          I knw what a neoconservative was. I used to be a neoconservative, in the short window of opportunity that existed after the fall of the USSR. That time is long past, now. Unlike the people who hate neoconservatives, I actually knew several of the founders of the movement.

          However, libertarians and liberals, along with racists of all stripes, have seized upon the fact that a Jew, Irving Kristol, is most associated with its foundation. In common usage, today, neoconservatism has been reduced to an anti-Semitic slur.

        • PaulRevereNow

          So what would be your policy towards Iran, in its rush to build nuclear weapons?

  • Schlomotion

    Mesmerism is a parapsychologcal scam in which the con man attempts to convince the dupe that through the power of magnetic force, the dupe will be either harmed or healed. Frontpage endorses the resurgence of one such mesmerist outfit called The United West led by the political scammer (read: academic activist) Tom Trento. Jamie Glazov is playing the part of Madame Blavatsky.

    The group that wants to "protect" us from the evil forces of Iranian magnet power should know that there is already a talisman in existence:

    This looks like the fallback position. If protecting Americans from nonexistent "terrorists" bottoms out, the counter-jihadists can protect us from magnet power. Can they really make fun of Al Gore now? Pass the tin foil.

    • reader

      Yes, 9-11 was non-existent – just like your Jew-hating and shilling for the muslim brotherhood. Very clever of you, tro schlo. You should be riding together with president Hussein on his canadian made bus.

    • Ghostwriter

      Amazingly enough,you described yourself in your opening sentence. You're not fooling anyone. Your anti-semitism is obvious even to a kindergartner.

    • PaulRevereNow

      You would have said that the 1906 San Francisco earthquake was caused by President Theodore Roosevelt, playing with a divining rod on the south lawn of the White House; that earthquakes are non-existent; and that the Mayor of San Francisco was running a scam to get U.S. Army troops to protect the city from runaway cable cars.

  • Looking4Sanity

    If it comes, it will come from Mexico. Drugs and illegal aliens are the least of our worries…there's a mind boggling thought to contemplate.

  • Mark

    That's great. The link in the article takes you to Amazon where they are selling the "Civil-Military Preparedness For An Electromagnetic Pulse Catastrophe [Kindle Edition]. I think I would rather have a hard copy. :)

    • trickyblain

      lol – nice one!

    • John

      Amazon also sells a hard copy at around $12.

  • Mark Goldes

    The solar storm aspect of the EMP threat is one of Three Ticking Time Bombs.

    See the Aesop Institute website for a more extensive treatment, including how we might prevent the worst with new technology that can safeguard the critical transformers.

    The truly massive effort mentioned, if we are wise, can help to reboot the economy.

  • PaulRevereNow

    Dr. Pry's organization is EMPact America, at If anyone reading this post wants to volunteer with them, their contact info is:

    PO Box 124
    Elma, NY 14059

  • Flowerknife_us

    The Dept.of Homeland Security has no interest in the subject???? That is the scariest aspect of this whole story. A big fat flaming WHY needs to be asked. With all that is openly known on the subject(Iran), the ignorance is either criminal or intentional. Neither being a comfort.

  • EMPCover_com

    Good news and bad news from our research…. The good news on EMP is that terrorists are unlikely to get control of a megaton bomb needed for a major attack. Even North Korea has only been able to make "small" nuclear bombs.

    Bad news: A country or terrorist exploding a small nuke could still target a key regions. In our EMP simulator, we show how smaller bombs could be targeted at major population areas on the east coast.
    (It makes better sense if you look at the simulator on our site.)

    This makes some rural areas **less** safe. The EMP effect is a bit of a horseshoe shape. If a rogue nation targets New York or Washington, DC, there will be an equal spill over westward.

    Again, it makes better sense if you see the maps on our simulator.

  • mrbean

    The greatest threat from EMP or a sun flare is a cascading electrical grid failure. A cascading electrical grid failure is a failure in a system of interconnected grids in which the failure of a part can trigger the failure of successive parts. Such a failure may happen in many types of systems, including power transmission, computer networking, finance and bridges. Cascading failures usually begin when one part of the system fails. When this happens, nearby nodes must then take up the slack for the failed component. This overloads these nodes, causing them to fail as well, prompting additional nodes to fail in a vicious cycle. Bringing electrical grids blackouts back online after a cascaded failure is extremely difficult and risky while under unbalanced loads.

  • jose

    Did the bamas buy a 'portable' generator?;(

  • concerned

    Be ye also ready for in such an hour as you think not….

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