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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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