Saturday, May 02, 2009

Is This the Greatest Threat to America? Part 1 & 2

ACT! For America has sent two e-news letters that is a clarion call to prepare from an Islamic terrorist attack or Islamic rogue nation attack by simply detonating a nuclear device of some kind over America’s atmosphere. Currently I believe it would be difficult for an Islamic terrorist group to detonate a nuclear device but impossible, particularly if it was a homicidal suicide attack. On the other hand rogue nations Iran and North Korea definitely have the missile capability at the very least from a disguised naval vessel. has the two ACT! For America e-newsletters that you should read in order to mobilize for action on a grassroots level.

JRH 5/2/09

Is This the Greatest Threat to America? Part 1 & 2

By Guy Rodgers
Executive Director
ACT! For America
Source: Email

Part 1
April 30, 2009

This may be one of the most important emails we have ever sent out. Please make the time to read this one as well as part two tomorrow. When you do, you’ll understand why.

The ACT! For America mission is an ambitious one – to combat the threat of radical Islam to America in whatever forms that threat may take. This is why we focus on everything from combating terrorism to resisting cultural jihad. If we successfully prevent terrorism, but fail to prevent the subversion of our society resulting from cultural or stealth jihad, we have not successfully stopped the threat of radical Islam. If we prevent the assault of stealth jihad, but are successfully targeted by major terrorist acts, we have also been unsuccessful in stopping the threat of radical Islam.

This is why the threat of radical Islam is so serious.

And the threat of an Islamist regime or terrorist organization attacking us with an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, triggered by a nuclear detonation above our atmosphere, may well be the most serious threat of all.

Over the past several months we have sent out several emails reporting on this threat, how an EMP attack could knock out much of our power grid, as well as our communications infrastructure, transportation, banking and finance – in short, every infrastructure dependent on electrical power and electronics.

The potential devastation is so great that even some of our members have emailed us with questions asking “could this possibly happen?”

The answer, unfortunately, and frighteningly, is yes. This is not Guy Rodgers talking, or ACT! For America. This is the conclusion of the national Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack.

The members of this commission are a “who’s who” in aerospace, communications, energy, defense, and nuclear weapons fields. One year ago this little-known Commission released a report of its findings on the impact of an EMP attack on our national infrastructures (

In the Preface of this 2008 report we read:

"A single EMP attack may seriously degrade or shut down a large part of the electric power grid in the geographic area of EMP exposure effective instantaneously.”

In Chapter Two we read:

“…the cascading effects from even one or two relatively small weapons exploded in optimum location in space at present would almost certainly shut down an entire interconnected electrical power system, perhaps affecting as much as 70% or possibly more of the United States, all in an instant…” (p. 19).

Imagine a collapse of 70% or more of our nation’s electrical grid. Imagine that this collapse didn’t last for a few days, such as occurs after a blackout or a storm, but lasted for weeks – even months. Imagine life without any electrical power for weeks, even months.

I have lived through the aftermath of a hurricane, where electricity was knocked out for days. If you’ve never experienced something like this, it’s hard to appreciate how much everything we do is dependent on electricity. It’s more than the lights going out and the air conditioning not working.

You can’t refrigerate food. Unless you have a natural gas or propane grill (or a lot of charcoal), you can’t cook food. The water supply is unreliable at best. You can’t get gasoline to run your car. You can’t get money from an ATM. You can’t get health care or buy a prescription. Telecommunications are severely limited. You might be able to make a cell phone call but it’s unlikely you could make a landline phone call. Unless you have a battery-operated radio, you can’t get news or information. If the weather is cold you won’t have heat. If the weather is hot you swelter.

Those of us who have lived through this knew that help was on the way. That, in time, electricity trucks from outside our area would roll in to help restore power. That emergency food supplies would soon be shipped in.

What would happen to us if there was no one “outside our area” who could come with help? What would happen to is if we were forced to live without electricity, not for days, but for months? And not just us, but the vast majority of people throughout the country?

This is not mere speculation, hyperbole or sci-fi fantasy.

The implications of this are, candidly, terrifying – and, I agree, almost unimaginable. It will not be necessary for an enemy of ours to launch numerous nuclear weapons at us in order to destroy or at least seriously cripple us. As the Commission report notes, the explosion of “one or two relatively small weapons” could shut down most of the nation’s power grid.

Such an electrical failure would impact and disrupt everything in our society. Who would police our streets to prevent lawlessness like we saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? What would you do when you ran out of food and water? Who could come to help us when virtually everyone in the country was suffering the same fate? Who would defend us from an invasion by a foreign army – and how would our government even know such an army was coming?

It is difficult to imagine or describe the chaos that would ensue, but as the Commission’s report notes, it is likely millions and millions of people would die if the power outage was not solved in a short period of time. Picture scenes from the worst apocalyptic film you can think of.

In other words, a country like Iran, with only a few nuclear weapons strategically launched for optimum effect, would send us hurtling back to the early 18th century – but without the ability those in the 18th century had to manage their lives without electricity.

The threat of EMP is not new. According to a publication of EMPACT (EMP Awareness Coordination Task Force), in 1999 a Russian committee chairman made this chilling statement to a delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee:

“Hypothetically, if Russia really wanted to hurt the United States…Russia could…detonate a single nuclear warhead at high-altitude over the United States. The resulting electromagnetic pulse would massively disrupt U.S. communications and computer systems, shutting down everything.”

More ominously, the EMPACT publication opened with a description of what appears to be an actual instance of an EMP attack caused by a nuclear weapon detonation:

“In 1962, deep in a cold war with the Soviet Union, the United States conducted 'Starfish Prime,' a nuclear weapon test over a remote region of the Pacific Ocean. The test was successful, with one unexpected result: Fifteen hundred kilometers away in Hawaii streetlights burned out, TV sets and radios failed and power lines fused.”

North Korea continues to conduct missile launches and develop nuclear weapons. We know that North Korea is assisting Iran in its drive to develop nuclear weapons AND the missile technology with which to launch them, and that Iran has joined North Korea in conducting missile launches to test its technology. The signs couldn’t be clearer.

We also know that many of the leaders of Iran believe that worldwide chaos must occur to set the stage for the reappearance of the 12th Imam. As Iranian President Ahmadinejad proclaimed in a speech in 2005: “Our revolution’s main mission is to pave the way for the reappearance of the 12th Imam, the Mahdi.” It is difficult to envision a more effective way to create massive chaos – in America, in Israel, and in Europe – than through the strategic launch and detonation of a small number of nuclear weapons that trigger an EMP attack.

Americans must awaken to the reality of the threat of an EMP attack before it’s too late to prevent it from happening. Perhaps such an EMP attack wouldn’t occur after the detonation of a high-altitude nuke. Perhaps. Are you willing to go about your daily life in the hope that it won’t? In the chance that it won’t?

We’re not. That’s why ACT! For America is developing a plan to mobilize Americans to action this year. As the Commission report states, it’s not too late to prevent this from happening, but there are actions America must take sooner rather than later to head off an EMP-triggered apocalypse.

We cannot dismiss this threat and we must not succumb to fear. We as a nation can effectively prepare to prevent the threat, if we have the will to act.

Tomorrow [SlantRight Editor: Actually Below], in Part Two of this special series, I will examine more closely how our enemies perceive the possibility of an EMP attack against us, and what they are doing to make it a reality. I urge you to forward this email and the one tomorrow to everyone you know.


Part 2
April 1, 2009


Electromagnetic pulse. The potential devastation that could be caused by an EMP attack triggered by a nuclear detonation above our country may well be the most serious threat we face from radical Islamists bent on destroying or subjugating us.

As I noted in yesterday’s email, the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack ( reported one year ago:

“…the cascading effects from even one or two relatively small weapons exploded in optimum location in space at present would almost certainly shut down an entire interconnected electrical power system, perhaps affecting as much as 70% or possibly more of the United States, all in an instant…”

(If you missed yesterday’s email, I urge you to read it before you read this Part Two. It’s that important. Click here to find it in our email archives).

The Commission’s report stated it plainly – America is at genuine risk from an EMP attack triggered by just one or two nuclear weapons detonated above our atmosphere.

It is almost impossible to imagine an America without electric power, paralyzed for weeks, even months. In such a scenario, all other infrastructures – communications, transportation, food and water, finance, law enforcement, government – would be crippled. Life as we know it would no longer exist. According to the Commission report, millions and millions of Americans would die.

I know this sounds hard to believe, but model simulations, coupled with a history of real-life events that are similar to a premeditated EMP attack, led the Commission to draw the dire conclusions it did.

We have been warned.

Do our enemies understand our vulnerability to an EMP attack? According to Senate testimony given four years ago, an Iranian military journal had already addressed the issue of an EMP attack against the West:

“Once you confuse the enemy communications network…you will, in effect, disrupt all the affairs of that country. If the world’s industrial countries fail to devise effective ways to defend themselves against dangerous electronic assaults then they will disintegrate within a few years.” (EMPACT publication, Global Single Point Failure: The EMP Threat).

As the EMPACT publication points out, among our enemies the Iranian Islamist government, with the assistance of North Korea, has been conducting missile tests whose objective appears to be to simulate an EMP attack. In other words, as Iran marches inexorably toward the acquisition of nuclear weapons, its leaders know about the potential devastation from an EMP attack, they are planning and preparing for it, and they understand that it would only take a few – or even one – strategically deployed nukes to trigger an EMP attack that would cripple America.

Once Iran has nuclear weapons capability, it is not hard at all to envision a scenario in which they hide such a weapon, and a mobile missile launcher, in the belly of a cargo ship. Then, after sailing the ship to the coastal waters of our eastern seaboard, they launch the missile(s) into the atmosphere over America.

The successful detonation of one or more such missiles could create an EMP that, as the EMP Commission stated, would have the potential for “unprecedented cascading failures of our major infrastructures” – such as our electrical power grid.

This is not science fiction. This threat is very, very real. And because the scope of the threat is so enormous (the Commission estimates 70% or more of our power grid could be destroyed), we simply cannot afford to ignore it. To ignore this threat would be like playing Russian roulette with a loaded gun capable of killing tens of millions of people and destroying our way of life.

After reviewing various reports and discussing this issue with experts in the field, we in the leadership of ACT! For America have determined that we must take action this year to ensure that America is prepared to deal with the threat of an EMP attack. With some intelligence estimates predicting Iran will have enough enriched plutonium in less than two years to produce a nuclear warhead, there is no time for delay.

The good news is there are actions we as a country can take to fend off this threat. We do not need to look on helplessly as enemies of America, such as the mullahs in Iran, plot our destruction.

What is missing is the sufficient political will in Washington to take the actions necessary.

It is for this reason that ACT! For America has prepared a multi-pronged action plan that will need every bit of grassroots support we can muster. Next week we will lay out for you the actions we propose to take this year that will, hopefully, persuade the Obama administration and the Congress to do what is necessary to prevent the unthinkable from happening.

In closing, I urge you, I exhort you, to please take this threat seriously. We must not succumb to fear, but we must also not dismiss this as an imagined threat or a fantasy threat or a hyped-up threat. I know it’s tempting to think that something as devastating as the destruction of our electricity and other infrastructures simply couldn’t happen. Surely, the government is doing everything it can to protect us from this, right?

Unfortunately, no.

The ACT! For America motto is “rising in defense of our security, our liberty, and our values.” I can’t think of a threat from radical Islam where this motto is more appropriate than protecting ourselves against the threat of an EMP attack.

We can do this. We must do this. We will do this.


Guy Rodgers is Executive Director of ACT! For America

ACT for America is an issues advocacy organization dedicated to effectively organizing and mobilizing the most powerful grassroots citizen action network in America, a grassroots network committed to informed and coordinated civic action that will lead to public policies that promote America’s national security and the defense of American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam. We are only as strong as our supporters, and your volunteer and financial support is essential to our success. Thank you for helping us make America safer and more secure.

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