DHS Ignored 2008 Advice on Imminent EMP Disaster

The Department of Homeland Security has failed to address a single recommendation from a 2008 Critical National Infrastructures report to assess the threat of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks and solar storms, according to Christopher Currie, director of homeland security and justice at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

  • I would start worrying about that and making preparations.

    One EMP can reduce an entire country to the eighteenth century.

  • Brett_McS

    One EMP can Fundamentally Transform America.

  • Everyone Else

    EMP scares have been around since the sixties.

    • Everyone Else

      Here’s a description of an EMP scare from a 1962 atomic bomb test called Starfish Prime.

      “But the effects were far more than a simple light show. When the bomb detonated, those electrons underwent incredible acceleration. When that happens they create a brief but extremely powerful magnetic field. This is called an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP. The strength of the pulse was so huge that it affected the flow of electricity on the Earth hundreds of kilometers away! In Hawaii it blew out hundreds of streetlights, and caused widespread telephone outages. Other effects included electrical surges on airplanes and radio blackouts.”


      I haven’t a clue how real a threat they are, but seem to get foisted on us by the media when some organization (NASA? Military/Industrial?) wants the conversation to result in more money for them.

    • Reader

      I would look up the Carrington Event from 1859, which was due to a solar flare, when electricity was only in widespread use for telegraph lines.

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  • Millie_Woods

    The DHS should never have seen the light of day. The last thing the US needs is another overreaching and ineffective bureaucratic institution with police and quasi-judicial powers. IMO, they’re the very epitome of the police-state mentality. Right up there with Canadian human rights commissions

  • Ken

    This threat will continue to be ignored. Remember folks, the real menace is “climate change”.

    • Reader

      No, “the real threats” are seen by the environmentalists as all the people who refuse to support taxes or donate money to groups (like theirs) who claim they fight global warming.