Canada and the United States are currently vulnerable to an imminent threat that could “topple the pillars of civilization”, says the executive director of the EMP Task Force on National Homeland Security, a U.S. Congressional advisory board.
In a recent trip to Toronto, Dr. Peter Pry discussed the importance of protecting North American infrastructure from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack the effects of which would be devastating.
A well-planned attack would be “a mortal threat to the West,” says Pry, who’s studied the issue since doing his doctorate in strategic studies and then becoming an analyst with the CIA, where he was their EMP point man.
Some background on EMP… The effects of Starfish, however, were puny compared to the havoc wreaked by Test 184, a Soviet nuclear test conducted on October 22, 1962, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis showdown between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. The Kremlin cold-bloodedly decided to test the effects of an EMP on a heavily populated, developed area in Kazakhstan. As this Futurescience.com article by Jerry Emanuelson details, the 300-kiloton blast 180 miles over the region knocked out a 600-mile long underground power line running from Astana to Almaty, and ignited another fire in a power plant in the city of Karagandy by frying a shielded, buried electrical cable. According to Emanuelson, the E3, a component phase of the pulse, was more than twice as intense as that from a solar flare that crashed the entire Quebec electrical grid in 90 seconds in 1989.