Lights Out in America – the EMP Threat

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton


I watched The Blaze’s For The Record this week, with the episode entitled Blackout. I am increasingly impressed with this show and would highly recommend it to those seeking actual fact-based news. I will also be watching National Geographic’s docudrama American Blackout tonight. I can already tell you that show though, is flawed. They have radically underestimated the number of dead in America after an EMP attack at less than 2,000. That’s laughable. Just car crashes alone would result in far more than that. For The Record estimates over 50% of the population of the US would die in the first year according to the Congressional EMP Commission. And it could be many, many more.

Think about it… between starvation, lack of water, lack of medicine, exposure to the elements and violence, one heck of a party would ensue if the lights went out. That doesn’t include invasion and war. One of the scariest books I have ever read, hands down, is One Second After. Realistic and well-written, this one is a must read:

The book’s premise sets the stage for a series of “die-offs”. The first takes place within a week (those in hospitals and assisted living). After about 15 days, salmonella-induced typhoid fever and cholera set in from eating tainted food, drinking tainted water, and generally poor sanitation. Americans have lived in an environment of easy hygiene, sterilization, and antibiotics, making them prime targets for third-world diseases. The lack of bathing and poor diet will lead to rampant feminine hygiene infections; deep cuts, rusty nail punctures, and dog bites go untreated with antibiotics, tetanus shots, or rabies treatment as more die from common infections.

Critical medical supply and food thieves and others are executed in public as enforcement of martial law. In 30 days, cardiac and other drug-dependent patients die off. In 60 or so days, the pacemaker and Type I diabetics patients begin to die off (although John’s young daughter manages to survive until Day 131). The 5% of population having severe psychotic disorders that no longer have medication will re-create bedlam. Make-shift wood-burning stoves lead to carbon monoxide deaths and fires that cannot be controlled due to the lack of a fire department.

Then, refugees from the cities show up looking for food and shelter and the fight over scarce resources leads to confrontation, home invasion, and more violence-related die-offs. The community becomes an inviting target for escaped prisoners and organized gangs and more violence-related die-off. Ration cards are issued to conserve the little remaining food; regardless, the community slowly starves, with the elderly the first to die off. Next, parents starve themselves to save their children. Throughout this period suicides are common. After a year, approximately 20% of the initial population has “survived”.

The “average” die-off for the country was 90% leaving 30 million surviving out of original 300 million US population. The food-rich Midwest had the highest survival rate with a 50% die-off. New York City and Florida had a 95% die-off from infighting among their large populations, low levels of cultivated land, high elderly population, a lack of air conditioning, rampant transmission of disease, and natural disasters such as hurricanes.

An Electro Magnetic Pulse, or EMP, is a high-intensity burst of electromagnetic energy. This can occur during a massive solar flare or more likely, as a result of a nuclear bomb set off high above America. As an example, it could destroy approximately 74% of our electrical infrastructure if set off above Cincinnati, Ohio, according to one study. Now consider if more than one were set off high in the sky. It would be lights out America and we would be thrown 150 years backwards in technology in the blink of an eye.

The Congressional EMP Report found that out of America’s 16 primary infrastructures, the electrical grid was the most vulnerable to an EMP attack. A high-altitude (40–400 kilometer) nuclear detonation would fit the bill nicely launched by a ‘scud in a tub’ offshore, perhaps in the Gulf of Mexico. The report concluded that an EMP could create “the possibility of long-term, catastrophic consequences.” These consequences may include the destruction of U.S. military operational capabilities, food and water supplies, communications, banking and finance, and transportation services:

The American Foreign Policy Council argues that Iran and North Korea are developing offensive EMP capabilities. North Korea has pursued “long-range nuclear-capable missile technologies” and a “‘Super-EMP’ nuclear warhead,” while Iran has “conducted missile launches off vessels in the Caspian Sea,” showing the nation “could cause devastating harm to the U.S. through a ship-launched EMP attack.”

Once launched, a long-range ballistic missile equipped with a nuclear warhead intended to cause an EMP can reach the United States in as little as 33 minutes. Having a comprehensive, multilayered ballistic missile defense system is one way to mitigate this EMP threat. Yet the current missile defense budget has been reduced by $500 million to $9.2 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2014—and this doesn’t include sequestration. Heritage has estimated $11 billion is needed to adequately fund the U.S. missile defense system.

Multiple senior US officials on both sides of the aisle have warned on this threat. It is not a matter of if, but when. We shouldn’t have to discuss this. To harden the civilian grid, which 99% of the military rely upon, would cost $500 million. Considering our spending habits of late, that would be a pittance and well worth it. Cut back on a few royal vacations and some Progressive pork and voila! You have infrastructure security. If an EMP was detonated over the Eastern Seaboard, the estimated costs today would be around $800 billion in infrastructure assets. That doesn’t include loss of life.

Think about this as well… we no longer manufacture the huge electrical components for our grid – transformers – here in the US. It would take one to two years to replace one and it would have to come from Germany, Japan or South Korea. If there was ever an argument to bring manufacturing home to the US, that one alone would be it.

9-11 was a wake-up call. As horrific as it was, it was just the opening salvo to much more grandiose terrorism plans. Our leaders are sitting around acting like everything is fine… Either they are deaf, dumb and blind, or they just don’t care. As far as Obama goes, he knows what could happen and I think he hopes it will. You see, Russia and China have already protected themselves from this catastrophe. You have to ask yourself why we haven’t. Why are we playing Russian roulette (and I do mean Russian) with our life’s blood as a country when for a proportionately small amount, we could protect ourselves? Why, unless someone intentionally wants us exposed. I think we already know the answer to that one.

Those failed tests by the North Koreans and Iran, where we made fun of their missiles blowing up after launch… those were not failures, they were wild successes. Those missiles all exploded at the same apogee — the apogee of an EMP over the US. Russia and China have also conducted identical tests. In 1995, a Russian think tank recommended aligning with rogue nations and sharing nuclear information. That information ‘leaked’ to North Korea. In October of 2005, Iran posited a conference where the world would be better off without the US and Israel, showing them as broken spheres in an hour glass — in other words, time is running out. During the last crises in 2012 with North Korea, they had a satellite over middle America for a month; a satellite capable of carrying ballistic nuclear missiles. And the media was silent… In September of 2012, Iran announced that its Navy would start patrolling in international waters in the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. It would be so easy to launch an EMP from anywhere out there and guess what… our radar wouldn’t catch it. That’s right. We have resources that look for an attack that comes via the Arctic and Russian routes. We don’t even look south. Say it with me: ‘scud in a tub.’

HR2417 – The Shield Act – is now before Congress and in Committee. The two leaders in the US Congress trying to get this rectified before we are all toast are Trent Franks (R) out of Arizona and Yvette Clarke (D) out of New York. The bill not only calls for making the electrical industry responsible for hardening the electrical grid, it calls for items such as massive surge protectors to be put in place.

There is no agency overseeing this threat. The DOE does not oversee it. EMPs are the ultimate asymmetrical weapon and Russia, China, Iran and North Korea will use them. Before it’s Lights out in America and we face an invasion from our enemies, perhaps we should at least attempt to protect our country from the existential threat of EMPs.

Recommended reading: One Second After


HELLO! Meet the 72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered “Potential Terrorists” by the Obama Administration

Guest post by Michael Snyder
The Doug Ross Journal

Are you a conservative, a libertarian, a Christian or a gun owner? Are you opposed to abortion, globalism, Communism, illegal immigration, the United Nations or the New World Order? Do you believe in conspiracy theories, do you believe that we are living in the “end times” or do you ever visit alternative news websites (such as this one)?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are a “potential terrorist” according to official U.S. government documents.

At one time, the term “terrorist” was used very narrowly. The government applied that label to people like Osama bin Laden and other Islamic jihadists. But now the Obama administration is removing all references to Islam from terror training materials, and instead the term “terrorist” is being applied to large groups of American citizens.

And if you are a “terrorist”, that means that you have no rights and the government can treat you just like it treats the terrorists that are being held at Guantanamo Bay. So if you belong to a group of people that is now being referred to as “potential terrorists”, please don’t take it as a joke. The first step to persecuting any group of people is to demonize them. And right now large groups of peaceful, law-abiding citizens are being ruthlessly demonized.

Below is a list of 72 types of Americans that are considered to be “extremists” and “potential terrorists” in official U.S. government documents. To see the original source document for each point, just click on the link. As you can see, this list covers most of the country…

1. Those that talk about “individual liberties”

2. Those that advocate for states’ rights

3. Those that want “to make the world a better place”

4. “The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule”

5. Those that are interested in “defeating the Communists”

6. Those that believe “that the interests of one’s own nation are separate from the interests of other nations or the common interest of all nations”

7. Anyone that holds a “political ideology that considers the state to be unnecessary, harmful,or undesirable”

8. Anyone that possesses an “intolerance toward other religions”

9. Those that “take action to fight against the exploitation of the environment and/or animals”

10. “Anti-Gay”

11. “Anti-Immigrant”

12. “Anti-Muslim”

13. “The Patriot Movement”

14. “Opposition to equal rights for gays and lesbians”

15. Members of the Family Research Council

16. Members of the American Family Association

17. Those that believe that Mexico, Canada and the United States “are secretly planning to merge into a European Union-like entity that will be known as the ‘North American Union’”

18. Members of the American Border Patrol/American Patrol

19. Members of the Federation for American Immigration Reform

20. Members of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition

21. Members of the Christian Action Network

22. Anyone that is “opposed to the New World Order”

23. Anyone that is engaged in “conspiracy theorizing”

24. Anyone that is opposed to Agenda 21

25. Anyone that is concerned about FEMA camps

26. Anyone that “fears impending gun control or weapons confiscations”

27. The militia movement

28. The sovereign citizen movement

29. Those that “don’t think they should have to pay taxes”

30. Anyone that “complains about bias”

31. Anyone that “believes in government conspiracies to the point of paranoia”

32. Anyone that “is frustrated with mainstream ideologies”

33. Anyone that “visits extremist websites/blogs”

34. Anyone that “establishes website/blog to display extremist views”

35. Anyone that “attends rallies for extremist causes”

36. Anyone that “exhibits extreme religious intolerance”

37. Anyone that “is personally connected with a grievance”

38. Anyone that “suddenly acquires weapons”

39. Anyone that “organizes protests inspired by extremist ideology”

40. “Militia or unorganized militia”

41. “General right-wing extremist”

42. Citizens that have “bumper stickers” that are patriotic or anti-U.N.

43. Those that refer to an “Army of God”

44. Those that are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”

45. Those that are “anti-global”

46. Those that are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”

47. Those that are “reverent of individual liberty”

48. Those that “believe in conspiracy theories”

49. Those that have “a belief that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under attack”

50. Those that possess “a belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism”

51. Those that would “impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)”

52. Those that would “insert religion into the political sphere”

53. Anyone that would “seek to politicize religion”

54. Those that have “supported political movements for autonomy”

55. Anyone that is “anti-abortion”

56. Anyone that is “anti-Catholic”

57. Anyone that is “anti-nuclear”

58. “Rightwing extremists”

59. “Returning veterans”

60. Those concerned about “illegal immigration”

61. Those that “believe in the right to bear arms”

62. Anyone that is engaged in “ammunition stockpiling”

63. Anyone that exhibits “fear of Communist regimes”

64. “Anti-abortion activists”

65. Those that are against illegal immigration

66. Those that talk about “the New World Order” in a “derogatory” manner

67. Those that have a negative view of the United Nations

68. Those that are opposed “to the collection of federal income taxes”

69. Those that supported former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr

70. Those that display the Gadsden Flag (“Don’t Tread On Me”)

71. Those that believe in “end times” prophecies

72. Evangelical Christians

The groups of people in the list above are considered “problems” that need to be dealt with. In some of the documents referenced above, members of the military are specifically warned not to have anything to do with such groups.

We are moving into a very dangerous time in American history. You can now be considered a “potential terrorist” just because of your religious or political beliefs. Free speech is becoming a thing of the past, and we are rapidly becoming an Orwellian society that is the exact opposite of what our founding fathers intended.

Please pray for the United States of America. We definitely need it.


***NoisyRoom note: I would add the Tea Party, 912 Projects, The Heritage Foundation, The Senate Conservatives Fund and FreedomWorks, since they are actively coming after us. In other words, anyone who is conservative politically. You can also add anyone against Obamacare and anyone against the endless printing and spending of money. Now that I think of it, you can also add anyone against Islam, the surveillance state or the R2P Doctrine. The list could go on and on and on…