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Iranian Nuke Attack on US Easy as ‘EMP’?

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

CBN News

By:  Erick Stakelbeck


WASHINGTON — Pentagon estimates show that Iran could have missiles capable of reaching the East Coast of the United States by the year 2015.

If the Iranians acquire a nuclear bomb, they might be able to cripple their “Great Satan” even sooner through an electromagnetic pulse — or EMP – attack off America’s coastline.

“Within a year of an EMP event, at least two-thirds of the American population would perish from starvation, disease and societal collapse. It’s a high-tech means of killing people the old fashioned way,” said Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, president of EMPact America.

A nuclear weapon detonated above the U.S. would emit powerful electromagnetic pulses, frying America’s electrical grid and shutting down necessities from cars to computers to airplanes and refrigerators.

Iranian military handbooks point out the benefits of such an attack. Russia, China and North Korea also possess EMP technology.

Pry, a member of the congressional EMP Commission, says America could plunge back into the 19th century, with Katrina-like chaos nationwide.

“A single nuclear weapon will cause the collapse of the electric power grid, all the critical infrastructures and other electronic systems across the entire continental United States and basically cause a permanent blackout,” he told CBN News.

Pry’s nightmare scenario shows Iran or its terrorist proxy, Hezbollah, parking an unmarked freighter off America’s East Coast or in the Gulf of Mexico.

They would fire a nuclear-tipped scud above a city like New York, then immediately sink the freighter to destroy evidence of their handiwork.

“Even if we were able to identify the scud by our radars, we wouldn’t be able to identify who did it,” he explained. “This is a way of keeping your fingerprints off it.”

Former CIA double agent Reza Kahlili spent time as a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps. He says the Iranians have conducted missiles tests off ships in the Caspian Sea, which are consistent with an EMP-style attack.

“They’re going to get to the Gulf of Mexico with ballistic missiles, and they’re going to launch one at a moment’s notice. And they wouldn’t care about the repercussions,” he told CBN News.

Kahlili’s book, A Time to Betray, details Iran’s rapidly advancing ballistic missile program.

“They have obtained missiles from North Korea that can now target the capitals of Europe,” Kahlili said.

There are reports that Iran plans to establish missiles bases in Venezuela, where it has a vast network. And an Iranian official recently threatened to send military ships to patrol America’s Atlantic coast.

Legislation is currently pending in Congress that would harden America’s electrical grid against an EMP attack.

Sponsors of the bill, called the SHIELD Act, say it would cost less than $1 billion to do it. But the bill has yet to pass.

EMPact America and The Need to Pass The SHIELD Act (H.R. 668)

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

It is an honor to announce my collaboration as a Senior Fellow with EMPact  America.

EMPact America is a bipartisan organization of citizens concerned about protecting the American people from a nuclear or natural electromagnetic pulse (EMP) catastrophe.

Two congressional commissions, the EMP Commission and the Strategic Posture Commission, have warned that terrorists, rogue states, China and Russia could, using a single crude nuclear weapon delivered by a primitive missile, inflict an EMP attack that would cause the collapse of critical civilian infrastructures — such as electric power, telecommunications, transportation, banking and finance, food and water — across the entire continental United States. These are vital for the sustenance of our modern society and the survival of its citizens.

EMPact America has been at the forefront of raising awareness and educating our public officials of the need to pass the SHIELD Act, to amend the Federal Power Act to protect the bulk-power system and electric infrastructure critical to the defense and well-being of the United States against natural and manmade electromagnetic pulse (“EMP”) threats and vulnerabilities.

I will soon put out a new column that urges all Americans to pressure our politicians into protecting America’s infrastructures before it will be too late for all of us.

It is interesting that the Iranian website Gerdab.ir, which is run by the Revolutionary Guards, yesterday ran an editorial titled “With an Attack by Iran, The Life Will End in America,” analyzing my recent article in the Washington Times (“KAHLILI: Iranian missiles could soon reach U.S. shores”). Without denying its facts, the Iranian editorial states that the Western media is worried about Iran’s progress in developing the capability to launch an attack on America from international waters. The editorial mentions EMPact America and Dr. Peter Vincent Pry’s statement, reflected in my Times article, about the nightmare scenario of an EMP attack by Iran that, without leaving a fingerprint, could destroy America’s infrastructure and American lives.

The Jihadists ruling Iran are preparing for the demise of America. The time for action is now. We can no longer vacillate.

Get informed. Contact your representative and senator and ask for the passage of the SHIELD Act (HR 668), currently before the House, so that America’s vital grid components will be protected.

For more information on EMPact America and its mission, please visit its website:


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