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U.S. seen vulnerable to space 'pulse' attack

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posted on Nov, 22 2005 @ 07:14 AM
"The United States is highly vulnerable to attack from electronic pulses caused by a nuclear blast in space, according to a new book on threats to U.S. security.
A single nuclear weapon carried by a ballistic missile and detonated a few hundred miles over the United States would cause "catastrophe for the nation" by damaging electricity-based networks and infrastructure, including computers and telecommunications, according to "War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World."

It doesn't take a super arsenal of Nuke's to destroy the US. It only takes one.................EMP................

One can only imagine the chaos when all circuits are fried in an instant.

posted on Nov, 22 2005 @ 12:55 PM
Although the article may be new, this is something that's been known for a long time. Part of the idea behind the Internet, actually, was to create a decentralized communications network that can route around damage from such an attack.

posted on Nov, 22 2005 @ 01:07 PM
...Okay this is a big dilema. But what country in the world is not shielded by an electromagnetic pulse? I dont think this is a problem belonging exclusively to the united states.

posted on Nov, 22 2005 @ 01:16 PM
Another consideration not mentioned in the article is that they are talking about a single conventional warhead on a scud-type missile launched to 100 miles above the continental US. This is EXACTLY the type of weapon that our missile-defense shield is designed to neutralize. I doubt that an attack like the one described would be successful unless it was launched within the next 3 months. And even then, our DoD probably has a contingency plan for that.

posted on Nov, 22 2005 @ 01:26 PM
Simple question...

How many countries/groups are actually capable of:

1 -- deploying a nuclear weapon
2 -- On a ballistic missile
3 -- over the United States
4 -- at an altitude of 100's of miles?

Follow up questions:

of the groups/countries capable, who would be so foolish as to believe that the U.S.'s main defense systems would be vulnerable to such an attack? The U.S. had been preparing for a nuclear war with the U.S.S.R. for 30+ years before the fall of communism... and that, in itself, did not end the preparations.

It may be that such an attach would cripple commercial interests in the U.S. for a short period of time, but wouldn't the military repercussions against the country/group that launched the attack be catastrophic for them?

For example, suppose North Korea gained the ability to launch such an attack. Well prior to the detonation of the warhead, the U.S. could have multiple warheads en route to the location where the missile launch originated, destroying the country or region of the world where such an attack took place.

Is the U.S. "vulnerable" to such an attack? I would think so, just as all of the industrialized nations of the world.

Is such an attack likely? Not unless the country that permits such a launch to take places wishes for their own immediate obliteration.

Of course, none of this even considers whether U.S. missile defense capabilities are more advanced than has been publicaly disclosed, nor does it consider whether the U.S. does, in fact, have weaponized satellite systems.

posted on Nov, 22 2005 @ 02:05 PM
Let's assume that a rogue state, or a terrorist group sponsored and equipped by one, fires this missile from a container ship off the coast of the US, as the article suggseted in one scenareo. We wouldn't immediately know who was responsible for the attack, and therefore would not be able to launch a counter-attack on a nation with 100% certainty of their involvement in the EMP attack. Our investigation and plans for retaliation would be further crippled by the EMP attack itself which could severely damage or destroy our technological infrastructure.

Could you imagine almost every vehicle in the continental United States not being able to work? Every cell phone? televisions? HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT?? There would be complete and utter chaos and millions of casualties. The stock market and our whole economy would be down the tubes. Our ability to maintain law and order would be crippled severely. It would almost be like we're back in the stone age.

Now imagine that this was just the initial attack- that the terrorists responsible have planned numerous follow-up attacks designed to take advantage of the ensuing chaos and technological disaster. Chemical, bio or nuclear weapon attacks. I think that a number of our enemies who are hell-bent on seeing this great nation of ours destroyed would certainly be willing to take the risk of retaliation and their demise. An EMP and follow-up terror attacks would be the ultimate weapon for an inferior enemy to take down this country. So I think its naive to believe that our enemies wouldn't take the chance if the opportunity was presented to them. Remember, the terrorists that we face are already willing to die for their cause. I'm sure they'd be willing to risk us discovering who did it and being able to take them all out.

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