Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Iran testing EMP attack to destroy America's electrical infrastructure

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Contrast to former CIA Bin Laden Chief Michael Scheuer who states to RT Russian Anti-American Propoganda Today that "Libya, Iraq, and Iran do not pose a threat to the United States" and “we will further destroy our economy for the interests of Israel and its lobby". Isn't it obvious what nation wants Americans to believe that Iran is not a threat, but Isreal is?   

Scheuer appears to be a stealth spokesman for the Iranian and Arab lobby and strategic weapon against Israel. He was evidently the man infiltrated into the CIA to insure that Bin Laden would NOT be found, and of course BL was not found Scheuer was forced out after it became increasingly obvious he was talking to the press like an enemy mole. Of course he supports Ron Paul who is also largely supported by forces sympathetic to the Islamocentric and anti-Israel/West cause. Traitors and obvious foreign agents like Scheuer get access to mainstream media while heros like Richard Bernstein never get the word out of the real dangers to the US and Israel.

By Richard Bernstein

Many Americans are justifiably concerned about the threat posed by a nuclear Iran. Few people, though, understand how Iran could defeat the United States militarily. After all, America is a large country and if we were attacked by nuclear missiles, it is likely we would be able to retaliate, recover and rebuild. After all, Japan did recover after atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.

Unfortunately, there is a very real scenario which might cripple the United States. If Iran or its proxies launched a nuclear- armed missile from international waters off the coast of the U.S. and detonate it 300 miles above Chicago, i.e., such an explosion would create an electromagnetic pulse (EMP.)

A successful EMP attack could completely destroy America’s electrical infrastructure.

Gamma rays from the explosion would permanently destroy the hundreds of large transformers that distribute power throughout the country. Without electricity, there would be no communications, modern transportation, refrigeration, water distribution, or medical resources, resulting in a crisis of pandemic proportions. In a single moment, America would literally be sent back to the horse and buggy days of the 19th century.

In such a case, tens or perhaps hundreds of millions of Americans could eventually die from disease and/or lack of food and clean water.

How likely is such a scenario?

Over the past ten years, the Iranians have practiced detonating ballistic missiles in mid-flight. They have also tested high-altitude explosions of their Shahab-3 missile, a test consistent with an EMP attack. In 2005, William Graham, President Reagan’s top science adviser and Chairman of The Commission to Assess the Threats to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack, stated that he could think of no other reason for Iran to be experimenting with mid-air detonation of missiles other than their use in an EMP-style attack.

Judging from articles in their press, the Iranians are well aware of the devastating effects of an attack. An article published in the Decembrer1998-January1999 issue of Nashriyeh-e Siasi Nezami warned that “if the world’s industrial countries fail to devise ways to defend themselves against dangerous electronic assaults, then they will disintegrate within a few years.” In March 2001, an analysis in the Iranian journal, Siasat-e Defai (Farsi for defense policy) weighed the use of nuclear weapons against cities in the traditional manner, as “against Japan in World War II,” versus their use in “informational warfare” that includes “electromagnetic pulse…for the destruction of integrated circuits.”

America is not only vulnerable to the threat of an EMP attack from rogue nations like Iran, but also from a terrorist organization such as al-Qaeda. It would certainly be possible for them, especially if sponsored by a country like Iran, to construct an unsophisticated ballistic missile and use it in an EMP attack against America. According to Jack Spencer from The Heritage Foundation, “crude weapons with low yields, such as those used against Japan in World War II, would have ample power to generate an EMP over the entire continental United States.”

Primitive Scud missiles are reportedly on the market for $100,000 apiece. Such missiles could be launched from a freighter in international waters. Al-Qaeda is believed to own about 80 such vessels. One Scud-type ballistic missile, detonated at an altitude of 95 miles, could degrade electronic systems across one-quarter of the United States.

Unlike Japan, whose recovery was aided considerably by the U.S. after World War II, America would likely receive no such significant assistance from the rest of the world should the unthinkable occur. And it is likely that repairing our electrical infrastructure could take several years.

How can the U.S. protect itself? The surest way is to be able to intercept and destroy a warhead before it detonates above our atmosphere. The Airborne Laser program does that more effectively than any of our other weapon systems by placing a laser on a modified Boeing aircraft, which can then detect, track and destroy all types of ballistic missiles. That aircraft can be deployed on short notice wherever needed, to a distance of 200 miles from where it is launched. It could be used to patrol areas such as the Persian Gulf, the Taiwan Strait, the Korean Peninsula, or our own shores.

Incredibly, in 2010 the Obama administration slashed the budget for the Airborne Laser program in half and pulled the plug on buying a second plane. Considering Democrats recent determination to trim our military budget, there is a genuine possibility they will kill the program altogether.

That Democrats are diminishing our defense capabilities while Iran is speeding toward producing nuclear bombs and developing the missiles to deliver them – is indefensible.

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