Possible EMP attack not taken lightly

The following is an excerpt from an article originally appearing on ONENewsNow

A national defense analyst and former Reagan Defense Department official warned that the U.S. remains very vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack from North Korea.

Recently, the Atlanta airport was shut down for 10 hours by an electrical fire that affected millions of travelers across the country. And just three months after Hurricane Maria, parts of Puerto Rico are still without power.

Frank Gaffney – who served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security during the Reagan Administration and now runs the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC – says that those two illustrations point out the importance of securing the country’s electrical grid. The website Stopemp.org provides details.

Gaffney stressed that the North Koreans have explicitly threatened to use an EMP weapon to destroy America’s electrical grid.

“If that electromagnetic pulse option is available to them, it could be devastating in our country,” Gaffney pointed out. “Imagine your life without electricity for a couple months – let alone possibly years. You may not have a life – I  the truth of the matter be known – so it’s not something to be undertaken lightly, and what I’ve been arguing for is not going to military war with North Korea, but it may have to be done as messy as it will be.”

Gaffney impressed that an EMP attack could be launched by short-range missiles.

“By putting them on a tramp steamer and sailing in near our shores, it’s entirely possible that two satellites that they have orbiting the United States and the rest of the planet could do just that – and [North Korea] may be equipped to do it even as we speak,” he alerted Americans.

Gaffney also impressed that an EMP attack against the U.S. would be a catastrophe that would make Atlanta’s and Puerto Rico’s afflictions pale by comparison. Another website, Securefreedom.org discuses measures to ensure that such  rogue nations as North Korea and Iran will not infringe on the freedom of Americans.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.