During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing Thursday, various experts warned that a nuclear electromagnetic pulse bomb attack from North Korea could wipe out the majority of Americans within one year.
The experts specifically testified that such an attack could “shut down the U.S. electric power grid for an indefinite period, leading to the death within a year of up to 90 percent of all Americans,” as quoted by the Washington Examiner.
They noted as well that this threat has become especially dire because of the recent rash of heated rhetoric between the United States and North Korea, as well as the fact the rogue regime has developed the capability to strike the United States mainland with an ICBM.
“It is critical, therefore, that the U.S. national leadership address the EMP threat as a critical and existential issue, and give a high priority to assuring the leadership is engaged and the necessary steps are taken to protect the country from EMP,” they said.
The experts included Frank J. Cilluffo, the director of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University, and William R. Graham, the former chairman of the since-disbanded EMP commission, as noted by Townhall.
Among the hightlighs of the testimony Thursday, according to the Examiner: “After massive intelligence failures grossly underestimating North Korea’s long-range missile capabilities, number of nuclear weapons, warhead miniaturization, and proximity to an H-Bomb, the biggest North Korean threat to the U.S. remains unacknowledged — nuclear EMP attack.”
While their testimony was troubling, equally distressing is the fact the commission was shut down last month after being defunded by Congress — and this despite the commission’s highly important mission to study the risks EMP weapons pose to the United States.
In a column for The Hill published after the EMP’s disbanding, American Leadership & Policy Foundation chairman David Stuckenberg noted how dangerous shutting down the panel really was.
“The primary duty of a nation’s government is to ensure the survival of the state and citizens,” he wrote. “Without an EMP advisory group supporting our increasingly distracted leaders, our vulnerabilities will grow, and in time, be exploited.”
The testimony Thursday was evidence of this. The threat of an EMP attack remains very real, and while it’s appreciated that Congress took the time to hear some experts speak about this threat Thursday, they might want to consider bringing the commission back while they’re at it.
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