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-- scenario right out of aside fine novel on nuclear blast high above the US.
That could instantly plunged parts of the country wide swaths of -- in fact into darkness.
It's called any electromagnetic.
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich believes if this happened it could cause chaos and deaths from coast to coast.
Peter Vincent pride is president of the -- impact American group served on the congressional EMP commission.
Newt Gingrich has warned about this on the campaign trail but he's not alone not mother folks from both parties have said this is a real possibility.
How realistic is it Peter.
Well it's a very realistic threat.
Of the congressionally MP commission concluded that this is probably the reason Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons.
Because they have written about it right about attacking the United States -- nuclear AMP attacking their military writings.
And we have seen them engaged in missile.
Training that has all the signatures of preparing four -- for an MP attack.
Including launching of missiles from a ship so that so that they can do a EMP attack from a ship using the short range missile.
That would catch us by surprise.
And this is not just the finding the vote of Newt Gingrich but or the commission on which I serve but.
Two congressional commissions the PMP commission and the strategic posture commission.
Both independently concluded that rogue states and terrorists could indeed execute this threat.
As well as three other major US government studies.
-- standoff let's tell people what's involved -- go back to 1962.
In this actually happened back then the United States.
Was testing nuclear weapons in the atmosphere this was before.
There was treaty to ban -- -- and all all nuclear testing went underground but.
We blew up a nuclear weapon high in the air over the Pacific and all of a sudden the lights went out in Hawaii right.
That's right that was during the 1962.
Starfish prime nuclear test and it came as a surprise the defense community in scientific community nobody know.
Well what had cost that.
And -- doctor William Graham who was the chairman of the congressionally MP commission on which I serve he was that a young defense scientists.
And it was his first job to go and investigate this incident and why that turned out that this was an example this was a case of electromagnetic pulse attack.
We're showing a graphic on screen now of lights going off all over the country but when you think about it the problem would be far worse than that you're talking about hospitals that have no power people on -- leaders.
Who were suddenly dying simply because there's no energy.
-- so much of our infrastructure relies on computer controls all of that would be out -- Gingrich and others are talking about the possibility of tens of millions of deaths.
From a nuclear strike -- -- doesn't even land.
You know doesn't doesn't doesn't go off right above ground.
Well that's right and and he's correct in that that's another finding from the EMP commission.
There we judged that given the nation's current state of -- preparedness.
To deal with the EMP.
That within a year of any MP attack about two thirds of the national population would probably -- From starvation disease.
This nation can't survive can survive as a modern civilization without electricity for protracted period of time.
Well and any MP would basically.
Destroy not just the electric power grid.
But all of the critical infrastructures that sustain life and make it possible for -- to keep 300 million Americans alive transportation communications.
Banking and finance food and water all of them depend directly or -- directly on their electricity certainly an issue that bears a lot more scrutiny Peter Vincent pride.
Peter thank you.
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