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Former CIA Director: We're Not Doing Nearly Enough To Protect Against The EMP Threat

It's a BIG risk. And we're doing little about it.
Sunday, June 7, 2015, 10:33 AM

On Monday we covered the release of an open letter written to President Obama, issued by a committee of notable political, security and defense experts  -- which includes past and present members of Congress, ambassadors, CIA directors, and others -- on the country's concerning level of vulnerability to a natural or man-made Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP).

This week, we've been fortunate enough to get several of the authors of that open letter to join us and explain in depth what they conclude needs to be done to protect against the EMP risk: former CIA Director and current Ambassador James Woolsey, Executive Director of the EMP Task Force Dr Peter Pry, and security industry entrepreneur Jen Bawden. » Read more

Insider

Sounding The Alarm On The Country's Vulnerability To An EMP

Establishment insiders are worried we're too vulnerable
Monday, June 1, 2015, 10:29 PM

In the past here at Peak Prosperity, we’ve written extensively on the threat posed by a sustained loss of electrical grid power. More specifically, we've warned that the most damaging threat to our grid would come from either a manmade or natural electromagnetic pulse (EMP).

Recently, we've been contacted by a well-connected group of powerful people who have formed a commission to study the matter, and have recently made a public and urgent appeal in an open letter to President Obama to take this threat seriously. » Read more

Daily Prep

EMP Survival

9 Ways to Prepare for an Electro-Magnetic Pulse
Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 2:09 PM

A number of great preps to protect yourself from an EMP event and make sure you are well prepared and resilient to it's effects. 

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How Solar Rooftop Installations Can Protect America's Energy Security

How Solar Rooftop Installations Can Protect America's Energy Security

Save energy. Create jobs. Protect from 'grid-down' threat. Just don't hold your breath...

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America Vs Russia: What's At Risk

Guidance for the concerned citizen
Thursday, February 12, 2015, 1:26 AM

Executive Summary

  • Ukraine's economic free fall
  • The real risk of Ukraine igniting the next world war
  • Why a lasting peace is unlikely
  • What you should do in preparation of escalating conflict between Russia and the West

If you have not yet read Part 1: The US' Suicidal Strategy On Ukraine, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

What's At Risk

Now we come to the hard part of this report, the part where we have to discuss what might happen next.  My analogy for this period of history is the year(s) before WW I.  Historians still cannot quite say what led up to the immense human disaster that we now call World War I, but enough failed diplomacy, bugled treaties, inept leadership, and inflexible political institutions were all grating against one another that a single assassination of a single archduke was a sufficient spark to set the whole pile ablaze.

Were those other failures not all stacked up like so much try tinder, a dozen archdukes could have been shot without anything more serious than a dozen solemn state funerals would have resulted. 

Similarly, today we have a conflict in Ukraine which nobody can exactly say what the US's compelling interests are with Ukraine because nobody really knows.  It's more a matter of principle, with that principle being the US gets to do what it wants, when it wants, and nobody is supposed to challenge that.

Putin said as much on Feb 7, 2015:

“There clearly is an attempt to restrain our development with different means,” he told trade union activists. “There is an attempt to perturb the existing world order... with one incontestable leader [Obama] who wants to remain as such thinking he is allowed everything while others are only allowed what he allows and only in his interests. This world order will never suit Russia.”

(Source)

Clearly Russia is no pushover country and has no interest in having dangerous coups and rising ultra-nationalism on its borders go unchecked, and this is why we are in such dangerous territory.  The US has not been up against a legitimate foe for such a long time, it may be like the school yard bully that fails to properly evaluate the new kids at school before picking a fight.

Russia is making its position known to the world.  It has been... » Read more

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NASA: Revisiting Our Vulnerabiity To Solar Flares

Addressing the near miss CME of July 2012
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 5:10 PM

Dr Guhathakurta returns to the podcast this week to discuss a large-scale solar flare that nearly hit Earth back in July of 2012 (a direct hit missed us by about 1 week), as well as to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the warning system we have in place to alert us to such dangers, and the continuing vulnerability our system have to such an event. » Read more

What Should I Do?

DIY Faraday Cage

Building Your Own Faraday Cage

EMP protection for electronic devices
Friday, October 3, 2014, 2:58 PM

A Faraday cage is an enclosed space with an outer layer that conducts electricity. The physical shape of the Faraday cage does not matter: it can be spherical, cylindrical, or a box. Either the cage itself can be made of a conductive material, or the cage can be built of a non-conductive material such as wood and then covered in a conductive material.

The conductive material can be as simple as several layers of aluminum foil, which makes constructing your own Faraday cage a fairly simple and inexpensive affair. » Read more

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The Electrical Grid May Well Be The Next War's Battlefield

Crippling the US without firing a shot
Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 10:38 PM

We talk a lot about Peak Cheap Oil as the Achilles' heel of the exponential monetary model, but the real threat to the quality of our daily lives would be a sustained loss of electrical power. Anything over a week without power for any modern nation would be a serious problem.  » Read more