Gingrich: Electromagnetic Pulse Attack Could End Civilization

Image: Gingrich: Electromagnetic Pulse Attack Could End Civilization

Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 10:58 AM

By Melanie Batley

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Newt Gingrich went to Capitol Hill to warn lawmakers of the dangers of an electromagnetic pulse attack, a nuclear blast in the atmosphere that could damage or destroy American power grids and electronics.

As the threat of nuclear attack from North Korea and Iran escalates, the former speaker of the House said, Americans still don't take the such a threat seriously, Politico reports.

"This could be the kind of catastrophe that ends civilization, and that's not an exaggeration," Gingrich said during an address to members of the Electronic Pulse Caucus, a House group founded by GOP Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona.

"The reason I began focusing on this a decade ago is there are very few events you can't recover from. You can recover from 9/11, you can recover from Pearl Harbor," Gingrich said.

"This is really different. This creates such a collapse of our fundamental productive capacity that you could literally see a civilization crash and tear itself apart fighting . . . internally," he said, according to Politico.

On Tuesday, Franks introduced legislation in the House to address the vulnerabilities of the U.S. power grid from an electromagnetic pulse attack.

"It's known that our grid is vulnerable. It's an invitation. If our grid is not vulnerable, nothing mitigates the threat more than that," Franks said.

An electromagnetic pulse attack "has the potential to be the ultimate cybersecurity threat because it can take our source of power completely away from us," he added.

Experts have long warned that America is unprepared for such an attack, and in May 2009, North Korea reportedly completed tests on a “super-EMP” weapon capable of disabling the electric power grid across most of the lower 48 U.S. states. 

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

New York Mayor de Blasio Named PETA's Person of the Year

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 14:02 PM

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was named 2014 Person of the Year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) fo . . .

Quinnipiac: Only 47% of New Yorkers Support de Blasio

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 13:56 PM

Support for Bill de Blasio's efforts as New York City mayor continues to decline as the gap between how black and whites . . .

Pension Deal in $1.1T Budget Bill Hits Retired Women Hard

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 13:38 PM

Retired women who rely on their pensions to purchase necessities like food and medicine will be the ones hurt most by a  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved