Do you remember all the Doomsday folks setting up shelters and supplies to last through the Y2K meltdown … the one that didn’t happen? Well, now we have another group, this time consisting of four individuals, each willing to spend $7 million in preparation for the EMP (electromagnetic pulse) catastrophe that they expect from sunspot eruptions … see “Doomsday set prepares for end in luxurious missile silo” at http://now.msn.com/now/0409-luxury-condos-in-abandoned-missile-silo.aspx They must have read William Forstchen’s book, One Second After, with its foreword by Newt Gingrich, which I discussed in a couple of earlier BlogInfoSec columns. The book relates the total disaster resulting from a purposeful EMP attack versus one emanating from natural causes, although the outcomes could be comparable.
In any event, I was reminded that I had worked on a column on the topic a few months back, but hadn’t published it. The title of the column was “EMP Now a Political Issue” and it went like this:
I was somewhat surprised to see in a front-page article, “Among Gingrich’s Passions, A Doomsday Vision,” in the December 12, 2011 New York Times by William J. Broad, that Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is raising the issue of the potential impact of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack to the top of his agenda … see http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/us/politics/gingrichs-electromagnetic-pulse-warning-has-skeptics.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all I wouldn’t have been so surprised had I remembered that Gingrich wrote the foreword to the William R. Forstchen book, One Second After, which I discussed two years ago in my December 28, 2009 column, “EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) – Yet Another Critical Infrastructure Concern.”