Official Consensus on EMP Threat Ignored by New York Times
The official consensus on the EMP threat has been ignored by the New York Times (NYT), even after it received a vitally important message from President Reagan’s Science Advisor Dr. William Graham, former CIA Director James Woolsey, and a long list of other top scientists and strategic experts.
On December 12, the NYT ran an irresponsible front page story by William Broad. The NYT, through Broad, falsely implied that Newt Gingrich’s warnings about an EMP attack–an event that could collapse American civilization with a single nuclear weapon–is, according to the NYT, based on bad science.
The same day that the NYT article ran, former Presidential Science Advisor Graham, CIA Director Woolsey, and some of the best scientists in America submitted a brief rebuttal to the NYT. The NYT refused to publish it unless it was cut to 150 words and submitted as a letter to the editor–ridiculous, and a story of its own.
We need to set the record straight and help correct the misinformation being spread by the NYT. I think Dr. Graham summed it up best the following day during a live show on Empact Radio when he said “…[i]n all the pieces of poor scientific and technical journalism I’ve read in the last forty-five years or so, this one is the worst–and, I admit it had some real competition…” (PVP#79 Dr. William Graham at 4:38). You can listen to the entire show here.
It’s important that we give Dr. Graham, former DCI Woolsey, and their distinguished colleagues–this nation’s foremost experts on EMP and national security–a chance to be heard. Accordingly, below please find their response to the NYT’s article: “Among Gingrich’s Passions, a Doomsday Vision” by William J. Broad.
During this week’s EMPact Radio show, which featured Clare Lopez (a fellow contributor on Big Peace), Dr. Pry pointed out that “…[t]here was an even better rebuttal produced… It was provided by our Russian friends… Just a couple of days after the New York Times published the Broad article, Pravda published an article entitled “A Nightmare Scenario for America” (PVP#80 Clare Lopez at 6:45). You can listen to the entire show here.
It should be noted that Pravda is not just any newspaper. It’s essentially the unofficial voice of the Kremlin. The Pravda article begins “[i]magine one day that suddenly and without warning, every single vehicle in the United States built after the 1970s was totally incapable of running. No going up to the grocery store, in fact no more food deliveries by truck anymore to your local store….” It concludes, “[i]f Americans knew about this very real possibility, they might utterly panic…. Perhaps they ought to close the bases, dismantle NATO and bring the troops home where they belong before they have nothing to come home to and no way to get there.” Click here to read the entire chilling article.
Unfortunately for all of us, the threat of EMP is not widely understood by the American public or its media. Plus, the Congressional EMP Commission is not active at this time, so it can be a little more difficult to locate our nation’s top experts on EMP. That said, EMPact America works with those experts, who formed the nation’s official position on the EMP threat (both man-made and solar) and hold the credentials that a paper of record like the NYT should include in order to present a complete picture.
EMPact America has a wealth of information from the real experts and other credible sources on our website, including source materials, videos and archived audio broadcasts. We have been the “go to” organization regarding EMP since our founding, and have worked with everyone from Fox News to National Geographic and CNN. We also work with local, state and national elected officials, from all parties, who have an interest in EMP (including the bi-partisan Congressional Caucus on EMP that was formed earlier this year).
Since EMPact America was specifically named and described in Mr. Broad’s original article in the NYT, I can only assume that he was aware of the organization and our focus on EMP, but I can’t find any record of him contacting us. I’ve tried to afford him the opportunity to speak with some of our experts, learn more about EMP, and set the record straight himself. That said, based upon the obvious political slant of his EMP article and my subsequent dealings with the NYT editors regarding the same, I’m not holding my breath. Hopefully, credible journalists will seize this opportunity to learn about EMP and inform their readers. I encourage them to start off by re-publishing the rebuttal above, “Official Consensus on EMP Threat.”
For those interested in taking action on the EMP issue, please visit EMPactAmerica.org, GuardtheGrid.com and SHIELDact.com.