Letters to the Editor, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

Dangerous inaction I am writing to express my dismay at the inaction of Congress with regard to the greatest national security threat to our nation. In September 2009 my daughter and I were two of a handful of “lay people” who attended the first and only (to my knowledge) national EMP (electromagnetic pulse) Conference, held in Niagara Falls, New York. The slate of speakers included a former vice chairman of the House Armed Security and Homeland Security Committee, a former acting director of the CIA, a former House Homeland Security Committee member, seven EMP commissioners, a former director of the Defense Nuclear Agency, a former assistant to secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense, a former chairman of the National Intelligence Council, a former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, as well as numerous eminent national experts in the field of electromagnetic physics. One of the presentations was entitled: “Briefing on Iran-North Korea Connection and presentation on Asymmetric Warfare: Nuclear Style.” This conference took place nine years ago and recently Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona published an article entitled “The Most Dangerous Threat That No One is Talking About.” My God, what has Congress done to address the most crucial threat to our nation? Why has there been no hardening of our grids or significant, increased funding for advanced missile defense? Our very real experience with Hurricane Irma should serve as a wake-up call to consequences of a prolonged or permanent power outage, a threat from North Korea… [Read full story]

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