Guest Blogger today is Dr. Peter Vincent Pry.
Update: See article by Pry and Woolsey in National Review; Nov. 9.
While I am no fan of Ted Koppel, whose career has been built on political bias supporting liberals and leftwing causes, he is right about the vulnerability of the electric grid, and the failure of government and industry to protect the grid. Conservatives, scientists, and intelligence professionals have been warning about the vulnerability of the electric grid for years, long before Koppel came along.
The first and most influential study on the catastrophic vulnerability of the national electric grid was by the Congressional EMP Commission, that issued reports in 2004 and 2008. The EMP Commission was chaired by Dr. William Graham (who served previously as President Reagan’s Science Advisor and as the chief of NASA).
Dr. Graham, I, and many others have for years been writing articles and books warning about electric grid vulnerability to terrorist attacks by cyber, sabotage, and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) by nuclear and non-nuclear weapons, and from natural EMP from a once-a-century geomagnetic superstorm. Personally, I have already written three books on this topic–Electric Armageddon (2012), Apocalypse Unknown (2013), and soon to be published Blackout Wars (2015).
Unfortunately, because of media bias against conservatives and those of us who worked in the CIA and have national security backgrounds, the mainstream media has largely ignored our work, or even dismissed us as “right-wing crazies.” Just a few months ago, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC and her blogsters were ridiculing Ted Cruz, Governor Huckabee, Ben Carson, and Rick Santorum for warning about the vulnerability of the U.S. electric grid to attack by terrorists or rogue states using EMP weapons.
Now that liberal darling Ted Koppel has a book saying the same thing Dr. Graham and Ted Cruz have been warning about, suddenly the cyber, EMP and other threats to the electric grid have, virtually overnight, become “intellectually respectable” to talk about on the mainstream media! Dr. Graham has been available for interviews by the mainstream media since 2004–but they have never once talked to him.
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both advisory boards to the U.S. Congress, and served in the Congressional EMP Commission, the Strategic Posture Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the CIA. His forthcoming book is Blackout Wars.