‘Insider’ Calls Out MSM For Publishing ‘Fake News Article’ Sugar-Coating Viral Story Warning 9 Out Of 10 Americans Could Be Dead In Year Following EMP Attack
– Why Does The MSM Continue To Downplay The Very Real EMP Threat To America?
by Dr. Peter Vincent Pry
April 6, 2017
To: Ryan D’Agostino
Editor in Chief
300 West 57 Street
New York, New York 10019
Popular Mechanics.com published an article by Kyle Mizokami “No, North Korea Can’t Kill 90 Percent of Americans” (March 31, 2017) accusing former CIA Director R. James Woolsey and myself of grossly exaggerating the threat posed by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack from North Korea in our recent article (“How North Korea Could Kill Up To 90 Percent Of Americans” The Hill, March 29, 2017).
In fact, Mizokami has lied to your readers, and misrepresented the information provided to him by The Hill (from myself as Chief of Staff of the Congressional EMP Commission), that up to 90 percent of the American people could die from an EMP attack that causes a nationwide blackout lasting one year.
Mizokami falsely claims that the assessment a nuclear EMP attack could kill 9 of 10 Americans through starvation and societal collapse is derived from the novel “One Second After” which is referred to by Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, quoted by Mizokami in his article, during a congressional hearing on EMP.
However, Bartlett’s statement that 90 percent of the American people could die is not derived from “One Second After” but from the EMP Commission that briefed him prior to the hearing.
Unquoted by Mizokami, in the very same source on the very same page, directly beneath the Bartlett statement, Dr. William Graham, Chairman of the EMP Commission, affirms that a nuclear EMP attack could, in fact, kill 90 percent of the population:
DR. GRAHAM: We think that is in the correct range. We don’t have experience with losing the infrastructure in a country with 300 million people, most of whom don’t live in a way that provides for their own food and other needs. We can go back to an era when people did live like that. That would be–10 percent would be 30 million people, and that is probably the range where we could survive in a basically rural economy. –“Threat Posed By Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack” Hearing, House Armed Services Committee, July 10, 2008.
Mizokami has engaged in a classical case of dishonest “cherry picking” to distort and misrepresent the congressional record, ignoring Chairman Graham’s testimony that affirms 9 of 10 Americans could die.
Mizokami ignores other copious congressional testimony from the EMP Commission, as well as published articles and books, affirming that the EMP Commission assesses a nuclear EMP attack could kill up to 90 percent of the U.S. population, examples of which were provided to Mizokami.
For example, in another congressional hearing, EMP Commissioner Dr. Lowell Wood again affirms that 90 percent of the U.S. population could die, that an EMP attack “…would literally destroy the American nation and might cause the deaths of 90 percent of its people and would set us back a century or more in time as far as our ability to function as a nation.”
Contrary to Mizokami, ignored by him, in the same hearing above, EMP Commissioner Wood warns that such a deadly EMP attack could be made by North Korea: