By Michael Thompson
Michael Maloof, the author of the soon-to-be-published “A Nation Forsaken,” will be a guest on the popular “Coast to Coast” radio program with George Noory to kick-start a media tour for a book that addresses the serious threat an EMP event poses to America.
He will be Noory’s guest Jan. 3, starting at 11 p.m. Pacific Time, 2 a.m. Eastern. “Coast to Coast,” with more than 3 million weekly listeners, is heard on more than 560 stations.
The United States is more vulnerable than ever to an EMP attack, which could shut down the country immediately, resulting in tens of millions of deaths and a 19th-century lifestyle for the foreseeable future, says “A Nation Forsaken.”
Even worse, the threat doesn’t just come from terrorists but from unpreventable solar activity. A new peak period of solar activity is on the way, threatening the economic and national security of the entire country, writes Maloof, a long-time national security expert..
Although presidential candidates such as Newt Gingrich and congressmen such as Roscoe Bartlett have warned for years about the danger posed by an EMP, the government is ignoring simple, inexpensive steps that could safeguard critical infrastructure from an attack.
Incredibly, even while the idea of an EMP attack has entered the public consciousness through pop culture events such NBC’s new show “Revolution,” the federal government is ignoring its own reports and not taking it seriously.
The reality of a potentially devastating electromagnetic pulse event is brought home by Maloof in “A Nation Forsaken.” He shows how a nuclear detonation in low orbit creates an electromagnetic pulse that can disable all electronics throughout the country. The result would be a complete breakdown of the delivery and distribution of food, medicine and other essential supplies.
The author also explains the plausibility of such an attack, noting that several nations already have the means and motivation to use such weapons. Even more terrifying, Maloof describes how a “natural” EMP caused by solar flares is becoming ever more likely – with increased likelihood in the first quarter of 2013.
Maloof exposes the self-interested actions of the energy industry in preventing simple reforms that could potentially save millions of lives. Most importantly, Maloof provides a practical guide for how individuals and families can prepare for the day when the lights go out for good.
Maloof, a former senior security policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, has almost 30 years of federal service in the U.S. Defense Department and as a specialized trainer for border guards and Special Forces in the Caucasus and Central Asia. While with the Department of Defense, Maloof was director of technology security operations. He headed a 10-person team involved in halting the diversion of militarily critical technologies to countries of national security and proliferation concern and those that sponsor terrorism. His office was the liaison to the intelligence and enforcement community within the Office of the Secretary of Defense in halting transfers and using cases that developed from them as early warnings to decision-makers of potential policy issues.
Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States, Maloof was detailed back to report directly to the undersecretary of defense for policy to prepare analysis of worldwide terrorist networks, determine their linkages and their relationship to state sponsors.
“A Nation Forsaken” will be available to purchase on Jan. 3, 2013.