May 7, 2009 - Issue: Vol. 155, No. 70 — Daily Edition111th Congress (2009 - 2010) - 1st Session
ON THE ENDORSEMENT OF ``ONE SECOND AFTER'' BY WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN; Congressional Record Vol. 155, No. 70
(Extensions of Remarks - May 07, 2009)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1103] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] ON THE ENDORSEMENT OF ``ONE SECOND AFTER'' BY WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN ______ HON. ROSCOE G. BARTLETT of maryland in the house of representatives Thursday, May 7, 2009 Mr. BARTLETT. Madam Speaker, I rise today to bring up the book One Second After, which was written by historian and novelist William R. Forstchen. It lays out a fact-based scenario of what life would be like after an EMP attack. I think that the American people should read this book. It tells the story of a ballistic missile EMP attack on our country. The weapon was launched from a ship off our shore, and then the ship was sunk so that there were no fingerprints. It was launched about 300 miles high over Nebraska, and it shut down our infrastructure country-wide. This book is a realistic assessment of what a really robust EMP lay-down could do to our country. As a scientist and engineer now serving my 17th year on the House Armed Services Committee, I have studied the threat of EMP with the world's experts and it is real. I find it very disturbing that EMP is well understood and its capability is actively pursued by America's potential foes, but it is virtually unknown to the American public. Imagine a world where the only person you could talk to is the person next to you, the only way you could go anywhere is to walk and the electronic grid is destroyed. This is only the beginning of the impact from an EMP attack. Glen Reynolds, who is a law professor at the University of Tennessee, a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics, and the author of various law review articles, writes as the editor of Instapundit.com how much he enjoyed the book and how he hopes that this book will draw attention to the threat of an EMP. I want to take this opportunity to share it with all of my colleagues. ``So I finished William Forstchen One Second After, and it's pretty good--sort of an Alas, Babylon for the 21st Century. Forstchen hopes to attract attention to the danger of an EMP attack, and I hope he does. I'm somewhat less positive about whether that will produce any actual, useful preparation.'' ____________________