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This is completely false. HEMP or High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) can damage electronic equipment but is not able to injure people. A person would never know that a HEMP weapon was detonated except for the disruption to radios, television, electronic equipment, vehicles etc. “The threat of an EMP attack against the United States is hard to assess, but some observers indicate that it is growing along with worldwide access to newer technologies and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. In the past, the threat of mutually assured destruction provided a lasting deterrent against the exchange of multiple high-yield nuclear warheads. However, now even a single, specially-designed low-yield nuclear explosion high above the United States, or over a battlefield, can produce a large-scale EMP effect that could result in a widespread loss of electronics, but no direct fatalities, and may not necessarily evoke a large nuclear retaliatory strike by the U.S. military. This, coupled with the possible vulnerability of U.S. commercial electronics and U.S. military battlefield equipment to the effects of EMP, may create a new incentive for other countries to develop or acquire a nuclear capability.” CRS Report for Congress, High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) and High Power Microwave (HPM) Devices: Threat Assessments Updated July 21, 2008, Clay Wilson, Specialist in Technology and National Security Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division Electromagnetic pulse scorches an electronic capacitor

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