In the first half of the show, abduction investigator Budd Hopkins discussed his new memoir, in which he explores his life as an artist, and as a pioneer in the field of UFO research. During his decades long investigations, he mentored both David Jacobs and John Mack, who took divergent views on the alien presence. Hopkins said abduction cases suggest a physical reality, with people having scoop marks where the aliens have taken skin samples. Often times abductees report missing time, he detailed, and aliens implant screen memories in them, so people might recall seeing owls, for instance, rather than ETs.
Hopkins finds it unlikely that the government would be staging abductions, as such ET encounters date back to the 1920's. Describing how alien abductions could be investigated if there were greater resources, he outlined a scenario in which mobile vans could be sent to places where abductions have taken place, to psychologically & medically assist people, and collect evidence. He also commented that efforts to send faxes and communications about UFO/ET issues to congressional representatives are counterproductive, as this generally just leads to humor pieces in the press, rather than the subject being taken seriously.
Appearing in the second half of the program, Professor William Forstchen talked about how an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack could disable the power grid over large swaths of America. If fission bombs were detonated above the country, a gamma ray burst would trigger an electromagnetic disturbance, knocking out the infrastructure below it, he explained. Such effects have been demonstrated with high altitude nuclear tests such as Starfish Prime, and can be seen on a smaller scale in this video clip showing what happens to a Ford Taurus that gets zapped by EMP.
Forstchen said in an EMP attack the power grid might be down for months or even years. He also warned that EMP effects could be caused by solar flares, like the superstorm that occurred in 1859. He suggested that people call for Congress to recognize that EMP is a real issue, and move toward strengthening America's infrastructure. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett has taken this subject seriously, he added.
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