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Did an EMP Cripple
The
Costa Concordia?

by George Trinkaus

EMP (electromagnetic pulse): an electric discharge, huge and sudden, that can impose itself upon remote circuits, causing overload and failure.

Costa Concordia
London Daily Mail

Why would anyone question the official story? The cruiseship ran aground because the captain was drunk. Every news medium reported the captain story, uniformly. How could I doubt?

But perhaps you recalled, as I did, that a similar 4000-passenger cruiseliner had run into big trouble at sea just two months before. On November 8, 2011, The Carnival Splendor lost all electric power in waters off Baja

The modern 4000-passenger cruiseship is a complex and very computer-dependent piece of technology, but no backup power system is provided in the engineering that can adequately address this unexpected event, which rendered the massive Splendor completely helpless and adrift. The engines ceased to function along with all steering and other control systems. 

A similar incident crippled The Queen Mary 2 off Barcelona in 2010. The typical news report focused on the discomfort of passengers deprived of air-conditioning and refrigeration as The Splendor drifted helplessly for three days before being taken into tow. The news did not speculate about the disaster which might have resulted had the failure occurred in less open and friendly waters. Meanwhile the web buzzed with speculations that related the failure of theCarnival SplendorQueen Mary 2

Also stalled at sea: The Carnival Splendor and The Queen Mary 2

Splendor to mass sightings of a missile launch about the same time in waters off Los Angeles. The local media went into contortions of denial with the photo evidence (it's a contrail, they insisted) but Southern California folks, who witness launches from Vandenburg, know what a rocket trail looks like. Did the missile deliver an EMP device that disabled the Splendor? According to a report from Russian intellegence, a missile had been launched from a Chinese submarine in a weapon test that had The Splendor as its target.  The weapon was an electromagnetic (EMP) device.

Wow! Matbe this should have been the Story of the Year, instead of that fiction about Osama.

A Costa Concordia passenger, as he was rescued from the wreck, said, “We were told it was just an electrical failure,” according to a network radio news report that I heard. This was the other clue that prompted me to googleroute map, Costa Concordia (from Conspiracy Cafe) “Costa Concordia + EMP,” which turned up the following story from the London Daily Mail of 1/27/12. (The term EMP is not in the article, so good for Google. The authority quoted says that "harmonic interference" caused the fatal power surge.) The headline is typical and blames the captain: “Passengers accuse arrested officer of socialising before cruise crash and being among first to abandon ship.” Kicker head: “I saw captain drinking in the bar.” But way down at about paragraph 24 of the report, in a long passage that a more responsible Daily Mail would have published as a separate article if not the lead:

Experts have said the captain may have been correct in his belief that his ship met its fate because of a power failure. Passengers rescued from the stricken liner reported there had been a power blackout and a large booming noise, which indicated the vessel may have suffered an engine room explosion. Last night Malcolm Latarche, editor of the global shipping magazine IHS Fairplay Solutions, said the problem may have been caused by a phenomenon known as 'harmonic interference'.

Mr Latarche said it was possible the cruise liner experienced the same problem that saw the Queen Mary 2 lose power in September 2010 as she was approaching Barcelona. On that occasion, the QM2 was able to carry on into open sea.

The expert said the harmonic interference – a type of power surge – could have caused a malfunction in the generators feeding the ship's six diesel electric engines with which the back-up systems could not cope. 'This would have caused the ship to lose navigational power and steering control and veer off course," he said. Asked for his assessment of the incident, Mr Latarche said: 'I would say power failure caused by harmonic interference and then it can't propel straight or navigate and it hit rocks.'" He added that once a ship experienced problems with the electrical supply to its main propulsion motors, it could lead to a problem with steering.” 
    Of course, this segment completely contradicts the headlines and the rest of the article. The Daily Mail editors make no comment, but juxtapose the two mutually exclusive stories -- an invitation to double-think.


What is an EMP?
An electromagnetic pulse is an electric discharge, huge and sudden, that can impose itself upon remote circuits, causing overload and failure. An EMP is a violent thump to the ether. The weapon potential of an EMP is obvious. Did you know that a single EMP burst, such as that created by the high altitude detonation of a nuke, could render any modern city as helpless as The
Costa Concordia, The Carnival Splendor, or The Queen Mary 2?. 
     A lightning stroke carries an EMP of destructive potential. An electric pulse from a solar flare of high intensity could wipe out all satellite-dependent telecommunications, and could even fry the electric-power grid. These doomsday scenarios hover over all of solid-state civilization.
     A man-made EMP burst can be created by the discharge of a bank of pulse capacitors, the oscillations of a Tesla magnifying transmitter, or by the E-bomb shown on the cover of the
Popular Mechanics of August 2001. Space warfare is all about EMP weapons.
    Particularly vulnerable is the solid-state circuitry of modern electronics. Vacuum-tube circuitry is said to be 50,000 times more EMP-resistant, and circuitry using magnetic amplifiers is comparatively indestructible.
     The Soviets “hardened” fighter jets by using vacuum tubes instead of solid-state components, but in most electronics h
ardening has been sacrificed to miniaturization. The unprotected modern aircraft with computer controls is EMP-vulnerable and can be brought down by a lightning stroke or an EMP weapon. Your modern computerized automobile can be brought to a halt by a directed EMP pulse, and so can your cardiac pacemaker. 
     Nobody wants to admit to the implications of this set of facts, least of all the tourist industry. This would explain the Costa Concordia cover-up and the exclusion of any history of like events or any speculation on the cause from the mass media.
   
Within the sensitive integrated-circuit chip,
the most vulnerable component is the ubiquitous capacitor. A capacitor is essentially two conductive plates separated by a thin membrane of insulation called the dielectric. The ultra-thin dielectric of micro-capacitors in integrated-circuit chips can be punctured by a relatively small voltage excursion, killing the functionality of the entire device and of all devices that depend upon it. (The surge protector you put in a computer-supply circuit is designed to protect your sensitive solid-state processor from relatively small voltage excursions.) 
     Solid state's vulnerability means that an EMP burst, far short of a nuke, can quietly do great mischief within its radius of influence without any collateral damage that anyone would notice. It's sneaky. Mysteriously all function ceases. On ships, power supplies fail, and multiple engines, requiring an orderly protocol for shutdown, freeze all at once, a violence that explains the engine-room explosions and fires reported.
     

Google also turned up the following from Conspiracy Cafe: “The Mediterranean is a massive war front. Naval vessels move in secret and silence. However, while NATO is on a war footing, they're preparing for the ultimate. Times have changed quite a bit. There are new weapons being tested and deployed. One of them is EMP electromagnetic pulse.
This weapon will fry electronics and disable modern industrial equipment like the engines and power systems of a cruise ship. There are reports of two power failures on the Costa Concordia with all six engines being knocked out. Backup systems were in a state of flux. That's quite a screw up. I can only put an EMP wave at the top of the list."
   If it was an EMP hit, the perpetration of such a disaster could have been for its symbolic value. The
Costa Concordia was the pride of Italy, and the ship was themed to celebrate the European Union, its 11 decks being named after Euro-zone nations. The wreak of The Concordia
coincided with the breakdown of the EU economy -- an interesting sychronicity, as conspiracy theory seeks a who-benefits.

Updates:

Costa Allegra under tow
Costa Allegra crippled in Indian Ocean. 

The sister ship of The Costa Concordia suffered the same power-failure scenario as The Carnival Splendor and The Queen Mary 2
Photo, The Allegra under tow: The London Daily Mail 3/1/12. The Daily Mail's coverage here is as shallow as with The Costa Concordia, focusing again on passengers deprived of air conditioning, running water, and refridgeration in the 95-degree heat.

TriumphThe Carnival Triumph. The media coverage of the incident of Feb. 2013, despite its excess, "forgot" the entire history of cruiseship failure. Even the Carnival line's Splendor incident was forgotten. This was at least the fifth such cruiseship failure. 

Links
The London Daily Mail  article on the Costa Concordia.
Conspiracy Caf
on the Costa Concordia
The EMP-proof Magnetic Amplifier
. What is a magnetic amplifier?

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