Controversial tech boss and presidential candidate John McAfee has warned a 'doomsday' electronic weapon could wipe out 90% of Americans and urged politicians to is the number one threat facing the country.
McAfee, who recently announced he is running in 2016, wrote in a blog for International Business Times: 'Experts agree that an all out cyber attack, beginning with an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack on our electronic infrastructure, would wipe out 90% of the human population of this country within two years of the attack.
'That means the death of 270 million people within 24 months after the attack.'
He claims that the country, and its leaders are unprepared - and warned that gun crime should not be the 'single issue' that decided votes.
'Our leaders are nearly all ill prepared for this near certain, not-too-distant event.
'If I were forced to choose a single issue, this would obviously be the issue.'
From Ocean's Eleven to Star Trek, weapons that wipe out enemy electronics are a staple of science fiction films.
For years, scientists have been attempting to create such a weapon as part of Champ, or the Counter-electronics High-powered microwave Advanced Missile Project.
Now, the US Air Force claims it has advanced the technology, and says it can deploy it using the stealthy Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM).
There are fears a well targeted attack could knock out multiple power stations.
'This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare,' said Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works.
'In the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy's electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive.'
McAfee says this is a huge issue being ignored.
He hit out at President Obama's focus on gun control.
On 2 October, President Obama declared: 'Here's what you need to do: You have to make sure that anybody that you are voting for is on the right side of this issue.'
If politicians oppose these measures, he continued, 'even if they're great on other stuff, you've got to vote against them.'
McAfee said he was initially confused by the statement.
'Frantically searching again for my benzodiazepines, and certain that rabid squirrels would imminently emerge from my wristwatch and form a tribunal accusing me of crimes against humanity, a saving thought flashed into my mind: What if the president is right? Could this simplification be the salvation of this long-suffering nation?'
He claims antidepressents could be to blame for the gun control issues.
'In the 1980s we saw the first wide scale use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (antidepressants), such as Prozac, Paxil and others.
'Hundreds of studies have shown that these antidepressants have side effects that include violent thoughts.
'A few minutes of research will tell us that 8% of the US population is taking antidepressants, yet a known 30% of all mass murderers since 1980 were taking antidepressants, and it is highly suspected that the real number approaches 90% – a statistical anomaly of egregious proportions.'
'But it is much easier to disprove a cause (as we did with guns above) than it is to prove a cause.'
'In any case, the President's proposal – that we abandon the complex process of weighing the near infinite issues that are important to us, and to choose a single issue upon which we can direct the entire future of our society, may well, in the confusion of my simple mind, be the Holy Grail of politics.
'But if it is then surely weighing the possible deaths of 90% of our citizens due to cyber warfare against gun violence which causes fewer deaths per year than traffic accidents, seems that possibly our president is suffering an acid flashback rather than myself.'Read More: Daily Mail Online