Skip to comments.A Group Of Snipers Shot Up A Silicon Valley Power Station Before Slipping Into The Night
Posted on 02/06/2014 5:40:21 AM PST by ClaytonP
The Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Smith reports that a former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman is acknowledging for the first time that a group of snipers shot up a Silicon Valley substation for 19 minutes last year, knocking out 17 transformers before slipping away into the night.
The attack was "the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred" in the U.S., Jon Wellinghoff, who was chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the time, told Smith.
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“Group of Snipers”
I seriously doubt that.
“violent” trial balloon to see how officials would react. Likely more to come.
Wait ‘till a robot-aimed BMG 50 is used to kill one of the engines on a passenger jet in flight.
My suspicion is eco-terrorist.
Given that sub-stations are usually located in quiet, out of the way sorts of locations; I would imagine that damaging one would not be too daunting a task.
I wondered if anyone would get it.
If indeed it is a terrorist, perhaps they were attempting to evaluate just how much havoc this would wreak with emergency response systems so they could judge its multiplicative effects when used concomitantly with future attacks against other higher value targets?
Yes, well, its ‘ancient’ history by now isnt it. So much stupid has occurred in between that its hard to keep track of it all. LOL, the all knowing govt on display.
Bang away, Mustafa!
Few years back, a local shot up the Alaska oil pipeline with a hunting rifle; kid had been drinking too much. Oil spill on the tundra. They threw the book at that Indian Kid; he didn’t even remember the incident the nx day. Wasn’t terrorism either.
This area of Santa Clara county is very sparsely populated. There are still lots of fields and places to hide. It is no real surprise that someone (for whatever their reasons) decided to fire on the Metcalf station. The bigger concern should be that instead of ‘homegrown’ terrorists, it is more likely the influx of foreign muslims into the area.
Bigger point is that again low tech terrorism defeats high tech ‘protection’
From the article, over 100 empty cartridges found grouped at multiple firing points. The shooting lasted 19 minutes. Plus, a nearby internet link and a telephone circuit were cut. This is not likely to be the work of a single agent. It might be no more than 3-4, but was almost certainly more than one.
And how does Mr. Wellinghoff know that this was “domestic terrorism” since the perpetrators have not been caught, and the evidence seems to be limited to a pile of rocks, a bunch of shell casings for 7.62 x 39 mm rounds, and presumably the bullets themselves with any possible ballistics evidence much degraded by passing through the housing and other metal components of the transformers?
I didn’t know that snipers worked in groups.
Former Solyndra employees?.................
Whoever did this had detailed schematics and knew exactly where to attack to take out the power plant. Telephone lines and other communications had been cut prior to the attack.
The question is why did they use AK-47s when explosives would be much more effective. And why did they attack only one power plant. A coordinated attack would have been much more effective.
In the article the FBI is quoted as saying they don't believe it was a terror group. There is no explanation for why they felt that way.
There is little doubt that this was either a well-organized prank (not likely) or a well-organized trial run.
Who did this is not as important as the risk analysis to this and other stations.
It could have been some drunk teenagers with hunting rifles.
My issue wasn't with the plural form, but with the noun itself.
I agree that there is more attacks likely to occur.
The article states that there were small piles of rocks to demonsrate ideal locations where to shoot from
suggests that there was an expierienced shooter marking ideal locations for maximum effectiveness at knocking out the station.
This was not a 'hastey' act of domestic terrorism, actually it demonsrates a plan and calculation.
Additionally , since transformers are no longer made in the USA , the plant was knocked offline for a month until replacments could be ordered and delivered.
What if next time two or three substations were knocked out simultaneously ?
I beleive that it was a practice to determine vulnerability of the electrical system , and to evaluate the power company response .
Its not difficult at all. Another incident happened in AR recently and knocked out power to about 10,000 people. The perps scratched a message into a metal door or something to the effect of didn’t you know we were coming?
Mr. GG2 thinks this is muslim terrorists. I don’t I think its domestic.
Expect lots more video cameras in the neighborhood of utility substations, high-capacity power lines, etc.
An old story getting new attention... why now?
Is Øbama going to claim he saved us from an attack?
Isnt there a county gun range near there? and dont the LEOs train around there also?
Back in the mid-70s when I was in college, there was a strike by union workers for the power company. I got a job with Wells Fargo Security as an unarmed guard at a sub-station. All of the sub-stations had guards because a few of the transformers had been damaged by gunfire. We were just there to call the cops if something happens. 24-hour guards for all those stations was a huge expense to the power company but it was a great job for doing homework! Even with guards, the damage could have easily been done with a slim chance of being caught.
This is what happens when you live in an extreme liberal area like California. Eventually, anything that is remotely a symbol of Capitalism gets attacked — literally. It doesn’t matter how much money Silicon Valley gives to Gore and Obama, they are the enemy.
Without spelling it out, just do what they did in this story.
Equipment can be replaced but it would take several days and
supply is limited.
I would lean towards a single shooter myself. If you're going to do something criminal and stupid the chances of getting caught go up exponentially with the number of people in on it. The fact that they haven't gotten a line on this means it is either a small group of extremely well disciplined people or more likely just one whack-job that knows how to keep his mouth shut.
No, there's going to be a massive power outage at some point, with "domestic terrorism" to be the claimed cause, thereby providing a figleaf for the imposition of martial law in several areas.
This was, in my belief, the setting up of the chessboard. Yeah, the individual shooters may have been domestics, kids even...and if they were Moose Limbs what would it matter...so long as no one was caught. That was Move #1. Move #2 we just saw...after "careful analysis" this was determined to be "domestic terrorism." Move #3 will be a far larger, and far more obviously coordinated, attack on many such stations across the country. Those attacks will be used as the excuse for a "limited declaration of emergency" (i.e. martial law)...and if no one reacts too badly to that, it'll go nationwide as further orchestrated attacks take place. If, OTOH, there is widespread opposition (especially violent reaction to the suspension of Constitutional rights), then it'll go nationwide with a full-court press on the "extreme right-wing terrorists in our midst."
The best way to think of this is that it'll be our Reichstag Fire moment. A bit more sophisticated and time-consuming, but then again, the US now isn't 1930s Germany (which was far more accepting of an authoritarian ruler, having essentially never experienced real democracy).
Face it, folks, there's a fight coming. The so-called Progressives are really Communists, and this is the thing for which they've been planning for nearly a century (both here and in the USSR). Let's be awake and aware, and when the time comes let's win the fight that they have brought to us.
“No, there’s going to be a massive power outage at some point, with “domestic terrorism” to be the claimed cause, thereby providing a figleaf for the imposition of martial law in several areas. “
Yes, one of my pet theories. That and the Iranians or some other state sponsored hacking will put the grid down. Its going down its just a matter of time. If you don’t have a back up system you are going to be one miserable pup.
Good analysis my friend,,,
Time will tell.
I’m surprised a standard, jacketed 7.62X39 round penetrates a station transformer side. I worked a spill at one a few years back where it had been overfilled with cooling oil (to the very top, and the units have fill lines for expansion of the oil based on typical operating temperatures). The bolts, a LOT of them, on the access cover plate sheared while the body of the unit didn’t appear any worse for wear and the plate was ~1/4”+ thick.
17 minutes of rifle fire is the worst terrorism ever on the grid?
A group of middle school kids could do that.
When the professionals get involved it’s going to much worse.
Ping to #32
One important fact left out of this article is that it happened at the same time as the boston marathon bombing. This is the reason this attack is not well known. Everyone’s attention was on boston.
Operational test. Proof of concept. Finding out if it will work with AK-47-similar (?) weapons (the less exotic the better). Link to article at The Blaze (is that okay?):
Everybody knows snipers travel in large groups, and everybody knows that snipers have great fondness for the super-accurate AK-47 for long range work. /sarc
Even if there are no further attacks this could eventually result in millions (or billions) being spent on various security/shielding mechanisms and regulations.
Happens all of the time in the rural SE US. Why do you think that the rail road cars carrying new vehicles are enclosed now? Not only does that keep them from being stripped but prevents vandals from shooting out the windshields and tires.
Not to worry for Kali now has “Micro stamping” which would stop all further instances of this nefarious terroristic vandalism. Just think how a EO for micro stamping on a national level would help. Of course the usual parties would be exempt,lawmakers, LE, military etc /s
“Even if there are no further attacks this could eventually result in millions (or billions) being spent on various security/shielding mechanisms and regulations.”
Quite true. For very little effort they panic their enemy and make him spread his resources even thinner, trying to negate every vulnerability, which is impossible. Mao probably had a quaint turn of phrase for it, but I don’t remember it.
“Mr. GG2 thinks this is muslim terrorists. I dont I think its domestic.”
Even if they are muslim if they’re here legally it’ll be called “domestic terrorism” or even “workplace violence” if they can at all get away with it.
Worked at a power plant in Pittsburgh can back in the 90’s. you could walk through the tank farm and collect spent 99th and 7.62mm bullets. The gang banners used to drive by and pop off a few rounds.
Other parts of the country have long had a problem with idiots shooting at the ceramic insulators on transformers and transmission lines. Cooper theft is also a problem on remote sites with phone alarm and other low voltage circuits being targeted. This could be a trial run, it could also be stupidity.
Or that while shooting he pushed up a pile of rocks/gravel with his foot.