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Terrorist Threat To U.S. Power Grid Grows
Investor's Business Daily ^ | Feb. 7, 2014 | IBD

Posted on 02/11/2014 11:25:02 AM PST by raptor22

War On Terror: New information about a sniper assault on Silicon Valley's phone lines and power grid has raised fears that the nation's power grid is vulnerable to terrorism.

The prospect that the unsolved attack on an electrical substation near San Jose just hours after the Boston Marathon bombing in April could have been a terrorist act was raised anew last week by Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

"This is the most sophisticated and extensive attack that's ever occurred on the grid to my knowledge," he told the Associated Press, contradicting FBI denials that terrorism was involved. "I don't know what the definition of terrorism is other than when an extremely well-trained group attacks a major piece of infrastructure in an expertly planned attack."

Wellinghoff also mused recently that the attack might have been a dress rehearsal for a more widespread attack on a national grid vulnerable to disruption. "There are ways that a very few number of actors with very rudimentary equipment could take down large portions of our grid," he told Foreign Policy. "I don't think we have the level of physical security we need."

An attack by intruders with guns and rifles could be just as devastating as any cyberattack, he said.

The April 16, 2013, attack on Pacific Gas & Electric's Metcalf transmission substation attack began when intruders lifted heavy manhole covers at about 1:30 a.m. in two places on Monterey Highway, south of San Jose, climbed under the road and cut AT&T fiber-optic cables, temporarily knocking out phone service.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that in just 19 minutes, gunmen fired more than 100 rounds into substation equipment, disabling 17 of 20 big transformers, causing about $16 million in damage.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ebergy; electricgrid; powergrid; waronterror

1 posted on 02/11/2014 11:25:02 AM PST by raptor22
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To: Still Thinking; StopGlobalWhining; Straight Vermonter; Tampa Caver; TChris; ...

WAR ON TERROR PING


2 posted on 02/11/2014 11:26:45 AM PST by raptor22 (Petty and vindictive do not be)
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To: raptor22

Probably white right-wing gun owners /s


3 posted on 02/11/2014 11:27:25 AM PST by Augustinian monk
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To: Augustinian monk

Amish!!


4 posted on 02/11/2014 11:30:10 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: raptor22

Just what soetoro’s waiting for.


5 posted on 02/11/2014 11:31:01 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Augustinian monk

or wild Amish Mafia Types


6 posted on 02/11/2014 11:31:04 AM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: raptor22

The threat is not growing... the acknowledgement of the threat is increasing...


7 posted on 02/11/2014 11:31:19 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: raptor22
climbed under the road and cut AT&T fiber-optic cables, temporarily knocking out phone service.

At the risk of sounding obtuse, how would they know that's where the power station's phone service was located? Is that just public domain information?
8 posted on 02/11/2014 11:32:19 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: SpinnerWebb

100 rounds in 19 minutes? These guys need to ditch the bolt actions.


9 posted on 02/11/2014 11:32:33 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: SpinnerWebb

I wonder how things would go if 100 attacks like that occurred simultaneously.

With all the spying on citizens, maybe the government drones don’t have time to go after terrorists.


10 posted on 02/11/2014 11:33:10 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: raptor22

I heard more from the MSM about Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus than I ever heard about this attack on our infrastructure.


11 posted on 02/11/2014 11:33:23 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: raptor22

Naturally we need to give up some more freedoms and liberties in response to this purported threat that may not be anything more than some jerks from the FBI running another false-flag/provocateur operation.


12 posted on 02/11/2014 11:33:50 AM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: Grampa Dave; granite; GreenFreeper; grjr21; I got the rope; IchBinEinBerliner; jaredt112; JayB; ...

WAR ON TERROR PING


13 posted on 02/11/2014 11:34:38 AM PST by raptor22 (Petty and vindictive do not be)
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To: raptor22

Only is a matter of when the next attack will come. Stay Safe everyone! This is not a matter of if.


14 posted on 02/11/2014 11:36:17 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: raptor22

The feds have just figured this out? The US electrical grid is a century old patchwork of cobbled together systems, controlled by a piecemeal control network. An icestorm or errant tree branch can knock out power to millions,
and these people are worried about foreign sabotage. An idiot with a rifle can easily knock down a major grid section for a prolonged period. The electrical grid and power plants are way past due for major overhauls and upgrades. It’s an investment well worth making.


15 posted on 02/11/2014 11:37:07 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: MeganC

*if* it were only that simple.


16 posted on 02/11/2014 11:37:22 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: SpinnerWebb

With Chris Kyle (Feb 13) being dead, looks like the second stringers were brought in.


17 posted on 02/11/2014 11:38:54 AM PST by free from tyranny
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To: raptor22

Imagine the havoc if they had just one RPG or planted explosives. Now consider a coordinated attack on several similar electric installations in different parts of the country...large portions of the US would be in the dark.


18 posted on 02/11/2014 11:39:04 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: factoryrat
It’s an investment well worth making.

Over the course of time, and relatively recently to be exact ... Major power companies have been taken over by CEOs supporting democrats. Is only a matter of *when*

19 posted on 02/11/2014 11:39:31 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: factoryrat

My thoughts exactly.

And more...


20 posted on 02/11/2014 11:40:41 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: raptor22

It’s a low tech/high value action just like the TORCHINGS of the tinder dry, Santa Ana wind driven fires on the left coast.
I just hope the bastards confine their activities to the areas of the country that have EARNED the honor by electing progs and p*****s to office!


21 posted on 02/11/2014 11:41:44 AM PST by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: SpinnerWebb

I read that they found AK 47 shell casings. It seems they hit the targets they were aiming for and left. They knew what they were doing.


22 posted on 02/11/2014 11:44:27 AM PST by evaporation-plus
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To: raptor22

Does plinking at 500 foot tall Wind Turbines with a 30-06 count?


23 posted on 02/11/2014 11:46:47 AM PST by digger48
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To: raptor22

Electicity is the devils work.

24 posted on 02/11/2014 11:47:23 AM PST by McGruff (Every night has it's dawn.)
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To: evaporation-plus
It seems they hit the targets they were aiming for and left.

Yeah, and I would imagine it's a little hard to get ballistics info off a round that's gone through a piece of steel.

25 posted on 02/11/2014 11:47:54 AM PST by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: digger48

Not if it saves ONE EAGLE!

This message brought to you by PETA.


26 posted on 02/11/2014 11:52:45 AM PST by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: Dick Bachert
We just recorded the first 2 pairs of nesting Bald Eagles in our area in a century. Also in the migration path of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes.

And the Greenies from Big Blow want to build thousands of Avian Cuisinarts around here.

27 posted on 02/11/2014 11:57:51 AM PST by digger48
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To: factoryrat

Oh, but we must “invest” in Welfare, EITC, food stamps, unemployment, disability payments, etc!!! FIRST.


28 posted on 02/11/2014 12:06:48 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: raptor22

Jumper cables leading from the 20,000 volt transformer to the doorknob of the facility should secure it quite nicely.


29 posted on 02/11/2014 12:11:33 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: raptor22

There is no excuse for the media’s having kept this event out of the news for so long.


30 posted on 02/11/2014 12:14:04 PM PST by Socon-Econ
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To: andyk
” how would they know that's where the power station's phone service was located? Is that just public domain information?”

Not generally. The shooter/shooters exhibited detailed knowledge of the stations communications and surveillance network. That would be more indicative of an ex-PGE or a PO’ed current employee with a grievance than a “terrorist” action.

Think “Cui Bono” regarding beating the terrorism drum. It sells papers,helps grant writing for surplus DOD equipment etc.

31 posted on 02/11/2014 12:27:28 PM PST by Polynikes (What would Walt Kowalski do. In the meantime "GET OFF MY LAWN")
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To: hal ogen
I wonder how things would go if 100 attacks like that occurred simultaneously.

Hopefully that will take place -- if for some reason the statists finally decide to use their much longed-for phone/net "kill switch."

32 posted on 02/11/2014 12:39:26 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: raptor22

100x 2-man teams could take out all our power stations in a single 20 minute coordinated attack. replacing those quicky would be near impossible. the net effect would be similar to an emp strike

thx 0bama


33 posted on 02/11/2014 12:45:29 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: raptor22
...has raised fears that the nation's power grid is vulnerable to terrorism.

Doesn't matter.

"Homeland Insecurity" cares about real things - like are the illegals who break into our country being treated with great kindness. And is the welcome mat for drug gangs large enough. You know the important stuff...

34 posted on 02/11/2014 12:46:16 PM PST by GOPJ ("Hillary Clinton says (the) press has big egos and no brains". - Tony Blair - May 19, 1993)
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To: sten

I read somewhere that 80% of these transformers are made in Germany and it would take many months just to build enough replacements.


35 posted on 02/11/2014 12:58:43 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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WAR ON TERROR PING


36 posted on 02/11/2014 1:00:06 PM PST by raptor22 (Petty and vindictive do not be)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

yup. that’s the issue


37 posted on 02/11/2014 1:02:36 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: raptor22
1/4" High Hard steel plate mounted properly will protect the electrical equipment from 7.62mm and .308 cartridges and below at close range....the same plate used on MRAPs and Hummers.

This is a cheap and easy fix.

There are many simple, cheap ballistic solutions available to defeat guys taking pot shots at transformers with anything up to an including Barrett .50's. Beyond that, it begins to get somewhat more involved.

38 posted on 02/11/2014 1:03:07 PM PST by muleskinner
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To: raptor22
After 911, the F.B.I. released information on the location of the various Muslim terror groups in the U.S.

There are several terrorist affiliated groups known to exist in the San Jose/Santa Clara/Silicon Valley area.

39 posted on 02/11/2014 1:12:58 PM PST by muleskinner
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To: muleskinner

it’s the transformer cooling fins that are the vulnerable part, not the transformer shell

(oooppps, DHS, can I say that? it’s o.k.? thanks!!)


40 posted on 02/11/2014 1:12:59 PM PST by telstar12.5 (...always bring gunships to a gun fight...)
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To: raptor22

This is probably a very dumb question.

But, isn’t the nation’s power on more than one grid? Aren’t there 3? Anyone?


41 posted on 02/11/2014 1:16:35 PM PST by DrewsMum
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To: raptor22

This is pure unadulterated BS:

“This is the most sophisticated and extensive attack that’s ever occurred on the grid to my knowledge,”

Bill Ayers` Weathermen tried to knock out the Oakland-East Bay power grids in 1969-70`s by blowing up the Oakland Airport substation next to the Nimitz Freeway 880/ I wuz there and heard the shrapnel hit thru the quonset hut.


42 posted on 02/11/2014 1:27:54 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: DrewsMum

And Texas has their own.


43 posted on 02/11/2014 2:31:09 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: evaporation-plus
They knew what they were doing.

7.62x39 ammo is hardly what one who knows what he/she is doing would use. Way too wimpy.

44 posted on 02/11/2014 2:56:36 PM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: sten

I’m no fan of Bronco Bama, but what does he have to do with this?


45 posted on 02/11/2014 4:39:21 PM PST by ALASKA (Disgusted......)
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To: Augustinian monk
If there was any chance it was right wingers behind this it would be on the front page of the New York Times. And every other newspaper in the country. They hate us that much. So, absent that, we can assume it's some racial muslim group or Hispanic drug gang or some other group the left wants to protect from bad publicity.
46 posted on 02/11/2014 4:48:14 PM PST by GOPJ ("Hillary Clinton says (the) press has big egos and no brains". - Tony Blair - May 19, 1993)
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To: raptor22

BTTT!


47 posted on 02/11/2014 5:59:00 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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