Skip to comments.Terrorist Threat To U.S. Power Grid Grows
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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Probably white right-wing gun owners /s
Just what soetoro’s waiting for.
or wild Amish Mafia Types
The threat is not growing... the acknowledgement of the threat is increasing...
100 rounds in 19 minutes? These guys need to ditch the bolt actions.
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.
I heard more from the MSM about Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus than I ever heard about this attack on our infrastructure.
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.
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Only is a matter of when the next attack will come. Stay Safe everyone! This is not a matter of if.
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.
*if* it were only that simple.
With Chris Kyle (Feb 13) being dead, looks like the second stringers were brought in.
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.
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*
My thoughts exactly.
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!
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.
Does plinking at 500 foot tall Wind Turbines with a 30-06 count?
Electicity is the devils work.
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.
Not if it saves ONE EAGLE!
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And the Greenies from Big Blow want to build thousands of Avian Cuisinarts around here.
Oh, but we must “invest” in Welfare, EITC, food stamps, unemployment, disability payments, etc!!! FIRST.
Jumper cables leading from the 20,000 volt transformer to the doorknob of the facility should secure it quite nicely.
There is no excuse for the media’s having kept this event out of the news for so long.
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.
Hopefully that will take place -- if for some reason the statists finally decide to use their much longed-for phone/net "kill switch."
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
"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...
I read somewhere that 80% of these transformers are made in Germany and it would take many months just to build enough replacements.
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yup. that’s the issue
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.
There are several terrorist affiliated groups known to exist in the San Jose/Santa Clara/Silicon Valley area.
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!!)
This is probably a very dumb question.
But, isn’t the nation’s power on more than one grid? Aren’t there 3? Anyone?
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.
And Texas has their own.
7.62x39 ammo is hardly what one who knows what he/she is doing would use. Way too wimpy.
I’m no fan of Bronco Bama, but what does he have to do with this?