Skip to comments.LOW TECH TERROR ON THE GRID - Why the terror attack in Silicon Valley?
Posted on 02/11/2014 1:08:35 PM PST by neverdem
Sometime before April 16, 2013, one or more people scouted the Pacific Gas and Electric Companys high-voltage Metcalf substation off Highway 101 near San Jose, California. They went around the unmanned power station at a range of 40-60 yards, marking places from which the transformers cooling fins were clearly visible through the chain-link fence with piles of stones.
According to a Wall Street Journal report last week, at about 1 a.m. on that April 16, someone cut the telephone lines going to the substations location in a manner calculated to be hard to repair. Within about another thirty minutes, shooters took positions by the stone piles and on a flashlight signal opened fire. The firing over about a twenty-minute period, apparently using AK-47 rifles (identified by the empty shell casings in 7.62x39 caliber left behind) aimed 120 shots at the cooling fins on the transformers, scoring 110 hits. Another flashlight signal called a cease-fire. The shooters were gone long before the first police arrived.
A bullet is a pretty low-tech device, but in this case they were highly effective. Seventeen huge transformers were knocked out. Those 110 holes leaked about 52,000 gallons of coolant and were about to cause power failures in the Silicon Valley grid but managers were able to switch power in from other locations. They were lucky: the hour of the attack and the season meant there was low demand for electric power.
Police and FBI found those 120 empty cartridge casings. They were wiped clean of fingerprints and yielded no DNA for testing...
(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...
Must be Zorin Industries at it again. Wait until they start operation Main Strike.
sons of soetoro aka islamists
Test Test Test!
This has been a test of your local utility security.
WE apologize for any disruption in power.
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PG&E has announced it will take steps re: security.
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I would imagine that the #1 or #2 biggest video surveillance companies in Northern California might be inline to benefit handsomely from this little contretemps.
“The FBI says that the attack wasnt the work of terrorists.”
Yes. It was just another case of “workplace violence.”
My guess is this is the La Raza crowd. Islamists want to use the silicon valley companies for their own benefit. The La raza crowd wants the state liberated from the gringo. There are a lot of things that don’t make sense. 120 rounds in one spot? No one heard 120 rounds? No fingerprints on any of them? Obviously that means it is a planned attack but why leave the rounds? To throw off the investigation perhaps? Hmm.
Sure. We got it.
This was carefully planned and took place at the same time as the boston marathon bombing.
Of more interest to me is how did the damage get fixed? From the article, it is possible to repair some aspets of transformer damage. It is my understanding that USA does not, cannot manufacture transformers.
Possible union problems, provide cover for either: economic enemies (China) or Pieceful religions. A badly powered down Silicon Valley would cost a lot of economic damage, depending on how long it was impacted.
As to WHY the terror attack ... easy.
The bad guys want to take us down. (I’m assuming Islamic terror here, or eco-terrorists, not patriots.)
It’s cold as hell here in New England. Taking down the power grid, with no hope of repair inside of a month, would surely result in people dying, not to mention the economic fallout.
The bad guys have a lot of ways to hurt us. Shutting off the power for a long, long time would meet that objective. (And once Muffy couldn’t recharge her iPod, even the low-information voters would understand the meaning of being at war.)
Even if union goons did it, the deliberate disruption of public services is still called terrorism. (Ergo Enron was a terrorist outfit.)
Could have been an AK using 6, 20 round mags, 4, 30 round mags, or an SKS with 12 stripper clips.
Good point - hadn’t thought of that.
The transformers that were damaged were not the much larger transformers that are outside the turbine building at a power plant to connect the generator to the switchyard. Utilities have spares for smaller substation transformers. They’re still manufactured in this country.
New information as well as old information was contained in this report by Jed Babbin, who previusly served as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense under George H.W. Bush.
#1 the firing began and ended with a flashlight signal.
#2 that 110 of 120 shots hit the targets, empty casings were wiped clean of DNA.
#3 at about 1 a.m. on that April 16, someone cut the telephone lines at 2 separate locations
which go to the substations location in a manner calculated to be hard to repair.
#3a The weight of these manhole covers required more than one perp for assistance.
The original report indicated debris was redistributed so they would not look like they had been distrubed .
#4 Piles of stones were markers of optimum shooting efficientcy, with locations for maximum damage.
#5 the perps left long before the police arrived,indicates a fairly high level of discipline, training, and skill.
Since the Federal investigation is continueing , there has been no determination that this was a terrorist incident.
Monkey Wrench Gang?
Agreed - this was an attack on our infrastructure. In either case it was done by parties swearing allegiance to an evil god (either a crazed islamic god, or a god of greed).
But I dont beleive a Mini-30 can shoot 100+ rounds in that time frame without jamming . . .
It was the evil assault AK !
About the only thing you’d have to worry about with a Mini30 is fail to fires if you’re using steel case ammo...unless you’ve had it modified with a stronger hammer spring and a hardened firing pin.
Probably not stripper clips. That would have resulted in fingerprints on at least one cartridge in each clip. More likely the magazines were loaded with cartridges that had been wiped clean, or handled only with gloves when taken out of the box.
Use of a Mini-30, if proven, might be a ruse to mislead people. The obvious first thought when 7.62x39 cases are found is to think AK-47 or SKS, suggesting Muslim or drug cartel operatives.
The anomalous part of the attack is the timing. It was done at night, in the middle of April. The best possible time to allow for minimum disruption of power and repairs before peak power usages. If it were meant to hurt the country, it should have been in July.
They might have tossed a couple of emergency flares into the substation to set the coolant on fire, likely making the transformers non-repairable.
Also, only one power substation was hit. If they had hit two or more simultaneously in July, very likely the whole of Southern California would have been out of power for a month.
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I’m pretty sure a proper forensics team with a pile of spent brass/steel could determine whether an AK, Mini 30, or SKS was used based on extractor marks and such.
and they know this, how??? cause God knows simply opening up when you heard the first round go off isn't enough of a signal, you gotta wait for the light... right? please
I drove by this station just hour ago and from a glace there appears to be no new security measures.
If they know this, they know more they are not telling IMO
DOMESTIC terrorism is terrorism is terrorism!
Being a conservative American - and knowing rogue monsters in the FBI and Southern Poverty Law Center would love nothing more than to use something like this as an excuse to round up conservatives and put them in camps...
MAY I suggest we put up lights and cameras around these substations to make sure it's not an inside job like Fast and Furious - a government attempt to destroy the credibility of conservative Americans.
Could liberal elites do something like this? Would they ever fake a 'hate crime'. They have a long track record of this type of thing - and buying bullets to get ready for a fight that WE DON'T want. A fight we refuse to take part in - in spite of their shills on the web egging us on... Yes, they would do this to start the conflict they say they're against. We need to be very careful.
Surround substations with lights, cameras, fences etc. Insist it be done quickly. This could be 'Fast and Furious' on a whole new level if we're not careful.
And yeah, if the US can afford a $12,000 dress for our First Lady, we can afford cameras at substations.
I know somehting of this...in some detail.
This was not a criminal mischief or vandalism act.
This was a very highly planned and executerd test of our infrastructure and our response to it.
They carefully took out 17 transformers, and they did it methodically using 7.62 x 39mm bullets. When complete, they left the area...apparently timing the attack to avoid response by authorities.
IMHO, it is apparent they wanted to see if they could cause an outage, and then see to what extent the outage would impact the area.
I suspect they also had one or more of their number in an “overwatch,” position, during and after the attack to warn of faster than expected response, and to then see how long it actually took.
With the grid being what it is, operators, who themselves are located at a completely different location and who cover a large area, were able to reroute the load, and to generate additional load as necessary tpo avoid an outage.
But now these attackers know this. When they try again, it will be at another place, far removed, where they will up the ante.
We are being wacthed...recon’ed, “scoped out,” by enemies who want to hurt our infrastructure, and through it hurt us and our country.
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This site is a sitting duck.. Always has been.
***And this was very likely, no terrorist “attack”. It was a bunch of rednecks firing their guns out in the woods at some target they probably knew nothing about.