Sunday, February 09, 2014

Terrorist Attack On Power Grid

I was just fartin around on the internet this morning and came across THIS story....

Shooters armed with assault rifles and some knowledge of electrical utilities have prompted new worries on the vulnerability of California's vast power grid.

A 2013 attack on an electric substation near San Jose that nearly knocked out Silicon Valley's power supply was initially downplayed as vandalism by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the facility's owner. Gunfire from semiautomatic weapons did extensive damage to 17 transformers that sent grid operators scrambling to avoid a blackout.

"It would not be that hard to bring down the entire region west of the Rockies if you, in fact, had a coordinated attack like this against a number of substations," Wellinghoff said Thursday. "This [shooting] event shows there are people out there capable of such an attack."
Several things about this attack really stick out for me.

1.) Why was this attack not publicized?

2.) Who did it.

3.) Are you ready if this went down?

After reading William R. Forstchen's One Second After...this kind of thing makes my ass itch. EMP or direct attack, if the power grid failed, the USA would go back to the stone ages.

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