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.

Months after the attack, Federal officials are finally admitting that a team of snipers destroyed 17 transformers at a California power plant in what was described as:
The most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred“.

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From The Truth Wins:

The sniper team destroyed 17 transformers and did so much damage that the power station was shut down for a month.  And it only took them 19 minutes of shooting to do it.  Of course most Americans have absolutely no idea that this ever happened, because they get their news from the mainstream media.  The chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at that time says that this was “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred”, and yet you won’t hear about it on the big news networks.  They are too busy covering the latest breaking news on the Justin Bieber scandal.

And maybe it is good thing that most people don’t know about this.  The truth is that we are a nation that is absolutely teeming with “soft targets”, and if people realized how vulnerable we truly are they might start freaking out.

If you have not heard about the attack on the Silicon Valley substation yet, you should look into it.  The following is an excerpt from a Business Insider article about the sniper assault…

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.

Evidence found at the scene included “more than 100 fingerprint-free shell casings“, and little piles of rocks “that appeared to have been left by an advance scout to tell the attackers where to get the best shots.”

So much damage was done to the substation that it was closed down for a month.

And what happens if they decide to attack a nuclear power facility next time and use even bigger weapons?

Could we have another Fukushima on our hands?

In a previous article, I discussed a very disturbing report that showed that our nuclear facilities are indeed extremely vulnerable

Commercial and research nuclear facilities across the U.S. are inadequately protected against the threat of terrorism, according to the results of new study released this week by the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project (NPPP) at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. The two biggest terror threats facing these facilities, according to the report, are the theft of bomb grade nuclear materials and sabotage attacks aimed at causing a nuclear reactor meltdown.

The study, entitled “Protecting U.S. Nuclear Facilities from Terrorist Attack: Re-assessing the Current ‘Design Basis Threat’ Approach,” found not one of the 104 commercial nuclear reactors in the U.S. is protected against a “maximum credible terrorist attack,” such as 9/11. In fact, nuclear facilities are not required to protect themselves against airplane attacks, assaults by large teams of terrorists or even high-power sniper rifles.

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The truth is that we are far, far more vulnerable to terror attacks than most Americans would dare to imagine.

So why isn’t the federal government doing more to protect us?

Well, the reality is that their resources are already stretched pretty thin and they can’t even protect their own computers.  According to another report that was recently released, breaches of government computer networks go undetected 40 percent of the time

A new report by Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) details widespread cybersecurity breaches in the federal government, despite billions in spending to secure the nation’s most sensitive information.

The report, released on Tuesday, found that approximately 40 percent of breaches go undetected, and highlighted “serious vulnerabilities in the government’s efforts to protect its own civilian computers and networks.”

“In the past few years, we have seen significant breaches in cybersecurity which could affect critical U.S. infrastructure,” the report said. “Data on the nation’s weakest dams, including those which could kill Americans if they failed, were stolen by a malicious intruder. Nuclear plants’ confidential cybersecurity plans have been left unprotected. Blueprints for the technology undergirding the New York Stock Exchange were exposed to hackers.”

Are you starting to get the picture?

We are not nearly as “secure” as we like to think that we are.

In recent months, we have seen that our private financial information is not even secure at the largest retailers in the entire country.  By now you have probably already heard about the horrifying security breach that happened at Target during the holiday season

The holiday shopping season breach affected up to 110 million customers, including 40 million credit and debit cards and up to 70 million customers’ personal information.

The discount retailer discovered the breach in mid-December, notified customers several days later, and launched an investigation with the help of a private security firm and law enforcement.

And experts tell us that because credit card companies are cutting corners by using outdated technology that is less expensive that these kinds of credit card hacks will continue to happen all over the country.

So what are you going to do when you wake up some day and none of your credit cards or debit cards will work because the entire system has been compromised by hackers?

What are you going to do when you wake up some day and you have no power for an extended period of time because a team of terrorists has destroyed the entire power grid in your area?

What are you going to do when you wake up some day and a wave of nuclear radiation is heading your way because terrorists have attacked a nuclear power facility close to where you live?

We are an extremely vulnerable nation that literally has thousands of big, fat juicy “soft targets” that could be attacked at any moment.

We have been very fortunate to live during an era when we have generally been safe from such attacks, but the world is rapidly changing before our very eyes.

So let us hope for the best, but let us also prepare for the worst.

 

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  1. The potential false flag nature of this attack should concern any thinking person. 
    This is the ultimately in low tech assymatical warfare. 
    308 sniper rifle                   $1,500
    Nikon Scope                       $  400
    200 rounds FMJ green tips   $ 350
    Ghillie suit                          $  75
     
    Results?    you cannot even begin to calculate the damage.  This is very bad.

    • LOL, you could do it for ~$2500 
      That is with de-Luxe hardware, but any plain old high powered hunting round (FMJ) could do it.
      Still a dirt cheap way to disrupt the power distribution. Ba$tard$  :(

    • Actually…
      308 sniper rifle (used)        $500
      Cheap scope                     $250
      200 rounds FMJ                 $200
      Ghillie suit (home made)    free

    • Now multiply that by 50 people at all the major substations with transformers that have no spare available… some of those take 2 years to build

    • @DanDaley
       
      Evidence?  They don’t need no steenking evidence!  To merely proclaim it is sufficient!  The US Gov knows who the “terrorists” are.  They sometimes publish a list in newspaper articles.  These would be the people who have more than a week’s worth of food in the house at any one time, who own guns and ammo, who may have served in the US military, who buy precious metals, who attend gun shows, who state that they do not trust the government, or those who have ever seen a psychiatrist or a counselor for any reason.  Their whole reasoning pattern is similar to that of the USSR, wherein political opponents were often branded as “insane”, put into asylums, and given various psychotropic drugs for months and even years at a time, often without any kind of a trial, even a trumped up one in which the verdict comes BEFORE any evidence is presented.  This is what happens when lefto-communists are elected to high office, not only in this country but in any other country as well.  These “people” have a great deal to answer for and justice will one day be done upon them. 
       

  2. I’ve worked in two nuclear power plants. You can’t cause any significant damage with a rifle. 99% of the equipment is inside buildings or underground. The chance of causing a meltdown with a rifle is close to 0.0000000001%. You could certainly shoot the transformers (as these guys did), or maybe the power lines. That would shut down the plant for a couple days until they brought in the spares. I suspect the power companies will simply build walls around transformers and substations. Sniper vs transformer game over.
    I’m not sure why someone would attack a substation. Some people may lose power for a little while, but usually power can easily be routed around through the grid. It costs the power company some money (which is just passed on to the customers with higher bills).

  3. I always wonder why did this doesn’t happen every day, all over the world. I live with a modest glass facade skyscraper in sight. How cool would it be to shoot out some windows and form a symbol or word? One could do it through a barely opened window and the police would be searching a vast area for clues, if at all. Of course I’d do it at night to have no people injured from flying glass. And pick a side of the building that has the glass fall on a roof.
    Committing destruction is so utterly cheap and easy, and it barely ever happen. We get some hooligans taking it out on purposely build bus stops. But nothing creative. If I were destructively inclined, my city would be a war zone of semi-humorous theatrical vandalism. The world lucked out that I’m a boring goody dogooder.
    Oh, is that a drone spraying shunk bizz on the ultra-VIP visiting? Yup. And it self-destructs it’s receiver, then flies solo a pre-determined route to crash into deep and busy waterways.
    Oh, did a flock of drones just lay a carpet smoke message? Did a rifle take out all those tires of the big shot bankster? 
    Now everywhere police cars have 4 flats at a time, someone plays super cheap stingers onder the tires, to blow the tires when the cars moves.

    Because terrorism is so freakin’ easy, and simply rarely happens, I believe terrorists do not exist. If they exist, they are the least of our worries, because they suck at what they do. People on anti-depressents are whom to worry for and about. And olks like the Norwegian nut who had the patience to make a big operation out of it, by his lonesome.
    Muslim terrorists? If they’d existed, 911 would have been just the start. We’d be getting it HARD. Either the extremist sentiments exist mostly inside CIA sponsored training camps, or muslims just don’t roll that way. I think both. I supposedly a few untrained men wih boxcutters can time 911 on the way of zero east coast defence, anyone with an enemy should be scared sh!t. 
    Seems terrorists are too lazy to do what they do. Or like me, are on the good side. Don’t want to make a mess, or cause harm. 
    I say terrorists don’t exist. And don’t show me a blown up car from a suicide bomb. We don’t believe bankster suicides, but we do believe people blowing themselves up for, for…?! You’ll need to make a good case to convince it’s not war prisoners that needed to be gotten rid of, AND used to confirm the cause it worthy fighting for/against. Families of the deceased are always shocked, and never come to think of suining the local aggressor for war crimes. The world is messed up, but if angry muslims were into suicide bombings, my neighbourhood would be a moonscape. All I get is young illiterate kids in big german cars screeching their tires. But which town doesn’t have that?

    I wonder what these snipers were up to, and whether it was more than one guy to begin with. I they wanted to make the news, they are not done with their mission. Perhaps it was the local electrical engineering contractor? :-)

    • LOL @XC-skater
      Any electrician worth his code book could figure out where to hit a transformer for maximum damage. 
      Even just piercing the tanks would drain all the coolant oil, but that is prolly on an alarm and circuit breaker. 
      The right ammo with the right size gun could get 1 shot 1 “kill” even… IDK, I never researched it, actually!

    • The common belief in the U$$A is that there are a lot more things that go unreported, and many many more “thwarted” attempts. But your scenario makes the most sense LOL!!!
       
      Just crazy enough to be TRUE!

    • Cheers RGR.
      Sure lazy. So much sh!t going on. Millions of brothers and sisters slaughtered in the middle east, and what do they do…pretend to be friendly citizen. Year, after year, after year… Please bomb something out west, break the suspense, it’s killing me! Seriously, they don’t exist or are rubbish. And considering how awesomely bright or example Iranian people are, who are dealing with a lot, and are spread all over the world…darn lazy terrorists.

      Or what about taking it out on gas trucks. Easiest moving target ever. Messy though. But would make life interesting in a SHTF scenario. However, never anyone who sees the fun or use in that. Less all the soft targets pass by unharmed. What’s wrong with evil on this planet? They will steal your bank account, but won’t bomb your train anymore? Millions or “terrorists” being thought against in the middle east, and not an act of terror to be found in the west. Must be those brilliant cops in the streets fending of the imminent danger. Or the NSA reading the tweets of the bombers as they decide where to hit and when. 
      But on 911 in NYC a lot of people didn’t show up or work. Insane low body count or what happened. There was plenty of intelligence there, just kept under wraps. It’s not all cleverness though, because how many high rise workers have bought parachutes since? If there ever was a simple affordable way to reduce your on the job risk multifold… Buy a few spares to sell at the opportune time. You’re a Wall Street banker. Go long parachutes.

      OK, rant out.

    • This is what happens when a station is not switched properly, now imagine a transformer opening up out of sequence, then have it happen at 50 or more major substations all at the same time. Cascade failure comes to mind, look it up, last time we had one a large part of the east coast went down for a long time
       

    • LOL @ Skunk Bizz on a V.I.P.  :D
       
      @MaryB
      They would all do that in the event the inert gas quench fails. (draw an arc)
      I suspect the power companies have changed the disconnect protocols after that big northeast blackout. 
      Not to say it can’t happen again, but that one was due to not isolating the tripped-out area. 

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