by John Galt
February 5, 2014 20:40 ET
The Wall Street Journal conducted an in-depth investigation into a series of sniper attacks on a PG&E substation in the San Jose, California region which has all of the hallmarks of a professional operation, yet for some reason this act of domestic terrorism has been kept in the shadows by both the Federal Government and mainstream media until this morning’s print edition of the WSJ:
What was the alarming take from the story? This excerpt provides a clue:
Within half an hour, snipers opened fire on a nearby electrical substation. Shooting for 19 minutes, they surgically knocked out 17 giant transformers that funnel power to Silicon Valley. A minute before a police car arrived, the shooters disappeared into the night.
To avoid a blackout, electric-grid officials rerouted power around the site and asked power plants in Silicon Valley to produce more electricity. But it took utility workers 27 days to make repairs and bring the substation back to life.
Nobody has been arrested or charged in the attack at PG&E Corp.’s Metcalf transmission substation. It is an incident of which few Americans are aware. But one former federal regulator is calling it a terrorist act that, if it were widely replicated across the country, could take down the U.S. electric grid and black out much of the country.
The attack was “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred” in the U.S., said Jon Wellinghoff, who was chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the time.
Excuse me? This wasn’t the big story last I recall when it began around 1 a.m. on April 16, 2013 but of course it does not favor the current regime’s theme that the “war on terror” has been won and is over.
The government management website, Nextgov.com also had some alarming conclusions in their coverage of this story:
Various power-grid facilities are vandalized or damaged regularly, but the details of this particular attack are startling.
Before the attackers opened fire on the transformers, fiber optic lines running nearby were cut.
Whoever executed the maneuver knew where to shoot the transformers. They aimed at the oil-cooling systems, causing them to leak oil and eventually overheat. By the time that happened, the attackers were long gone.
Wellinghoff toured the site with Navy Seals, according to the Journal, and they were convinced that it was a professional job. Several people in the Journal story join Wellinghoff in talking up the physical (not cyber) threats to the grid’s stability.
This story, along with the current economic instability raises the specter of a non-Islamist coordinated attack on the power grid which could easily be used as a false flag operation to pin the blame on “Tea Party” or radical “Patriot movements” and thus impose Federalized martial law in regions of the country which are not in lockstep with the administration’s future plans for our country.
On operation of this scale and scope would not require a massive amount of planning, could be coordinated and executed by various PSC’s (Private Security Contractors) working for DHS or another Federal agency reporting directly to the President. The response would be immediate as those insiders who need to know to initiate the emergency responses via the military and FEMA. Economically it would be cheap to repair after the initial financial market fallout while politically it would force the Republicans to directly turn against the Tea Party movement just based on the mainstream media and administration’s accusations be they valid or not.
Tread lightly my friends as I fear we are about to enter into some dark ages in the near future for the good old USA.