Snipers take out US grid network – stuff of good fiction?

Just when we thought it was safe to go back into our shells, muttering, “There ain’t no conspiracy, it’s flights of fancy,” comes this:

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, last April, in the middle of the night, snipers opened fire for almost 20 minutes on a substation next to a freeway south of San Jose, California, and knocked out seventeen transformers that direct power around Silicon Valley. They also cut the nearby telephone cables. It took a month to fix all the damage — the attackers are still unknown.

The former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Jon Wellinghoff — who now works for the law firm Stoel Rives — has been trying to bring attention to the incident because he thinks it could have been a dress rehearsal for a larger coordinated attack on the U.S. power grid. Shortly after the event occurred, Wellinghoff — who was still FERC Chairman at the time — took a group from the U.S. Navy’s Dahlgren Surface Warfare Center in Virginia (which trains Navy SEALs) to investigate the scene and they determined it was a professional job.

Wellinghoff thinks that a larger coordinated attack could be so detrimental that it could lead to widespread blackouts across the U.S. Not everyone agrees with him, though, and othersquoted in the Wall Street Journal article think the grid is more resilient.

Perhaps that’s what they were trying to determine in an exercise – whether it was or not, just for information, you understand. I place this alongside that PC over here who smashed that pensioner’s car window to determine whether any wrongdoing had been done.

Understandable behaviour really.

In which insanity is dropping down like faeces from above.

[H/T haiku]


4 responses to “Snipers take out US grid network – stuff of good fiction?

  1. Most probably frustrated hunters. Over here they shoot up the road signes in the US they need a larger target.

  2. More probably just hooligans. My mate did the same thing in miniature about 30 years ago, he broke an insulator on an electric pylon with an air rifle pellet and caused a power cut. No conspiracy, just stupidity.

  3. The two can go hand in hand.

  4. Union dispute. Altogether bad shooting as well, from what I have read.