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April power grid attack was act of terror
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http://news.msn.com/us/ex-official-april...=ansnews11 Looks like the FBI has some explaining to do. Ex-official: April power grid attack was act of terror
4 days ago By Martha Mendoza of Associated Press

Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, says an April attack on Silicon Valley's power grid was an act of terror.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff said Wednesday an April attack on Silicon Valley's phone lines and power grid was terrorism — despite repeated FBI statements that it had found no indications to back that up.

Wellinghoff, who was in office during the incident, said he reached his conclusion after consulting with Defense Department experts about the attack that involved snipping AT&T fiber-optic lines to knock out phone and 911 service, and firing shots into a PG&E substation, causing outages.
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And you have to wonder if an incident like that was planned as a follow up to a statement like this... (Notice the date)

Rifle-Toting Terrorists Pose Great Threat to Power Grid

Quote:Nov 20, 2012 4:12 PM ET

An attack on the power grid by terrorists -- even ones armed with relatively simple weapons -- is among the greatest threats to the reliability of the nation’s power system, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said.

“There are ways that a very few number of actors with very rudimentary equipment could take down large portions of our grid,” FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said today at a Bloomberg Government breakfast in Washington. “I don’t think we have the level of physical security we need.”

The security of the power-network components such as transformers “is an equal if not greater issue” than cybersecurity, Wellinghoff said.

Quote:“A coordinated physical attack is a very, very unsettling thing to me,” Wellinghoff said.

Transformers, which alter the voltage of electricity, are often custom built for utilities and can take 18 to 36 months to make, according to Wellinghoff. They are also inadequately protected, often surrounded only by chain-link fences, he said.

An attacker “could get 200 yards away with a .22 rifle and take the whole thing out,” Wellinghoff said. For a “couple hundred bucks” a utility could install metal sheeting to block the view of transformers, he said. “If you can’t see through the fence, you can’t figure out where to shoot anymore.”
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pinhead1979;134474 Wrote:And you have to wonder if an incident like that was planned as a follow up to a statement like this... (Notice the date)

Rifle-Toting Terrorists Pose Great Threat to Power Grid

Quote:Nov 20, 2012 4:12 PM ET

An attack on the power grid by terrorists -- even ones armed with relatively simple weapons -- is among the greatest threats to the reliability of the nation’s power system, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said.

“There are ways that a very few number of actors with very rudimentary equipment could take down large portions of our grid,” FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said today at a Bloomberg Government breakfast in Washington. “I don’t think we have the level of physical security we need.”

The security of the power-network components such as transformers “is an equal if not greater issue” than cybersecurity, Wellinghoff said.

Quote:“A coordinated physical attack is a very, very unsettling thing to me,” Wellinghoff said.

Transformers, which alter the voltage of electricity, are often custom built for utilities and can take 18 to 36 months to make, according to Wellinghoff. They are also inadequately protected, often surrounded only by chain-link fences, he said.

An attacker “could get 200 yards away with a .22 rifle and take the whole thing out,” Wellinghoff said. For a “couple hundred bucks” a utility could install metal sheeting to block the view of transformers, he said. “If you can’t see through the fence, you can’t figure out where to shoot anymore.”
I fully understand his concern BUT 200 yards with a 22? I dont think so.
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Thank God it wasn't some dumb ass teenagers.Dodgy
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Soooo, how about lightning strikes...are they now acts of terror?


Damn you Zeus!
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P89;134505 Wrote:Soooo, how about lightning strikes...are they now acts of terror?


Damn you Zeus!

Eggings...surely acts of terror.
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You know, I'm always glad when I hear about these things. I've paid attention to this story in particular. The evil Fox News covered this story, and the total media blackout surrounding it. Amazing that no one would fess up to this, given the clear directive for transparency coming from the executive branch.

In fact, I am certain of a conspiracy to keep this quiet... specifically to deflate the idea of the impact in order to dissuade similar attacks. Good thing we spent so much money on the TSA and Homeland Security.

Where was the fucking NSA? Too busy watching Americans who look at internet porn to give a shit, obviously.
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