As reported by The Wall Street Journal this week, we are informed of an alarming attack that took place last April on an electric power station near San Jose, California. Coincidentally, as I reported back in November in an article labeled The Power Grid A Knockout Blow and Gridex II, our country held a drill labeled Gridex II, that simulated a knockout blow to our nations power grid. When I wrote about Gridex II I found it odd that our country would hold such a simulation that exposed how vulnerable our power grid would be to a domestic terrorist attack.
Now, with the news released by the WSJ, I know exactly why we wanted to test our nations power grid. It wasn’t to simulate a “what if” scenario, Gridex II was a direct response to a domestic terrorist dry run that took place in California and went seemingly unnoticed by literally every single news media outlet.
According to the WSJ report, “the attack began just before 1 am on April 16th, when someone slipped into an underground vault and cut the telephone cables. Within half an hour, snipers opened fire on an electrical substation, shooting for 19 minutes, they surgically knocked out 17 transformers that funnel power to Silicon Valley”. Luckily, electric-grid officials were able to re-rout power around the site as other power plants in Silicon Valley were forced to produce more electricity to avoid a full blown blackout.
What exactly happened at PG&E Corp.’s Metcalf transmission substation, according to Mark Johnson a PJ&E Executive, was a “dress rehearsal” for future attacks. This is what is known as a dry run and according to Jon Wellinghoff — chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission it was “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred” in the U.S.
The sheer scale of what this means is absolutely astonishing. The power grid is essential for the supply chain for everyday necessities and if it was attacked, on a larger scale then what happened in April, it would blackout vast areas of the continent for weeks. This would essentially interrupt supplies of:
- Diesel Fuel
- Fresh food
It would also shutdown basically all communications (internet and phone) and put our nation back into the Dark ages. Stop reading this for a second and think about this, where would you stand if essentially all forms of communication were cut off? Who would you go to for basic necessities of food and water and worse, what if an emergency happened and you or your family needed direct medical attention?
As their are currently no arrests, no suspects and no leads to whom could have attacked the substation, this should scare the hell out of the ordinary American citizen. This was a terrorist attack orchestrated in military fashion to deliberately test our responses.
We are left with more question’s than answers and this does not bode well for our future. This was a test..this time. But In this case those who have already demonstrated their ability to attack the United States from within are free. They now know exactly how to expose us in a way that would cripple our country.