Electric Substation – flickr creative commons

Nearly everything now in our home and businesses and health care facilities and just about everything, even if you have gas to cook and heat, uses electricity. So when I came across this article in Foreign Policy online, it gave me pause to say the least.   That unknown some small group performed a “Military Style Raid”on an electric substation.

Around 1:00 AM on April 16, at least one individual (possibly two) entered two different manholes at the PG&E Metcalf power substation, southeast of San Jose, and cut fiber cables in the area around the substation. That knocked out some local 911 services, landline service to the substation, and cell phone service in the area, a senior U.S. intelligence official told Foreign Policy. The intruder(s) then fired more than 100 rounds from what two officials described as a high-powered rifle at several transformers in the facility. Ten transformers were damaged in one area of the facility, and three transformer banks — or groups of transformers — were hit in another, according to a PG&E spokesman.

Think about this for a moment. A couple of people were able to disable an electric substation and it will take a couple of months to bring it back online. No cyber attacks. No fancy gadgets or explosives. Just some big rifles and knowing what to hit and when.

I would say most here remember the black outs that hit the North East in 1965 and the one in 2003 as well as the NYC blackout of 1977. All of which took very little to bring about. Now can you imagine what would happen if a determined group were to hit strategic points at the same time?

Most of these are not guarded at all and apparently close access is not required. I know in Florida that most are out in the open. Even the major ones.

If anyone wanted to bring this country to a halt, they could.  And NSA spying on ones emails would not stop them.