Where Did Those Snipers Attacking The Power Grid Come From If They Weren’t Terrorists?

Bet you never heard about this one… a group of snipers shot up a California power station, knocking it out of commission for a month. It was, without question (given the facts here) a pretty professional job.

From Business Insider:

This is scary.

The Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Smith reports that a former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman is acknowledging for the first time that a group of snipers shot up a Silicon Valley substation for 19 minutes last year, knocking out 17 transformers before slipping away into the night.


A blackout was avoided thanks to quick-thinking utility workers, who rerouted power around the site and asked power plants in Silicon Valley to produce more electricity. But the substation was knocked out for a month.

The FBI says it doesn’t believe a terrorist organization caused the attack but that it continues to investigate the incident.

Smith and colleague Tom McGinty assembled a detailed chronology of the attack that includes some amazing details, including more than 100 fingerprint-free shell casings similar to ones used by AK-47s that were found at the site and small piles of rocks that appeared to have been left by an advance scout to tell the attackers where to get the best shots.

Interesting that our own government ordered a ton of this caliber of ammo last year–even though we don’t use that size for any of our military applications. But… hey… to make any connection in that regard, I’d need to get to Wal-Mart for a lot more tinfoil.

Here’s more from the New York Post:

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.

“This is the most sophisticated and extensive attack that’s ever occurred on the grid to my knowledge,” Wellinghoff told The Associated Press. Similar statements were published on Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal.

FBI spokesman Peter Lee said Wednesday that at this point “we don’t believe it’s an act of terror, international or domestic.”

A friend commented to me, “Nothing to see here.” Yeah. Especially when the lights go out.