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Shock the system? Electrical grid, comms attacked near San Jose

Written By: Bob - Apr• 16•13

Many have tried to warn authorities of the fragility of of the electric grid’s substations including Herschel Smith and myself. Now someone in California seems to have taken it upon themselves to prove the theory, and then some:

California energy officials urged people in the South Bay to cut back on power use Tuesday after a PG&E substation was damaged by vandals overnight.

The California Independent System Operator issued a Flex Alert for Tuesday, asking Santa Clara County and Silicon Valley utility customers to cut down their electricity use until midnight, including by lowering lighting, turning off thermostats and powering down unnecessary appliances.

Vandals appeared to have shot up a bank of transformers at a PG&E transmission center just southeast of San Jose, a PG&E spokesman said. Crews were working to clean up an oil spill caused by bullet holes.

Could it have been vandals? That is a possibility. But this doesn’t seem like the kind of behavior I’d expect from random thugs, shooting over or through a fence. Instead, the facility’s perimeter fencing was breached and then key transformers apparently came under fire from inside the facility. The “vandals” also hit a secondary target:

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department said there was a breach of the security fence at approximately 3:25 a.m., and five transformers at the substation were vandalized by the gunfire.

Meanwhile, AT&T has now also blamed a large telephone outage in southern Santa Clara County Tuesday morning on vandalism.

Cell phones and landlines were said to be impacted by apparent damage to a fiber optic line. That line, which runs relatively close to PG&E’s substation, was believed to have been cut.

A few bullets at a substation from beyond the wire is what I would consider vandalism. This was an attack on the electric grid and key communications lines, apparently by the same person or persons, and they seem to have gotten away clean.

The video at the link says the FBI is investigating.

I bet.

If the people who carried out this first attack replicate their successful attacks—perhaps during a hot spell when the electrical grid are already under load with little or no reserve, and hit multiple targets—then they could bring a city or region to its knees, threatening civility itself.

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  1. NY OEF vet says:

    Agreed you wouldnt risk breaching the perimeter to just be a prick. This was planned and executed by people with a agenda.

  2. john says:

    I can’t say i’m surprised, considering the prevailing “fuck our constituents, we’ll do what WE want” attitude coming out of DC. I can, however, unequivocally state, I do NOT believe the domestic terror theories being floated in the mainstream media, concerning the Boston bombing. The people KNOW who their enemies are and it ain’t civilians.

    • NY OEF vet says:

      Would you belive it was domestic if it was done by the extream left in a attempt to blame the right. Food for thought.

      • pdxr13 says:

        Look at the level of technical ability in the planning and execution of various attacks on the USA.

        Bombing the Boston Marathon required 1 person, who had been to an AQ Afghan (or wherever) training camp for a few months. No American with military or commercial explosives training would consider doing such a thing, nor in such a way (inept, ineffective, physically and politically bad in several ways).

        I don’t have the details of the fiber cutting or transformer puncturing, but it sounds like someone or a small group who is partly functional on a tactical (movement, and disabling protection functions of the electrical design) basis but strategically inept. I would like the FBI handler embedded in their cel to round them up for capture now that they are suitable for a lifetime of thumb-twiddling in secure federal housing.

        Disagree with the left v. right. The situation is at least as complex as Bracken’s CW2 Cube, with additional dimensions affecting the very basics of food-water-shelter-security of the people.

        Plan B for places that fail is FEMA body bags inside a ring-fence around the affected area. Rather than support the current situation, local collapse/die-off will open a new frontier.

        Plan to save yourself and yours.


      • john says:

        NY, You need to re-read my statement, I said I do not “believe” the domestic terror THEORIES being floated by our mainstream media. “extreme” or not. The left are cowards so, No, I don’t believe they could’ve mustered the courage to do anything this heinous either. Now, our government, that’s a different story. I put NOTHING beyond them. All I’m sure of is this. I don’t give a flyin fuck who it was, I want them dead and I will NOT be surrendering any of my rights as punishment for the actions of others. Period. We’ve done nothing but “compromise” with the left and all it’s gained us is continued villification, more erosion of our liberty and a worse off nation.

  3. Matt says:

    Why cut through the fence? It’s a lot less work to punch a hole from 200 yards away and makes for an easier escape.

    This smells like some kind of setup to me.

  4. louielouie says:

    The video at the link says the FBI is investigating.

    the lead investigator exercises prior to taking on the task.

  5. parker says:

    We will soon realize we are all Israelis now. There are plenty of small scale attacks, conducted simultaneously that could bring down our economic system, anemic as it is, with low cost and no more than 20 active terrorists acting in unison.

  6. Cole says:

    West coast makes my mind leap to environmental terrorists. Homes and businesses burned. Radio towers torn down. Dams busted. Wild fires started. I’m sure the FBI will spend their time investigating local tea parties though. Your tax dollars hard at work.

  7. Chris Watson says:

    someone is practicing

  8. Junk Science Skeptic says:

    Bob, you can lead ’em to water, but you can’t make ’em think.

  9. Scott B says:

    10k gallons leaked out through bullet holes, before the utility could respond? I’d bet the transformer protection scheme was disabled, hence the need to breach the fence.
    Definitely a deliberate attack, possibly of the false flag variety.
    Bob and Hershel, be ready for ‘questioning’ – kill the messenger and all that.

  10. Fu#kObama says:

    Just as the coddling of pigslamists within Imam Obama’s regime has caused the trail of the Boston bombers to go cold, the refusal of the regime to secure the border and stop the mass migration of who know who into our system is planned and orchestrated by those willing to destroy our nation, specifically America’s socialists and leftists.

    We will be at war within our borders before the end of the year, that way the 2014 election can be supended, marshall law instituted and the Stalinesque purges can begin.

    Imam Obama and his ilk are behind the chaos knowing full well that Sheeple will bend to their dictatorship just to stop the violence, if you know history, it is repeating itself with Imam Obama.

    Liberty will be something that was just a memory that the old people (those who are not purged)remember.

  11. Hank says:

    The patriot wants the people on his side. Attacking public infrastructure is not the way to get people on your side.
    This required research (locating where fiber optics run and manholes to access) and planning. But a false flag wouldn’t need a dry run.

  12. Bill says:

    Pretty damn bad timing if it was someone trying to warn the feds to back off.

    It’s just going to be used as another part of all the incidents of the last few days.

  13. George B says:

    The real problem is that these substation transformers are not make in large quantity and they are increasingly made overseas, not here, and require long lead times to order replacements. One doesn’t need to take out many of these to reduce our inventory of spares.

    There is another issue going on, though. There is currently a labor dispute with AT&T and the Communications Workers of America and there is some spillover to the IBEW.

    There is a tentative agreement now that is set to be voted on by the rank and file:

    It was AT&T cables that were cut. There has also been some “chafing” between AT&T and the IBEW:

    So this might be union thugs.

  14. George B says:

    Also, this isn’t the first time AT&T cables have been targeted in Silicon Valley during labor disputes with AT&T:,2817,2344762,00.asp

  15. Jean says:

    Entering a substation in the dark requires some confidence in your target, as does knowing which fiber bundles to cut (or even which doors to open to get to the fiber). Look inside first.

  16. sven gahle says:

    holy crap – do whorehouse harry’s people need to steal another election now?? maybe just a trial run?

  17. Max Entropy says:

    Fremont police parked a couple of empty police cars next to a substation near to the SJ substation hit.
    I feel so much safer.
    Expect to see CMU walls being built soon.