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The U.S. could suffer a coast-to-coast blackout if saboteurs knocked out just nine of the country's 55,000 electric-transmission substations on a scorching summer day, according to a previously unreported federal analysis.
The attack started when at least one person entered an underground vault to cut telephone cables, then attackers fired more than 100 shots, causing millions in damage. Workers were able to avert a blackout but it took them 27 days to repair the damage. No arrests have been made in the case.
A memo prepared at the commission for Wellinghoff before he briefed senior officials last year said "the entire United States grid would be down for at least 18 months, probably longer" if attackers knocked out just nine substations.
the three regional electric systems—the West, the East and Texas—have limited interconnections, limiting their ability to assist each other in the event of an emergency, The Journal reported.
Executives at several utility companies told the newspaper they are boosting security at their facilities. Virginia-based Dominion Resources Inc., said it planned to spend $300 million to $500 million within seven years to improve security capabilities.
the FBI didn't think it was terrorist related..
Hmm, you'll think with all the money they rake in....
I really freaking hate it when ATS allows two or more threads on one topic.
It makes people miss things. It makes you forget where you typed what and read what.
I think it's part of the divide and conquer strategy.
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And as for that, do you really think TPTB actually care about whether or not the entire nation goes without power? You better believe they will have their means of maintaining what they need. The rest of us are just so much collateral damage.