reply to post by FreeWillAnomaly
Putting a security guard on the substation wouldn't stop a high powered rifle shooting from a half mile away. You can't encase the transformers in
concrete and steel and still maintain them besides the cost and time to do it would be crazy. Where does the money come from? Just print some more?
It is a mess and your suggestion doesn't begin to solve it. AND, even if you did how about the 7,000+ power plants each with between 3 and 12 main
transformers? Same thing? What about the 200,000 miles of HV transmission lines? Post a guard say every mile? Ok lets say that you double the
price of our electricity in the US and protect it a little better. They then just go after another one of a million soft targets. Only solution that
comes close to working is to find the terrorist before they attack.
Well, duh, if you can! That is ideal, obviously.
However, it has to be expected that you will not find all terrorists before they attack (and I am by no means saying these guys were terrorists, they
did minimal damage - a rich guy's daughter's birthday party on a yacht with some famous rapper performing costs more than this did).
Look, to be honest, our nation has a problem with providing actual security. We think we can stop things before they happen, and if that doesn't work
we will make arrests later. Well that mentality is stupid and gets people killed every year. Sorry if I am not sympathetic about some people losing U
verse for a day.
Yeah, you could encase the transformers for a price most likely. Really, when it comes to things like this - if it is a low-value target like this
one, increased surveillance combined with a faster reaction time would work for making the arrest. Imagine if a drone had been around to track the
suspects until they could be apprehended or killed if necessary.
For high value targets - you better damn well pay for that security, because there is no way to catch EVERY potential terrorist before they strike. At
least not that I know of.
I'm not really worried about it anyways. Our security agencies have done a freaking outstanding job at preventing human casualties post-911. Don't
care about U verse. People complain all they want, but I have yet to hear of an unjust prosecution or detention of a US citizen at least stateside.
Think about it - this was the largest "domestic terrorist attack on the power grid in the US" and all that happened was some people lost power for
less time than the last major snow storm in MI and some people lost U verse for a day. That is not terrorism. That is just funny.
I am more worried about your every day murder and all the school shootings than terrorism at this point. Our nation needs to be more pro active with
security. No more before and after mentality. Stop it WHEN it happens too.
ETA: Oh, and your half-mile radius is probably not relevant to most
edit on 5-2-2014 by FreeWillAnomaly because: (no reason given)