In 19 Minutes, A Team Of Snipers Destroyed 17 Transformers At A Power Station In California

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When a real terrorist attack happens, sometimes we don’t hear about it until months afterward (if we ever hear about it at all).  For example, did you know that a team of snipers shot up a power station in California?  The terrorists destroyed 17 transformers and did so much damage that the power station was shut down for a month.  And it only took them 19 minutes of shooting to do it.  Of course most Americans have absolutely no idea that this ever happened, because they get their news from the mainstream media.  The chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at that time says that this was “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred”, and yet you won’t hear about it on the big news networks.  They are too busy covering the latest breaking news on the Justin Bieber scandal.

And maybe it is good thing that most people don’t know about this.  The truth is that we are a nation that is absolutely teeming with “soft targets”, and if people realized how vulnerable we truly are they might start freaking out.

If you have not heard about the attack on the Silicon Valley substation yet, you should look into it.  The following is an excerpt from a Business Insider article about the sniper assault…

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.

The attack was “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred” in the U.S., Jon Wellinghoff, who was chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the time, told Smith.

Evidence found at the scene included “more than 100 fingerprint-free shell casings“, and little piles of rocks “that appeared to have been left by an advance scout to tell the attackers where to get the best shots.”

So much damage was done to the substation that it was closed down for a month.

And what happens if they decide to attack a nuclear power facility next time and use even bigger weapons?

Could we have another Fukushima on our hands?

In a previous article, I discussed a very disturbing report that showed that our nuclear facilities are indeed extremely vulnerable

Commercial and research nuclear facilities across the U.S. are inadequately protected against the threat of terrorism, according to the results of new study released this week by the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project (NPPP) at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. The two biggest terror threats facing these facilities, according to the report, are the theft of bomb grade nuclear materials and sabotage attacks aimed at causing a nuclear reactor meltdown.

The study, entitled “Protecting U.S. Nuclear Facilities from Terrorist Attack: Re-assessing the Current ‘Design Basis Threat’ Approach,” found not one of the 104 commercial nuclear reactors in the U.S. is protected against a “maximum credible terrorist attack,” such as 9/11. In fact, nuclear facilities are not required to protect themselves against airplane attacks, assaults by large teams of terrorists or even high-power sniper rifles.

The truth is that we are far, far more vulnerable to terror attacks than most Americans would dare to imagine.

So why isn’t the federal government doing more to protect us?

Well, the reality is that their resources are already stretched pretty thin and they can’t even protect their own computers.  According to another report that was recently released, breaches of government computer networks go undetected 40 percent of the time

A new report by Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) details widespread cybersecurity breaches in the federal government, despite billions in spending to secure the nation’s most sensitive information.

The report, released on Tuesday, found that approximately 40 percent of breaches go undetected, and highlighted “serious vulnerabilities in the government’s efforts to protect its own civilian computers and networks.”

“In the past few years, we have seen significant breaches in cybersecurity which could affect critical U.S. infrastructure,” the report said. “Data on the nation’s weakest dams, including those which could kill Americans if they failed, were stolen by a malicious intruder. Nuclear plants’ confidential cybersecurity plans have been left unprotected. Blueprints for the technology undergirding the New York Stock Exchange were exposed to hackers.”

Are you starting to get the picture?

We are not nearly as “secure” as we like to think that we are.

In recent months, we have seen that our private financial information is not even secure at the largest retailers in the entire country.  By now you have probably already heard about the horrifying security breach that happened at Target during the holiday season

The holiday shopping season breach affected up to 110 million customers, including 40 million credit and debit cards and up to 70 million customers’ personal information.

The discount retailer discovered the breach in mid-December, notified customers several days later, and launched an investigation with the help of a private security firm and law enforcement.

And experts tell us that because credit card companies are cutting corners by using outdated technology that is less expensive that these kinds of credit card hacks will continue to happen all over the country.

So what are you going to do when you wake up some day and none of your credit cards or debit cards will work because the entire system has been compromised by hackers?

What are you going to do when you wake up some day and you have no power for an extended period of time because a team of terrorists has destroyed the entire power grid in your area?

What are you going to do when you wake up some day and a wave of nuclear radiation is heading your way because terrorists have attacked a nuclear power facility close to where you live?

We are an extremely vulnerable nation that literally has thousands of big, fat juicy “soft targets” that could be attacked at any moment.

We have been very fortunate to live during an era when we have generally been safe from such attacks, but the world is rapidly changing before our very eyes.

So let us hope for the best, but let us also prepare for the worst.

About the author: Michael T. Snyder is a former Washington D.C. attorney who now publishes The Truth. His new thriller entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on

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  • K

    Nuclear reactors do have a security force assigned to them. Though I do not think much of their capabilities. The simple fact is, what companies are willing to pay for security personnel is a joke. For that price you get Wackenhut. As to the substations, most could be made much more secure by putting a solid wall around them. It is pretty east to shoot through chainlink. But nothing will change. This Country is past the point, where anyone has the will to change anything.

    • Gino Schafer

      And you cannot steal “bomb grade nuclear materials” from a nuclear plant. Because there isn’t any! The author lost all credibility with that idiotic uninformed statement.

      Could snipers damage the plant? Of course but not enough to cause a melt down. Besides, at the plant I live near they have armed security. Lots of it. And the Sheriff dept. also patrols the perimeter of the plant 24/7. So no sniper is going to get off more than a few shots.

      • K

        Actually there may, or may not be bomb grade materials at nuclear plants. It all has to do with whether or not the plant is using mox rods. I know as of 2011 several plants were considering going to them. Been out of the loop too long, to know for sure if they did or not.

        • Gino Schafer

          Light water reactors do not use MOX. On top of that, the terrorists would need to steal brand new fuel rod assemblies and extract chemically the plutonium. Highly unlikely to happen.

    • Urbane_Gorilla

      This is just the most recent infiltration of our nuclear facilities :

      82-Year-Old Nun Breaks Into Nuclear Facility, Contractors Blamed @slashdot

  • Sounds like something that would happen on the Hunger Games.

  • Craven Moorehead

    and lets not forget about how many arabs have been caught in and around our water reservoirs this year alone. obamas own brother has been linked directly to the muslim brotherhood, our own president has sent billions in aid to TERRORISTS IN SYRIA. EGYPTIANS HAVE FLAT OUT SAID OBAMA IS A TERRORIST.

    when are americans gonna wake up?

    • laura m.

      They ain’t…I’m ten years into retirement and there are many stuck in stupid older people. Me and a few friends have no other friends outside of family. Choose friends wisely in these times. Join nothing (civic clubs, political groups, etc) stay out of crowds and gatherings, stay low key. All political activity is in vain, useless. Many worked in vain for decades trying to inform. Americans won’t wake up because you can’t fix stupid. Several ladies went to a senior center, others went to vet org. and tried to warn…it’s like talking to a box of rocks..

    • Hammerstrike


      Arabe practicing diving?

  • Truth Shall Set You Free

    You nailed it Golden Chick. The psychopaths in power ran this op and the author thinks the perps should do more to protect us!

    • El Pollo de Oro

      When Gerald Celente describes the people running the BRA government as “psychopaths and sociopaths,” it is an accurate description.

      “The banksters are going to take our bank accounts here in the United States. That’s
      what Homeland Security is for. That’s what the drones and checkpoints are for.”—Alex Jones

  • overit

    guess it just handed some officious twit an excuse to fly drones all over such areas?
    and Taxpayers fund it in higher charges?

  • Illini nWarrior

    Not mentioned is that in conjunction with this sniper attack they also entered a major underground telephone connection center and cut all the lines … disabled important 911 capabilities thru out the area ….

    Just a happen stance or coordinated? … but these CA attacks happened at the same time as the Boston Bombings ….

  • Jeffrey Missal

    And by “team” they mean two men: a spotter and an shooter.

  • DJohn1

    Security is always behind an aggressive enemy.
    That has been true throughout history. The best that they can do is follow the trail after the facts.
    The best systems are expensive. It is the triangle system where one guard constantly keeps touch with two others in the guarding system. Usually both of the other guards are unseen by the public. Our military does not use this system very often.
    Yes, the power network is very vulnerable to attack.
    Where I live the power lines are buried underground. But the substation in the neighboring town is not. So that is where the power usually goes down. We have a slight priority because of the Pharmacy around the corner with a lot of drugs that have to be kept cool. So the Power Companies address our problem first, not because of us but because of money being lost by a drug store.
    The problem is modern weapons are far more sophisticated than they were when these power stations were built.
    What we cannot afford to do is what needs to be done. The entire network of power stations need to be put underground where they are safe from casual attack and they can be defended against violent weather attacks.
    This comes with its own set of expenses. Anything underground is vulnerable to water seeping in and destroying the transformers if it is not attended to.
    You can bet money on diesel-style generators safely set up far from the home. Why Diesel? Well Diesels can be set up to use any number of different fuels depending on what is available. The problem is they need temperature control where ever you put them and that is expensive. We are experiencing a lot of near zero and below zero weather this year.
    No one is really safe from this kind of attack. So let all the foreigners come in through our Mexican border, , , makes sense to me. That is a hole in our security that is tough to contain.
    Any serious attempt at security has to address the issue of where they are entering the country and how they get here.
    President Obama is part of the problem, not part of the answer. Unfortunately his policies of letting anyone in through the Southern borders is questionable at best. If I were in the Congress, I think serious hearings on that issue would be in order. I think the issue is security not immigration.
    But the number one target of terrorists is likely to be the Congress and the White House. Followed closely by the Pentagon. So I can only conclude that they know something about protecting themselves that I do not.
    Are they all in one place at one time? As a person that was trained by the U.S. Military years ago that would be my worst nightmare in keeping them safe.
    Or are they safely secured under a mountain somewhere?
    The Patriot Act does not really do much to keep foreigners from coming in here and shooting up the place. The letter agencies cannot even stop it. They act we react. That is the bottom line.
    The worst nightmare of all these terrorists is a well armed and trained population willing and able to shoot back. And that is what Switzerland has done with their small population. Very few terrorists are willing to attack Switzerland. Even in World War II, Germany put out feelers to see what would happen. The answer was their population might have to shoot two bullets instead of one. Switzerland has a very well prepared population willing and able to shoot back.
    What we have to do is contain the nut cases and quit letting them run around loose. Even with good containment someone, somewhere will find access to weapons and go off. That is tragic. I say we need to go after the doctors that let them run around loose.
    The one reason we may remain free is that people in general become survivalists. That they are able to survive without a central structure. But that is going to be expensive.

  • Steven Boyde

    Wow. Fear monger much? Anyone with a brain and a desire to wreak havoc will always find a way. I for one am not in favor of more security if it means the government creating more restrictions to our liberty. The patriot act is the result of wanting more security and is the single most UNpatriotic act in US history. No sir, the cost is too high. Close the borders, deport illegals, revoke visas for people from countries which terrorists usually are citizens of… Then repeal the patriot act, dismantle the DHS, bring our brave troops home and mind our own business.

    • Icarus

      You mean kind of like what North Korea has been doing for the past few decades?


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  • Clem

    I thought the NSA spying on everyone stops this.

  • VB

    “The truth is that we are far, far more vulnerable to terror attacks than most Americans would dare to imagine.

    So why isn’t the federal government doing more to protect us?”

    Because the federal government is the REASON WHY the terrorists are here. Terrorism against the U.S. is due to our meddling in the affairs of other nations. Leave the mid-east alone, and watch the terrorism vanish like a fart in the breeze.

    • Hammerstrike

      “Beware of entangling alliances.”

  • Hammerstrike

    Good thing if a large number of people decide to oppose them.

  • Hammerstrike

    They would hate to see more extensive resistance, they will be hard-pressed to deal with actual threats, too many vets have been treated like garbage,

    So far, most people are shmegs who are against fascism, blindly believe in non-violence, dependence and rule of law.
    They have been supplied with a multitude of false idols to prevent them from tearing down this corrupt system.

    Thankfully, they will become less numerous, that is natural selection at work.

  • J.J.

    Terrorism or vandalism? Everything is now terrorism to attempt to justify the taking away of more and more individual rights. The caliber of the weapon or weapons is not divulged, but as a rule snipers don’t leave a footprint. When I was a kid, this probably would’ve been wrote off as vandalism, barring any overwhelming evidence. Forty years and a corporate takeover, and a huge loss of individual rights later, everything is terrorism, until proven otherwise, to protect the right to have no rights.

  • Strathmore

    That’s quite the fear mongering article. It could have been kids, motorcycle gangs, gangsters, unhappy former employees, customers with overdue bills, etc… Anyone could get the weapon to shoot up some transformers. Just saying it’s snipers and terrorists just gives the government power to trump up insane charges against someone probably real pissed about his high bill or being fired. I call shenanigans against the author for this article or even making it up.

  • Ted

    Maybe they were showing us how to do it when marshal law is declared and gun confiscation begins.

    Anything goes at that point.