Sabotage: High-powered rifle used in attack on California power substation — Same perpetrators blamed for cutting AT&T fiberoptic cables — Objective was “shutting down the system” — FBI now leading investigation (VIDEO)

Published: April 16th, 2013 at 10:54 pm ET


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Reuters, 9:55p ET: A Silicon Valley power substation was damaged after rifle shots were fired at it early on Tuesday morning, leading the California grid operator to call for electricity conservation. […] Investigators later determined a high-powered rifle had been used […] About a quarter of an hour before the shots, someone cut fiber optic cables belonging to AT&T, located about a half-mile from the power station and due to the close timing and proximity, investigators believe the incidents are linked, he added. […]

CBS San Francisco, 9:13p ET: Vandalism At San Jose PG&E Substation Called ‘Sabotage’ […] In apparent acts of “sabotage” in the South Bay early Tuesday, someone cut fiber optic cables, knocking out some 911 service, and then fired a rifle at a PG&E substation, Santa Clara County’s sheriff said. The vandal’s objective appears to have been “shutting down the system,” Sheriff Laurie Smith said at a news conference at the substation Tuesday afternoon. “We don’t have a suspect,” she said. “It seems like the same perpetrator or perpetrators to me.” […] The underground cables, protected by manhole covers, were cut shortly before 1:30 a.m. in two locations along Monterey Highway, Smith said. […]

CBS Reporter: “The FBI is now leading the investigation”

Watch the CBS broadcast here

Published: April 16th, 2013 at 10:54 pm ET


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31 comments to Sabotage: High-powered rifle used in attack on California power substation — Same perpetrators blamed for cutting AT&T fiberoptic cables — Objective was “shutting down the system” — FBI now leading investigation (VIDEO)

  • Proton

    Cut the fiber optic cable… causing alarm. Then 15 minutes later shoot up a nearby PG&E sub-station?

    Why would the vandals bring attention to the area(half-mile away), wait 15 minutes then shoot the transformers? Were they on foot? How many rounds were fired? What caliber rifle? Shell casings? Tire tracks? How many different lines of fire on the equipment?

    The FBI is heading an investigation that they can not even approach due to haz-mat clean-up… sorry but haz-mat guys do not handle evidence very well…

    FBI needs to be in there with the haz-mat team before the scene gets comprimised


      depending on what type oil's being used to dissipate/transfer heat withing these transformer assemblies, until they're otherwise sure it's not PCB-based, they have to treat the exposed environment with kid gloves. There's no need to unduly expose others to danger.

      Along with any-other charges for damaging this equipment and putting lives at risks, I also hope the culprits are charged with environmental crimes…

  • lickerface lickerface

    I've always believed that utilities are the biggest target. Even scarier is mass poisoning via water supply. Many people still do not use Reverse Osmosis on their city water, but almost everyone still showers in it. Carbon activated charcoal plus water softening is the maximum extent most filter their house water. I've been thinking about investing in a whole house RO system… yeah… even for showering. Might as well make it filter out radionuclides too.

    When it comes to electricity, I used to think we could survive without it, but then I think about how rough it would be to lose internet sales income. Alternative ways of obtaining energy must be explored and implemented right away. Energy companies are not going to hold our hands through a transition.

    Who will pay for the damages to grid stations when a bullet causes a leak or transformer failure? Will your bill continue to increase? This could become a money making opportunity for PG&E and others. Fees for security , gov fees for compliance with security protocols, fees for insuring against vandalism…

    • redwing redwing

      Yes, it's amazing that this sort of attack took this long to occur. The whole grid is just right out there, waiting to be picked off little by little. Such attacks are low risk to those performing them since it's all so spread out; you can't possibly guard or even monitor it all… just think about the power lines and how vulnerable they are… and not just to weapons, there was a story awhile back about how a city went dark because of some mylar balloons that got caught up in one of those big high-voltage transmission lines. A kid's toy and it takes out a whole power station. Are we going to ban balloons too now?

      So here comes an all new vicious cycle to further possibility-proof the future: these attacks prove to be successful, which proves to spawn further attacks, which too prove to be successful. The government response will be to use the attacks to justify aggregating still more power unto themselves, which then too inspires further attacks because it is rightfully seen as another step into/past tyranny, which in the end will consume more innocent life than all terrorist attacks/mass shootings combined TIMES TEN THOUSAND.

      This gets way, way worse before we have any hope of seeing it get better.

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    BULLET holes riddle a power station, high power rifle intends to shut down system. Dont you see, its so obvious! Guns and terrorists are the threat to shutting down your system. Terrorist cells could be anywhere…..even HERE on ENEnews. Fortunately we have HOME sweet home security and FEMA. I think we should go after the people who bought up all those bullets….lets see, who are they again?


      good to see you get it CodeShutdown…

    • lickerface lickerface

      …and… guns (at least "high powered" ones) are to be linked to terrorist cells in the same way bombs were in Boston. They're really trying to make guns look guilty.

  • pcjensen

    just, well, get off the grid. 🙂 community pooling of resources to set up localized/decentralized systems.. be creative. Welcome to the future.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Atucha Nuclear Reactor Taken Over By Terrorists; via A Green Road

    Why All Nuclear Power Plants Must Be Shut Down

    this is amateur hour stuff… if terrorists were smart and determined, they could take down a whole country in about a day and put it back into the Stone Age.. see above.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    The grid and a massive centralized energy production center (especially nuclear) is the Achilles heel and weak underbelly of our modern industrialized society.

    If anything ever happens to that, we are toast.

    No need for war… without electricity, we are goners.

  • ftlt

    Meanwhile, it was those dirty commie environmentalists terrorists again

    Here is a burp from a decent commie website — These guys are not environmentalists normally.. (they are economists by and large)

    Must be that Helen Caldicot sp is Canadian and they are waking up…

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Dr. Helen Caldicott is Australian.

      • ftlt

        Thanks Anne, My error… She was recently living there wasn't she???… I know, she was speaking of leaving N America shortly after FUKU went off…

        If I had thought about her accent, I would have remembered that is Ozzie by birth..

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Environmentalists are not communist. Have you ever considered the environment in China and Russia, etc…..?


        thank you anne for putting them straight. Central planning doesn't equate with being harmonious with nature…

      • ftlt

        I was teasing Anne… I'm a non aligned socialist and proud of it..

        How do you think or why did I visit that site…

        In the past, the GR site writers were deniers of most climate and environmental issues… They have come round a long way in the past 10 years there…

        The gulf spill really got them on their way over to seeing what is happening with pollution, the climate and the environment as anti people issues everywhere

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    What self-respecting environmentalist would do such a thing?
    To what end..?

    I don't believe..the environmentalists..would do such a thing.
    There is no urge to win badly..
    BECAUSE..we are going to win..ANYWAY.
    Even if..we 'default' the people see more evidence of the damage incurring from the accident at Fukushima.'s a wait till we see to believe it type world..
    And a great sorrow/ it is also almost blind.

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      What true anti-nuclear activist..would purposefully want do disable a nuclear plant..when ALL under stand the implications/complications of a nuclear meltdown?
      The whole point..of the anti-nuclear to end the dangers…not create them.

  • irhologram

    Something is being orchestrated. From CNN:
    An envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol’s off-site mail facility in Washington, congressional and law enforcement sources tell CNN.
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was told the letter was addressed to the office of Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi. After the envelope tested positive in a first routine test, it was retested two more times, each time coming up positive, the law enforcement source said. The package was then sent to a Maryland lab for further testing.
    Senators were briefed on the matter Tuesday evening and told the congressional post offices would be temporarily shut down.
    “It was caught in the screening facility. That’s why we have an off-site screening facility for mail,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri.
    Further in the article, ricin is linked to “suspect extremists:”
    It can be produced easily and cheaply, and authorities in several countries have investigated links between suspect extremists and ricin. But experts say it is more effective on individuals than as a weapon of mass destruction.
    According to the CDC, the inhalation of ricin can cause cough and respiratory distress and can lead to “pulmonary edema, respiratory failure, and multi-system organ dysfunction.”
    Ricin was also the poison used in 1978 to assassinate Georgi Markov, Bulgarian author and dissident writer.

    • ftlt

      irhologram: There is real violent unrest in this country. Sadly, mostly on the fascist right.

      What occurred was the far right was nurtured ,encouraged and used by the centrist GOP as their demographic base shrank and the Demo's moved right of center under the neoliberals/globalists see Slick Willy Clinton (funny that is what centrist GOPers are too).

      The far right has it has own political energy and momentum now… It has achieved critical mass so to speak It is like now Europe in the 1920s in many ways…

      The far right here has little connection to the environmental movement. Outside of certain small elements within the defuse/disorganized libertarian movement.

      Disinterest would not mean much regarding targeting energy and communication as societal disruption targets if they felt the need … And certainly, we know their more radical elements have attacked the public numerous times in the past 2 decades. Atlanta Oklahoma City and on and on

      That said, there is a tradition on the radical (left) environmental side for direct action as well.

      Often misguided, destructive and adventurous = They are mislabeled "Anarchists"… They may even embrace the name themselves. But, they lack any cohesive theory or common structure/organization at this time… However, they as small groups are certainly capable of violent direct action.. Again, proven in the recent past.

      Sadly, we are headed for a violent period here. That is becoming very clear now.

      • irhologram

        Actually there was an overwhelming sulfer.smell just after the explosion as reported by many witnesses, including Coach Stevenson. What caused the sewer to blow up? There seems to be a nationwide epidemic of this type of explosion,,,the fire flash and color of smoke fits…the leg I juries fit, and the upward, not out ward trajectory fits. How it was ignited is another question.

  • Huge transformers are highly vulnerable to solar superstorms.

    The Carrington Event in 1859 and the 1921 Storm if they happened today would being down power grids worldwide in the case of the first and half of them worldwide in the event of the second.

    See It is becoming possible to prevent the worst and decentralize power by turning future cars into power plants when parked, using breakthrough technology that will make that a practical alternative.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "FBI now leading investigation"
    From an article concerning the Boston Marathon Bombing
    " Just a coincidence? Maybe. But since all of the biggest “terror attacks” in recent US history, including the two World Trade Center bombings and the Oklahoma City bombing, have been inside jobs, and since most of the “terror plots” discovered in the US since 9/11 have been created by the FBI, we have every right to be suspicious."

    “False-flag” meme goes mainstream with Boston Marathon bombing
    April 17 2013.

    The way this usaully there is something even more devious going on in the background.
    This is a distraction from what?

    One thing it is distracting the fact that a new report done by the Constitution Project has come out..concerning the US involvement in torture after 9/11.

    Here it is.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS..The link to the quote above..

    From the report…
    "Task Force members generally understand that those officials whose decisions and actions may have contributed to charges of abuse, with harmful consequences for the United States' standing in the world, undertook those measures as their best efforts to protect their fellow citizens.

    Task Force members also believe, however, that those good intentions did not relieve them of their obligations to comply with existing treaties and laws. The need to respect legal and moral codes designed to maintain minimum standards of human rights is especially great in times of crisis.

    It is encouraging to note that when misguided policies were implemented in an excess of zeal or emotion, there was sometimes a cadre of officials who raised their voices in dissent, however unavailing those efforts."

    Victims of U.S. Torture Respond to the New Terror-Detainee Report
    April 17 2013