Imagine what life would be like if our current electrical infrastructure were destroyed.
Last week, thanks to the Wall Street Journal, the American public was informed about an extraordinary attack that took place last April near San Jose. Several snipers, their identities apparently still unknown, performed a highly disciplined and damaging assault on a major electricity substation, knocking out 17 giant transformers that provide power to Silicon Valley and its environs.
If these terrorist saboteurs had had more time to continue their attack, they could have caused a blackout lasting anywhere for months to possibly even years in a region hosting one of the most critical sectors of the American economy.
This was an attack of military sabotage that required extensive knowledge and training. It targeted one of the most strategically important yet extraordinarily vulnerable installations in our nation’s critical infrastructure.
The vulnerability of the 2,000 such transformers that are the central nodes of America’s electrical grid have been well-known to our homeland security establishment for a long time but, thus far, nothing has been done about it.
POLISH CLUB ONLINE, 2014.02.20