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Former Federal Energy Official Says April Attack On San Jose PG&E Substation Was Terrorism
CBS News SF Bay Area ^ | 5 February 2014 | CBS

Posted on 02/05/2014 4:51:28 PM PST by rfreedom4u

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The former head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission believes the attack on a PG&E substation in South San Jose last spring was not an act of vandalism, but instead a terrorist attack. In April of last year, someone shot numerous rounds that damaged equipment at the Metcalf Road substation and also severed underground fiber optic cables nearby. In an interview Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal, former FERC chief Jon Wellinghoff called the attack ”the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred.” Wellinghoff told the newspaper he’s going public with his concerns because he believes national security is at risk and that thousands of electrical utility sites are poorly protected.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: California; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: actofwar; alqaeda; california; domesticterrorism; electric; ferq; infrastructure; metcalf; metcalfroad; pge; pgesubstation; sanjose; terrorattack; terrorism; wellinghoff
This attack happened in April of last year. Why did we not hear about it?
1 posted on 02/05/2014 4:51:28 PM PST by rfreedom4u
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To: rfreedom4u

There was a thread here a few months ago.


2 posted on 02/05/2014 4:54:19 PM PST by fso301
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To: rfreedom4u

I heard about it and may have posted on it here on Free Republic

that we havent heard about the conclusion before now is BIT troublesome given how easy it was for many of us to determined what happened

vandals dont often strike at various types of targets at the same location..

doing so indicates this wasnt random hooliganism

severing fiber optic cables is SORT of indicative of real serious planning...


3 posted on 02/05/2014 4:55:16 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: rfreedom4u
I think you should ask yourself, why did you not hear about it?
4 posted on 02/05/2014 4:56:21 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: rfreedom4u

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3008542/posts


5 posted on 02/05/2014 5:00:07 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: rfreedom4u
I heard about this on the radio on my way home this evening. The story at the link doesn't say, but what I heard on the radio was that there appeared to have been markers in the substation for the shooter or shooters to aim at.

Inside job? Disgruntled employee? Whatever the answer, it does not bode well for us and I also wonder why it didn't come out when it happened.



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

6 posted on 02/05/2014 5:00:48 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: rfreedom4u

More likely union thugs IMO. Earlier thread here

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3119588/posts


7 posted on 02/05/2014 5:01:34 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: rfreedom4u

Could be the beginning of the new Obama false flag. You’ll
know when they start calling J-walking a “domestic”
terrorist attack.


8 posted on 02/05/2014 5:02:05 PM PST by Slambat
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To: ConorMacNessa

Why didn’t the story come out when it happened? It was for the same reason that the 0bama administration blamed deaths of four Americans in Benghazi on a video. It was an election year.


9 posted on 02/05/2014 5:07:50 PM PST by forgotten man
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To: forgotten man

The story states he is the former head. Could be he could not speak out about this earlier.


10 posted on 02/05/2014 5:14:13 PM PST by Guardian Sebastian (Mother of God, pray for us and our country.)
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To: rfreedom4u

Probe? ... Much like the first Twin Towers single explosion?


11 posted on 02/05/2014 5:16:48 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: forgotten man
I thought it was April, 2013.



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

12 posted on 02/05/2014 5:19:24 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Slambat
Or when the guy who walks across your back yard every other month says he needs to come into your house to grope your junk.

Nuthin' going on here that Federalizing/Unionizing a few thousand meter readers can't solve.

13 posted on 02/05/2014 5:28:55 PM PST by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: FredZarguna

yep, they (the power company) are advertising to do just that do in this neck of the woods.


14 posted on 02/05/2014 5:38:55 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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kind of like three steps ... two under the door.


15 posted on 02/05/2014 5:40:27 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: 1rudeboy

Surprised that it does not happen more often and in particular areas. They don’t want you to know how easy it would be to isolate a certain area.


16 posted on 02/05/2014 5:44:56 PM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: fso301

I remember that thread... The whole thing was just completely poo posed and that was the only place I heard anything at all about it.


17 posted on 02/05/2014 5:47:35 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: rfreedom4u

Just was I was thinking/


18 posted on 02/05/2014 5:54:58 PM PST by funfan
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To: rfreedom4u
This attack happened in April of last year. Why did we not hear about it?

I heard about it, as did many Freepers. The MSM called it simple vandalism.

The real question is, "Why is the MSM picking it up NOW?"

BTW: The Wall Street Journal has an excellent article on this today. The rest of the media coverage may be because of the Wall Street Journal article. Which still begs the question, WHY REPORT IT NOW?

19 posted on 02/05/2014 5:56:15 PM PST by EternalHope (Be ready.)
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To: EternalHope

“WHY REPORT IT NOW?”

Because new details were just released today.


20 posted on 02/05/2014 6:12:13 PM PST by Rage cat
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To: rfreedom4u

There was a Freeper who reported this long ago. I was wondering why is was not mainstream. Now is makes even more sense. How slow the wheels of “progress” roll.


21 posted on 02/05/2014 6:24:30 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: rfreedom4u

More arrests expected over planned terrorist attack

http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2004/s1094096.htm

Note the date: Broadcast: 24/04/2004

“MAXINE MCKEW: Two arrests in the space of two weeks, but more are expected over plans for a major terrorist attack in Australia.

Yesterday, a Sydney man was arrested and charged with planning an attack on Australia’s national electricity grid.

The arrests are part of an alleged terrorist cell, based at Lakemba in Sydney’s south-west.

John Stewart reports.”


22 posted on 02/05/2014 7:01:43 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: rfreedom4u

Another “old” one, still relevant, from 2002.

Cyber-Attacks by Al Qaeda Feared

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/12/AR2006061200711.html

” A forensic summary of the investigation, prepared in the Defense Department, said the bureau found “multiple casings of sites” nationwide. Routed through telecommunications switches in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Pakistan, the visitors studied emergency telephone systems, electrical generation and transmission, water storage and distribution, nuclear power plants and gas facilities.

Some of the probes suggested planning for a conventional attack, U.S. officials said. But others homed in on a class of digital devices that allow remote control of services such as fire dispatch and of equipment such as pipelines. More information about those devices — and how to program them — turned up on al Qaeda computers seized this year, according to law enforcement and national security officials. “


23 posted on 02/05/2014 7:05:22 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: rfreedom4u

Multiple snipers spent 20 minutes taking out 17 transformers. They fired at the oil tanks in the cooling systems, draining them of fluid and causing them to burn out.

The media called it vandalism. And the public was soothed.

So much for that “Never Forget” song and dance.


24 posted on 02/05/2014 8:38:07 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (If you don't stand up, you don't stand a chance.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

That business about the cables is unsettling. Some reports (such as USA Today referencing CBS News indicate the fiber optic cables were “severed underground”. Possibly this is just bad reporting, but it would seem to me that even with some sort of above ground marking, if those cables were buried a couple feet down, severing them with rifle fire would be fairly difficult, especially if the shooters were not at a fairly steep angle above the cables. Am I wrong? Or maybe the cables were hit just as they went underground?

As far as the larger picture goes, this Jon Wellinghoff is a lib weenie enviro-whacko lawywer, and even HE sees the threat. I’ll bet neither Obambi nor any of his top advisers have ever experienced as an ordinary citizen a prolonged (weeks) power outage in a large area where most heating is electric, and temps are dropping to near zero or colder at night.

Of course, who wants to bother with effectively protecting America, when there is so much change to yet accomplish?


25 posted on 02/05/2014 10:39:19 PM PST by Paul R. (We are in a break in an Ice Age. A brief break at that...)
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To: Paul R.

I’m not positive, but I believe it happened around the time of CWA union negotiations. It would not have been the first time workers sabotaged telecom lines. They like to do it before a walkout, leaving the temp workers to clean up the mess. So vandalism is assumed first. The area hit is hardly in the heart of Silicon Valley, it’s at the very south end of San Jose. Mostly residential and open space.


26 posted on 02/06/2014 1:58:44 AM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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CBS - SF BAY AREA: San Jose, Calif. - "FORMER FEDERAL ENERGY OFFICIAL SAYS APRIL ATTACK ON SAN JOSE PG&E SUBSTATION WAS TERRORISM" (February 5, 2014, 12:10 pm) (Read More...)

CBS - SF BAY AREA: San Jose, Calif. - "VANDALISM AT SAN JOSE PG&E SUBSTATION CALLED 'SABOTAGE'" (April 16, 2013) (Read More...)

THE BLAZE.com: "WAS MYSTERIOUS ATTACK ON CALIF. POWER STATION A 'DRESS REHEARSAL' FOR MUCH LARGER ASSAULT ON U.S. ELECTRICAL GRID?" by Dave Urbanski (SNIPPET: "Although the fact that the still-unsolved attack on a power station near San Jose occurred just a handful of hours after the Boston Marathon bombing -- and apparently raised a few eyebrows initially -- its ride in the public eye has been decidedly under the radar to date.") (December 28, 2013) (Read More...)
FOREIGN POLICY - The Complex: "'MILITARY-STYLE' RAID ON CALIFORNIA POWER STATION SPOOKS U.S." by Shane Harris (December 27, 2013) (Read More...)

MERCURY NEWS: "SAN JOSE: SHERIFF'S OFFICE RELEASE VIDEO OF ATTACK ON PG&E SUBSTATION" by Robert Salonga (SNIPPET: "AT&T is offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Anyone with information for the Sheriff's Office can contact investigators at 408-808-4431.") (June 4, 2013) (Read More...)

27 posted on 02/06/2014 4:49:24 AM PST by Cindy
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To: rfreedom4u
Because the WH clown informed all his loyal subjects that the WAR ON TERROR was over - Osama was dead and Al-Qaeda was decimated. The media took that as an indication there will be no more news on terrorism in the USA. Very simple explanation.
28 posted on 02/06/2014 6:36:34 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Paul R.

The so called powers that be dont seem in the least interested in the “fate” of we the people.

This attack seems like it was only yesterday. I pray that there wont be any further such attacks in our future.


29 posted on 02/06/2014 7:04:46 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: rfreedom4u
This attack happened in April of last year. Why did we not hear about it?

“...what difference, at this point, does it make”

Regime talking point

30 posted on 02/06/2014 7:11:09 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

“This attack seems like it was only yesterday. I pray that there wont be any further such attacks in our future.”

I would not bet the farm on it. Somebody is going to put the grid down. Whether its through hacking or blowing up transformers its going to happen. I would not put it past the govt to put the grid down if they really need an excuse to declare martial law. We are currently putting together an alternative electrical system for our mountain place. I don’t think going back to 1832 ovenight is for me. :-)


31 posted on 02/06/2014 7:19:46 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Paul R.

The cables run underground, and the cable vaults are underground. The terrorists didn’t sever the cables by shooting them, but by lifting the manhole cover and getting into the vault and severing them there, underground.


32 posted on 02/06/2014 8:07:52 AM PST by livius
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To: livius

Recently there have been a few explosions in Manhattan in regards to the man hole covers.


33 posted on 02/06/2014 8:26:06 AM PST by angcat
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To: rfreedom4u

Real terrorism is never hyped in the Corporate Media. There are many, many bombings and other terrorist acts a year in the US, usually committed by envirowackos, that never make the national news. The government and the Corporate Media only hype events that they can use for social engineering and population control purposes.


34 posted on 02/06/2014 8:26:46 AM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: angcat

That’s true. I realize that manhole covers have been blowing off in NYC practically since the dawn of electricity, but it’s true that there have been a rash of big explosions. And now that communications cables go through there too, this is potentially much more destructive than before.


35 posted on 02/06/2014 8:33:51 AM PST by livius
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To: rfreedom4u

There is literally no way to protect every single electrical substation in the US from some yahoo shooting up the equipment and driving off.


36 posted on 02/06/2014 9:29:46 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: rfreedom4u

“This attack happened in April of last year. Why did we not hear about it?”

For the same reason Ft. Hood was “workplace violence.”

Makes Obama’s muslim buddies look bad.


37 posted on 02/06/2014 9:55:40 AM PST by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: jiggyboy

—”More likely union thugs IMO”

And that’s not “domestic terrorism?”

They called Timothy McVeigh a domestic terrorist didn’t they?


38 posted on 02/06/2014 11:15:44 AM PST by AlanGreenSpam (Obama: The First 'American IDOL' President - sponsored by Chicago NeoCom Thugs)
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To: rfreedom4u

It was basically buried last spring, like the knockouts of innocents by black thugs.

It is being brought up now by the retired fellow.

The Gay Frisco local Fox channel 2 has had some good follow ups this past week on the story.

Videos this week showed leaks of fuel from where the storage tanks were shot. It probably was a fairly powerful rifle and at lease a semi auto.


39 posted on 02/06/2014 11:16:09 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare is a Trinity of Lies! Obamaganda is failing 24/7/365! ObamaCare will fail 24/7/365!)
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To: AlanGreenSpam

I won’t put up much of an argument, except that the union thugs are in it for the money, not for any “higher” purpose.


40 posted on 02/06/2014 11:27:24 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: rfreedom4u

They’re reviewing seven years of his taxes as we speak.


41 posted on 02/06/2014 3:56:11 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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