Letter to the Editor

Protect our grid

San Luis ObispoMay 5, 2014 

On April 15, 2013, a bombing at the Boston Marathon resulted in 260 wounded and three dead.

However, the very next day, April 16, 2013, there was another terrorist attack on American soil that was virtually ignored by the media. The event showed an extremely well planned and executed military-style armed attack on an electrical substation in San Jose. This substation supplies power to Silicon Valley.

This attack was carried out in the middle of the night. The attackers first disabled the security systems by cutting the fiber optic lines. They then started shooting the transformers and cooling systems with high powered rifles. The attack lasted almost an hour, but by the time police arrived , the attackers disappeared without any trace. The bullet casings had no fingerprints or markings. The repairs took months.

The San Jose attack may have been a test run for destroying our basic vital infrastructure. We must protect our power grid against localized terrorist attacks. We must also protect our nation against a catastrophic electromagnetic pulse attack of an atmospheric nuclear explosion that would destroy electrical wiring, plants and systems. The protections range from proper fencing to ballistic missile defense system. Evil will exist.

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