Post by David Kaye Post by Thad Floryan
NO NEWSPAPER WEBSITE AT ALL discussed the damage to the transformer
banks by 100+ of military artillery rounds puncturing the oil tanks
used for cooling. That was a deliberate attack on PG&E infrastructure
Only the fiber cuts made the news [....]
Or it could be that the authorities asked the news media to embargo the
story in order to do a better investigation. If the perps don't know how
much the authorities know it's usually easier for them to slip up the next
time. Let's say that the media went balls-out into the story and reported
that a certain type of artillery was used, etc. This tells the perps that
the authorities have been tracking down the source of the ammo, and if they
attack again, they'd switch to another source so as to go undetected. Now,
let's say the perps don't know how much the police know about the ammo. It
would be more likely that they'd use the sam ammo again, perhaps contact the
same supplier, etc., and thus they'd be easier to track the next time.
Criminals tend to do the same crime again if they think they got away with
it. Maybe they don't get caught the first time, but it's more and more
likely they'll be caught in a subsequent crime because they'll accidentally
keep leaving more and more clues if they think nobody was paying attention.
If they were "normal" meth-/crack-taking criminals or burglars, I'd agree 100%.
The problem is, the group apparently hasn't been found yet after almost a year
and they apparently left no incriminating evidence except for, perhaps, only
the expended military cartridge brass due to the time to find and collect it all;
you can rest assured there were no fingerprints on the brass. :-)
The perps were clearly pros as the article I cited suggested: first take out
the fiber to "kill" local internet, 911 calls, and more, then take out PG&E's
transformers cutting power to other facilities including sewer plant(s).
There is good indication it was a planned terrorist attack; a "normal"group of
criminals are unlikely to have 100+ rounds of military firepower to puncture the
oil tanks (for cooling) just for the "fun" of it -- the racket must have been
extremely loud given the underground bunker(s); it's arguable this could have
been just a simple training exercise for future upcoming event(s). Who knows?
Just think what would happen if all the high power lines crossing the Bay are
destroyed either by terrorist detonations or an earthquake -- there would be no
power for a long time due to the need to locate (or have to build) and erect new
towers and anchor them in the Bay and run the new power lines across the Bay --
I'd give it 4+ weeks of no power with the related damage that causes: think about
spoiled food, medicines needing refrigeration deteriorating, no power to operate
a home furnace's fan(s) during the Winter months, and more.
One study I read back in the 1970s by an engineer from Bechtel Corp. clearly
stated that terrorists would have their demands met if they controlled (or
disabled) a region's sewer facility(ies) due to the rapid spread of disease and
a rise in the rat population. That's not a nice picture and that was NOT a joke,
it was serious thinking about real potential problems before they occur.