The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward after the third in a series of power grid attacks in Arkansas left 10,000 residents without power over the weekend.
The attacks began back in September:
In the early morning hours of September 29, 2013, officials with Entergy Arkansas reported a fire at its Keo substation located on Arkansas Highway 165 between Scott and England in Lonoke County. Fortunately, there were no injuries and no reported power outages. Investigation has determined that the fire, which consumed the control house at the substation, was intentionally set. The person or persons responsible for this incident inscribed a message on a metal control panel outside the substation which reads, ‘YOU SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED U.S.’ (source)
These attacks are especially troubling considering their timing ahead of a massive joint power grid drill scheduled for next month to include the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
The GridEx II grid security exercise set for November 13-14 will involve FBI antiterrorism units, National Guard, thousands of utility workers and business executives, as well as government officials from all three nations to simulate widespread grid takedown scenarios.
More troubling is a sudden talking point shift to the vulnerability of the U.S. power grid by multiple government officials, including outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who recently issued an ‘open letter’ to her successor warning that a cyber or physical event that takes out the power grid will occur — stating that it is not a question of “if” but “when”.
Napolitano is not the only one talking about how a grid attack will forever alter life as we know it, as SHTF Plan recently reported:
We are only one act of madness away from a social cataclysm unlike anything our country has ever known. – Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), Senior Member House Armed Service Committee
EMP is one of the small number of threats that could hold at risk the continued existence of U.S. civil society. – Dr. Robert Hermann, Commissioner US Congress EMP Commission
Just one violent active region on the sun can cause continent-wide, perhaps even planetary-scale impacts to our critical infrastructure. – John Kappenman, Principal Investigator US Congress EMP Commission
The likelihood of a severe geo-magnetic event capable of crippling our electric grid is 100%. – Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Senior Member House Homeland Security Committee
If the power grid were to be taken out, it would throw this country into total chaos. Unlike in the times of the Great Depression, when people farmed their own land and grew food gardens, somewhere between 96-98% of the nation is dependent on the other 2-4% for their food. Many people do not keep more than a few days worth of food and water on hand, and survival and preparedness skills aren’t exactly taught in schools these days.