New ISIS Threat: GRID JIHAD

PALO ALTO, CA -JULY 12: Power line towers are shown July 12, 2002 in Palo Alto, California. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission boosted the maximum price of electricity from $55.26 per megawatt hour to $91.87 in the wake of record-breaking temperatures for the week, including 112 degrees in Redding, California today. One megawatt is enough to power about 750 homes. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Congress is looking at legislation to protect the grid via the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act

Paul Bedard reports: Former top government officials who have been warning Washington about the vulnerability of the nation’s largely unprotected electric grid are raising new fears that troops from the jihadist Islamic State are poised to attack the system, leading to a power crisis that could kill millions.

ISIS, ISIL, whatever

“By one estimate, should the power go out and stay out for over a year, nine out of 10 Americans would likely perish.”

— Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy in Washington

“Inadequate grid security, a porous U.S.-Mexico border, and fragile transmission systems make the electric grid a target for ISIS,” said Peter Pry, one of the nation’s leading experts on the grid.

“At the afternoon press conference, Gaffney dubbed the potential crisis the ‘grid jihad.'”

Others joining Pry at a press conference later Wednesday to draw attention to the potential threat said that if just a handful of the nation’s high voltage transformers were knocked out, blackouts would occur across the country.

“By one estimate, should the power go out and stay out for over a year, nine out of 10 Americans would likely perish,” said Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy in Washington.

At the afternoon press conference, Gaffney dubbed the potential crisis the “grid jihad.”

A lack of electricity would shut off water systems, impact city transportation services and shutdown hospitals and other big facilities. Fresh and frozen foods also would be impacted as would banks, financial institutions and utilities…(read more)

WashingtonExaminer.com

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner‘s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.

 


2 Comments on “New ISIS Threat: GRID JIHAD”

  1. Fyyst says:

    Reblogged this on Fight Against the Two-Party System in America and commented:
    This could be the next 9-11. We need to demand something be done to protect the grid before it’s too late.


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