I read a story in the print WSJ yesterday that shocked me. I tried to find it online, but couldn’t. Last April, a group of people cut some telephone lines outside San Jose and then proceeded to open fire on an electrical substation with high-powered rifles and destroy all the transformers. It was apparently the electrical substation that causes Silicon Valley to be well-lit. They fired for 20 minutes or so, then melted away into the night.
Authorities had to reroute some stuff and make a few power plants produce extra power to prevent the blackout. It took a month to repair the damage.
The police responding to the 911 call arrived 1 minute after the last transformer went down, and they found no one on the site. To this day, no one has been arrested. I have a few observations after the cut.
1. The most shocking part of it is that it happened a year ago and I just now heard about it. I am alert to this kind of thing. I wonder if it was suppressed because it looks so easy. It is not really easy to do that and get away in 20 minutes. See #2
2. Military efficiency and planning is implied in the timing.
3. It does not feel like an international operation to me. If I were the Director of the FBI, I would be hauling in some domestic extremists and interrogating them.
4. This touched off one of the best conversations I have had all month.
5. Did anyone hear about this before I wrote it? If you have never commented here before, this is your perfect opportunity.
6. Why was this not the first thing that Google showed me when I searched Wall Street Journal San Jose Snipers?