Guest Post: US Power Grid Vulnerable To Just About Everything

Friday, November 30, 2012
By Paul Martin

by Jen Alic
ZeroHedge.com
11/30/2012

As Washington hunts ill-defined al-Qaeda groups in the Middle East and Africa, and concerns itself with Iran’s eventual nuclear potential, it has a much more pressing problem at home: Its energy grid is vulnerable to anyone with basic weapons and know-how. For the past two months, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been tasked with creating a security strategy for the electric grid and hydrocarbon facilities through its newly created Office of Energy Infrastructure Security. So far, it’s not good news. “There are ways that a very few number of actors with very rudimentary equipment could take down large portions of our grid.” Forget about cyber warfare and highly organized terrorist attacks, a lack of basic physical security on the US power grid means that anyone with a gun could do serious

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