A year ago Americans were riveted to their televisions over the horrific scenes from the Islamic terror attack at the 2013 Boston Marathon. This year, the event was once again compelling for the right reasons, as Meb Keflezighi became the first American man to win since 1983 and Rita Jeptoo set a women’s course record. They ran strong, Boston strong!
But a year ago, there was another attack that while not horrific, was disturbing, and has gone largely unnoticed.
On April 16, 2013, snipers waged a 52-minute attack on a central California electrical substation. According to reports by Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, the sniper attack started when at least one person entered an underground vault to cut telephone cables, and attackers fired more than 100 shots into Pacific Gas & Electric’s Metcalf transmission substation, knocking out 17 transformers. Electric officials were able to avert a blackout, but it took 27 days to repair the damage.
The FBI doesn’t think the incident was a terror attack, an agency spokesman told the Journal. However, Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the time, disagrees. Wellinghoff, who spoke to the Journal, based his conclusion that this was terrorism on the analysis of experts he brought to the crime scene. The analysis pointed to the shell casings having no fingerprints and evidence that the shooting positions had been pre-arranged. No arrests have been made in the case.But you have to wonder if this is even being pursued by the Obama administration? My concern is that this may have been a dry run for something far bigger. We should be demanding an update on the investigation as to the perpetrators of this attack who escaped without detection.
If this ends up being a dry hole and just the work of some bad apples, I’ll accept that conclusion. However, I cannot accept the blatant disregard of a deliberate, well planned and executed attack on an electrical substation that left not a trace of evidence — that my friends is not amateurish.
Nothing in this day and age of the new 21st Century battlefield can be taken for granted — nothing.