The vulnerability of our nation’s unprotected electric grids are raising new fears, as former top government officials have been warning Washington about possible attacks on our systems.
These officials are sending out a dire warnings that attacks from jihadists on our electrical grids could lead to a huge power crisis that could kill millions of Americans. Peter Pry, one of the nation’s leading experts on the electrical grids, communicated his fears during a press conference on Wednesday:
“Inadequate grid security, a porous U.S.-Mexico border, and fragile transmission systems make the electric grid a target for ISIS.”
The potential threat could be conducted by targeting just a handful of the nation’s high voltage transformers, leading to blackouts that would occur across the country. According to Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy in Washington:
“By one estimate, should the power go out and stay out for over a year, nine out of 10 Americans would likely perish.”
Our water systems, city transportation services, hospitals, and other facilities would be crippled without electricity. Fresh and frozen foods would be impacted, as well as banks, financial institutions, and utilities.
Pry went on to say that ISIS could easily team with Mexican drug cartels to ravage America and provided details of their recent attacks in Mexico.
In 2013, the Knights Templar drug gang blacked out the electric grid of the Mexican state of Michoacan in order to provide cover for those killing and fighting for the drug trade:
“The Knights Templars and other criminal gangs in Mexico will do anything for money, and ISIS, the richest terrorist organization in history, has hundreds of millions of dollars at its disposal. ISIS could hire one of the Mexican cartels, or one of their criminal gangs already in the U.S., or activate jihadist terror cells already in the U.S., and inflict a multi-state blackout immediately, within days or weeks. Perhaps even a nationwide blackout. I am not saying it is likely they will do so. But given the capabilities and objectives of ISIS and our obvious vulnerabilities, it would be foolish to ignore the threat to the grid, to regard the threat as unlikely. Our planning should be based on imminent asymmetrical threats, and not assume that another 9/11 large-scale attack is years away,” said Pry.
Even the Texas Department of Public Safety stated that they believe there is evidence of ISIS planning an attack.
After the major push from Pry and others, Congress is looking into legislation which would protect our grids from attacks, via the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act.
Let’s hope that Congress takes the warnings of these experts seriously. With just a few attacks to key locations in our power grids, America the way we know it, could be over.