In recent weeks, we’ve heard about power outages in China, Iran and elsewhere.
The Chinese government appears to be downplaying the situation, but in Iran, we know that the outages were caused by cyber-attacks. Now it appears that the same could happen in the United States.
But the threat is to more than just our power infrastructure, but to military assets as well.
In July of last year, a modified drone crashed near a power substation in Pennsylvania. The drone was a commercial model readily available to the public for about $1,600. It had been stripped of identifying markers, including the camera and memory card. But it was also fitted with a piece of copper wire supported by a pair of tethers.
Virtually ignored by the media and by the relevant authorities for over a year, the incident has now garnered the attention of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Their statement claims that the drone was “[…] likely used to target energy infrastructure.”
This statement is only a rehashing of what the few reports released last year on the incident had already made clear, and DHS appears to know no more than we did at that time.
DHS said that the release of the bulletin was done to raise awareness among law enforcement on the possibility of commercial drone craft being used to damage electrical infrastructure.
Images of the drone reveal that the modification was extremely rudimentary. Two lengths of paracord were used to suspend about four feet of copper wire in a downward oriented arc, while the drone itself is rather expensive and sophisticated by civilian standards. The idea that a simple length of copper cord could seriously damage an electrical substation is dubious at best.
The principle is that the drone would cause a short circuit or a circuit overload, crippling the station. It might have damaged it, but the damage would be very limited compared to the real anti-power infrastructure owned and operated by the Pentagon.
The military-grade version of what we saw in Pennsylvania is called a “blackout bomb” or graphite bomb. These weapons release clusters of soda can-sized canisters on parachutes which deploy conductive webbing over power grids. This technology was used widely in Iraq during the first Gulf War. It was also used by NATO against Yugoslavian forces in 1999.
In Yugoslavia, engineers were able to get their power grid back up and running just one day after NATO’s use of the graphite bombs. The U.S. military’s use of the weapons in Iraq was much more effective, reducing the power stations to charred skeletons. The main reason weapons like this are able to work is the fact that few long-distance power lines are insulated. This means laying a conductive wire across more than one of them can cause damage.
But the real drone threat to American infrastructure has not even been discussed.
A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request led to the release of the results of a research group known as the Scientific Coalition for Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Studies. The group reports that between 2015-2019, as many as 54 incidents were recorded of drones coming close to storage units at nuclear power facilities. In 2020, the group reported that a group of four drone aircraft flew over the largest power station in the United States, the Arizona Palo Verde Generating Station.
In the incident, Palo Verde Station security was unable to stop the four drones which should have been able to collect photos of the plant as well as assess the ability of security to respond. Authorities do not know who was responsible for the flyover to this day.
Sputnik reported earlier this year that drones deployed by unknown actors have conducted nighttime flights over U.S. Navy destroyers near a strategically sensitive training location among the California Channel Islands. A FOIA report says that six drones were able to intercept and maneuver around the ships while the ships were moving in the dark of night.
Small drone aircraft have been used successfully by guerrilla armies in both Libya and Yemen as explosive delivery systems. These types of weapons are difficult to track to their source, and they are difficult for even preferred fighters to respond to.
Indeed, commercial drone aircraft can be less expensive and more capable than a shoulder-mounted missile, the weapon that successfully won a ground-to-air war for the Afghans against Russian gunships in the 1980s.
Stay safe, Americans. And get prepared if you’re not already.
I honestly don’t see our power grid lasting too much longer.
This could either be a real story, or a planted “story” to give the Globalists an excuse to take out the country’s electricity. You know, for more of that depopulation stuff that they like so much, as well as taking Americans into the “road warrior” days that they write about in their white papers.
Either way, make sure you’re prepared.