On Christmas Day, three substation facilities were vandalized in Pierce County, Washington, plunging thousands of customers into total darkness. More than 14,000 customers were out of power and there are no suspects in custody according to the enforcement wing of the ruling class.
According to a report by ABC News, two of the break-ins were at Tacoma Public Utilities substations and the third was at a Puget Sound Energy station. The sheriff’s office in Pierce County, which encompasses Tacoma, confirmed this vandalization.
“It is unknown if there are any motives or if this was a coordinated attack on the power systems,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the impacts to our system from today’s deliberate damage are more severe in some places than initial testing indicated,” the company said. “Some customers will be restored closer to 8 AM tomorrow. We appreciate your patience as we respond to this intentional vandalism to our system.”
“We know this incident has impacted many people’s holiday celebrations, and our crews are working hard to get power safely restored to all customers as quickly as we can,” it added.
Oddly (or conveniently) enough, The Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin last month warning that critical infrastructure in the United States could be among the targets of possible attacks by “lone offenders and small groups motivated by a range of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances.”
Earlier this month, two electrical substations were shot up in North Carolina, causing tens of thousands of customers to lose power and prompting local officials to declare a state of emergency. –ABC News
DHS’ National Terrorism Advisory System:
Threat actors have recently mobilized to violence, citing factors such as reactions to current events and adherence to violent extremist ideologies. In the coming months, threat actors could exploit several upcoming events to justify or commit acts of violence, including certifications related to the midterm elections, the holiday season and associated large gatherings, the marking of two years since the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and potential sociopolitical developments connected to ideological beliefs or personal hostility. –The Department of Homeland Security