GRID EXPERT ISSUES WARNING: Inadequate Security Makes Grid A Target For ISIS
Dr. Peter Pry, former CIA officer and one of the nation’s leading experts on the grid, has been working with former government officials to warn congress of U.S. vulnerabilities and possible threats. He is currently executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum.
Dr. Pry spoke on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s AM 970 The Answer. to warn the public of a imminent threat to our unprotected grid dubbing the threat “grid jihad”
“Inadequate grid security, a porous U.S.-Mexico border, and fragile transmission systems make the electric grid a target for ISIS,”
He also referenced a leaked U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission report that pointed out an attack on just 9 of our 55,000 electrical power substations could cause a coast to coast 18 month blackout. Dr. Pry also spoke about the alarming scenario of ISIS hiring Mexican drug cartel.
Washington Examiner reported:
Others joining Pry at a press conference later Wednesday to draw attention to the potential threat said that if just a handful of the nation’s high voltage transformers were knocked out, blackouts would occur across the country.
“By one estimate, should the power go out and stay out for over a year, nine out of 10 Americans would likely perish,” said Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy in Washington.
At the afternoon press conference, Gaffney dubbed the potential crisis the “grid jihad.”
A lack of electricity would shut off water systems, impact city transportation services and shutdown hospitals and other big facilities. Fresh and frozen foods also would be impacted as would banks, financial institutions and utilities.
Pry provided details of recent attacks on electricity systems and said that ISIS could easily team with Mexican drug cartels to ravage America.
He told Secrets, for example, that the Knights Templar drug gang blacked out the electric grid of the Mexican state of Michoacan in 2013 to provide cover for killing those fighting 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,” said Pry.
“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,” Pry explained to Secrets.