(Joshua Paladino, Headline USA) The United States has suffered more attacks on its electrical grid—106 from January to August 2022—than in any prior year, but the federal government has identified few culprits, except “domestic extremists” who oppose drag queen groomer shows.
Federal authorities opened an investigation into the attacks on utility companies and the electrical grid following a substation shooting in North Carolina that caused thousands to lose power for days, Investment Watch reported.
A single person fired with a long rifle at the Duke Energy facility at the Wateree Hydro Station in Ridgeway and then drove away, according to law enforcement reports.
Investigators claimed that the attack aimed to prevent a drag show for kids at the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines, which a group promoting queer ideology hosted at 7 p.m. that night.
The theory fits within the Department of Homeland Security’s belief that right-wing extremists have had “specific plans to attack electricity infrastructure since at least 2020.”
A few days before the attack in Moore County, North Carolina, two electrical substations were shot and debilitated near Portland. The shooter or shooters targeted both Portland General Electric and the Bonneville Power Administration in Clackamas County.
In a federal law enforcement memo, officials described attacks on West coast power plants as planned. The eco-terrorists used “handtools, arson, firearms, and metal chains possibly in response to an online call for attacks on critical infrastructure.”
They would come prepared for obstacles, according to the memo.
“In recent attacks, criminal actors bypassed security fences by cutting the fence links, lighting nearby fires, shooting equipment from a distance or throwing objects over the fence and on to equipment,” the memo said.