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Power Plant Attack Sparks Terror Fears in Three Other Incidents.


A recent report about the terrifying attack on a California power plant last April has raised suspicions about other troubling cases throughout the United States within the past year, Newsmax has learned.

Consider:

  • On Jan. 9, more than 7,000 gallons of methanol leaked into Elk River in Charleston, W.Va., after a spill at a chemical storage plant operated by Freedom Industries. Nearly 300,000 people were left without drinking or bathing water, some for more than a week. A federal grand jury investigation has begun into the spill, CNN reports.
  • The following week, in Manapalan, N.J., a 26-year-old man, Asaf Mohammed, was arrested after being found trapped inside a 20-inch pipe outside a storage tank at a water-treatment plant owned by United Water. The plant supplies drinking water to 40,000 customers in the township, New Jersey.com reports.
  • Within a month after the Boston Marathon bombings last April, seven Muslims — from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore — were arrested in the middle of the night at the Quabbin Reservoir, which provides drinking water to Boston and several other nearby communities, the Boston Herald reports. Three locks had been cut to gain access to the reservoir.

The incidents, two of which received scant media attention at the time, now have authorities and legislators worried about the possibility of terrorist acts’ being committed against the nation’s power grid and other utility operations.

Those attack reports follow a report by The Wall Street Journal that a sniper assault last April 16, a day after the Boston bombings, knocked out an electrical substation near San Jose, Calif. No arrests have been made in that attack.

“It does seem that we have to be awakened by a cataclysmic event before we pay attention,” retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West told John Bachman in an exclusive interview Wednesday on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV.

“We have a porous, open border,” said West, a former Florida GOP congressman. “You have some bad actors coming across, but it’s not just that dry-run attack against a power plant. There are also a couple of instances, in [West] Virginia and also in the Boston area, where water-supply plants, people were trying to infiltrate there as well.”

In an interview on “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV on Wednesday, counterterrorism expert Fred Fleitz called the California assault “a trial run for a terrorist attack.”

Fleitz is a former CIA analyst and FBI agent who is now chief analyst for the global intelligence forecaster LIGNET.

“What Americans don’t realize is that we now have something called a smart-grid system, where our electric grid is linked to other grids over the Internet and by computers,” he said. “A major attack on one part of the grid could cause a devastating outage that could put tens of millions of Americans in the dark.”

The 52-minute attack in California occurred at the Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.’s power substation in Metcalf, a community in southern San Jose.

Jon Wellinghoff, who was chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the time, said the assault was “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred.”

He told The Journal that the incident may have been a dress rehearsal for a bigger attack.

The FBI said that it was “continuing to sift through the evidence” but that it did not think a terrorist group was behind the incident, The Journal reports.

The attack began at 12:58 a.m., when underground AT&T fiber-optic telecommunications cables were slashed in a vault not far from the Metcalf facility.

Other cables were also cut. At 1:31 a.m., the facility, situated near a freeway, came under sustained rifle fire. AK-47 bullet casings found later had been wiped clean of fingerprints.

The shooters were apparently aiming for the oil-filled cooling systems intended to keep the transformers from overheating, The Journal reported. Though they were riddled with bullet holes and hemorrhaged 52,000 gallons of oil, the transformers did not explode.

The attackers had left the scene by the time sheriff’s deputies arrived.

Seventeen huge power transformers had been disabled. Company officials initially declared the incident vandalism. Cameras were positioned facing inward and did not pick up images of the shooters.

Upon further investigation, it looked more like the handiwork of professionals who had done advance preparation and reconnaissance, The Journal reported.

The substation was brought back online after 27 days as other power plants increased their production of electricity to make up for the loss.

“The FBI is still not prepared to say that this was a terrorist attack, even though this power station was attacked with AK47s,” Fleitz told Malzberg.

“There was a systematic plan to cut the phone lines, the fiber-optic cables in a way that couldn’t be detected or easily repaired.”

Meanwhile, the two women and five men that Massachusetts state troopers found in the middle of the night at the Quabbin Reservoir in Boston last May after the marathon bombings said they were all chemical engineers who simply wanted to check out the facility, the Examiner reports. Three locks had been cut to gain access to the reservoir.

No charges were ever filed against the trespassers — even though the Massachusetts State Police unsuccessfully appealed the decision.

The names of the “chemical engineers” were never released to the public, the Boston Herald reports, and their whereabouts are currently unknown.

According to New Jersey.com, a United Water official said Mohammed was discovered by employees Jan. 17 after they “heard cries for help” inside the 20-inch pipe.

“He must have traversed through a basin and climbed up into a pipe for reasons unknown at this time,” Jim Mastrokalos, the company’s director of operations, told the news website.

The plant is surrounded by barbed wire fences, and the investigation involved determining how Mohammed gained access to the plant without detection.

Mohammed, who police said lived neared the plant, was charged with fourth-degree criminal trespass and was required to pay for the costs of rescuing him from the pipe, local news website 12 New Jersey reports.

In West Virginia, CNN reports, subpoenas have been issued requiring testimony for what one federal official confirmed was a criminal investigation into the chemical spill at the Freedom Industries storage plant.

An independent water test conducted for CNN this week found trace levels of the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, or MCHM, in both untreated river water and tap water from two homes in Charleston.

Elizabeth Scharman, West Virginia’s poison control director, told CNN that MCHM has not been widely studied.

“We don’t know the safety info, how quickly it goes into air, its boiling point,” Scharman said.

The chemical is used to wash coal before it goes to market to reduce ash, CNN reports. Exposure can cause vomiting, dizziness, headaches, diarrhea, and irritated skin, among other symptoms.

West, the former Florida congressman, told Newsmax that these attempts were “all part of asymmetrical warfare, and if we don’t start to recognize it and put a focus on it, the enemy is always going to look for the gaps by which they can exploit you.”

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By Todd Beamon

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Rand Paul: Obama Turning US Into ‘Socialist Nightmare’.


President Barack Obama is turning the United States into a “socialist nightmare” by doing “blithely whatever he thinks he can get away with,” Sen. Rand Paul says.

“It’s hard to imagine exactly what his goal is because when you talk to him one on one, he sounds reasonable and like he’s not trying to transform America into some socialist nightmare,” Paul, a Kentucky Republican, told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“However, when you look at his policies, one after another they are sort of transformative — changing us from a country that has a marketplace and freedom of choice to a country that is stifled by coercion and mandates.”

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Paul said he is most disturbed by Obama’s flaunting of the Constitution, particularly bending laws to fit his agenda without getting congressional approval, such as his tweaking of the Affordable Care Act.

“There doesn’t seem to be any acknowledgement of restraint that the Constitution and the rule of law restrains him in any way,” he said.

“Basically he pushes the limit to whatever he thinks he can get and won’t be rebuked.”

But that may change as the Supreme Court weighs Obama’s unprecedented changes to the law, Paul says.

“We’re hoping that there will be more cases brought to bear where his idea that he can amend Obamacare without legislation, without congressional approval . . . [is] rebuked,” he said.

“It takes a while to work through the courts, and in the meantime, he just continues to do blithely whatever he thinks he can get away with.”

“He’s acting as if he’s both the executive and the legislator . . . That’s a recipe for tyranny, and it is my fear that we’re allowing the president to have so much power gravitate to him that we’re getting rid of the checks and balances that really held government [in check] and limited government’s power.”

Paul said the implementation of the ACA, and the cancellation of insurance policies it has caused, are producing “stories that pull at the heartstrings,” Paul said.

“This is about whether you allow Americans to have freedom of choice or whether you tell Americans, as the president’s doing, that you’re too stupid, you can’t make these choices, you can’t decide what’s good health insurance, I’m going to tell you what’s good.

“It’s that arrogance from Washington that, really, the whole country ought to rise up — Republican, Democrat, independent — and say, look, this is a free country and we want our freedom back, basically.”

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Terror Experts: Power Plant Assault ‘Very Serious’.


A possible terrorist assault on a California power station last April, which got little publicity, was a very serious breach that reveals how vulnerable the nation is, counterterrorism experts say.

“This is very serious . . . This was a trial run for a terrorist attack,” said Fred Fleitz, a former CIA analyst and FBI agent who is now chief analyst for the global intelligence forecaster LIGNET.

“We now have something called a smart grid system, where our electric grid is linked to other grids over the Internet and by computers, and a major attack on one part of the grid could cause a devastating outage that could put tens of millions of Americans in the dark,” Fleitz told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

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Wall Street Journal report this week that a sniper attack had knocked out an electrical substation near San Jose is raising fears that the country’s power grid is vulnerable to terrorism.

Nobody has been arrested or charged in the attack.

“The FBI is still not prepared to say that this was a terrorist attack even though this power station was attacked with AK47s and there was a systematic plan to cut the phone lines, the fiber-optic cables, in a way that couldn’t be detected or easily repaired,” Fleitz said.

John Guandolo, a former FBI agent, told Malzberg he is convinced the power plant incident was a planned attack.

“If this was only one individual, which it does not look like it was, they would’ve had to been moving out pretty good,” he said.

“They’ve got the telephone cables cut at the underground vault and then within about 30 minutes you’ve got a shooter open-firing on transformers and, according to the police reports, there are over 100 rounds fired from a semi-automatic rifle. So, that’s pretty serious.

“They knew what to shoot, to take it out, and they knew what lines to cut, and they did it all, so far as we can tell, without any person getting on any of the security cameras. So, I’d say it was a pretty well-executed job.”

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By Bill Hoffmann

Dinesh D’Souza: Today’s US Government Would Terrify Founders.


Dinesh D’Souza — who made a documentary critical of President Barack Obama and has since been indicted for arranging excessive campaign contributions — says he is just one of many being penalized for criticizing Obama, and says the Founding Fathers would be terrified of what’s happening.

“There seems to have been a pattern of various groups critical of the president all getting inquiries and being subjected to a standard of scrutiny and review that had not been typical,” D’Souza told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“The federal government has a great deal of power, and now, with the NSA surveillance, with the government, in a sense, having access to your apps and your emails . . . the Founders would’ve been a little terrified about what this kind of power does to people,” D’Souza said Tuesday.

“Once you give the government this kind of power, what’s going to happen? How is that power going to be used?”

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D’Souza, a conservative commentator and best-selling author who made the 2012 documentary “2016: Obama’s America,” was indicted by a federal grand jury last month on a charge of arranging excessive campaign contributions to an unnamed candidate for the U.S. Senate.

The indictment says that in the summer of 2012, D’Souza reimbursed people whom he had directed to contribute $20,000 to the candidate’s campaign. An attorney for D’Souza contended his actions were “at worst” an act of misguided friendship toward the candidate.

D’Souza, 52, a former policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan and an affiliate of conservative organizations such as the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, says the indictment will not stop him from speaking out.

“I can’t really discuss the case but I will say I really appreciate the outpouring of support, and I also want people to know that it’s in no way going to inhibit or deter my work,” he said.

“I’ve got a big film coming out this year, coming out for the Fourth of July. It’s just called “America,” and in a way it’s going to pick up the argument from ‘2016.’ It’s not about Obama.

“It’s about something much bigger than Obama, which is our country, but it’s about some of the divisions in our country and the forces that are building America up but also the forces that are pulling us down.”

D’Souza’s film is the second-most successful U.S. documentary, after Michael Moore’s 2004 film “Fahrenheit 9/11.” D’Souza also has written such books as “Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream.” 

He told Malzberg he had been warned about criticizing Obama.

“I was warned at the time, be careful, because there’s a little bit of a target on your back when you go out there and make yourself vulnerable in that way,” he said.

“People said, ‘listen, you’ve been a writer and a speaker for 20 years, but the people, the audience who buys books, is a limited market.’

“When you go out there and make a film that actually now has been seen by about 8 million people, you are in a very public way putting yourself on the front line, and I knew that. We’re at a stage in this country where we need to stand up for the values that built this country.”

D’Souza said he will defend himself “vigorously” at his trial as well as promote his new film in a bid to make it the No. 1 documentary of all time.

“We are going to try to give Michael Moore a run for his money with the new film and really try to knock him off his pedestal, so to speak,” he said.

“We’re certainly going to make a better film. We’re going to do our best to promote it, and if the Obama administration wants to help us, then that’s their prerogative.”

D’Souza says Hillary Clinton could be elected Obama’s successor.

“Certainly it looks to me that the baton may pass from Obama to Hillary. I’m not an expert on that; 2016 will be a critical year,” he said.

“Obama has, in a sense, talked at his inauguration about remaking America. That was his phrase, ‘remaking America.’ Well, America’s a big country. It’s not so easy to remake it in just eight years.

“Certainly, if you have 16 years, then you’ve got a much longer time to be able to produce the kind of fundamental change that I believe Obama is after. So, the 2016 election’s very critical.”

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By Bill Hoffmann

Rand Paul to Newsmax: ‘Expensive’ Obamacare Plans Hurt Americans.


Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says Americans should prepare to get hit with prohibitively expensive premiums and deductibles as the Affordable Care Act unfolds in the coming months.

“I can remember being 26 years old making about $26,000 a year and not having insurance for a while and I paid about $1 a day, but it probably had a $5,000 deductible on it,” Paul told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“Now you’re going to get a $5,000 to $6,000 deductible, [which] covers everything under the sun … but it’s very expensive. It’s not a cheap policy. We’re all going to get to pay the full cost of these things if you’re not getting the subsidies. They’re all going to be very expensive plans.”

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Paul is troubled by the ongoing technical glitches plaguing the Affordable Care Act’s website, which countless Americans seeking health insurance have been unable to navigate.

“The other great irony of this thing is you know there’s going to be hundreds of millions of dollars [being spent] … to get people to sign up,” he said. “If people won’t sign up for something that’s free for a lot of people, if you can’t convince people you’re giving them something and they won’t sign up for it, I can’t imagine how it’s going to succeed.”

The Republican senator said the government has called on Verizon to help repair the troubled website because of its already close relationship with the communications giant, which has worked with the National Security Agency in handing over phone records.

“You know why Verizon is getting involved, they already have an arrangement. They work for the government,” Paul said.

“Since [they are] already working with the NSA, they thought that’d be an easy arrangement to set up.”

Paul recently introduced legislation to reform the NSA, which has been under fire after revelations that it has collected the phone records and emails of millions of Americans.

“British soldiers were coming into our house with general warrants not specific to the name or the person who lived there. They were just willy-nilly going in anyone’s house. So we wrote the Fourth Amendment to prevent that,” Paul said.

“But now the government is using warrants, one warrant, a single warrant, to get all of the phone calls from Verizon or all of the searches from Google and you can’t do that. That goes against everything the Fourth Amendment stands for.”

But he noted that any changes made to the procedures of the NSA will have to be based on “a new understanding” of the Constitution.

“In the past, the Supreme Court has said that once you give up your records to a third party, they don’t get Fourth Amendment protection,” he said.

“But I absolutely disagree with that because what I spend on my Visa, what I have in my bank records is my information. Unless you think I’ve committed a crime or unless you think a judge can say there’s probable cause, I don’t think you should be looking at someone’s banking records, their Visa records, or their phone records.”

Paul said Republicans failed in their efforts to negotiate with President Barack Obama on the federal budget and debt ceiling crises because GOP lawmakers were splintered.

“The president knew from the very beginning because there were many Republicans saying they didn’t like the strategy. And so when we weren’t united, there wasn’t much chance of having any leverage,” Paul said.

“But I would say, in defense of doing something, that we just can’t give a blank check to the president. We can’t just say, borrow whatever you want. The country has a really big problem. We’re borrowing $1 million a minute. We can’t keep doing this. It’s unsustainable.

“So it’s wrong to give him a blank check, but then again … we have to decide how long we are willing to carry out something like a shutdown or a debt ceiling … because some bad things do happen. The monuments get closed, some checks eventually don’t go out, and potentially, there could be a stock market reaction to it.”

He said “about half” of the Republican caucus was opposed to allowing a government shutdown.

“That half of the caucus was never going to follow through with staying shut down for a couple of months or seeing if the president would change,” he said.

But he is not sure what will happen early next year when the new budget and debt ceiling deals have to be hammered out.

“I’m not sure the president will change in a month or two, so I’m not sure he doesn’t have a position because, as the shutdown lengthens, the Republicans do catch more of the blame. So I’m not sure it is in the best interest,” he said.

“[Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell‘s in a tough position. He has to decide what’s best, what the caucus wants, and also what’s best as far as the Republican Party with regard to a shutdown. He’d be the first to admit it wasn’t a great deal. It was a deal only just to get government back open again.

“But the only thing we’ve done positive in the last couple of years, actually, has been the sequester.”

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Pete Hoekstra: GOP Must Focus on Positives in Budget Loss.


Republicans must put a positive spin on their failure to win the battle over the federal budget and debt ceiling if they expect to gain control in Washington, according to former Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan.

“We’ve got to put a positive message and a positive spin out there as to what we’re trying to get done or we will lose again,” Hoekstra told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

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“This is the opportunity for [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell, [House Speaker John] Boehner, and the Republicans to come out and say, ‘You know, we didn’t win on this and we’re really, really disappointed, because we think that this is bad for the American economy,” the Republican Hoekstra said.

“[They could say], ‘We think it’s bad for the American people, and it’s bad for America. We’re trying to address the problems of America’s mounting debt. We want to make sure that they’ve got quality healthcare. We want to make sure that we’ve got a tax system that’s going to encourage people to take risks and to be entrepreneurs and grow this economy and this is what we stand for.”

Hoesktra believes somebody must be held responsible for the disastrous launch of the Affordable Care Act website, and says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should be scrutinized.

“She’s sresponsible for the rollout. Somebody needs to be fired and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start with her,” he said.

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By Bill Hoffmann

Gov. Perry to Malzberg: White House Run in 2016 Remains ‘Very Viable Option’.


Gov. Rick Perry of Texas said on Thursday that running for the White House in 2016 was “still a very viable option” and that he looked forward to debating Sen. Ted Cruz during such a campaign.

“Over the course of the next year, we’ll, make a decision about what our future plans will be post-governorship of Texas,” Perry told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

He called fellow Texan and Republican Cruz “very capable, one of the great debaters of our time, a very committed conservative — and does a good job of representing the Texas way of doing business.

“That way is to free people from overregulation and over taxation, and he’s fighting the good fight,” Perry said.

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And as far as squaring off against Cruz in a Republican presidential debate, Perry welcomed it.

“I’ve got to think that Ted is very well-trained,” he told Malzberg. “The guy has won national debate competitions. I’d be more than happy to have some great debates with him about the future of America and economic policies and foreign policy and all of the different things that are important to this country. And we may do that someday.

“But the fact is we’re partners right now — working on trying to not only get America back on track, but promote, in his case, his home state, which is what I do on a regular basis as well.”

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By Todd Beamon

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