Two Arrested in Maryland as Threats to US Power Grid Continue
On Monday, federal authorities charged two people with plotting to attack electrical substations in the Baltimore area. 2022 saw a sharp increase in attacks and planned attacks on the United States power grid, raising security concerns and questions across the country.
Key Quotes: The Department of Homeland Security put out a statement in November categorizing America as being in a “heightened threat environment” due to potential threats from “lone offenders and small groups motivated by a range of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances,” warning, “domestic actors and foreign terrorist organizations continue to maintain a visible presence online in attempts to motivate supporters to conduct attacks in the Homeland.”
Who is behind it? Regarding Monday’s arrest, prosecutors allege one of the individuals arrested, Brandon Clint Russell, a self-professed neo-Nazi, planned the attack to advance his “racially or ethnically motivated extremist beliefs.” An analysis from Insider concluded that “attacks against the electrical grid nationwide are at an all-time high — and experts say the greatest threat comes from right-wing extremists seeking to sow chaos and accelerate the devolution of the social order.”
This was echoed by Jim Geraghty in the National Review (Right Bias) back in December, who quoted the DOJ attributing another attack to a white nationalist group and determined, “just because it may seem like the Justice Department reflexively blames white nationalists and violent anti-government extremists for acts of terrorism doesn’t mean that white nationalists and violent anti-government extremists don’t exist, or that they don’t aim to harm as many people as possible.”
Featured Coverage of this Story
From the RightWho’s Attacking Our Power Grid?
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it appears someone is attacking the electrical power grid of the Seattle area, which comes after a series of similar incidents elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest as well as in Florida. And the FBI never caught the guy who attacked the electrical grid down in North Carolina earlier this month. Shooting up a power substation is apparently the latest fad.
Picture it: It’s Christmas, you’re about to prepare a big meal for the whole family, and the power goes out...
From the CenterNeo-Nazi and woman charged with conspiring to attack Maryland power grid
An admitted neo-Nazi and a Maryland woman were arrested and charged with plotting to attack several electrical substations in the Baltimore area, federal authorities announced Monday.
Prosecutors said the admitted neo-Nazi, Brandon Clint Russell, 27, and 34-year-old Sarah Beth Clendaniel conspired to commit the attacks “in furtherance of Russell’s racially or ethnically motivated extremist beliefs.”
Russell is currently on supervised release after a federal conviction related to possessing an unregistered destructive device, which occurred after a former roommate told authorities that Russell’s neo-Nazi group was planning to attack electrical and...
From the LeftThe grid is under attack
On the evening of December 3, the lights went out in Moore County.
For tens of thousands of central North Carolina residents among the Piedmont hills west of Fayetteville, electric heaters became useless against the cold, the internet went dead, and refrigerator fans spun to a halt. Traffic lights went dark at intersections and cell phone batteries began to dwindle. Local authorities declared a state of emergency and, fearful of potential unrest, enforced a curfew.
The outage was no accident: Attackers had rained gunfire on two electrical substations, the facilities...
March 26th, 2023
March 26th, 2023
"The Conversation" Contributor
March 24th, 2023