THREAT: Rep. Adam Schiff says sniper attack on California electric station ‘of great concern’


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Capitol Hill lawmakers said Sunday a planned sniper attack on a remote California power station was of grave concern, repeating similar responses about the strike and suggesting changes in the ways the United States protects it power grid.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., suggested the country has recently focused too much on cyber attacks.

 “Perhaps we’ve taken our eye off the ball,” he told “Fox News Sunday.”

Schiff’s comments follow revelations last week about the 2013 sniper attack on the electrical substation in San Jose that lasted 52 minutes and knocked out 17 transformers.

“It was a sophisticated attack,” said Schiff, who serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which has oversight on homeland security and energy issues. “I hope this wasn’t a dry run, but this is of great concern.”

He suggested the United States rework how it protects power stations by placing a higher priority on the roughly 100 remote ones across the country.

The April 16, 2013, attack on the Pacific Gas & Electric’s Metcalf transmission station started when the snipers cut the telephone cables, then fired at least 100 shots into the facility.

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Updated: February 11, 2014 — 9:11 pm

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