EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Xcel Energy has acknowledged to 11 news sister station CBS4 that it is aware of an alleged plan to disable the country’s electricity grid, which included a possible attack on an El Paso County substation.
The FBI is investigating a neo-Nazi group believed to have planned an attack on the US power grid. The plot was called “Lights Out.” One of the targeted structures mentioned in the details of the study is outside of Colorado Springs. It’s called “Midway” and is operated by Xcel.
The information is contained in a statement of investigation that was accidentally confiscated by a federal court in Wisconsin. The ruling is to obtain information about a mobile phone number from the provider of the telephone company.
The executive order describes an alleged plot naming three people who have so far not been charged in this case. It was reviewed by CBS4 investigator Rick Sallinger on Sunday, December 13th. The next day, the power was revoked and no longer open to public display. It says the action is to disable power stations in the southeastern United States and in El Paso County Colorado.
The order quotes an informant who claims that the target date for carrying out the attack should be in 2024, but sooner if Donald Trump were to lose the election in 2020.
The federal court document describes one of the alleged plotters planning to travel to Denver. There he hoped to meet a writer who was popular in neo-Nazi circles.
The request for a search warrant says the plotters have consulted an online U.S. Department of Energy website that detailed the power grid and power plants critical to it.
The informant told police that the group was planning to shoot rifles into the power plants. The court document states that those under investigation referred to the white supremacist group “Atomwaffen.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Atomic Weapons Division as “organized as a series of terrorist cells working against the collapse of civilization.” It adds that their strategy can be traced back to “The Order” in the 1980s.
In 1984, members of The Order committed a series of crimes as part of a plot designed to overthrow the US government. Among the acts for which members were convicted was the killing of KOA radio talk show host Alan Berg. He was shot dead in the driveway of his home in Denver.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Wisconsin acknowledged the search warrant attached to the “Lights Out” plot, but would not comment further.
Michelle Aguayo, a spokesperson for Xcel Energy, issued a statement to CBS4 stating: “Keeping the grid safe is a priority for Xcel Energy as well as our partners throughout the electrical industry. Maintaining this security is complex and requires constant vigilance. We work closely with industry and government partners, including law enforcement on all potential threats, while continuing to provide safe and reliable service to our customers. ”
It continues, “While we are aware of the situation and take all reports involving security seriously, we do not provide a public comment on specific threats to our system. Please direct any questions you may have to law enforcement. ”
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