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IREHR in the Inlander: “A string of attacks on Pacific Northwest power stations reignites concerns about grid security” – January 19, 2023

By January 19, 2023April 15th, 2023No Comments1 min read

IREHR’s Executive Director, Devin Burghart, was quoted in Inlander;

Author Nate Sanford writes, “Since at least the 1970s, neo-Nazi extremists have fantasized about widespread blackouts causing chaos and societal collapse — a breakdown of American society that ushers in a new era of White dominance, Burghart says.”

Sanford continues, “In religious terms, it’s comparable to a period of Great Tribulations or a second coming. It’s a common trope not just limited to neo-Nazis, Burghart says.”

“Extremists will also talk about taking out the food supply, banking system or water facilities in an effort to ignite societal collapse, Burghart says” writes Sanford.

“It’s the maximum bang for the lowest amount of risk,” Burghart says

“We certainly are at a much higher level than I remember seeing in a long time,” Burghart says.

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Laura Gibbons

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Laura Gibbons is an IREHR research associate.

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