Keystone XL is an inviting target for terrorists, ex-Seal says


mentalfloss
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Keystone XL is an inviting target for terrorists, ex-Seal says

An ex-U.S. Navy Seal says terrorists could easily poison the drinking water of “millions and millions” of Americans by blowing up the Keystone XL pipeline and causing an “Exxon Valdez-sized spill in the heartland of America.”

The chilling “threat assessment” – paid for by Tom Steyer, the billionaire activist opposed to the pipeline intended to funnel Alberta oil sands crude to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries – was conducted by David Cooper, who helped plan the 2011 raid into Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.


Mr. Cooper, who attracted considerable controversy last year after a published interview quoted him discussing clandestine U.S. Navy Seal missions and commenting negatively about Navy senior officers, was a highly decorated, 25-year veteran of the elite Special Forces unit.

“I wasn’t on the helicopters,” Mr. Cooper said of his involvement in the bin Laden attack, adding he helped train the attack team and watched them leave and return. However, he told media gathered for his briefing on the Keystone XL threat assessment that it “wouldn’t take a Navy Seal with my experience” to carry out a devastating attack on the pipeline with a few kilograms of explosives and technology commonly used by insurgents in roadside bombs.

“Even a cave man could do it,” he said, borrowing a phrase from a current television ad for car insurance.

He called Keystone XL a “soft target” especially attractive to terrorists because “it has arguably the highest profile of any energy infrastructure that has yet to be built.”

Significant portions of Mr. Cooper’s 14-page report – based on publicly available information and a visit to a pumping station near Scranton, Neb., that served as a model for Keystone XL’s alleged vulnerabilities – were redacted because, the ex-Seal said, he didn’t want to provide a “play book for terrorists.”

TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard dismissed the Steyer-sponsored terrorist threat assessment as unfair and misleading “If he were truly concerned about the safety of Americans then a broader assessment of all critical infrastructure would have been more appropriate,” said Mr. Howard, adding: “Mr. Steyer would rather invest in a war against Keystone XL and forcing Americans to continue relying on oil from the Middle East and other hostile regions, instead of safe, reliable crude oil from a friendly neighbour in Canada.”

NextGen Climate, the organization founded and funded by Mr. Steyer, delivered an unredacted copy of the report to State Department officials leading the review of TransCanada Corp.’s $5.5-billion project that would ship 830,000 barrels of Alberta crude across the United States to refineries in Texas and Louisiana. Mr. Cooper also briefed members of Congress about his security concerns earlier this week.

He said all pipelines – not just Keystone XL – were vulnerable, noting that there were more than 500 attacks on pipelines, most of them in Iraq, occurred in nearly a dozen countries last year. What would make Keystone XL such an attractive target was its notoriety. “Everybody knows about it,” he said.

“A catastrophic attack would be easy to execute,” Mr. Cooper said in his report. He estimated that a few kilograms of explosives placed at three separate locations chosen to maximize damage and spillage could drain 25 kilometres of pipeline and spill more eight million gallons of diluted bitumen. In 1989, the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska’s Prince William Sound spilled 11 million gallons of oil.

Keystone XL was extremely vulnerable, he said. “A co-ordinated attack at several critical points would not only wreak havoc, …. it would likely overwhelm the existing engineering capability needed to clean it up.”

Building Keystone XL means Americans are “being asked to take on serious risks without even knowing what they are,” he said.

Mr. Cooper said the threat assessment of Keystone XL was his first-ever completed as a commercial contract. He said he was contacted by Mr. Steyer’s group earlier this spring. He did not contact TransCanada. NextGen declined to say how much it paid the former Seal. Mr. Cooper said he was the veteran of many operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and has the expertise to assess infrastructure vulnerabilities and thus understand the way terrorists might plan attacks. “I’ve risked my life for my country and my teammates,” he said.

“Don’t put the pipeline in the ground until we address the vulnerability,” he said. Prior to being hired by NextGen, Mr. Cooper said he “didn’t have an opinion either way” as to whether the pipeline should be built.

President Barack Obama has repeatedly delayed deciding whether to give the project the goahead despite years of increasingly insistent lobbying by the Canadian government. With the project blocked by a court case in Nebraska and mid-term elections looming in November, no decision on Keystone XL is now expected until early next year.

Keystone XL is an inviting target for terrorists, ex-Seal says - The Globe and Mail
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Alaska pipeline is all above ground.... No terror attacks to date.
 
DaSleeper
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Man... that horse must be getting tired by now......
 
taxslave
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The only terrorists we have to worry about blowing up pipelines all have Canadian or US CITZENSHIP.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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They're called GreenPeace
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

The chilling “threat assessment” – paid for by Tom Steyer, the billionaire activist opposed to the pipeline intended to funnel Alberta oil sands crude to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries – was conducted by David Cooper, who helped plan the 2011 raid into Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

*snicker*
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Clearly, the superior alternative to a pipeline
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

*snicker*

More like ROFLMFAO
 
petros
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Stupid kids.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

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Clearly, the superior alternative to a pipeline

For the economy as a whole it probably is. Lots more jobs created by multiple transfers. I forsee the anti pipeline crowd changing their tune shortly after a couple more rail disasters since oil is going to move with or without their blessing. The only input from them is how much of the environment they want to destroy in misguided attempts to cripple the fosil fuel industry.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

For the economy as a whole it probably is. Lots more jobs created by multiple transfers. I forsee the anti pipeline crowd changing their tune shortly after a couple more rail disasters since oil is going to move with or without their blessing. The only input from them is how much of the environment they want to destroy in misguided attempts to cripple the fosil fuel industry.


I mistakenly thought that this was about 'the environment'.

My bad

Say, I wonder if those slow moving barges that will be dotting America's largest waterway will ever be a target for terrorists?
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

I mistakenly thought that this was about 'the environment'.

My bad

Say, I wonder if those slow moving barges that will be dotting America's largest waterway will ever be a target for terrorists?

Or our reservoirs. Or as they say in Chicago... are reservoirs.

More fear mongering from the alarmists and more trolling from MF.
 
petros
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We need an "overreacters" section for these posts.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

We need an "overreacters" section for these posts.

Hey hey.... he's afraid. lol
 
petros
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What's the point of this?
F-cking kids.
 
Praxius
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

We need an "overreacters" section for these posts.


But please, think of the children.... Hur hur hurrrrr.


All anybody needs is a decently sized homemade bomb to blow up a pipeline of any kind, it's common sense and doesn't take a rocket scientists to figure that out.


Fence the pipline off with sensors and have regular patrols, there's your jobs.


But the ex Navy Seal might be right. Some Taliban might pop out of a weasel hole with an RPG in the middle of Nebraska and blow it up, spilling oil all over their cornfields in the middle of a hot summer, resulting in the entire country being engulfed in Popcorn.
 
B00Mer
Republican
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Hey!!! Let's give the terrorist some ideas... thank you ex-Seal
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

Hey!!! Let's give the terrorist some ideas... thank you ex-Seal

That's what I was thinking lol
 
EagleSmack
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They've got plenty of ideas I am sure.
 
Nuggler
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just a matter of time...............

Don't try to arrest them, just aim for body mass and keep firing till they're all dead.

Now if they're as dumb as the suicide bomb instructor who gave his class one lesson, we may come out ok.
 
Locutus
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chilling


annnyway, you wouldn't want to actually kill people or anything, really scare them with like say, properly contaminating a water supply, food source, crippling the electrical power grid, internet or other such ooga booga plan. no no, you'd want a little pipeline fire that hurts nobody and then then put the fire out and fix the pipeline again.


chilling
 
petros
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We all have either two or three pipelines into or exiting our homes. Are we all at risk?
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

chilling


annnyway, you wouldn't want to actually kill people or anything, really scare them with like say, properly contaminating a water supply, food source, crippling the electrical power grid, internet or other such ooga booga plan. no no, you'd want a little pipeline fire that hurts nobody and then then put the fire out and fix the pipeline again.


chilling

That's all so 9/11ish.
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

That's all so 9/11ish.

If I were one of these horking clowns I would want to make the cover of snackbar magazine man...terrorize big or just go home. Do it proper like. Surely they watch the Blacklist.

pipelines...*snerk*
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

We all have either two or three pipelines into or exiting our homes. Are we all at risk?






WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE ! SOB SOB.
 
B00Mer
Republican
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

That's what I was thinking lol

Great minds think alike..
 
Goober
Free Thinker
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Pipe lines, chemical plants, oil refineries.
And many of these are located in population centers. A few bombs, thousands dead.
Sour gas wells same thing. Remember Ludwig?
Same with office towers, chemicals fed into the air circulation systems.
Thousands upon thousands of targets.

The guy is a shill.
 
petros
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The deadliest terrorist attack would take a pack of matches to pull off and wouldn't kill a soul....at first. A windy day and ripe crops...wooooosh...no food and the masses will kill each other for a rotten potatoes.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Pipe lines, chemical plants, oil refineries.
And many of these are located in population centers. A few bombs, thousands dead.
Sour gas wells same thing. Remember Ludwig?
Same with office towers, chemicals fed into the air circulation systems.
Thousands upon thousands of targets.

The guy is a shill.

Luidwig is the posterchild of a terrorist that we have to worry about.
 

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