Loose lips sink ships

Apparently, an agency of the US government did a study that found that by destroying 9 electric substations, a terrorist could cripple the US power supply. All of it.

Then the agency started talking to people on Capitol Hill about the risks. And they talked to others. And wrote memos. Apparently none of this was kept super secret.

A newspaper writes about it. “U.S. Risks National Blackout From Small-Scale Attack,” Wall Street Journal, March 13, 2014 A1 http://on.wsj.com/1fx5efI

As a citizen, I’d like to know, and get some assurance that the right people are doing the right things to address the risk. But shouldn’t the government keep this under tighter wraps? Is it balancing national security risks against the freedom of the press? Or is this just inconvenient facts, well-known within the industry?

Is some information so sensitive that we shouldn’t know about it? Who decides that, in a free society?

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