From: "Russell D. Hoffman" <>
Subject: Attack on San Onofre Planned by an Army of One
Cc: governor of California
Date: January 9th, 2002
Re: Attack on San Onofre Planned by an Army of One
From: Russell Hoffman, Concerned Citizen, Carlsbad, CA
To: Editors around the world

As you may have heard, San Juan Capistrano (CA) police yesterday  arrested a man who had threatened to shoot up the plant, his coworkers etc. at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

He had an arsenal of almost 300 guns including illegal assault rifles, 5,000 rounds of ammunition, an antitank rocket launcher, four live hand grenades, and survivalist material, etc. etc..

Are you scared yet?  Now, you folks in the media seem to no longer be reporting that he threatened the plant -- but where do you expect him to go to find all those coworkers he's threatening?  And considering that the nuclear industry believes a meltdown is no big deal beyond the perimeter fence, this is ABSOLUTELY ASSURED that this perpetrator has NO IDEA how much death and destruction he could really create with his weapons and whatever training he's got.

MS-NBC is now saying the man was 43 years old and worked at the plant for 17 years.  He was fired last month, and he had access to nuclear area, but it was revoked in 1995 and "never restored".  So he knew exactly where to go and how to get there.


Anyone who remembers how hard a time the Los Angeles police had with just two heavily-armed bank robbers live on television knows it's not so simple to stop a well-armed attacker, especially one who has inside knowledge about exactly how a plant is laid out and when particular areas are most vulnerable.

Security at San Onofre has been described as lax, over and over and over.  Yet no one listens.  There is no way to protect a nuclear power plant properly.  Sure, theoretically, you could do a lot more than is being done.  But you CAN'T do it cost-effectively.  So the plant must be shut down.

Please visit my web site with hundreds of articles and essays about the problems with San Onofre in particular, and nuclear power plants in general:

Here is a list of all nuclear power plants in America, with details about each one:

Here is a list of about 200 books and videos about nuclear power:

God willing, with people taking a new look at these and other books, "the word" will finally become mightier than "the sword", and we will stop this nonsense, close all the nukes, build wind power and other renewable energy solutions, and SAVE THE PLANET before some nut-case takes out a nuclear power plant, either mine, yours, or someone else's.


Russell Hoffman
Concerned Citizen, Carlsbad, CA