"We're All on the Grid Together" "Once power is fully restored, it will take little time to find the culprit: most likely, it will be a malfunctioning switch or fuse, a snapped power line or some other local failure. Somebody will be fired, promotions and raises denied, and lawmakers will draw up legislation guaranteeing that this problem will not occur again."
"Something will be inevitably missed, however, during all this finger-pointing: this week's blackout has little to do with faulty equipment, negligence or bad design. President Bush's call to upgrade the power grid will do little to eliminate power failures. The magnitude of the blackout is rooted in an often ignored aspect of our globalized world: vulnerability due to interconnectivity."
... and finally, a look at Homeland Security implications:
"Blackout exposes faults in nation's power grid" Terrorism sprang to mind when the lights suddenly went out for millions of Americans and Canadians. But fears of al-Qaida strikes on the vulnerable power grid were unrealized, federal officials quickly determined."
"Had it been an actual attack, it is unlikely the terrorists would have met their goals. There was little evidence of panic, violence or threats to public health and civil order."
"Call it a weapon of mass disruption. Air conditioning went out. People were trapped in subways and elevators. Planes were grounded and traffic lights went dark. Cell phones didn't recharge. New York, Cleveland, Toronto and Detroit lost most of their power Thursday afternoon."
"Thanks to backup power supplies — probably last upgraded before Y2K — the vital institutions kept the lights on. Hospitals stayed open and jail doors stayed closed."