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Fourth-generation warfare

Fourth-generation warfare
April 17, 2014, 08:39:54 AM
Terrorism or teen prank? The result is the same.

PORTLAND, Ore. Portland water officials are discarding 38 million gallons of drinking water after a 19-year-old was caught urinating into one of the city's reservoirs.

A security camera caught the man urinating at about 1 a.m. PT Wednesday through an iron fence into Mount Tabor Reservoir No. 5 in southeastern Portland, said Administrator David Shaff of the Portland Water Bureau. Minutes later, two other men, ages 18 and 19, attempted to scale the fence and one of them entered the reservoir.


Re: Fourth-generation warfare
April 17, 2014, 11:10:52 AM
Urine isn't toxic.

Re: Fourth-generation warfare
April 17, 2014, 02:30:31 PM
It is if the one urinating is.

Re: Fourth-generation warfare
April 17, 2014, 02:56:06 PM
He could have (and, it's Portland, so it's a near certainty) pissed undiluted AIDS into the water system and no one's health would actually be threatened.

Re: Fourth-generation warfare
April 17, 2014, 04:23:39 PM
If surveillance revealed someone pouring a bag of white powder into the city water supply would the end results differ? If the bag's contents later turned out to be water soluble baking sugar from a store or a few kilos of arsenic could anyone accurately argue that following the disruptive aftermath no harm was done?

People can be jailed for shouting fire in an occupied public space when there was none. It's all the same principle of 4th generation war: a cheap, simple assault on the more fragile parts of the target's structure.