posted on Oct, 13 2005 @ 09:10 PM
My father-in-law is a "gun nut". He loves America, has pictures of John Wayne and Ronald Reagan in his house, but is highly mistrustful of our
government. He lives in a major city, but refuses to have a telephone or bank account. He uses pay telephones and cashes his paychecks.
Years ago, right after me and my then-fiancee got together, we were talking about shooting and places we like to go shoot. Since we're both ex-Army
gun nuts we talk about such things frequently. He told me there was this dry wash where he frequently went to shoot, and he had to pass by a federal
facility(a prison) to get there. There were eight semi-trailers parked in a lot behind this facility, and he had second- and third-hand information
that these semi-trailers were filled with riot gear, razor wire, and other supplies needed to control an insurrection or other massive public
disturbance. I assumed my father-in-law was just being paranoid and didn't think much of it.
Years later, by a quirk of fate I got a job at this facility. The trailers were still there, and when I inquired about their purpose was informed that
they were long-term storage of construction supplies. That's all anybody seemed to know, and I believed it because nobody seemed to think about them
one way or another. Nobody ever went in them for any reason that I can remember. I recalled what my father-in-law said about them, but didn't concern
myself with them because they weren't part of my immediate purview. Not my department, not my problem, and to ask for access to them would have been
way out of line for someone as low in seniority as me.
One day, after I had been working at this place about two years, the trailers were gone. Poof, just like that, which is odd because nothing in federal
government gets accomplished without multiple memorandums, interagency agreements, and other bureaucratic ceremonies. The only thing anybody knew for
sure is that they were gone. It was said, but not known for sure, that they were going to be used by another agency and that government employees or
contractors had picked them up. The more I asked about the situation the less people seemed to know. For all anybody knew, drug gangs could have
stolen them to use for cross-border dope smuggling.
I still work for the same agency at a different facility. I've come to realize something about federal service that's true no matter where or for
which agency you work; Ignorance and obfuscation are institutionalized parts of the job. Knowledge beyond one's actual job function is discouraged
and in some cases penalized.
Given this paradigm, its easy for me to see that if, and that's a big if, the government wanted to set up something like secret bases or POW camps it
would be easy to accomplish. I don't know what happened to those trailers or what was in them, but if it was something sinister we were blissfully
unaware of it.