Originally posted by hinky
What kind of a fool do you think would actually respond to this in a serious fashion. Anyone who knows anything will not come out and say, "OH, BTW I
took the ____ out for a test today. You know better than expected results..."
My reaction exactly - only it was more like "are you [snip] kidding me? This thread has "run away" written all over it"
Well, then the second thing that hit me was that it could be construed as solicitation if someone actually DID answer him - bad for both.
However, I'll answer it sort of tongue-in-cheek:
1. What, if any, secret have you personally uncovered in your lifetime?
If by "uncover" you mean "find out when it's none of my business", maybe two. I really try not to find out other people's stuff through work
channels. I used to consider putting stuff together from press releases and other non-classified sources as fair game, at least I did until 2004. Now
I don't do that anymore.
2. About what would you like to uncover more?
Actually, as far as "work material" goes, I'd rather uncover less. Heck, there's stuff I worked on that I'd rather not know about. Innocence is a
3. Where do you suspect big secrets?
In locked filing cabinets. Some are on SIPRnet. But the really good stuff is locked away in a SCIF or secure records facility somewhere.
4. How can these secrets be uncovered?
By breaking into the facility, the SCIF, and the filing cabinets and safes. Only you'd be shot, so it's got that going for it.
5. What could you personally do to help uncover such a secret?
Nothing. Actually, if someone showed up here with the wrong stuff I'd rat him out tout de suite, and I've actually done it to one of the members of
ATS, but not for ATS postings, it was from another site he writes for professionally.
edit: I take that back, I've ratted out an ATS member a long time back. He posted that he had opened up some crates he was hauling (he was a truck
driver) and was going through some stuff he was supposed to deliver to a certain military base, and was asking for help in identifying his haul.
6. What did you notice about a subject before many others that later turned out to be true?
That the project was a waste of taxpayer's money. That the management was trying to "make their mark" on a weapon system by tacking on useless
crap. That they are not as interested in redundancy and safety as they should be.
7. Have you ever noticed something nobody else seems to have noticed yet?
Yes. We're trying to make one now.
8. What are the reasons for keeping something secret?
Because you don't need to know it. Having something up your sleeve isn't very useful if the sleeve is transparent. And in some cases, I
light-heartedly hope we don't share it with anyone, and that the development team dies a horrific death, and that a major earthquake destroys the
facility and all the files and backups. I know that's not likely. But some things I wish didn't exist, ever.
9. Where can we look next to uncover something big, exciting or frightening?
A really good circus. I like Cirque du Soleil.
10. Who could we ask in order to find out more?
Given their abysmal track record, I'd go to the Los Alamos area and hit the bars. Lube up a sigma-15 guy and he'll probably give you the plans for
the next generation of nukes. Sandia, not so much.
[edit on 5-11-2007 by Tom Bedlam]
[edit on 6-11-2007 by elevatedone]