I've been debating on posting this for a while, but in light of recent posts, I felt it was merited. These days, it appears that everyone and their
brother is a worker at a secret facility, and has just happened to decide to start posting here at ATS.
Now, I myself work at no such facility. I am, however, in a not-quite unique position to know, first-hand, a considerable amount about the type of
people who work there, the employment practices, and the tells for someone hoaxing the part. And the number of red flags I'm seeing lately, along
with the number of people I'm seeing who just openly accept the words of anyone claiming to be a secret facility worker, have prompted me to start
How to Debunk a Secret Facility Faker
There are two types of employees at secret facilities. Laborers and Desk Jockeys. Laborers are the ones whose job generally entails doing the same
job, day after day, be it pushing a broom, sorting and retrieving inventory, attaching a wing-skin to an aircraft, etc. Desk Jockeys typically work
different problems on a regular basis, generally via computer, paper, whiteboard, or whatever. Laborers are almost always union members, a great
frustration of the desk jockeys.
Each must generally pass a rigorous amount of screening for loyalty to one's employer, one's country, and one's moral and ethical compass, in
addition to the "height requirement" of essential job skills and experience. Background checks are typically done on everyone. If the job requires
clearance, these background checks, paperwork, interviews, etc, can go on for weeks or months before you even find out if you're hired. Desk Jockeys
are typically subject to FAR more scrutiny than Laborers.
Typically, if one is the sort who could ever be tempted to run publicly with company secrets, or sell them, you simply don't get hired. The
psychological, criminal, economic, and other filters one must pass through just to get hired are quite accurate, and have had many decades to hone.
They are not foolproof, but it should give you a good idea of the type of person who ever even gets to set foot within the building.
The foreground and background checks (ie. bank accounts, psychological profiles, medical records, loyalty assessments, outside-work monitoring, etc.)
continue off and on throughout one's employment, subject of course, to demands of one's job. Someone whose job it is to retrieve, stock, and
inventory parts in a warehouse is going to have very little access to sensitive documents, but at $700/bolt, has access to some very expensive
hardware they might be tempted to sell, so their financial transactions might be a lot more subject to monitoring than their internet forum usage.
Conversely, one who has access to "Eyes Only" documents can count on their life being an open book to The Company at any given time. Passive checks
are always in place. Active checks will happen any time there is reason to, and without the employees knowledge or consent, and might even include
full searches of one's homes, cars, accounts, etc.
Obviously, these checks involve not only a significant number of loops that must be hopped through in order to enact, but are also rather expensive to
perform. Checking 500 people in such a way would cost far too much time and money. This is where compartmentalization comes in.
Compartmentalization is the systematic physical, informational, and infrastructural separation of entities, jobs, and knowledge within the company.
Employees may work within the same building, on the same floor, and walk down the same hallway, yet never meet in 20 years of working, because they
each have a separate keypunch/safelock door that lead to separate work areas, and the only time the two might meet is at the snack machine, or the
bathroom. Each Compartment is given strict orders not to discuss their jobs, except in the vaguest of terms, like "Systems Engineer," or
In short, the guy grabbing a Coke out of the vending machine next to you could be an engineer on a pulse engine, and you'd never know it, because his
description of job duties, outside his compartment, amounts to "I work on engines." The lady behind him, waiting her turn to use the vending
machine, might be the programmer for the flight-software that interprets the pulse engines feedback, and adjusts the flight controls, and both of
their work might be critically important to one another's job, and yet, without a specific job and purpose, they might never even know this, because
the only thing that crosses the boundary between one compartment and another is approved information, and the source of that information
generally references nothing but a billing number.
Compartments don't get exciting names like "Black Hole Research" and "Warp Drive Technology Division." They get names like 882-8A, from which
nothing can be derived, not even by the compartment that houses the database workers themselves. When a new project opens, a new number is issued to
it. The database doesn't read "882-8A: Cloaking Systems", it's just "882-8A", along with its list of points of contact, its budget, and what
requirements must be met to review any information coming out of this department.
Those requirements might be specific project numbers, they might be levels of clearance, they might be the color of your eyes. These requirements are
not advertised, even within the company. You don't just walk into the local company library and say "Oh, let me see all the documents I qualify to
read." If you are meant to read a document, it has either been delivered to you, or you already know specifically which one you are looking for.
The containers for this information bits will have their own highly visible sorting system that employees are already trained to recognize. For
instance, a "red" folder might mean "if you don't have Alpha Level security, don't read this." If such a folder gets accidentally delivered to
you, or you come across it, and you realize you don't have this clearance level, you don't read it unless the appropriate parties confirm it. Doing
otherwise may result in termination to imprisonment.
Gaining Clearance Levels
Clearance is not something you walk into the company with. It is not something that is arbitrarily handed to you just because a job needs to be done.
It is usually not even something you can shoot for, it just happens along the way, through repeatedly proving your silence and loyalty, and the
passage of time.
If you are being considered for an Earth-shattering project, long before you are even made aware that this project is hiring within the
company, you have been physically, emotionally, financially, criminally, and otherwise heavily evaluated ahead of time to see if you are capable of
even revealing this prospect to. Assuming you make the cut, and apply, and are accepted as an interviewee, you will be given leading questions to
determine if you can handle the stress, moral questions, ethical questions, secrecy, etc, that such a project will entail. Before you even show up to
the interview, active monitoring begins, and effectively doesn't stop, only the level of it changes over time.
Even if you pass all the checks, you meet the "height requirement" of job skills, you answer all the questions perfectly, and your active monitoring
picks up zero anomalies, you might not get the job. Perhaps you haven't worked at the company long enough. Perhaps they only had a limited number of
positions, and they were filled by someone better. Perhaps the job requires a zero-risk candidate and your child was busted for possession a few years
ago. It could be any number of things, but they won't tell you what blew it. The results of all this will be carefully filed away, and might be
useful in future checks, but all the same, you will go through the same thing for any project you apply for.
What this effectively means is that, by the time you are given enough access to know anything that would be particularly amazing, disturbing, or
otherwise outside the realm of "we make jets", you have been so heavily weighed and measured that you either simply aren't the kind of person who
would kiss and tell, or if you are, you are a professional plant, like a Human Intelligence operative from another country, and are so deep undercover
that this would have been planned from the beginning, or that you are a paid informant.
In any event, the "altruistic whistleblower" does not stick around and continue to report from within the company. They have 2 options. One is to
resign in protest and become an actual public whistleblower, in which case the need for secrecy on their part is moot. Publicity becomes their friend,
and the forum-poster would have zero reason not to give their real name, location they worked at, job, etc. Typically, though, these altruistic
whistleblowers exist for reasons of discrimination or unethical business practices, not because some mind-blowing technology was revealed.
Technological whistleblowers simply don't happen. You go into these jobs, these fields, knowing full well that what you might learn, experience, or
develop could be of Earth-shattering consequence, and that you must remain silent on it, or you simply don't make the cut.
The other kind of altruistic whistleblower, perhaps the only "genuine" kind that might ever be of interest to the people at ATS would know full well
just how quickly leaks are tracked, plugged, and projects dismantled and records are destroyed. They would know full well that the information they
are revealing would constitute treason, a capital (death penalty) offense in the U.S., and would have to be of such incredible import that they would
be willing to risk everything to get that information out there. Quitting would either be too obvious, or would put them out of the loop to the point
their information would quickly become useless. So you end up with one of two types: A Deep Throat, or a Media Clusterbomb.
The Deep Throat, like the informant who helped the journalists crack Watergate, is going to pick one close, trusted source, whom he can reliably
contact, meet without being tracked, and will keep facilitate the agenda required without revealing him as a source of knowledge. The Deep Throat
desires no glory, no interaction, no risk. The idea of Deep Throat going on a forum, advertising where they work, what job they did, what they know,
and inviting a Q&A session is beyond absurd; for the genuine informant it is a death wish.
The Media Clusterbomb knows their time is very soon to be up. Either the project is about to achieve fruition, or they are about to be taken out of
the loop. As such, a "press kit" is developed for as many news media as possible, and distributed as quickly as possible, and then the person goes
into hiding, most likely in a foreign country. The press kit would have truly damning evidence of which there would be little to no question of its
authenticity or importance.
In other words...
Don't buy into people on an internet forum claiming to have worked at a secret facility, unless they have delivered indisputable, or nearly
indisputable proof, up front, and then quickly expect them to be silenced by whomever they just blew the whistle on.
If you see someone running a Q&A Session about working at these facilities, you can pretty well rest assured they are a hoaxer, and not worth your
time, except possibly as entertainment value. The most simple proof of this is never seeing any concrete proof or information, rather only vague
phrases like "Oh yeah, we have alien technology" and "we're working on black holes and stuff".
The easiest "Litmus Test" for a "Area 51 Faker" is this:
Could you (or a clever friend if you're not that bright), have just as easily made a thread and claimed the same exact things they did, and made
up the same "info"?
(eg. "Yeah, we work with aliens, and we have stargate technology!")
Did they string it out over a long period of time?
(eg. an open Q&A session that goes on for weeks, perhaps with some cloak and dagger drama thrown in for effect)
Have they failed to produce any evidence at all of their claims?
(eg. "I can't get any documents out of the facility... I can't tell you what the mathematical formula is for this... I don't have any
pictures... I don't have any video... I don't have any transcripts.")
Have they dodged or ignored any exacting questions that might identify them as a fraud?
(eg. "Oh, you've been to Groom Lake? What color are the cafeteria walls, if you don't mind?")
Do claim knowledge of a lot of unrelated facts (cross-compartment)?
(eg. "We work with Aliens, they helped us on the hyperdrive. But really what's amazing is that the stealth bombers use cloaking tech recovered
from the pyramids".)
Do they claim to still be working at the facility?
(eg. "Oh, yeah, I'm an insider, but don't worry, I'm using a library terminal, so there's no way they could know it's me.").
Are they still around? Have they been around a while?
(eg. User was on X minutes ago, joined X Months/Years ago...)
If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes", start counting how many yesses you get. Each progressive "Yes" should be another red flag that
the person claiming to work, or have worked, at a secret facility is little more than an attention-starved person trying to see how big a rise they
can get out of the ATS community.