posted on May, 27 2009 @ 12:17 PM
Although specific spectrums and bands have been acquired for military use only, it doesn't mean that they cannot be picked up by standard commercial
equipment. The lovely thing about what many consider to obsolete technology is that is was made before many of the restrictions as to what bands are
to be available to civilians. You can usually pick up a 1960's era Shortwave Radio at any Swap Meet or Garage Sale for a steal (although those who
know what they are worth aren't going to part with them for anything less than your first-born child and your arm).
The military doesn't rightly care if civilians have these frequencies as the average citizen doesn't know how to tune in to them to begin with, and
those that do most probably don't have the equipment to listen in. In addition, anything sensitive would be encrypted any ways.
I remember staying up countless nights listening to the number counting broadcasts by the CIA. On four separate channels, broadcast simultaneously,
was the same female Cuban voice reciting series of numbers. Each broadcast was different. Everyone on the Net back in the 1980's would share the
frequencies and transcribe the numbers. It was clearly encoded, and even if you could successfully decrypt one of the broadcasts, you had to know
which one of the four broadcasts was the "correct" one and which ones were meant as disinfo. To my knowledge, no one ever broke the codes, but it
was a lot of fun nevertheless.
This news article, however, appears to be a document meant for US R.A.C.E.S. (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) which was founded by the FCC and
is coordinated by Homeland Security Affairs. Being a member or US RACES or joining your local CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) would probably
give you access to this document without it needing to be "leaked". Such projects are important, in the event of a regional or national disaster, to
help communities respond and recover from such events. I know our local community spends a lot of city, county, and state dollars into these programs,
as well as receiving Federal assistance from DHS. It's basically the modern version of the US Civil Defense that was dismantled after FEMA took over
many of their roles.