Originally posted by ProjectUltra2013
So where to begin...
Well, for starters it's actually very BORING. Believe it or not.
Well, it's certainly true that most S and some TS work is very boring. Or pointlessly classified. I've got a spec drawing framed on the wall of my
office for a once secret screwdriver used on Louis Allis power supplies for Navy sonar. It's a stock screwdriver. But since it was used on this
project, it ended up classified.
Some parts of TS and SCI jobs are boring. But you get enough jobs that are not that make up for it, unless you're doing a lot of Navy work, ONI can
suck the fun out of a sunny day.
The thing that wears on you mostly is the levels of security themselves, the compartmentalization, the isolation that imparts.
You're never alone. There isn't any isolation in terms of being alone in the SCIF or a secure area.
doors that can't be opened from either the inside nor the outside, "they" let you in and "they" let you out.
Never seen that one. It is sort of closed in inside a SCIF, but it's sort of nice in ours in terms of being quiet and indirectly lit. I end up falling
asleep if I'm not careful.
...anti-electronics scanners and jammers...
Most SCIFs have cell phone detectors. Ours does. No jammers though - it's TEMPEST, you can't get a signal out.
As far as job applications go, for the most part, they find you, you don't find them. and when it comes tax time, they put "works at McDonalds" as
your place of work; as you probably guessed by now.
That one's pretty far off. I can point you to dozens of job sites that specialize in hiring people for S, TS, and TS/SCI work without cracking a
sweat. There are likely hundreds of them. If you want that sort of work and can qualify for it, they'll toss a red carpet at you to get you. Granted,
your company and engineers (or whatnot) become known in the community and people will approach you for jobs. But it's not like being tapped for Skull
and Bones where some MIB comes up in the dark and says "TS/SCI job designing an invasive ethernet packet inspector for the Agency that can be inserted
into a line in an office and not be spotted - yes or no!"
and that's just the beginning.
All of your modes of communications are tapped until death;
Nah. Even if you're up to no good for the Army, say Special Forces or Delta, what you get is a call from an officer every quarter for a number of
years reminding you about your NDAs. I've heard some did not, so it might also depend on what you were up to exactly.
You send emails or make phone calls from a base or a SAP/USAP, you can expect that. From the house, not so much.
threads monitored and deleted at will.
Well, if you screw up that can happen, a group of military and contractors had that happen on FARK in 2004. That's a story of its own. They didn't
monitor me though, DIA found a really inappropriate post I made during a standard sweep of the site (they do that to FARK) and whoopsie there it was,
one thing led to another, and some threads got removed.
Having to take vitamin gummies because you never get to see sun light.
Around here, we call that being an engineer.
They have biometrics scans...
Not that I've seen. They have lots of photos and fingerprints. And one time I'm pretty sure they went in my house after the 2004 thing. At least I
found some things moved and someone left me a present I couldn't ignore as what I assumed was a goofy way of telling me they'd been there, I reported
it and was told to fugedaboutit.
Never knowing if your friend is actually a friend, or just a "they" plant. (paranoia: an inability to trust anyone, at anytime, for any reason, with
I know who my friends are. It's the people that suddenly want to get talky that are "they". It's pretty easy to spot a bar boojum, though. DIA had a
guy working the wellness center gym in Huntsville, he was actually a pretty nice guy and very bad at boojum work. ONI tries that around Navy bases
with especially sensitive stuff in.
eta: I never heard of anyone saying they worked at McD's. It's an inside joke at the agency to say you work for the USDA. I generally say "I'm an
engineer" if I want to end a conversation, no one wants to talk shop with engineers. I also occasionally tell nosy people that I'm a UFO mechanic,
which fits my quirky sense of humor.
edit on 22-4-2013 by Bedlam because: (no reason given)