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Sat Sep 15, 2018, 09:07 AM

A solar observatory in New Mexico is evacuated for a week and the FBI is investigating.

SUNSPOT, N.M. — At a small solar observatory tucked away in the woods of a national forest here, scientists and other personnel were commanded last week to leave at once. A week later, the facility remains vacant, and no one is willing to say why.

On Friday, the entrance to the National Solar Observatory was blocked by yellow crime scene tape and two security guards, who said even they had been kept in the dark ... and that only the “director and an assistant” were allowed in. There was no obvious sign of law enforcement activity. “We don’t know anything. We’re just as curious as anyone else,” one guard said.

A spokeswoman for the nonprofit group that runs the facility said the organization was ad­dressing a “security issue,” but offered no additional information ... She said Friday that the facility “will remain closed until further notice.” Neither the FBI — which was spotted on the premises around the time of the evacuation — nor those who worked at the facility would tell local law enforcement what had happened, said Otero County Sheriff Benny House.

House, the sheriff, said that just before 10 a.m. Sept. 6, staffers at the Sunspot facility called to report that they were “evacuating the building” and asked if deputies could assist. He said a sergeant and a deputy were dispatched and told upon arrival that the FBI had been there earlier. But neither staff nor the bureau would explain why the facility had to be vacated, House said.

Unlike some of New Mexico’s other research facilities, the solar observatory in Sunspot is not usually shrouded in such secrecy. The facility — in the Lincoln National Forest in the southern part of the state — is open to the public, and the scientists who work there offer guided tours of the site, said James McAteer, a professor at New Mexico State University and director of the Sunspot Solar Observatory consortium.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/a-solar-observatory-in-new-mexico-is-evacuated-for-a-week-and-the-fbi-is-investigating-no-one-will-say-why/2018/09/14/ea006a96-b78b-11e8-a2c5-3187f427e253_story.html?utm_term=.2df40d44cf3e

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Reply A solar observatory in New Mexico is evacuated for a week and the FBI is investigating. (Original post)
left-of-center2012 Sep 15 OP
gordianot Sep 15 #1
Ellipsis Sep 15 #2
joshcryer Sep 15 #23
Cracklin Charlie Sep 15 #3
PatSeg Sep 15 #4
jpak Sep 15 #5
Lochloosa Sep 15 #6
JHB Sep 15 #7
Codeine Sep 15 #8
left-of-center2012 Sep 15 #9
Sneederbunk Sep 15 #28
Tavarious Jackson Sep 15 #10
dixiegrrrrl Sep 15 #18
Historic NY Sep 15 #11
left-of-center2012 Sep 15 #12
Historic NY Sep 15 #13
lunatica Sep 15 #14
Historic NY Sep 15 #19
rusty fender Sep 15 #15
Historic NY Sep 15 #20
lunatica Sep 15 #21
Historic NY Sep 15 #24
lunatica Sep 15 #25
Achilleaze Sep 15 #26
jberryhill Sep 15 #30
rusty fender Sep 15 #32
grantcart Sep 15 #16
Quixote1818 Sep 15 #17
roamer65 Sep 15 #22
Ilsa Sep 15 #29
AllaN01Bear Sep 15 #27
Separation Sep 15 #31

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 09:14 AM

1. Have been following this, it is very odd.

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Response to Ellipsis (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 03:17 PM

23. I knew what that was before clicking.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 09:48 AM

3. This seems odd.

Story needs more development.

I will need to check back.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 09:50 AM

4. Very strange

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 09:50 AM

5. I suspect this...

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 10:17 AM

6. ....

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 10:20 AM

7. Classified plane/drone/vehicle crash?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 10:21 AM

8. Follow-on effect of burrito night. nt

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Response to Codeine (Reply #8)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 10:23 AM

9. A gaseous cloud ?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #9)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 03:43 PM

28. Staff had consumed meal of sauerkraut and chili.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 10:29 AM

10. Russian attack?

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Response to Tavarious Jackson (Reply #10)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 02:35 PM

18. most likely a hack.


Since observatories share data all the time.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 12:28 PM

11. Pretty weird and if they have security none are there....

you-tube has several videos of people wandering through the grounds unchallenged. They report entire houses were cleaned out...

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #11)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 12:33 PM

12. When were those YouTube videos taken?

The place was open to the public previously.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #12)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 01:07 PM

13. Yesterday

[link:|]

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #11)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 01:13 PM

14. I wonder if anyone has thought to use a camera drone for footage

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Response to lunatica (Reply #14)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 03:10 PM

19. The drone camera pickup the father and son on the ground...

its posted on you tube somewhere.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 01:22 PM

15. Saw on the local news (ABQ station)

that some nearby civilian residents have been forced out of their homes as well. Very strange, indeed

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Response to rusty fender (Reply #15)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 03:12 PM

20. Life hazard? And they leave this place in a flash....

unprotected its more than peculiar its mighty perculiar

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #20)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 03:14 PM

21. If it is a life hazard they sure left it wide open

The flimsy tape barrier wouldn’t stop anyone willing to put their life on the line.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #21)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 03:19 PM

24. You take your shit and go, but some said on the video the entire residence are empty.

they wander around unimpeded, even the sheriff left them, they did find unlocked doors. Strange indeed.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #24)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 03:22 PM

25. Curiouser and curiouser

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #20)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 03:25 PM

26. Rapture?



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Response to Achilleaze (Reply #26)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 05:28 PM

30. Gas

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #20)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 09:12 PM

32. Thing is, the FBI has been called in

but nothing about hazmat, etc.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 01:50 PM

16. Obviously Heisenberg is back baby.

Anyone picked up by the FBI don't say anything, better call Saul

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 02:01 PM

17. My best guess is that there may have been threats made? But who knows. nt

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 03:15 PM

22. Upcoming Carrington event?

If you don’t know what a Carrington event is, look up the the Carrington event of 1859.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #22)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 03:44 PM

29. Wouldn't all critical systems go

"underground" if we are days or hours away from the storm? Wouldn't we be warned to prevent panic?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2018, 03:31 PM

27. saw this mentioned to day on a youtube vid. had the channel dissmissed

as i thought was another crackpot channel. meanwhhile the real crackpot is still in office . hmm, scratches head.

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