Tuesday, August 08, 2006

No More Fighting in the War Room

OK, so it's not the War Room from Dr. Strangelove although it did play a role (in mockup form) in WarGames. Regardless, the NORAD facility at Cheyenne Mountain is being put on standby, with some staff moving to a nearby Air Force base.

Fun Cool Fact: all the buildings inside the facility are on springs! When not monitoring sensors, support staff run back and forth en masse. If the bunker's rockin', don't come a-knockin'.

From the article it sounds like homeland security functions will benefit from the consolidation of activity, with little loss of security given the low risk of the kind of thermonuclear attack the base's designers had in mind.

Despite that, the news has generated a flurry of speculation in the surprisingly well-populated network of parents' basements somewhere off the right edge of the political spectrum. "Unleash Chiang Kai-Shek" and "It's all done at the moonbase now anyway" are neck and neck.

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