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Decades Later, a Cold War Secret Is Revealed
Associated Press ^ | 12-25-2011 | Helen O'Neill

Posted on 12/26/2011 4:55:55 PM PST by Captain Beyond

This undated image made available by the National Reconnaissance Office is a declassified image of a man standing next to a satellite control section from the Hexagon program.

DANBURY, Conn. – For more than a decade they toiled in the strange, boxy-looking building on the hill above the municipal airport, the building with no windows (except in the cafeteria), the building filled with secrets.

They wore protective white jumpsuits, and had to walk through air-shower chambers before entering the sanitized "cleanroom" where the equipment was stored.

They spoke in code.

Few knew the true identity of "the customer" they met in a smoke-filled, wood-paneled conference room where the phone lines were scrambled. When they traveled, they sometimes used false names.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/12/26/decades-later-cold-war-secret-is-revealed/?test=faces#ixzz1hgtNlqdI

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; History; Military/Veterans; Science
KEYWORDS: cia; coldwar; godsgravesglyphs; hexagon; thesecert

1 posted on 12/26/2011 4:56:01 PM PST by Captain Beyond
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To: Captain Beyond; SunkenCiv; KevinDavis

Just wanted to give a salute to these trusted cold warriors who were able to keep a secret that made our freedom possible and helped defeat the CCCP(USSR).

A GGG ping for the Cold War and a space ping.


2 posted on 12/26/2011 5:01:05 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Captain Beyond

What a great article. Thanks for posting.


3 posted on 12/26/2011 5:05:00 PM PST by Not gonna take it anymore (If Obama were twice as smart as he is, he would be a wit)
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To: Captain Beyond

It was pretty awesome the first time it was posted, too:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2825094/posts


4 posted on 12/26/2011 5:14:15 PM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: Captain Beyond

“To know that this was more than just a company selling widgets ...”

Thanks for a great story. The “widgets” comment caught my eye. In that Defense bill that Obama just signed, and everyone was/is concerned about American citizens being ‘detained” without trial, in one of the sections of the 800+ pages there was something called “Operation Widget” or something.


5 posted on 12/26/2011 5:22:36 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: Captain Beyond

Thanks for finding and posting this.

If there was a “OH WOW” article, this is it.


6 posted on 12/26/2011 5:29:02 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Spoiler Alert! The secret to Terra Nova: THEY ARE ALL DEAD!!!)
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To: Captain Beyond

I believe the government intentionally plans to reveal secrets when generations that would care or be outraged about them are dead.

If the government ever revealed that the Russians sank the Scorpion, this generation would likely respond with “Huh, uh whu..?”


7 posted on 12/26/2011 5:32:07 PM PST by Molon Labbie (Occupiers- The world is watching....and alternatively laughing and vomiting)
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To: Captain Beyond

I believe the government intentionally plans to reveal secrets when generations that would care or be outraged about them are dead.

If the government ever revealed that the Russians sank the Scorpion, this generation would likely respond with “Huh, uh whu..?”


8 posted on 12/26/2011 5:38:02 PM PST by Molon Labbie (Occupiers- The world is watching....and alternatively laughing and vomiting)
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To: Captain Beyond

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Captain Beyond for the topic and ping, thanks humblegunner for the link over to the other topic, and thanks Daffynition for posting the other topic: The approach was not novel -- a similar, much smaller program was run during the Eisenhower administration, one can see one of the "cans" at the Air & Space museum. But 60 miles of film times 19 satellites, that's a lot of info. Bravo to our cold warriors!

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


9 posted on 12/26/2011 6:02:23 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: Captain Beyond
They call the Korean conflict “the forgotten war.” The Cold War, however, remains unknown and unappreciated by those who benefited from the freedoms bestowed upon them by its victors. May we never forget those who fought on the front lines of the long twilight struggle for freedom.
10 posted on 12/26/2011 6:04:12 PM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Molon Labbie
Not buying the "hot torpedo tube" theory, eh?

FRegards,

PrairieDawg
11 posted on 12/26/2011 6:37:34 PM PST by PrairieDawg (Who is John Galt? And who is Barack Obama?)
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To: Captain Beyond

Lest we forget.


12 posted on 12/26/2011 6:56:28 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: humblegunner
Did a keyword search and it was not there. But glad it was posted because what is more important is that those that worked on this amazing project are unsung heroes and need to be saluted for their loyalty and their unwavering support for freedom and our country. Something like this needs to be posted more than once so others that might have missed it got a chance to see it and appreciate what these men and women did in utter secrecy that played a key part in our defeat of the Soviet Union.
13 posted on 12/26/2011 6:58:20 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Captain Beyond
FTA:

Waiting for clearance was a surreal experience as family members, neighbors and former employers were grilled by the FBI, and potential hires were questioned about everything from their gambling habits to their sexuality.

Sex can be a source for bribery, blackmail, and/or espionage??? If this is so, why is it OK for deviants to be in our military????

/s (hopefully the tag is not necessary for most here...)

Guess a similar satellite program begun today would have to go without such vigorous background investigations since the Pink Brigade would get in such high dudgeon about it.

14 posted on 12/26/2011 7:02:11 PM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: PowderMonkey
You got that right there is a whole lot of history of the cold war that is unappreciated by those that are living today that enjoy the liberties of freedom and do not have a clue as to the sacrifice of all those that gave their time and in many cases their lives so we can be living in the greatest society, the American Experiment, that our Forefathers gave us a chance to govern ourselves by.
15 posted on 12/26/2011 7:04:05 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Captain Beyond

We lost the cold war. They’ve got their guy in the White House.


16 posted on 12/26/2011 7:10:46 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Captain Beyond

We lost the cold war. They’ve got their guy in the White House.


17 posted on 12/26/2011 7:10:59 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: T-Bird45
I wonder if a project like this could be done today because the FBI would be so restricted because some much PC crap in finding and making sure that those who entrusted with the defense of our country would be as loyal. We what has been done with the army and wikileaks it is so much harder to keep a secret.

Once again my utmost respect goes out to these people whose work has gone unsung but are now getting the recognition and respect due to them. A big salute to them for helping fight the cold war.

18 posted on 12/26/2011 7:13:56 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Not gonna take it anymore

Thanks Not Gonna Take It Anymore. Your welcome.


19 posted on 12/26/2011 7:15:27 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: T-Bird45

“Sex can be a source for bribery, blackmail, and/or espionage??? “

Here is the problem: If someone has something to hide they may very well be subject to blackmail. The Soviets were known for using this to force secrets out of people, and to turn them into Soviet agents.

Let us say, 20 or 30 years ago (when it was a much bigger taboo to be a homo than it is considered today) that someone was a closeted homosexual, and yet had access to secrets. Now let’s say the the Soviet intelligence apparatus manages obtain photographic evidence of that person engaging in homo behavior. Release of that info would absolutely ruin that person’s life.

The homo would be fired at least, jailed at worst. So it is a simple matter to force a deal - the queer gets to stay in the closet so long as he co-operates with the enemy.

THAT is the kind of thing they are afraid of when it comes to granting a clearance, and why they delve into a persons habits and sexual preferences and behaviors.

“If this is so, why is it OK for deviants to be in our military????”

Once it is made OK, and the deviant is “out” about it then the enemy can’t use the knowledge of said deviancy to blackmail the deviant.

(please do not think I approve of homos in the military, I most certainly do not!)


20 posted on 12/26/2011 8:21:26 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: SpaceBar

Sorry we have not lost the cold war. BO-The-Zero is just a small set back and because we are Americans we can over come and re-new the spirit that settled this great nation. Just because of the current political situation that we face today it does not in anyway take away from the great accomplishments of these brave men and women who served our country on this great project. If anything it is a great testament to the true spirit of our nation and what the people did who worked on project Hexagon. Hopefully as more American citizens learn of the heroic actions of these and other people who fought and served our great country in the Cold War they will also be inspired live up to the American Spirit handed down to us by our Forefathers and continue to build upon what project Hexagon and others have done to keep us free and the land of liberty.


21 posted on 12/26/2011 11:29:05 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: SpaceBar

Sorry we have not lost the cold war. BO-The-Zero is just a small set back and because we are Americans we can over come and re-new the spirit that settled this great nation. Just because of the current political situation that we face today it does not in anyway take away from the great accomplishments of these brave men and women who served our country on this great project. If anything it is a great testament to the true spirit of our nation and what the people did who worked on project Hexagon. Hopefully as more American citizens learn of the heroic actions of these and other people who fought and served our great country in the Cold War they will also be inspired live up to the American Spirit handed down to us by our Forefathers and continue to build upon what project Hexagon and others have done to keep us free and the land of liberty.


22 posted on 12/26/2011 11:29:33 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: PrairieDawg

No sir. Recommend “Scorpion Down” by Ed Offley if you haven’t read it already. I had to read it twice back to back because because I just couldn’t believe it the first time through.


23 posted on 12/27/2011 2:46:07 AM PST by Molon Labbie (Occupiers- The world is watching....and alternatively laughing and vomiting)
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To: Molon Labbie

Molon,

Thanks for the recommendation - I’ll check it out.

PrairieDawg


24 posted on 12/27/2011 7:27:00 AM PST by PrairieDawg (Who is John Galt? And who is Barack Obama?)
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To: SunkenCiv
Yeah it is hard to even imagined the number of man hours it took back then to go over all those images and sort out the ones that might be relevant. Then to send out the humint to verify it was a tremendous undertaking. My hat off these guys. Awesome job well done.
25 posted on 12/27/2011 5:35:54 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: 21twelve

2112 cool screen name btw. Yeah that is why we have to get BO-The-ZerO out of office and clean out all the clowns and put in some actual leaders in Washington. Where is that walmart roll back guy when you really need him.


26 posted on 12/27/2011 5:39:40 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Nik Naym

Guess I was just too obvious with that “end sarcasm” tag (/s), huh? My original post was intended as a short yet hopefully witty and sarcastic comment to state everything you did in a longer form. It appears we agree so I’ll just wish you the best in the coming New Year!


27 posted on 12/27/2011 7:05:05 PM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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