When I was a kid
, I told my parents
that there was a secret government organization
based in Fort Meade, Maryland
. They laughed at me.
It all added up. First, if you looked at any map before, say 1960, you would see the town of Ft. Meade. But afterwards, any map-Exxon, Rand McNally-it wasn't there. It didn't exist, there were no roads in or out of the town.
In addition to this, if you added up the amount of money in the Defense budget, it was approximately $700 million. They listed the total as $1 billion and the amount of money for Signals Intelligence wasn't specified or itemized.
Plus, during hearings held by Senator Church, a spy for Israel named Fort Meade as his residence.
You put all this together: the secret location, the disappearing town, and the unspecified budget and it became clear, even to an idiot kid like me: something was rotten in the state of Maryland.
Closer to home, in and around the New York City area, there are five strategically-placed airports designed to shoot down any enemy aircraft headed towards the city. One is located in the town I used to live, Mahwah, New Jersey. It contains a missile defense silo. Two others are located in Fairfield, Connecticut and by MacArthur Airport on Long Island. They're defunct now, and the one in Mahwah is just an open space.