Why Was Sunspot Closed?
On Sep. 6, the FBI closed the Sunspot solar observatory in the mountains outside Alamogordo, N.M. What’s behind the mystery? Federal authorities have said it was closed for “security reasons,” but not provided any further explanation. Lisa Haven explores some prospects based on answers she has gleaned in foreign news outlets.
Here, David Zublick gets into why the solar observatories were mysteriously evacuated. The “official” reason was given Monday: A claim by the FBI that they were looking for a suspect, and that it was a matter of national security. Supposedly, Sunspot reopened Tuesday. Also, none of the other sites were closed fully, just their “live feeds” were shut down.
As of press time, the federal government claims they closed down Sunspot because they found a laptop on site upon which child porn had been downloaded. The official explanation: “A federal search warrant reveals that Sunspot Solar Observatory was shut down as FBI agents conducted computer forensic searches for child pornography. The source of child pornography was traced to an IP address used at the observatory and a source within the building observed a computer with “not good” images on it, the warrant states. An investigation by the FBI revealed that a janitor is the main suspect in the search, however he has not been charged with a crime even though his name is on the warrant.”
Obviously, this seems like a flimsy explanation, as it’s one the Feds have used quite a few times before in delicate predicaments. Still, this is the official response, so we’re relaying it.