Sunspot

Sheriff At Center of Sunspot Mystery Issues Profane Rant Against FBI

Strange things are once again afoot in New Mexico, as a local Sheriff has courageously called “BS” on the FBI.

It all begin nearly two weeks ago with the mysterious shutdown and evacuation of Sunspot Solar Observatory, in the remote town of Sunspot, New Mexico.

At the time, Sheriff Benny House of Otero County was livid.  His department had been told nothing about the sudden action, nor anything about any potential danger that would have caused the FBI to swoop in with “blackhawk helicopters” and teams of supposed equipment techs climbing around on the expensive and delicate arrays as the site.

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Now, after Sunspot has reopened, the FBI is still refusing to release any details regarding the incident, other than to mention that yes, it happened.

Sheriff House isn’t satisfied, and the strong language below proves it.

“I think it’s chicken shit the way the FBI handled it. I have a responsibility to protect my citizens,” said House, “I think it’s paramount that we know what the threat is so we can provide safety.”

The observatory is located 17 miles from Cloudcroft, New Mexico. The facility, and the Sunspot Post Office, located on observatory property, were suddenly closed on Thursday September 6, 2018. The staff at the post office was relocated to the post office in Cloudcroft during the closure.

On Sunday, September 16, 2018, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) announced it was reopening the facilities.

AURA, the agency that runs the observatory, said in a news release the observatory was closed as a precautionary measure while the FBI investigated suspected criminal activity. “During this time, we became concerned that a suspect in the investigation potentially posed a threat to the safety of local staff and residents. For this reason, AURA temporarily vacated the facility and ceased science activities at this location. The decision to vacate was based on the logistical challenges associated with protecting personnel at such a remote location, and the need for expeditious response to the potential threat,” AURA said in a news release.

The internet had run wild in recent days with theories about the nature of the incident, with American citizens believing that everything from imminent alien contact to the coming death of the sun could be the culprit.

House is demanding answers. “Is there a bomb threat? Is there an active shooter? Is it chemical? We need to know so we know what kind of man power to send up there, and with out knowing, it’s dangerous for everybody,” House said, “We have a duty to protect and we can’t protect them if we don’t know what is going on.”

House said he reached out to the FBI repeatedly and was kept in the dark. “We’ve asked and asked (the FBI) and they will not tell us anything,” the sheriff said.

Until we are given a definite answer by the FBI or AURA, House’s rage will be necessary and righteous.

 

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