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Re: AT&T Red Oak, Iowa

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  • ozob99
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    Message 1 of 4 , May 25, 2003
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      --- In coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com, hooligan@a... wrote:
      > In a message dated 5/24/2003 7:27:55 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
      > ozob99@y... writes:
      >
      > > > Per a SAC Communicators Association newsletter froma couple
      years
      > > ago, AT&T
      > > >Red Oak was provided with a couple SAC Air Police from Offutt
      > > during the
      > > >Cuban Missile Crisis, to bolster the site's security.
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > Tim
      > >
      > > Interesting,Norfolk &other military focused offices at that time
      had
      > > beefed up commercial security augments but no military;I guess SAC
      > > wanted their own.
      >
      >
      > My interpretation was that it was a SAC decision, that was
      somewhat
      > controversial at the time since Red Oak was in theory a private
      business venture &
      > thus, SAC might be doing something illegal or at least setting an
      undesired
      > precedent by using the military to augment security at the AT&T
      site, but the
      > philosophy was to do it now (albeit with minimal fanfare) & worry
      about such
      > consequences once the concern of sabotage at the onset of nuclear
      combat,
      > toe-to-toe with the Russkies, subsided.
      >
      > But I think I read somewhere on a fellow listmember's web page,
      that there
      > was some sort of Executive Order or Presidential Finding allowing
      for military
      > resources to be used to protect critical comms infrastructure
      operated by
      > civil/commercial ventures like AT&T.
      >
      >
      > Tim

      Probably was concurrance from the top,there was one precedent, the
      Utah tower bombings in 1961(see post #3542);apparently the RA & NG
      were called out or about to be called out to guard some sites
      immediately thereafter.
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