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3/10/2013 6:00:00 AM
Column: 'Dispute' is just a cover for spy school

Alan Choate
News Editor

So - let's review. There's a heated argument over what events - rodeo or motor sports - should take precedence at the Mohave County Fairgrounds just as money, as much as $100,000, becomes available to improve the facilities there.

At the federal level, meanwhile, a sequester is in place, forcing across-the-board reductions at all levels of the government. We're also winding down our military presence in certain parts of the world, but the need for intelligence in those regions will only grow.

And then we learn that Lynn Philip Hodgson, author of a book about Camp X, the once closely guarded secret spy training facility in Canada, is spending time here for the winter.

Separately, these items seem unrelated. But together, the conclusion is obvious. In a cost-saving move, the CIA is going to establish a new super-secret spy school - at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.

At this point, you're probably thinking, "Alan, that can't be true!" Or maybe, "Alan, have you been sniffing ink behind the loading dock again?"

Think about it, though. Rodeo athletes are some of the toughest in the world and are expert riders, something that would come in handy in the rougher parts of the world. Mad crazy driving skills have to be learned and perfected; what better place than a dirt track where people line up to jump motorcycles and crash cars to hone those offensive driving skills?

The motor sports-rodeo debate is a sideshow to disguise what's really going on. While $100,000 is a lot of money, in the context of the intelligence budget it's pocket change. The CIA gets a great deal locating here, and not only for the fairgrounds facility. Recruits have several environments in which to practice survival skills, they won't look out of place carrying firearms, and Kingman's status as a travel hub means people can come and go without attracting attention. They can hide in plain sight.

Consider this - all those boxing/martial arts gyms downtown? Is there enough business here to keep them in the black? Or is there another kind of "black" going on - say, black ops mission centers?

It all starts to make sense now, doesn't it?

We won't be able to get confirmation or denial that this plan exists, of course. But I, for one, welcome our undercover brothers and sisters with open arms.

It's unconventional economic development, but it still counts - these are, after all, educated, high-skill employees who make a middle-class wage. Those are exactly the kinds of jobs any community would (ahem) kill for. Figuratively speaking, of course, unlike the work our newest community members will be training to do.

And in 50 years, when all of this is declassified, you can say you heard it here first.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Article comment by: Lynn Philip Hodgson

I cannot deny or verify that this top-secret project is currently underway. Besides, you won't be able to see anything from a distance as we are using a new stealth product that will make the entire grounds invisible.....

Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013
Article comment by: Lumpy Rutherford

And just think all the jobs generated by contrails and rhe need for health care workers. And all the agent jobs there will be when they start swooping in your homes to take your guns away. And all the black helicopter mechanics will we need at the Kingman Airport. And don't forget the massive jobs at the tinfoil factory at the Kingman Airport.

Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013
Article comment by: Doing Research

You know, if you posted links to this in the right places online, the satirical nature of this would be lost and you'd have a genuine newborn baby conspiracy on your hands.

To double-down on your Simpsons quote, "Your ideas intrigue me and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter."

Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

I think your on to something!
you may have discovered the super secret training facility of the cia/fbi/sas/ss/irs !
and their chief flunky is ansons nephew.
So? is this a feather in their hat for Mohave County? or just dumb luck?
should we roll the swat team , or let their commander AN handle it?
I feel no action is needed at this time as its so secret that no one knows it there!
Carry on!

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