September 13th 2018
The sudden unexplained closure by the FBI of the National Solar Observatory (NSO) in Sunspot, New Mexico, has prompted theories about the reason as law enforcement keep schtum.
The observatory was shut on September 6, and more than a week later with no sign of re-opening, authorities are still showing no leeway.
The post office in Sunspot has beeneen closed until further notice with a spokesman for the United States Postal Service telling ABC 7: “We were told on September 6 that we would be evacuated along with the surrounding area, we were not told why.
“We were told just to be out of the area. We remain suspended until we are allowed to return.”
Otero County Sheriff, Benny House, said: “The FBI is refusing to tell us what’s going on. We’ve got people up there (at Sunspot) that requested us to standby while they evacuate it.
“Nobody would really elaborate on any of the circumstances as to why. The FBI were up there. What their purpose was nobody will say.”
A spokeswoman for the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) which manages the observatory, said the evacuation was due to a “security issue.
“It was our decision to evacuate the facility.”
This article was posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 6:09 am