6.08.2009

Near Washington, D.C., construction crews watch for mystery 'black' wire

·A Metrorail extension risks hitting communications lines, including some used for top-secret government intelligence operations.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-black-wire7-2009jun07,0,7176956.story
This part happens all the time: A construction crew putting up an office building in the heart of congested Tysons Corner in McLean, Va., hit a fiber-optic cable no one knew was there.
This part doesn't: Within moments, three black SUVs drove up, half a dozen men in suits jumped out, and one said, "You just hit our line."
Whose line, you may ask? The guys in suits didn't say, recalled Aaron Georgelas, whose company, the Georgelas Group, was developing the Greensboro Corporate Center. Georgelas assumed that he was dealing with the federal government and that the cable in question was "black" wire -- a secure communications line used for some of the nation's most secretive intelligence-gathering operations.
"The construction manager was shocked," Georgelas recalled about the incident in 2000. "He had never seen a line get cut and people show up within seconds. Usually you've got to figure out whose line it is. To garner that kind of response that quickly was amazing."
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"Yeah, we heard about the black SUVs [Watch video to see what those 'black SUVs' really are]," said Paul Goguen, the engineer in charge of relocating electric, gas, water, sewer, cable, telephone and other communications lines to make way for Metro.
"We were warned that if they were hit, the company responsible would show up before you even had a chance to make a phone call."
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