Extra Helping of Squid: A Bomb Conference by the Bay
August 20, 2012
Bombs Away…Squid enjoys a rich inner-fantasy life bolstered by a slavish devotion to spy and adventure novels, stories of international intrigue and James Bondsian-quality escapades. (Squid is saving up for a custom-made tuxedo as we speak.) So imagine Squid’s excitement this week upon hearing that an ultra top-secret drama would be playing out in Squid’s own backyard.
The drama—OK, it’s more like a meeting—started this morning at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. It’s a two-for-one meeting, as the Ballistic Division’s Fifteenth Classified Ballistics Symposium meets up with the Bomb & Warhead Division’s 61st Annual Bomb & Warhead Technical Symposium. The topic of discussion? Blowing shit up.
In attendance: the Department of Defense, DoD contractors, the Department of Energy, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Not in attendance? “Noforn,” for “no foreign nationals allowed” at the “secret” classified meeting, according to the National Defense Industrial Association website.
But also expected to attend, probably to the consternation of all the top-secret types listed above: MacGregor Eddy, Monterey County’s original vigilant peace activist. Eddy plans to hold an informational action at the front gate of NPS at some point during the symposium, which runs through Thursday.
“Time to be announced soon,” Eddy writes in an email to Squid’s colleagues. “Classified means we’re not invited.”
Squid is thinking of starting a campaign at Kickstarter.com—which helps artists fund artistic endeavors—to raise the bail money that might be required. After all, chaining oneself to the gates of a federal institution might just classify as performance art.