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Those readers with a few bucks to spare and who fancy owning an entire US base with a decidedly spooky history should proceed directly here for the opportunity to bid on Sugar Grove Station in West Virginia. The facility once served nearby antennas forming part of ECHELON, and although the eavesdropping kit isn't included in …

  1. g00se
    Pint

    Trumped

    Ideal for a defeated Trump to retire to with his family to escape the imaginary Mexican threat. He can afford it - or so he says...

    1. Rich 11 Silver badge

      Re: Trumped

      He could gather his followers around him, and together they could build a wall.

      I'd give it two weeks before it turned into this.

      1. Pedigree-Pete

        Re: Trumped

        Awesome read Rich 11. Thanks for the link. PP

      2. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

        Re: Trumped

        I'd give it two weeks before it turned into this.

        Nah. Trump is a con man, not a cult leader. He needs a continual supply of fresh fools; he has neither the wit nor the patience to condition the ones already around him.

        His brand of bullshit is an extraction industry, not a manufacturing one.

        1. Fatman
          Joke

          Re: Trumped

          <quote>He needs a continual supply of fresh fools whose stupidity provides him with access to a potential revenue stream to continually bankroll his efforts; he has neither the wit nor the patience to condition the ones already around him.</quote>

          FTFY!!!

          Oh, and another point of view about Trump:

          http://cars.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/heres-how-donald-trump-bankrupted-his-atlantic-city-casinos-but-he-still/2281296

  2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

    I've always wanted my own fire station...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      You know that fire stations are for putting them out, not starting new ones?

      (once I realised this I was a lot less keen on them. And I was far too young to join the Ministry of War; had to settle for the Ministry of Defence...)

      1. Richard 126

        Re: You know that fire stations are for putting them out, not starting new ones?

        I believe it should be renamed back to the War Department. Might make people think about what it actually does.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          >> should be renamed back to the War Department

          Careful now! Might start a trend of facing truths bluntly and who knows where that could lead? Especially dangerous for governments...

        2. Northern Skeptic
          Thumb Up

          Re: You know that fire stations are for putting them out, not starting new ones?

          This sounds far too sensible and honest, you might even get a return to a Personnel department rather than HR and giving a flying f**k about the people that they are supposed to look after.

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    2. Aslan

      What was that children's book where it was the fire engine that started fires?

      allthecoolshortnamesweretaken, Mongo, What was that children's book where it was the fire engine that started fires? It was a weird one kindof along the lines of the phantom tollbooth.

      1. x 7

        Re: What was that children's book where it was the fire engine that started fires?

        " What was that children's book where it was the fire engine that started fires?"

        Do you mean Fahrenheit 451? Not really a kiddies book, though I was aged ~ten when I first read it

      2. Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese
        Coat

        Re: What was that children's book where it was the fire engine that started fires?

        Dennis The Menace?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Go

    Another option for redevelopment...

    Would be buying this and redeveloping it into a Kafkaesque imprisonment/interrogation/re-education center, complete with brightly-colored houses and sentient giant self-inflating, escapee-enveloping beachballs for guards.

    1. Bloakey1

      Re: Another option for redevelopment...

      Well given that the bunker is 2 miles up the road it is as is, as it were.

      I think that what you are describing here would be Guantanamo Bay II, but with a bit less water.

    2. elDog

      Re: Another option for redevelopment...

      I'm just hoping that you mean re-education for the american politicians and war-mongerers.

      Ah, no. That's what I thought. Grab your bunk, comrade!

  4. Herby

    Not good coverage...

    For cell phones due to the NRAO restrictions. These guys go after WiFi stuff if you turn it on. Makes for lots of 19th century communications.

    Of course if you don't want to be heard...

    Too quiet for me, sorry.

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: Not good coverage...

      Hmm... no cell phones. I already like that idea.

  5. ST Silver badge
    Black Helicopters

    the antennas are no longer there ...

    ... having been removed prior to the site going on the auction block.

    1. Bloakey1

      Re: the antennas are no longer there ...

      They never were there, they were two miles away in a nice electronically quiet spot.

  6. Herby

    Then again...

    The movie 36 hours comes to mind. In the movie they used the Ahwahnee hotel which is quite nice to visit.

  7. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge
    Mushroom

    By comparison

    The UK's version of this is sat on a hill above Scarborough (down the road from Fylingdales, and with a good view of Staxton World too), no gated community there or quiet zone either.

    (It's also fun to play 'spot the secret entrance' on Google maps if you're bored).

    * Nukes because that's what all this stuff is supposed to help protect us from.

    1. Ol'Peculier

      Re: By comparison

      CSOS Irton Moor, also known as Completely Secret Outside Scarborough GCHQ.

      Don't know if they still do, but if you rang them (they were in the phone book listed under CSOS, but I know lots of people that have worked there) they would just answer with "Hello, Scarborough 3xxxxx".

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Pint

        Re: By comparison

        like a lot of such places more security by obscurity, even the locals forget what it is - oh and dont park just outside to eat your sarnies the plod soon turns up...

        1. Uffish

          Re: Security

          But if you look closely you'll find that the all rural sites are guarded by special MOD killer sheep.

        2. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge

          Re: By comparison

          Ooooo I dunno, I still remember the hikes around there we used to do in Scouts, ontop of the some of the longer walks across the more seemingly barren bits of Yorkshire only to get politely asked to vacate the area from something completely unmarked on the map..... by people with guns. and more mates in the back of the landrover that pulled up...

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Cult status

    I'm sure the Cult of Scientology will be interested for their next gold base to keep people.

    1. AustinTX
      Alien

      Re: Cult status

      Haha, "clearly" we both came here to say something like this.

  9. x 7

    "The UK's version of this"..........

    the UK has had several sites, some on "secret" RAF bases, some on Post Office / BT "Research" sites, now nearly all closed though a few RAF sites still have geodesic domes with no apparent overt purpose....

    Then theres the covert sites such as the Capenhurst Tower..........

    1. Pedigree-Pete

      Domes....

      ...if your into domes you can buy one just outside of Kinross, Scotland. No. Really. PP

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Alien

    Space signals

    The main camp looks like a kak-handed Vulcan greeting, and as for the dish site - count to 4 in binary on either hand.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I assume there is good broadband?

    albeit you may need to consider the content browsed (cough)... as it is likely to remain connected to the guv'mint networks...

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