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Project Aladdin Journal 04-17-2002

Hey everyone. Bob, Jackson really, really liked your suggestion about the strangers being corporate in origin rather than law enforcement. He's decided to start pursuing that angle and seeing what comes up. I'm not exactly sure what he means by that, but I'm just going to go with it. Not that I have much choice, really.

SoundByte, I think what Christine means is that we've only observed those changes that she's told us about. There must be volumes of history that she hasn't explained and might still be subject to change. I also don't see how we would know if something was changed as they would have to tell us. Assuming the universe didn't somewhow cease to exist as a consequence or something like that. I don't know. I'll have to ask Meaghan.

In the meantime, I think we need to get back on track with the investigation. And I'm not just saying that because Gabrielle has been acting a bit scary lately. What do you think my next move should be? I'm polling everyone involved in the project to find out.

Project Aladdin Journal 04-17-2002

SoundByte checking in...glad to hear you're pressing on, it's the best possible direction you could go, and maybe the safest.
Patrick, this is Space Turtel.

Assuming the corporate angle is correct, it may be possible to learn what is going on in Hawaii by studying what contracts have been granted either directly to major defense contractors or to them via "small disadvantaged businesses" (called the "small business set-aside"). In fact, I suspect there may be a trail of "small businesses" that will have to be followed to find the real powerhouse behind, and performing the "real work" of, the project. Many defense contracts are granted for a single year with multiple option years. That permits the government agency to terminate the work at the end of a year with little or no real paperwork if the work is not satisfactory OR to continue with the same contractor for up to a fixed number of years without having to go through a formal competition process each year. You should be looking at contracts with option years, the more the better for the search.

"Black projects" are not subject to FOIA requests, but I do not believe that is the best means to the end anyway. We really do not want to raise a flag pointing out our activities. A quieter examination of contracts is called for. The most obvious indicators I can suggest off the top of my head would be:

1. Too much money for the stated project.

2. Too many contract modifications over a short period of time, or coincident with the renewal dates (option years).

3. High classification of a seemingly innocent project. (That may be a Red Herring given how any classified project will have a limited description available to the public.)

Good hunting. Space Turtel