Guess what, those swarming insects aren’t the only bugs on the Burning Man playa these days.
See, until this week, the only thing attendees had to worry about were cops trying to make drug busts. But those days of wide-pupiled innocence are officially over—the FBI admits it’s been sending in undercover burners—for what purpose we may never know.
This, despite noting that “The greatest known threat in this event is crowd control issues and use of illegal drugs by participants.” Still, FBI officials say their presence has been necessary to prevent “terrorist activities” at the weeklong desert rave.
Far more interesting is the notion that the agency has been using the event to field-test new surveillance equipment in a heavily redacted governmental show of radical self-reliance. (According to CBS, “the agency’s Special Events Management unit seems to note that the event is used to practice intelligence collection and anti-terrorism security.”)
All this, and still no one can figure out who stole my friend’s bike!! FBI guys, if you’re reading this, it was blue and had red lights on it. Thanks so much for your help.