According to our sources, scientists at the MINOS project at Fermilab received what can only be described as "a transmission" on November 9th at 3:37 AM. All communication with the lab has been officially shut down and the equipment has been sealed by FBI agents arriving only minutes after and with no contact. Almost all of the scientists involved have been, we understand, shipped to the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp where they are being held on federal terrorism charges.
One scientist, however, a Jose Lopez, has exited the facility shortly after the signal was received to pick up a pizza as it "was going to be a long night."
TheResistor: Can you tell us what you saw when you returned?"
Dr. Jose Lopez: There were all these FBI trucks--mobile command centers. Helicopters. I thought something, like, some act of terror had happened, and then I saw them taking the guys out with these black bags over their heads. In handcuffs. I got back in my car and took off.
TR: Do you have any idea what tipped them off?
DJL: No. We had not informed anyone outside the lab. At least I think no one said anything--we weren't sure, you know, what we had."
TR: And what was that?
DJL: Well, these were--it was a timed Neutrino Burst--we'd never seen anything like it. The monitors are incredibly sensitive because a neutrino can pass through the entire earth without interacting--so we have a dense barium manifold with--no--anyway--it starts pinging. Strong. Regular bursts. And then . . .
TR: Then what?
DJL: Well, the interaction was all wrong. Neutrinos don't have a charge but these were setting the magnetometers off something crazy. That all speaks to malfunction. But then we realized that these could actually be--
TR: Be what?
DJL: A theoretical particle called a tachyon--a superluminal particle that would discharge energy via gravitational Cherenkov rad--wait, never mind--just understand that if these particles existed they might travel back in time. A systems like ours might detect it.
TR: Okay. So? What was the signal?
DJL: It was Morse Code. Dr. Rothman recognized it instantly. It . . . you have to understand that there is literally no technology on earth that could create such a signal today--and the system itself is sealed in a Farady cage: it's not--there's no way to get a signal in.
TR: What did it say?
DJL: It was . . . it was . . . song lyrics. That was the bracketing message channel for tracking purposes. We decoded that first. It was from 'Democracy.' [ he goes quiet for a time ] The second stanza.
It's coming from the sorrow in the street, the holy places where the races meet; from the homicidal bitchin' that goes down in every kitchen to determine who will serve and who will eat. From the wells of disappointment where the women kneel to pray for the grace of God in the desert here and the desert far away: Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.
And then there was the message itself: YOUR TIME-LINE HAS BEEN INTENTIONALLY DAMAGED AND CORRUPTED. WE ARE ATTEMPTING REPAIR. DO NOT LOSE HOPE. WE REPEAT, DO NOT LOSE HOPE.
TR: Do you know where your friends are?
DJL: They took them. I don't know anything. Thank God my family was out of the country. I know they came to the house.