Last week, officials in Maryland gave Elon Musk’s Boring Company permission to start building an extraordinarily ambitious tunnel. While only a portion of the project is currently approved, if all goes to plan, it will apparently connect Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, and D.C. in a hyperloop.

They were given permission to dig a 10.1 mile tunnel underneath the state owned part of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, which is right next to an NSA data center.

According to Pete Rahn, the Maryland Transportation Secretary, Boring Company aspires to build two 35 mile tunnels between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. 2/3rds of the land they would dig underneath is owned by the federal government.

A few months ago, Elon Musk tweeted that he was given “verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop.”  He says the tunnel would enable people to travel from New York to DC in 29 minutes.

According to ARS Technica:

“But the 10 miles that have been approved by the state of Maryland will for the first leg of an underground system that could contain a Hyperloop system. Musk first floated the idea of a Hyperloop—which would ferry passengers through a low-pressure tube in levitating pods floating above a track using air-bearings—in 2013. But the CEO determined that he didn’t have time to see his idea through to fruition, so he issued a white paper and challenged startups and students alike to make headway on the concept.”

Why is it that Elon Musk’s company in particular would be granted permission to embark on such an ambitious project, and be so easily granted access to dig beneath federal property?

While the resources and effort necessary to complete such a project must be enormous, Elon Musk has stated in the past that his Boring Company consumes about “2% of his time,” more like a personal hobby, so he isn’t very eager to outwardly say it is a high priority.

Alternative media journalist John Vibes lives near the proposed site of the hyperloop and has pointed out some strange aspects of this story that have been overlooked by most reports on this project.

“I have been following the hyperloop plans for some time now and was surprised that the Baltimore-Washington parkway was selected as the first highway to implement this program because it is not a high traffic area when compared with the Washington beltway, or other parts of the country like Los Angeles or New York. However, the strangest thing about this plan is the fact that the Baltimore-Washington parkway runs directly alongside the National Security Agency, meaning that the tunnel will be within feet of the facility. This becomes even more strange when considering the network of underground tunnels that allegedly run between the NSA and various other government facilities in Washington DC,” he said.

Indeed, the proximity of Elon’s tunnel to the new NSA facility in Maryland should raise an eyebrow. In 2013, it was reported that construction would begin on new additions to the facility. According to Data Center Knowledge:

“As its current data collection makes headlines, the National Security Agency is continuing to expand its data storage and processing capabilities. The agency recently broke ground on an $860 million data center at Fort Meade, Maryland that will span more than 600,000 square feet, including 70,000 square feet of technical space.”

Elon Musk has been praised for his potential to create free energy systems, that decentralize control of energy and empower the common people. However, his approval from the federal government and some of his other connections and actions may arouse suspicion.

If he ended up being on the side of the system, it would certainly be disheartening. Hopefully he will stay true to the people.

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