Los Alamos Labs Release Final '2012 Santa Tracker' Report Despite Inconsistencies With NORAD DataSubmitted by Chris Souptonutski on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:14
Los Alamos Labs Release Final '2012 Santa Tracker' Report Despite Inconsistencies With NORAD Data
Speculation Fueled By Internet Conspiracy Theorists, Children
Coming more than two weeks later than usual, Los Alamos National Laboratories and its partner Sandia National Labs finally released the Santa Tracker report that has been a source of controversy due to conflicts with data collected by NORAD on Christmas Eve 2012.
Los Alamos (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/12/24/tracking-santa-our...) has been tracking the jolly elf as he delivers toys to all the good girls and boys since 1998, relying on state-of-the-art technology like the Cibola Flight Experiment (CFE) and Fast On-orbit Recording of Transient Events (FORTE) satellites. Special attention is required as Mr. Claus does not register his flight plan with the Federal Aviation Administration, with NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) offering backup and filling in unavoidable data gaps.
But several inconsistencies between the two groups have called into question both data collection methodology and even the efficacy of the satellite equipment itself. Whether this led to the delay in the release of the report is still an area for speculation despite a statement from the lab's director, which states in part:
"Los Alamos and Sandia are proud of their 15-year partnership and salute our team of Santa Tracking specialists who take time away from their families on Christmas Eve to provide necessary and vital information on the Santa Claus toy delivery operation. A later than usual release of the report is not without precedent and should not be unexpected, due simply to the sheer volume of data."
The statement failed to mention any conflicts with the NORAD report (http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/274483-nora...) or the heated speculation as to what they may indicate.
Bloggers with a special passion for conspiracies have offered a wide range of theories, from simple government incompetence all the way to the classics such as: Santa is actually a covert government operative, a double agent spy performing reconnaissance, and even that he may simply not even exist.
"At a cost of over 1.2 Billion per yearly tracking operation it is understandable that some people would question how all this money is spent." wrote one blogger "However, the millions of stockings stuffed with toys and goodies offer undeniable proof that Santa is real. Perhaps these conspiracy kooks aren't receiving any gifts because they are bad, rather than good, for goodness sake."
NORAD officials also declined comment on the controversy, stating only that the most recent Santa tracking again used visual confirmation of Rudolph the Reindeer's blinking red nose to rule out any false positives that can be caused by jumbo jets or 'Santa Stalkers' flying around in home built sleighs and other craft.
So, whether or not Santa visited Canberra Australia before or after Calcutta India, we do know one thing for sure: be he operative, spy, or government big lie, NORAD and Los Alamos now have less than 12 months to get their story together for all of us Santa fans looking forward to Christmas 2013.
Happy ho ho to one and all.