In 1996, a small startup company by the name of Graystone Industries introduced its – what they thought was state of the art high resolution Virtual Reality goggles known as Virtual IO at COMDEX in Las Vegas.
The Virtual Reality Goggles flopped.
But not before getting the attention of the US Army, who immediately took interest in the Goggles.
Working with the DOD, the US Army – through the NSA – purchased Graystone Industries and its technological assets in their entirety.
But the public hadn’t forgotten about the technology, and with television shows like Star Trek demonstrating Virtual Reality in an advanced form, consumers and investors alike began pursuing the company after it became classified, hoping to work with the technology as it evolved rather than waiting for it to be perfect.
This caught both the US Army and the NSA off guard, as typically, consumer flops usually resulted in nearly no questions asked about the poorly implemented technology.
The NSA, having acquired the technology and dissolved Graystone, were hoping to get consumers and investors ‘off the scent’ of the now non existent company who manufactured the virtual reality glasses.
This led to the NSA’s creation of the shell company known as “Virtual IO”.
And led to one of the most bizarre events the US Government has ever documented.
Investors flooded the company with offers.
Yet didn’t ask a single question about the name change.
It was almost as if Graystone Industries didn’t exist.
Billions of dollars were being offered, in fact, were being offered, from all around the world, with literally no strings attached, just so the company would continue development of their product.
The intelligence community was baffled.
And those with corporate ties to the NSA who were occasionally briefed were equally concerned.
After all, they worked hard to preserve their brand names, so why were investors and consumers alike unconcerned about brand?
A special team was put together to answer that question at the specific request of then President William Clinton.
The shell company known as Virtual IO refused financial support,
News releases were published outlining internal development issues. Stagnated development. Engineering problems.
Interest in the technology and inquiries only intensified.
This led to the question:
“Was there something we’re missing with this technology or company?”
In 1998, Graystone Industries was resurrected. Most of the original staff were brought back – with specifications nearly equivalent to what the US Army was striving for – an artificial mechanism of competition.
Full funding for the company was re-established.
Yet not one inquiry was made to Graystone Industries despite being in the same location and having the same phone number it had previously had.
It was as if public memory had completely forgotten about the company and it’s relationship to the product.
In 1999, President Clinton assigned the organization to become the ninth of 13 domestically based firms to be classified as critical to the security of the United States.
The US Army’s research and goals were consolidated and handed back over to Graystone Industries, and the NSA closed the shell company known as “Virtual IO”, issuing the public statement explaining the closure as having had irreparable technical management issues.
In 2002, Graystone’s development computer systems were hacked, and the ‘beta version’ of the United States Army’s Virtual Reality simulation was released to the public domain.
The hackers were then traced to an internet cafe in Cluj Napoca, Romania. And as the FBI set up it’s offices in the region.
I was sent on behalf of the NSA to investigate.
Where I was taught a lesson about myself and how others saw me.
Graystone Industries has remained hidden in plain sight.
And goes by a different name, for now.
It presently employs nearly 150,000 people directly, and about 1 million more people as private contractors around the world.
Microsoft Graystone Industries also does extensive research in Corporate Development CSR education services and software and is shifting the entirety of it’s software operations into Virtualized Learning Systems (VLS), and will be releasing a consumer version of a fully immersive holodeck based on technology developed jointly with countries around the world on or before January 20, 2020.
It is also the primary investor in the International Space Station, and the development of the world’s first space station which is the largest visible object in the night sky.
Deep Space 9, named in honor of the TV series of the same name.
On January 20, 2020, Deep Space 9 will be unveiled as a part of the upcoming President’s inauguration speech.
West And United
To say I remember things about my past would be a necessary lie.
To say I have come to believe in what this country, nay, to say I have come to believe in what this life stands for, would not be.
Thank you for the lessons.