<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Politics & History Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//politics--and--history http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//politics--and--history <![CDATA[The Best Two-Term U.S. Presidents]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/two-term-presidents/mel-judson
It is often said that being a two-term president is the goal of most politicians in America. The politicians on this list of American presidents did just that. They ran successful re-election campaigns and joined this list of the best two term presidents in the history of the United States. So who did the best job? These re-elected presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama, had two terms to prove themselves and your votes will determine who did the best job.

Though some become lame duck presidents during their second terms as Commander in Chief, others began to find their groove and care less about the political ramifications of actually getting things done. Giving the president another shot at running the country is always an interesting move, and this list is here for you to upvote the one(s) you thought nailed it throughout their entire tenure in the Oval Office.

How many two term presidents have served the American people? 13 so far! Be sure to upvote the USA presidents you thought were the best at the job during their two terms and take a look at those who weren't as lucky, joining the ranks of one term president instead.

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Andrew Jackson

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Franklin D. Roosevelt
1933-1945 (4 terms)
George Washington
George W. Bush
James Madison
James Monroe

Ronald Reagan
Thomas Jefferson

Ulysses S. Grant

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<![CDATA[The All-Time Worst People in History]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-all-time-worst-people-in-history
The absolute worst people in history, ranked by the wisdom of the crowd. Who are the worst people in history? This list includes mass-murdering dictators, psychopathic serial killers, sociopathic religious leaders, insane politicians, deceptive political commentators, and who make our eyes and ears bleed. Who are the worst people of all time? This human scum has incited genocide, executed ethnic cleansing, enslaved entire races of people, practiced cannibalism, orchestrated arbitrary homicide, brainwashed people who trusted them, yelled at film crew members, and been paid by TV studios to be awful.

Anyone can vote on this list of vile villains and evil lunatics, making it an accurate, real-time ranking of the world's worst people ever. Call out history's biggest scumbags, and see how your picks stack up against everyone else's. Because those who do not rank the worst people in history are doomed to repeat it. Or something like that.

Adolf Hitler

Heinrich Himmler

Idi Amin

Joseph Stalin

Kim Jong-il

Lazar Kaganovich

Mao Zedong

Osama bin Laden

Pol Pot

Robert Mugabe

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<![CDATA[The Most Influential People of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-most-influential-people-of-all-time
This is a list of the most influential people of all of human history. This means that the individuals on this list have had a significant effect on how regular people live their lives today and have had a large impact on how modern society works. The names on this list include religious figures, scientists and inventors, and some of the most important leaders in world history. Vote for your top choices and re-rank this list your way.

What makes an individual worthy of a spot on a list of the most influential people ever? Certainly, some of the greatest minds of all time deserve to be ranked highly. Examples include Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, and certainly Albert Einstein. Each one of these incredible people used the power of their minds to change the world. Not surprisingly, several names on this list are also among the most famous role models we'd like to meet in person.

And modern-era figures also deserve to be listed here. Can anyone argue that Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg aren't among the most influential contemporary Americans? It's time to add your opinions on who you believe are the most influential people who ever lived, with your votes and your rankings.

Albert Einstein

Alexander the Great


Charles Darwin

Galileo Galilei

Isaac Newton

Jesus Christ

Leonardo da Vinci

Mahatma Gandhi


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<![CDATA[The Most Important Military Leaders in World History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-important-military-leaders-in-the-world/mike-rothschild
Military history has a few figures who didn't just win battles or campaigns, but changed the world and the destiny of their nations. From the earliest world conquerors, men who laid waste to the entire known world; to modern tactical geniuses using weapons that previous generations only dreamed of, these are the best military leaders, those who were known, feared and respected by both their people and their opponents.

Some of the best army generals in the world and best international army leaders are known even by people who know little else about military history. Others are less well-known but no less important. And every country in history has their own heroes, leaders who commanded forces in the battles that shaped their destiny. This list is far from comprehensive, and can never be, but attempts to find a cross-section of legendary warrior-kings, great strategists, modern innovators, and legendary blood and guts men and women who personally fought in combat.

Vote up the greatest military leaders below, and vote down the ones who might be overrated. Be sure to add other famous military leaders who aren't already listed to make the debate even more complete.


Alexander the Great
Never lost a battle and spread Hellenistic civilization across the known world.

Charles Martel

Erwin Rommel
Legendary field commander who virtually created modern tank warfare.

Frederick II of Prussia

Genghis Khan
Brutal conqueror who sacked much of the known world.

Georgy Zhukov
Led the Red Army from the brink of defeat in Moscow, to crushing Nazi Germany.

Legendary Carthaginian general who nearly sacked Rome and spread fear through the Empire.

Julius Caesar
Personally led the Roman armies at the height of their power.

Napoleon Bonaparte
Conquered continental Europe and revolutionized military tactics.

William the Conqueror
Led the Norman Conquest of England and planted the seeds for modern Anglo culture.

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<![CDATA[The Most Important Leaders in World History]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-most-important-leaders-in-world-history
For good or for bad, our leaders can be powerful forces for change in the world. But who are the most impaction people to ever hold prominent positions of power? This is a list of the most important and influential leaders in the history of the world.

Who are the most important world leaders? Anyone can vote on this definitive list of the men and women who shaped our civilization – for better or worse – making it a collaborative list of the greatest leaders of all time.

Visionaries, pragmatists, conquerors, and humanitarians all share this list. Rank these famous world leaders in terms of importance and add anyone you see missing. But remember: the most influential leaders (those who changed the face of world politics and forever altered their own countries) weren't necessarily good leaders. Some famous conquerors changed the world but let destruction in their wake. Others actually worked for the good of their people and became the great leaders in history.

So, who are the historical leaders that left their permanent mark (for good or bad)? Find out below!



Elizabeth I of England

George Washington

Julius Caesar

Napoleon Bonaparte

Otto von Bismarck
Lead to the unification of Germany in 1871, and first chancellor of the German Empire.
William the Conqueror

Augustus Caesar

Alexander The Great

Joan of Arc
Turned the tide in the Hundred Years' War. Was burned by the British suppressors. French national heroine.

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<![CDATA[The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-u-s-presidents-from-best-to-worst
The Greatest United States Presidents in history, ranked from best to worst. Who's the greatest U.S. president? Anyone can vote on or make their own version of this collaborative list of the men who shaped American policy - a fascinating insight into all the US Presidents and how their presidencies were perceived. Who were the best presidents? We expect this list of the Chief Executives to change over time as history's perceptions also change.

And be sure to check out Ranker's ultimate list of the Worst-Ever US Presidents as well, for comparison's sake.

Abraham Lincoln

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Franklin D. Roosevelt

George Washington

Harry S. Truman

James Madison

John F. Kennedy

Ronald Reagan

Theodore Roosevelt

Thomas Jefferson

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<![CDATA[13 Random Things That Predict Every Presidential Election]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-that-predict-every-presidential-election/mike-rothschild
If you want to win your office betting pool for the 2016 election, you need to accurately predict who is going to win for president. Fortunately, there are a number of random factors and trends that point the way to who is going to win. Some of them gauge the general tenor of where the American people are, like the 7-11 Cup Contest, or which candidate's face is selling the most Halloween masks. Others are totally random, like sports winners, or Olympic sites. But all are eerily accurate predictors and might just tell you who is going to win the 2016 election.
For example, did you know there's one tiny county in Indiana that almost always votes the same way the presidential election goes? Or that kids and college students tend be very accurate in mock elections? And if you really want to make some money on the election, see who offshore betting sites have favored - and where the money is going.

Here are some random factors that you can use to get a leg up in your election predictions. Not all of them will be accurate, but some of them have proven to be right time and time again.


The LA Lakers Going to the NBA Finals
The Los Angeles Lakers make it to the NBA Finals a lot. Until recently, every time they made it during the summer of an election year, regardless of whether they won or lost, the Republican presidential candidate has gone on to the Oval Office.

Sure enough, the confluence of the Lakers making the finals in an election year has happened nine times: in 1952, 1968, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988, 2000, 2004, and 2008. And the Republican won every one of those times - until 2008, when Obama beat McCain.

2016 Prediction: The Lakers are one of the worst teams in the NBA this year, and likely won't make the playoffs at all, let alone be in the finals.

The Redskins Rule
The Redskins Rule states that "if the Washington Redskins win their last home game before the election, the party that won the previous election will win the next election and if the Redskins lose their last home game before the election, the challenging party's candidate wins."

It was first noticed in 2000, and retroactively applied to every election since 1940, when the Redskins played their first pre-election home game in Washington. Sure enough, it was right every time from 1940 to 2000. However, it failed in 2004 and again in 2012. So rely on this rule at your own risk.

2016 Prediction: Unknown. The 2016 NFL schedule hasn't been released yet.

7-11 Cups
Since 2000, 7-11 has sold red and blue coffee cups in the run up to the general election. And sure enough, the color of the cup that's sold the most has corresponded to the winning party each time. In 2000 and 2004, red cups outsold blue, and in 2008 and 2012, blue cups won. The cup sales truly seem to reflect the national mood of the time.

2016 Prediction: Unknown so far. But 7-11 tracks cup sales on a special website that will go up shortly before the election. So check in to see who's outselling whom, and place your bet accordingly. You've got a good chance of being right.

Online Gambling
While illegal in the US, online gambling does huge business overseas - and billions of dollars are wagered on US presidential elections. Offshore websites tend to do an accurate job listing favorites, and seasoned gamblers with no partisan affiliation are almost always right on the money in terms of who they put their own cash on.

In 2004, while most prognosticators had the Bush vs. Kerry contest up in the air, over 90% of betters on Betfair.com went with Bush, and they accurately bet on all 50 states. In 2008, 90% of offshore money went on Obama, and in 2012, gamblers overwhelmingly picked him again.

2016 Prediction: So far, Hillary Clinton is the name to watch on the sportsbooks. She's the favorite on popular sites Paddypower, Betfair, and Sportsbook.ag, with Rubio, Trump, Sanders, and Cruz behind her.

Which Candidate Sells More Halloween Masks
Since things like this were tracked, starting with Jimmy Carter in 1976, the candidate whose face sold more rubbery Halloween masks before the election has won the presidency every time. You can get a running tally of mask sales on buycostumes.com, so you never need to even guess at whose face you're going to see on more pre-election bar crawls.

2016 Prediction: Halloween is still a ways off, but as of 2/1/16, both Hillary Clinton masks and Donald Trump wigs are out of stock on the site.

First Lady Cookie Bake-Off
Beginning in 1992, Family Circle magazine held a bake-off featuring potential first lady cookie recipes. The magazine's readers vote on who has the superior cookie - and amazingly, their cookie choices have followed the actual election results to a tee, except in 2008.

In 2012, Michelle Obama's white and black chocolate chip cookies bested Ann Romney's M&M cookies, though Mrs. Obama's citrus-shortbread cookies were beaten by Cindy McCain's oatmeal butterscotch cookies in 2008.

2016 Prediction: Unknown. The winner is usually announced in mid-October, and it should be a fascinating contest. If Hillary Clinton is the winner, does Bill give us an update on his 2008 oatmeal cookie recipe? Does Melania Trump even make cookies, or does she have people who do that for her? The possibilities are endless.

How Indiana's Vigo County Votes
For the last half-century, Vigo County, in Indiana, has served a bellwether for the presidential election. A majority of its 60,000 residents have voted for the winner every time since 1956, and every time but two since 1888. Are these people clairvoyant? No, they just happen to live in a county that's almost perfectly balanced between race, class, gender, economic status, and political affiliation.

2016 Prediction: We won't know until late on Election Day. What makes it even trickier is that Vigo County went to President Obama by less than a percentage point in 2012, but by a landslide in 2008. Is it trending Republican, or will it swing back Democrat?

Past Experience
While past experience isn't necessarily a predictor of future election results, one element of America's election history doesn't bode well for a certain Republican candidate.

Since America's first presidential election, the United States has never elected a president with no experience in either government or the military. Only three presidents had no political experience, but all had been high-level generals during wartime.

2016 Prediction: This works against Donald Trump, who has neither governmental or military experience. For Trump to be elected, the American people would be breaking a precedent as old as America itself.

Who Hosted the Summer Olympics
Since 1960, almost every single time the hosting bid for the Summer Olympics was won by country that had previously hosted the games, the incumbent party won the popular vote that election (but not always the election itself). Likewise, every time the games were hosted by a first time city, voters picked against the incumbent.

For example, in 1960, Italy hosted the Summer Games for the first time, and Democrat John Kennedy beat Republican Richard Nixon, ousting the party from office. In 1964, previous host Tokyo hosted the Summer Games, and Democrats held on to the White House. A wrinkle in this is that Tokyo had been scheduled to host in 1940, but lost the games due to their invasion of China - and then games were canceled altogether a few years later.

This method has hit 13 of 14 times since 1960, with only 1988 missing. It does depend on some technicalities, though, such as using the popular vote, and including winning bids for games that didn't happen.

2016 Prediction: Republican. Rio is hosting the games for the first time in 2016, which presages a party change - with 2020 again going to Tokyo, predicting a two-term president.

Those Kooky Kids
Since 1940, national school publication Scholastic News has held a STudent Vote, where classrooms take a poll of who the next president is going to be. Shockingly, the kids have gotten it right in every election but two, whiffing in 1948 (the famous "Dewey Defeats Truman" flap, where even major papers got it wrong) and 1960. Sure enough, they picked Obama in both 2008 and 2012 - and George W. Bush the two elections before that.

2016 Prediction: Unknown. The poll likely won't be released until mid-October.

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<![CDATA[The Best 2016 Presidential Candidates]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/2016-presidential-candidates/ranker-news
A list of the 2016 presidential candidates, as ranked by savvy politicos. The electoral field is wide open and chock full of millionaires and politicians who have been active in the political spotlight for decades whether they're Democrats or Republicans. From former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to reality show star Donald Trump, the candidates have been in the public eye for years and years. Many of the potential 2016 presidential nominees are household names, but there are newcomers as well.

The fresh blood in the race comes from the likes of Republican candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, the latter of whom has caused a lot of controversy and garnered a name for himself in recent years. Another surprising contender is former Socialist Bernie Sanders, who has been accused of running for more symbolic reasons than practical ones.

From heavy favorites to dark horses, this list rounds up the 2016 presidential election candidates. Whomever ends up securing nominations, the candidates will definitely keep voters invested and entertained in the lead-up to the 2016 contest deciding the next Commander in Chief.

Vote up your favorite would-be presidents below! And stay tuned as more politicians announce their presidential bids! 


Ben Carson

Bernie Sanders

Chris Christie

Donald Trump

Jeb Bush

Jim Webb
Ended campaign on October 20, 2015
John Kasich

Lindsey Graham
Ended campaign on December 21, 2015
Marco Rubio

Mike Huckabee
Ended campaign on February 1, 2016

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<![CDATA[The Greatest Minds of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-minds-of-all-time/walter-graves
List of the Greatest Minds of All Time, throughout history. This list represents the most influential thinkers across various disciplines, ranked in a way that represents the power of their ideas and their impact on the world. The wisest men and women include top philosophers, physicists, famous poets, thinkers, teachers, physiologists, artists, inventors, engineers, the most irreplaceable CEOs in the world, economists and politicians and those whose talents span across many fields of study.

This list takes a historic perspective, so the greatest thinkers who are included on this list come from many different eras. The greatest minds of the 21st century may be quite different from great geniuses from the distant past, but each person should be judged within the context of the time that they were living. For example, inventing a new type of telephone in 2013 would not qualify one as "the most brilliant mind of all time," but in 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell first patented the telephone, it was an act of genius not seen before.

See Also: The Most Influential People of All Time.

Albert Einstein



Charles Darwin

Galileo Galilei

Isaac Newton

Leonardo da Vinci

Nikola Tesla


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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<![CDATA[The Hardest Events to Securely Protect in the U.S.]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hard-events-to-protect/richard-rowe
Humans aren't the calmest group of mammals on Earth. Sure, we're pretty social - we show it on a regular basis by coming together for things like political conventions, sporting events, and orgies of competitive shopping (AKA Black Friday). But for every Super Bowl enjoyed by millions, there are thousands of people working event security to keep the wild hordes at least sort of civilized.

Of course, unruly crowd members aren't the only concern in the world; especially in today's world of armed lunatics and terrorists. For that reason, some event security can come to look and act decidedly military in nature. Sometimes, it is the actual military showing up in unmarked Suburbans, jet, or full on clown costumes. (Looking at you, Switzerland.)  But no matter what they wear, what they drive, or how they act, these brave men and women stand ready to protect humanity from itself. Check out the circumstances that call for security measures that go above and beyond retired old security guards.


Presidential Appearances
The Secret Service doesn't follow the President; the President follows them. All Presidential appearances are events in themselves, and prior to every event, the Secret Service invades every location anywhere near where he's expected to be. Nobody really knows the extent of the President's security. The Secret Service comes equipped with Sig Sauer .357s, FN P90, and H&K MP5 submachine guns, Remington 870 shotguns, SR-16 (M-16 variant) assault rifles, .300 Magnum bolt-action sniper rifles and another AR-15-based sniper rifle. Their tank-like Chevy Suburbans have enough armor, weapons, and tech to make Nick Fury dangerous, to say nothing of the President's personal armored Caddy, "The Beast."  And that's just the stuff we know about.

Alaskan Oil Fields and Pipeline
Odd as it might be to imagine, the far-flung frontier of Alaska is some of the most heavily guarded real estate on Earth. Acting as America's own private Saudi Arabia, and positioned precariously close to KGB Colonel Vlad Putin's backyard,  Alaska has its own joint unified division of the Department of Defense called the Alaskan Command. The combined forces of ALCOM include 16,000 service people from every branch, most notably the Air Force and Navy. Military hardware protecting Alaska's vital oil reserves and pipeline include all manner of attack like nuclear missile submarines, as well as tanks, F-22 Raptors, F-16 Falcons, and probably any number of big, black scary airplanes. 
The Super Bowl
It's become something of a tradition for the Air Force to show up in the skies over the Super Bowl, wowing the crowd with big noises and impressive formations. And positioned as it is on the West Coast, and separated from very bad men by only a few thousand miles of open water, San Francisco (the site of Super Bowl 50) is a particularly vulnerable target for attacks from the air and sea. Or it might be, if not for that flight of F-15s and F-22s running combat air patrol, far above at Angels 20. An AWACS radar control plane helps them keep an eye on the skies, as well as provides a flight vector for nearby Reaper drones, V-22 Ospreys, and attack helicopters. Forget that little brown ball - the real show is up in the sky. 
U.N. General Assemblies
Of all the places the U.N. meets, New York is probably the most dangerous. No, that's not a joke. While any U.N. general assembly is a giant target for killers and terrorists, America is a particularly problematic place to meet thanks to the loose gun control laws and history of both domestic- and foreign-sourced terrorism. That's especially problematic, given the fact that the U.N.'s main headquarters are about a five-minute drive from Ground Zero. 

Interesting fact: The U.N. building isn't technically part of the United States. It's treated as "foreign soil," like any embassy. It has its own security forces and in-house military protection - which is said to be considerable, and consist of some of the heaviest hardware this side of Afghanistan. Does the U.N. have a column of Abrams tanks in the basement? Nobody knows for sure. But yes - yes, they totally do. 
Campaign Stops
The Secret Service doesn't just protect the President - those who might be president go under the big black umbrella, too. This practice dates back to the 1960s, after the assassination of Robert Kennedy, brother of JFK and the presumptive presidential election winner of 1964. Starting in early July of election years, anyone polling at more than 5 percent in at least 10 states, and who has raised at least $2 million, qualifies for a Secret Service detail. The Service provides everyone on security detail with almost the same level of protection as the current president, including security before, during, and after campaign stops. Candidates can decline Secret Service protection if they like, and can enlist their own security forces to whatever extent desired. But most take the Service up on their offer - because nobody wants to be the next Bobby Kennedy. 
Anywhere Air Force One Lands
Anywhere Air Force One goes, America goes with it. At least that's the operating principle for the people responsible for protecting the President's ride. So far as the military and President are concerned, while it's en route, a mile of sovereign American airspace surrounds Air Force One like a 600 mile per hour bubble of freedom. On the ground, it's roughly 1,500 feet. You invade this airplane's personal space at your immediate peril. The plane is preceded on the ground by a heavily armed (and highly strung) security detail, which consists not only of the visible agents and vehicles but any number of people and vehicles in the surrounding area. That includes the sky, since it's been said that hand-launched aerial camera drones are constantly airborne around the president.

The plane itself also has a full suite of offensive and defensive armament. It's not quite a flying gunship, but there's a reason Air Force One doesn't usually have a fighter escort these days. Probable armament includes the best air-to-air missiles in the inventory on a concealed rotary launcher, as well as concealed gun emplacements. Air Force One is a veritable fortress both in the air and on the ground. 
Anywhere the Pope Visits
The Swiss Guard is to the Pope as the Secret Service is to the President. Technically speaking, the Swiss Guard is a mercenary outfit comprised of single males of (as you'd expect) Swiss citizenship. The Guard has long protected royalty from France, Spain, and the Vatican, and is one of the primary historical reasons Switzerland has maintained neutrality in Europe.

The Swiss Guard works with the Vatican's own independent police forces to provide protection for the Pope anywhere he visits. While they might look like escapees from a Renaissance fair, the Guard's brightly colored pantaloons aren't just places to hang a sword. Those slightly clownish frocks conceal a completely modern arsenal, including SIG P220, Glock 19, and Steyr TMP pistols, as well as MP5 submachine guns. All wielded by battle-hardened mercenary soldiers with no compunctions about using them. Because prayer is a weapon - but 900 rounds a minute are more reliable.  
Democratic and Republican National Conventions
These conventions are listed as "National Special Security Events" in accordance with Directive 62, signed by Bill Clinton in 1998. While "Directive 62" does sound a little bit like Alex Jones' latest paranoid documentary, it really only refers to mandatory Secret Service protection for large events where violence and terrorism are a distinct possibility.

Super Bowls and State of the Union Addresses fall under this directive, as well. Security measures include a full Secret Service detail, as well as site security (WMD detection, bomb-sniffing dogs, surveillance), flight restrictions around the area, extensive road closures and traffic control, and the odd sniper posted here and there. The Secret Service takes care of planning, the FBI deals with counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence, and FEMA is on hand to handle emergencies if they happen.

In terms of "hard to secure events," large protests have to rank rank up there next to "nuclear wars." This is especially true in recent days, when many street protests are angry responses to violence and perceived threats from the government. This is true as much for the Ferguson protests as it is for the Oregon Bundy Occupations Parts I and II. These kinds of protests can quickly turn into tense standoffs, riots, or all-out bloodbaths. It is during these kinds of events that we see the militarization of today's police in all its glory - never mind the actual military showing up, as they're wont to do. Put it this way: If someone had told you there were a couple of Reaper drones circling Ammon Bundy in Oregon, would you have been surprised?
Military Weapon Tests
Have you ever seen a military weapons test? Or the latest, greatest supergun, warship, or stealth bomber going through its paces? Exactly. Then someone's doing their job. These kinds of tests aren't necessarily hard to secure against the public sightseers, as they are less benevolent parties on foreign soil. And the reasons for that are pretty simple. Have you seen the latest spy planes from Lockheed, Russia, or China? Have you heard about those Mach 3 black bullets, skimming along the edge of space, invisible to radar and every other form of detection? Exactly. You didn't really believe the government abandoned spy planes after the SR-71 was retired, did you?  

Remember, the Blackbird spent decades penetrating Russian airspace before anyone even knew it existed. It's been 50 years since then; who knows what's flying around up there now? Could be Indonesian stealth satellites with laser cannons and X-Ray vision for all we know. That makes really securing any airspace these days a very difficult proposition indeed. 

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