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Night Ops (short for Night Operations) refers to the art of infiltrating, exploring, and exfiltrating an area without leaving any traces of having visited. The night opper explores to see the world, to experience all the thrills the night has to offer, and to overcome the challenges inherent in doing that which one is told to be impossible.
Night ops overlaps a great deal with Urban Exploration. In fact, it could be said that Night Ops is an extreme form of UE. The key differences lie in the selection of targets, and the night opper's focus on stealth. Night Ops has also been influenced by the parkour ideal of continually testing and improving one's skills.
Editor's note: &TOTSE did a fantastic job of explaining why it's vitally important to discuss fringe topics, so we have ripped this section off wholesale from the &T FAQ. We're sure Jeff Hunter won't mind.
The topics on this system cover a wide range of activities that if you actually DID them, you'd probably be breaking a law in some part of the world. In some places, just TALKING or WRITING about these activities is a crime, in other places, THINKING about these activities is a crime.
Luckily, the creators of this site live in the United States of America, and in the United States of America we have this document called the Constitution which contains a totally radical section called The Bill of Rights. The very first thing you find in The Bill of Rights is this way cool item called The First Amendment. It reads like this:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Now the Congress of the United States keeps trying to find ways to put limits on the First Amendment and Freedom of Speech. There are laws against “inciting violence”, laws against sedition, sinister “conspiracy” laws (which infringe on your right to assemble and speak freely), and then there's Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Patriot Act, and soon we'll have Patriot Act II, all nibbling away at the basic freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. (Did you know that John Ashcroft once ran for the U.S. Senate representing the State of Missouri, his opponent DIED before the election, and the voters ELECTED THE DEAD GUY rather than have John Ashcroft as their Senator? G.W. Bush felt so sorry for the guy that he appointed him Attorney General. True story. But I digress…)
The point is that this web site DOES NOT ENCOURAGE ANYONE to break the law. We DO encourage people to READ, TALK, and above all to THINK. In order to be able to THINK FREELY and CLEARLY, you need to be able to read material from a WIDE RANGE of sources, not just from sources that John Ashcroft would approve of. You need to be able to read ideas that any right-thinking person would vehemently oppose, and YOU need to figure out if YOU should oppose these ideas, embrace them, or ignore them. It should be up to YOU to decide what you believe in, not someone warming a chair in Washington, D.C.
That's why we're here and that's why we do what we do.
Would you ask a masked man his name?