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Tom Hanks Stumbled Upon the Creepiest and Most Mysterious Building in New York

Actor Tom Hanks was out and about in New York City this weekend, and happened upon one of the creepiest structures in the city.

He tweeted an image of a towering, fortress-like building with no windows, lights or signage.

Seriously, it looks like what you’d expect a super-villain’s fortress to be.

As it turns out, 33 Thomas Street is actually a pretty strange place. It was built in the mid-’70s under a program called “Project X” and could help those inside survive two weeks of nuclear fallout.

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Today, it is home to critical infrastructure for telecommunications equipment. And it may also be a hub for spying.   

From an Intercept investigation, “The skyscraper is more than a mere nerve center for long-distance phone calls. It also appears to be one of the most important National Security Agency surveillance sites on U.S. soil — a covert monitoring hub that is used to tap into phone calls, faxes, and internet data.”

It turns out Tom Hanks is right. This is one scary building.

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