LITTLETON, Colo. – You can scale the outside wall of the Qwest CyberCenter here and drop down the other side into this industrial equivalent of a fortress, as a couple of national security spooks did a few years ago. But, like trying to scale a castle in the Middle Ages, you might just end up in a moat, inside.

If the tilt-up wall doesn’t get you, the cameras will. Or, if the original FBI alumnus designing the security had had his way, the gun turrets would. But, as Paul Hoffer, the critical systems manager at the site, put it, “broomsticks” sticking out of the corners or tops of the walls surrounding what otherwise looks like just another distribution warehouse would probably draw more attention from the malicious set, than would justify their presence.

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