>Covert Action is an action and strategy computer game designed by Sid Meier. It was released in 1990 by MicroProse, a publisher of several of Meier’s early games. It was released for DOS and the Amiga.
In Covert Action you are an agent working for the American government: Your job is to eliminate threats from terrorist groups, criminal cartels and other organizations that are bent on making the world a warzone. You are given full authorization to do what you feel is best, so the game can be played from different angles every time.
In Choplifter, the player assumes the role of a combat helicopterpilot. The player attempts to save hostages being held in prisoner of war camps in territory ruled by the evil Bungeling Empire. The player must collect the hostages and transport them safely to the nearby friendly base, all the while fighting off hostile tanks and other enemy combatants. According to the backstory, the helicopter parts were smuggled into the country described as “mail sorting equipment.”
By the late 1960, investigating the lunar surface for alien life suddenly had become an urgent matter. The United States dedicated no less than five government agencies – Majestic 12, Project Sign, Project Grudge, Project Blue Book and the CIA to identify, analyze and conceal evidence of alien encounters.Between 1965 and 1966 at least six NASA astronauts had reported orbital run-ins with space bogeys and gave detailed descriptions of UFO sightings – specifically Gemini 4, Gemini 7 and Gemini 11. Unexplained classified images from U.S. unmanned lunar landers urged NASA scientists to install top-secret fiber optic cameras hidden within the frame work of their Apollo vessels – and create a private radio channel through which mission control and astronauts could communicate covertly. NASA committed to such deceptions after the government committee authored Brookings Report warned the agency that public UFO disclosure would “probably disintegrate stable earth societies (otherwise sure of their place in the universe) or at least cause the public to suffer extreme changes in values, attitudes and behavior.” The report also predicated artifacts left by intelligent life forms likely to be discovered within next twenty years through space activities on the moon and mars. After Apollo 11 accidental admission of an UFO encounter routes to the moon and Surveyor 3 classified photos of the moon’s Mare Cognitum, NASA executed its first lunar black-ops mission.
The crew of Apollo 12 conducted a dark 19-minute S-EVA at the location Statio Cognitium, “THE KNOWN BASE.”
The Soviets had also encountered lunar alien anomalies. Following the Lunokhod 2 moon rover’s mysterious “disappearance” during a classified lunar transmission, the CCCP invested maximum effort into their N-1 manned rocket program. Officially,the N-1 never reached the moon, but several reports cite “missing cosmonauts” and suggest the USSR did indeed reach the lunar surface, but buried the mission as a covert failure since no cosmonaut returned to earth alive – a huge embarrassment given the US had successfully returned a dozen moonwalkers to terra firma.
(An example of this Soviet refusal to generate negative space propaganda was illustrated in 1961 when the nation announced cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin the first man to orbit the earth aboard Vostok 1. Two previous Soviet attempts which resulted in the horrific deaths of those cosmonauts were never publicized.)
In 1972, NASA, the Department of Defense and the CIA received orders from President Richard Nixon to schedule 100% covert manned lunar missions.
To accomplish this remarkable feat, “Tricky Dick” publicly announced the cancellation of future planned Apollo Missions Eighteen, Ninenteen and Twenty – “unfortunate budgetary cuts” was the excuse given, although the total amount saved totaled less than a mere $42 million.
Since those missions didn’t officially exist, on paper, a clandestine launch site was established off the West Coast near Lompoc, California at the U.S. Space Command’s Vandenberg Air Force Base – one of the few viable remote staging grounds that could accommodate a heavy rocket lift off. The “official” fate of the Apollo 18 astronauts is given having died in various accidents that left their bodies unrecoverable.
An epilogue explains that many of the rock samples returned from the previous Apollo missions are unaccounted for.