Monday, December 5, 2011

Keep Out! Secret Bases and Cosmic Conspiracies by Nick Redfern

Area 51, Hangar 18, Montauk, and the Dulce Base: these are just a handful of the many and varied select, highly-classified installations about which the governments of the United States, Australia, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and elsewhere prefer we, the general public, remain steadfastly ignorant. And those same governments have extremely good reasons for wishing us to remain in the dark.

It is at these very same secret facilities that, for decades, clandestine research is said to have been undertaken into lethal viruses, genetic manipulation, crashed UFOs and deceased alien entities, biological-warfare, mind-control experimentation, futuristic aircraft and spacecraft, teleportation, weather-modification, invisibility, time-travel, and much, much more of a conspiratorial and cosmic nature.

Whether situated deep under the oceans, far below the ground, or within the heart of hidden, remote desert locales, these and many other super-secret places are guarded with a paranoid zeal by those in power who wish to keep their secrets buried and locked far away from prying-eyes. Sometimes, however, the huge, steel, near-impenetrable vault-like doors that help to hide the shocking truths open wide – or are forced open - and the shocking secrets within are revealed…

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Bigfoot Conspiracies

The idea that one of the world's most famous monsters - Bigfoot - might be tied to the domain of secret bases and deep and dark conspiracy sounds absurd. Isn’t such a scenario just too outlandish to warrant even a solitary comment? Not everyone thinks so. One of those who offered commentary on such matters was the late Gabe Valdez, a former New Mexico State Police officer who spent a great deal of time digging into rumors that there existed deep below the New Mexican town of Dulce, a huge, alien-controlled installation. 

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As far as Bigfoot is concerned, Valdez uncovered information that led him to believe many New Mexico-based Bigfoot sightings were actually the work of a covert arm of the U.S. Government possessing the ability to create hologram-style imagery of the hairy man-beasts. The purpose: to scare and deter people from getting too close to some of its secret underground installations.

To hear such a theory coming out of the mouth of a respected police-officer, who had been consulted by none other than the FBI on matters of a cattle-mutilation nature at Dulce in the mid-to-late 1970s, is as deeply fascinating as it is truly unusual, and probably overwhelmingly unique.

Fort Knox Secrets

The saga of the U.S. Army’s Operation Klondike is a highly strange one. It’s one that has its beginnings in the Second World War, has a major connection to a secure location famous for its truly huge gold-reserves, is linked to a priceless ancient treasure, and even has a tie-in with UFOs. It’s a weird story that has at its core the Holy Crown of Hungary, or as it is more famously referred: the Crown of Saint Stephen, the coronation crown used by the Kingdom of Hungary, and which is believed to have been fashioned at some point during the 1100s.

The crown has a remarkable history, to say the very least, having been stolen and recovered on countless occasions, the most recent example of which occurred when Lajos Kossuth, the Regent-President of Hungary, fled the country with the crown in-tow – as a result of the collapse of the Hungarian revolution of 1848 - and summarily buried it in a forested area of Dracula’s home-country of Transylvania! Fortunately, by 1853, the crown had been successfully recovered and was returned to Buda Castle, Budapest, from where Kossuth had originally pilfered it. But, the adventures of the crown were far from over: it was eventually destined to travel overseas, no less.

As the Second World War came to a crashing end, for Hitler and Co., at least, and as the Russians were publicly demonstrating their strength all across Hungary, the crown was secretly handed over to elements of the U.S. 86th Infantry Division – to ensure it stayed firmly out of the hands of the high-ups within the Kremlin.

As a consequence, a secure, heavily-guarded location was chosen to house the priceless, legendary item: the Kentucky-based Fort Knox, the United States’ Bullion Depository, which holds approximately two-and-half percent of all the gold known to have been refined throughout the entirety of human history.

The crown remained there until January 6, 1978, after which date it was returned to the people of Hungary, with a wealth of fanfare and gratitude to the United States, and then-President Jimmy Carter, for ensuring that the Soviets never did succeed in getting their eager claws into the legendary crown.

This would be just another story of political intrigue, were it not for one very strange, and previously secret fact: according to a collection of State Department memoranda of 1956 and 1957, at one point in the 1950s – and as a specific means to ensure that the true and sensitive nature of what they were guarding remained a very murky and questionable issue - the soldiers at Fort Knox were first told that the crate containing the crown actually held both the wings and engine of a flying saucer...

Vampires and Secret Bases

Puerto Rico, or to give it its correct title, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is what is known as an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the Caribbean Sea. And according to some, it may very well be the one place – possibly more than any other on the planet - that is home to not just one secret base, but to an overwhelming plethora of classified locations, certainly of a governmental nature, and maybe even of an alien nature, too.

Over the course of the last twenty-years or so, the people of Puerto Rico have been swamped by a multitude of UFO encounters, sightings of strange and unearthly-looking craft surfacing from both mountainous, cavernous lairs and undersea installations, and run-ins with strange, vampire-style creatures that one might accurately describe as the distinctly evil-twin to Steven Spielberg’s benign E.T. Its name is the Chupacabra.

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On one of my several expeditions to Puerto Rico, a number of residents suggested it would be a very good idea for me to focus my attention upon the links between the beast and a former U.S. Naval base called Roosevelt Roads, located in the town of Ceiba, but which is today the José Aponte de la Torre Airport.

As far back as 1944, when the base was inaugurated, it was rightly perceived as being a place of prime, strategic importance – and particularly so if the island became the site of hostilities with unfriendly nations. And by 1957, Roosevelt Roads had been officially designated as a Naval-Station.

To demonstrate its importance from a military perspective, the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO), had its base of operations at Roosevelt Roads. In January 2004, however, the Navy elected to relocate USNAVSO to Naval Station Mayport, Florida. When the Navy finally moved out of the base – specifically, on March 31, 2004 – it was seen as a victory for those on the island seeking independence. But: what about the link between Roosevelt Roads and the Chupacabra?

According to the stories, which were coming from all across Puerto Rico, a number of captured, and very vicious, Chupacabra had supposedly been briefly held within a secure, secret facility at Roosevelt Roads at some point in the early-1990s, before being secretly shipped to the States – probably to Area 51, or to some similar desert locale. And that, in various incarnations and to varying degrees, this was the story told to me by numerous individuals on the island only makes it even more intriguing.

The 2012 Bunkers

For a number of years, dark rumors have circulated to the effect that government agencies – all around the world – are secretly working to build or revamp huge, underground realms to house senior, elite elements of the establishment who are aware that a worldwide, planetary upheaval will cause massive devastation on December 21, 2012, as gloomily predicted, many assert, centuries ago by the Mayans.

Sounds too bizarre to be true? Or might those same paranoia-filled and conspiracy-saturated souls actually be correct? Let’s take a look at what we know, what we think we know, and what they may not be telling us, or preparing us for. 

Some say that Russia is pulling out all the stops to complete the construction of a multitude of underground survival facilities before 2012 hits us, particularly so in some of the more hard-to-access, remote areas of the land. Two such bases are buried deep within the Yamantau and Kosvinsky Mountains in the Urals. And, make no mistake: the installations are very real ones.

Rudimentary construction at both sites was confirmed in the late-1970s by National Reconnaissance Office-controlled spy-satellites. Today, matters have progressed significantly, and data recently collected by further U.S. satellites suggests additional expansion of both places in the last few years has been widespread and intense.

The Kosvinsky site, for example, is now protected by around 1,000-feet of granite. It is a self-contained hub capable – rumor has it - of comfortably housing in excess of 50,000 individuals. As for the Yamantau base, well, one U.S. intelligence source has suggested, it is equal the size of the Washington area within the Beltway.

Then there is Kapustin Yar, a secret Russian site dedicated to the research, development and deployment of rocket-based technologies, which, having been established in 1946 is located in Astrakhan Oblast, between Volgograd and Astrakhan. Rumors coming out of Russia and via data collected from NRO spy-satellites, points towards continued massive, underground digging and construction at Kapustin Yar. Why? To further advance Russian rocket research? Or in which to hide out when the storm hits?

People once sang: “The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!” Maybe, today, it’s the turn of the Russians to sing another song: “2012 is coming! 2012 is coming!”

More significantly, all of the above represents just the merest fraction of what is secretly going on around us and below us at a multitude of worldwide, classified installations to which only a select few are deemed worthy of entry. The words “Keep Out!” have never been as ominous as they are today…

Keep Out! Top Secret Places Governments Don't Want You to Know About 
will be in stores the end of this month.

Nick Redfern works full-time as an author, lecturer, and journalist.  He writes about a wide range of subjects including Bigfoot, UFOs and paranormal phenomena.  

Redfern is a regular contributor to UFO Magazine, Fate, and Fortean Times.  He has appeared on many television shows, including History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and the National Geographic Channel's Paranatural; and the SyFy Channel's Proof Positive.  

His previous books include The NASA Conspiracies, Contactees, and The Real Men in Black.  Redfern lives in Arlington Texas.

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