By Dennis G. Balthaser, Special Contributor to TheBlackVault.com
Secrecy by our government is not anything new, and in the case of developing new technology for our military, I agree with the need for secrecy, since we don’t want our advisories knowing what is being developed. It’s my personal feeling that UFO information is well known by our government and military, however for more than 60 years they have both been emphatic that they either know nothing about it, or it doesn’t exist. Those of us that have done this research of course believe differently. To put it simply, we’re being lied to. Such secrecy is not only limited to information the government has or knows about UFOs, but on many other fronts as well.
While doing research, I always regress to two questions I have. Who has given a few the authority to keep certain secrets from the public? And secondly, what has happened to the first three words in the preamble to our Constitution---“We the people”? Secrecy, lies and cover-ups have perpetuated themselves to the point that the general public no longer has any confidence in our elected officials, as shown recently in the public’s low approval ratings of those officials.
Again in my opinion, young people in this country need to start asking questions and demanding answers of our leaders. Accepting secrecy and cover-ups is no longer acceptable, but will continue, and probably increase if no one questions them. Secrecy can be good and even justified in some cases, but it can get out of hand and become extremely dangerous if abused.
Much of this secrecy is cloaked from the public and most of our elected officials with catch phrases such as; “National Security”, “Research and Development”, “Special Projects”, and others, some of which are probably “Black Projects”. The financial budgets for some of these programs are staggering figures, and in the case of the Central Intelligence Agency, by law, the National Security Act of 1947 made it illegal to ever disclose how much money is spent by the CIA. Guess who is paying for all of this? You and I are.
“Activities at Area 51 (also known as Groom Lake), have properly been determined to be classified”
Several of the secret military bases, such as Area 51 have highly visible signs posted stating, “the use of deadly force is authorized”, which is a good indication that something very secretive is taking place there either above or below ground. Since the 1990’s each President has issued a yearly Presidential Determination, “exempting the base from complying with environmental laws.” The reason given is the fact that, “activities at Area 51 (also known as Groom Lake), have properly been determined to be classified, and its disclosure would be harmful to National Security.”
While doing research for my “Underground Bases and Tunnels” lecture, I discovered another federal agency that is heavily involved in secrecy, which very few Americans, including very few Congressmen are probably aware of.
“FEMA’s underground locations are referred to as “Continuity of Government” facilities.”
FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is not only available to help in times of disaster, but has a much more complex role in protecting our leaders in case of a national emergency, and in obtaining information on you and I. Many of FEMA’s underground locations are referred to as “Continuity of Government” facilities. One of those underground locations is Mount Weather, 46 miles from Washington, D.C. near Bluemont, Virginia. This is the operational hub of approximately 100 other Federal Relocation Centers. In the event of a nuclear war, declaration of martial law, or other national emergency, the President, his cabinet and the rest of the Executive branch would be relocated here. Officially Mount Weather and its budget do not exist, and FEMA refuses to answer questions about the facility. As far back as 1975, a Senate subcommittee learned that the facility has information on at least 100,000 Americans, and their computers can access millions of pieces of additional information on the personal lives of other American citizens. Mount Weather was prepared for use at the time of the 1961 Cuban missile crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, and was on standby during the 1967 and 1968 urban riots.
Just across the Pennsylvania-Maryland state line is the Raven Rock Underground Command Center, sometimes referred to as Site-R. This site has 700,000 square feet of interior space, underneath the surface. Underground the facility contains six levels of underground offices, massive steel doors, a subterranean water reservoir, and up on the surface banks of antennas and satellite dishes. It went on line in 1954, and in the event it is needed, representatives of all military departments and the Joint Chiefs of Staff would be located here.
“There was a television studio with a backdrop of the United States capital on the wall where lawmakers could have addressed their constituents, had any of those constituents survived”
A third site in the “Continuity of Government” facilities known as the Greenbrier Resort, 250 miles southwest of Washington, had to be deactivated in 1992, when the Washington Post published an article about this underground bunker, exposing it to the public. Again in the event of a nuclear war, about 1000 people including all 535 members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, along with their top aides would have been evacuated to this facility. It contained 18 dormitories with bunk beds, a 12 bed medical clinic, self-contained power plant, water purification plant, and a “crematorium.” There was a television studio with a backdrop of the United States capital on the wall where lawmakers could have addressed their constituents, had any of those constituents survived above ground to watch television. In 1995 the Greenbrier facility was opened to public tours, and I have not yet located a new facility for our lawmakers, but I’m sure there is one.
Many of the facilities constructed in the 1950’s were primarily for the protection of our leaders in the event of a nuclear war. Today many of the secret military facilities not only in the United States, but in other countries as well have been required to go underground because of the many foreign satellites circling the earth that are so technically advanced that they can read a newspaper from 200 miles above the earth. Very little can remain secretive on the surface anymore. Military facilities are no longer limited exclusively to underground locations either, as the Navy has been evolving underwater locations with huge manned bases offshore for several years, of which not as much information has been forthcoming.
During WWII, Sweden had an elaborate Naval facility build into the side of a mountain, with water access, known as the Musko Naval Base, consisting not only of dry docks for ships and submarines, but the whole base was built into the side and under the mountain. It contained repair factories, a hospital with a thousand beds, dining rooms and barracks.
My civil engineering background was aroused when I started researching underground facilities, and I quickly learned that the equipment and personnel required to build some of these elaborate underground complexes is readily available. Several types of tunnel boring equipment, sometimes referred to as TBM’s have been manufactured by companies like Bechtel, the Robbins Company, and Dawn Engineering, as well as several foreign equipment manufacturers. They vary greatly in size and can be of the “gouging” type, flame cutters and nuclear, the latter being developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico with a United States Patent Office date of September 26, 1972.
Many other facilities are known to exist, and you have the assurance of our government that with the use of our tax dollars, our government and military leaders are at least protected even if we are not, and in most cases their purpose, cost and location will be denied, or attempted to remain in secrecy.
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About the Author
Dennis moved to Roswell in 1996 to pursue his interest in Ufology, after retiring from the Texas Highway Department in El Paso, with 33 years in civil engineering.
Prior to that he served 3 years in a U.S. Army Engineering Battalion.
He was the UFO Investigator and served on the Board of Directors for the International UFO Museum between 1996 and 1998. Today he is an independent researcher, investigator, journalist and lecturer.
Dennis has done over 350 TV, radio and other media interviews related to and since the 50th anniversary of the Roswell Incident in July, 1997, including; CNN, MTV, SCI-FI, The TODAY show, Dateline, Nightline, NBC, ABC Nightly News, Jeff Rense, “Sightings on the radio”, Ted Loman’s “Off the Record”, Rob McConnell’s “X-Zone Radio Show”, Art Bell’s "Coast to Coast AM", Discovery channel, National Geographic, and most recently the History channel, to mention a few.
Dennis is a certified UFO investigator with MUFON (the Mutual UFO Network), and is a board member of the advisory board for the Great Pyramid of Giza Research Association. His main areas of research comprise the 1947 Roswell Incident, Area 51, Underground Bases and the pyramids of Egypt.
He currently writes editorials for 23 web sites and magazines, pertaining to his research, and works closely with well-known researchers Stanton Friedman, Frank Warren, Scott Ramsey and many others.
Dennis' award winning web site; "www.truthseekeratroswell.com" has had over five million visitors since 1998.
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