Jinx Ministry of Intelligence: Chemical Weapons Material & Radioactive Waste Black Ops Research: Montauk Air Force Station, Montauk, NY
Primary Recon 12/16/99
The initial Jinx Recon to the Montauk Air Force Station is in Blair Witch conditions. At 1600 hours, the grayness of a rainy twilight is upon us as we drive down Camp Hero Road. The wind is fierce, and blows the rain straight off the ocean---we just need lightning to complete the scene. We barely pause when the signs at the main gate read: 'No Trespassing, Property of New York State Parks and Recreation', 'Trespassers will be prosecuted,' 'Unauthorized Vehicles Prohibited,' and 'Park Closed.'
But we are unsettled by the 'No Trespassing Hazardous Area' signs stenciled in red on an old security hut not twenty yards inside the base. What could have been, or is still, so hazardous about this little building? We wonder, but later we'll find that practically every building on the derelict property is stenciled in the exact manner. Power lines, strung on telephone poles that run alongside the road snake above us in the wind. They appear to be functional. At the onset of darkness, the Montauk Air Force Station is not as abandoned as it seems...
The Jinx Project is here to critically examine the current operational capabilities of the Montauk Air Force Station, a purportedly abandoned military outpost, in Montauk, New York. Now a State Park---on paper---the former military outpost has been the focus of many outside investigations stemming from allegations that it was once and still is involved cutting edge quantum physics research and mind control experiments. The covert experimentation was puportedly carried out by the military and the technology industry's elite, using electromagnetic radio frequencies. The allegations of dark experiments known as "The Montauk Project" began with a series of books published in 1992 by Preston Nichols and Peter Moon.
In light of the accusations, Jinx Intelligence has unearthed contrary evidence indicating that the abandoned radar station is being used to store radiaoactive waste and materials from a chemical weapons program. Not only is the base classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a Superfund site, but a report from the U.S. Army to the Department of Defense lists Montauk as a "location with Known or Possible Buried Chemical Warfare Material.
...Seconds after passing the security hut, we notice a large metal warehouse structure with two cars parked outside: a police 4x4 and a civilian vehicle. Floodlights are on the exterior of the building, and the interior is lit as well. Someone turns the music off and suddenly the party is over. This place has full-time security. Entirely surreptitious entry was never an option, but we turn our headlights off anyway as we roll by in silence. We can hear the wind howling, the rain on the windshield and the soft purring of our engine.
In passing the building, we speculate as to whether or not the civilian vehicle has government tags on its license plates and assume it does. But Jinx will not be stopped. Some Montauk investigators give recent accounts of people being harassed and threatened at gunpoint by unidentified government/military personnel on the base. Trespassers on the property were told that they were in a restricted area and subject to arrest, and then escorted off the base.
Why has no one ever been prosecuted for tresspassing on the abandoned base? "We don't cover the Air Force Station, that's State land," says 45 year- old Lt. Ed Ecker of the Montauk Police Department. "We'd only go up there if we were requested." None of the purported accounts have been verified by the Jinx Project and no arrests have ever been made. Could an arrest draw unwanted attention to our suspected function of the derelict base?
We'd rather not explore that particular possibility as we roll by the authorities at 10-15 mph, cruising further into the base on an old paved road. Others have tried to take legitimate avenues towards exploring the abandoned base. A local reporter, Jerry Cimisi, secured a permit to enter the base while on assignment. "I got the permit through the Parks Department, but a Parks Department employee follows you in a car, discreetly, like around a 100 feet back. And you're not allowed to go inside any of the buildings," says Mr. Cimisi.
A permit is required to enter, yet when you obtain a permit, not only are you under constant supervision, but it is forbidden to walk on the grounds that contain the military installations? Jinx agents despise supervision. But we do need vision as we drive through the dark. We turn on our headlights only to see thick shrubbery, the road, and it's yellow divider, long faded from the salt water and wind. If there was ever a place to store chemical warfare materials or radioactive waste a few hours from New York City, this Jinx Agent has reason to believe this "abandoned" base overlooking the Atlantic Ocean would make a fine location.
After a minute a massive radar tower and its huge radar dish, which can be seen from miles away but not up close, become visible. We practically ignore the derelict barrack-like structures we pass as we drive up to the base of the duly enigmatic structure. We'll check them out later. "I believe SAGE stands for Semi-Automatic Ground Environment," says Airman First Class David Ackerman, a former member of Air Defense Squadron 773, stationed at Montauk from December of 1959 until September of 1961. "I worked in a secure area on the base which was 'on the hill.' I reported to our Operations building and was very near the SAGE tower. You needed to have clearance to get into the SAGE tower,"explains Mr. Ackerman.
Winding down the windows for visual documentation, we hear the wind whistling through the rusting metal. The whole radar dish atop the five-story cement structure sounds as if it could fall any moment, and the 30-foot twisted remains of a transmitter from the dish remind us of that possibility.
For some reason, the whole place doesn't exactly feel "safe," even though, with the exception of the weather, there is no visible threat. The situation calls for inspection by foot. The radar tower itself, is surrounded by abandoned barracks and huge circular structures that must have once housed radar domes. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in trashed electronic and radar equipment is strewn around the base of the tower, thrown out of an opening approximately three stories up. It compliments the mild graffiti on the concrete base of the radar tower. Very apocolyptic and pseudo-post-combat.
Mr. Ackerman notes that the SAGE tower and it's massive radar set were not a part of everyday operations for members of Radar Squadron 773. "It was not an Air Force tower," says Mr. Ackerman. "The people who worked there were civilians. As I remember it, the personnel who worked there were supposed to be FAA personnel using this tower to help with the controlling, and monitoring of the high volume of air traffic into New York City and other major cities on the Northeast coast." As fascinating a structure as it is, the SAGE tower only provides fuel for the legends of the Montauk Project, first described by Preston Nichols; a former radio-electronics engineer who worked for Brookhaven National Laboratories and top-secret defense contractor Airborne Instrument Laboratories.
According to Nichols, the SAGE radar tower purportedly played a major role in the everyday operations of the Montauk Project experiments, involving rigorously trained, extremely gifted psychics psychotronically linked to computers. The computers converted the psychic's thoughts into digital code, relayed them to high-powered electromagnetic radio frequency amplifiers, and then broadcast the mind and consciousness-altering signals using the SAGE radar set. The experimentation is said to have been conducted on visiting servicemen, women and the general population of the surrounding communities.
Many Monatauk Project researchers assert that both the base and a subterranean facility were also used for ultra-top secret, highly classified research in quantum and particle physics, including black hole simulation using powerful electromagnetic fields, weather control, particle beam technology as well as electronic and drug-based mind control. While Jinx Intelligence believes that most allegations concerning illegal and clandestine experimentation at Montauk began in the books of Nichols and Moon, other investigations launched over the years after the books came out generated various research that has caused the Montauk Project legend to splinter into many theories.
In a linked area of research, Montauk Project investigators also allege that devastatingly powerful electrical currents were diverted to flow in specific configurations to produce electromagnetic fields; based on the quantum physicist Frank Tipler's accepted theoretical model of an artificial, controlled "black hole," called a "Tipler cylinder." The psychics were then utilized to "visualize and stabilize" a target destination, while the Tipler cylinder was supposed to achieve, time space and dimensional shifting in order to alter and manipulate our space-time continuum.
Time travel and mind control are very tricky subjects. However, they are not the primary focus of this Jinx Intelligence gathering operation. The Jinx Project seeks physical evidence of an underground structure conducive to storing some form of hazardous material and nearly every line of accusation maintains that the "evil" experiments of the Monatuk Project were carried out in a massive 6-9 story underground complex directly under the base. Unfortunately, the hostile weather is beginning to prevent a long term examination on foot. We decide to abort mission at 1618 hours and exit the base determined to return under more stable weather conditions...
The Montauk Air Force Station and it's radar equipment is positioned at the highest elevation of the property, a mere 200 feet above sea level, in the center of the Camp Hero Military Reservation. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has Camp Hero Military Reservation listed in it's archives as a backlisted Superfund site. A Superfund site is an area of extreme hazard to the environment and the public.
Beginning in 1980, Congress began appropriating money to a "Superfund" to be used by the EPA for hazardous waste cleanup. Millions of dollars in federal funds are required to make a Superfund site safe. The EPA discovered Montauk AFS in June of 1981 when the base was originally planned to close, and gave a preliminary assessment of the site's condition in December of 1990. Why is there a Superfund site still waiting to be addressed, just 120 miles from New York City, within what is supposed be a New York State Park? Jinx Intelligence believes the Camp Hero Superfund site serves a dark purpose that does not necessarily want to be "cleaned up" any time in the near future.
Jinx Intelligence obtained a report issued in 1996 by the U.S. Army to the Department of Defense about the preparation of an environmental impact statement on the destruction of chemical warfare material. During the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993, over 150 nations signed a treaty to outlaw the production of all chemical weapons and destroy all existing stocks within ten years. In accordance with protocols of the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Army's report outlined its responsibility for Chemical Demilitarization. This calls for all non-stockpile chemical weapons to be destroyed in a safe, environmentally sound and cost-effective manner.
In addition, the U.S. Army is also responsible for the destruction of all chemical weapons material, including chemical weapons material from former test ranges, burial sites once it has been recovered, storage, former chemical weapon production facilities and miscellaneous chemical warfare material. A Survey and Analysis report in 1993 identified locations, types, quantities of chemical weapons material. It also included a short list of "Locations with Known or Possible Buried Chemical Warfare Material." Camp Hero Military Reservation and the Montauk AFS is on that list. The concept of a State Park being used as chemical weapons material storage facility near the playground of New York City's elite is hard to fathom. Jinx Intelligence believes this to be true, but the data gathered on the last mission was not enough to satisfy the Jinx High Command, who require a conclusive investigation. So one week later, agents of the Jinx Project venture again to Camp Hero and the Montauk Air Force Station for an in-depth stealth reconnaissance mission.
Secondary Recon 12/22/99
Armed with knowledge from hours of research, maps, photographs of the base, sophisticated flashlights, rations, recording devices and foul weather gear, the late night operation is coordinated to take advantage of a rare lunar event, which has a full moon positioned at it's closest point to Earth in the last 150 years. We enter the perimeter of Camp Hero at 0200 hours.
The main gate is wide open as before, but the fact that it is the middle of the night will not help explain our presence, despite our expertise in social engineering. We kill our headlights as we pass the building our research described as an "equipment maintenance building," where we previously saw the police vehicle. The same police 4 x 4 is parked outside as we glide with crossed fingers through the darkness.
The moon is huge and bright, eerily silhouetting the SAGE radar dish. We proceed to the SAGE radar tower with its looming 75-foot radar dish and park our surveillance vehicle.. At 0210 hours, Jinx agents boldly step out into the cold air of a frosty December night. We can see our breath. Flashlights in hand, we move to inspect the structures around the SAGE tower. Jinx is on alert and ready for action.
While walking up on to the hill, we notice iron ducts half buried in the ground which appeared to form walkways from building to building. Inside, we find hundreds of thick electrical cables inside the metal cavities. Above us, insulated pipes, broken in sections, stretch above our heads, feeding into some structures and through others. They are weather beaten like the electrical boxes, with what appears to be asbestos exposed to the to the open air.
The amount of heavy wiring and total electrical capacity of this former military installation make us wonder about the possibilities of the electromagnetic fields in the Montauk Project legends. Could time-travel and mind control experiments really have occured here? We wonder while watching where we step; there are heavy electrical cables, wires and open manholes all over the hill area. Evidence of our hazardous waste theory is nowhere to be seen.
We decide to inspect some of the other structures and upon our entrance, we find them to be completely gutted, vandalized with graffiti of local teens. The flooring in most of the buildings have the same metal ducts carrying electrical cables running to and from each structure, as if the power grid was laid out and the structures built over them. Was this to prevent loss of power from arial bombardment? Or to more readily serve an undergound complex? The metal ducts point to the former.
Some of the weather beaten structures were obviously once barracks, others most definitely operational offices, headquarters, or a mess hall. However, there were quite a few that were not only indeterminable, but truly incredible. Like the concrete building painted to look like it was made of wood panelling, complete with fake doors, painted on windows and lots of electrical cables and plumbing running into it. Who was supposed to be fooled here? Wouldn't this "house" have looked from any distance, utterly incongruent amidst the active radar domes and rotating radar dishes?
Clearing some debris from a hole near the base of the structure, the flashlight beam plays over huge breakers with enormous configurations of electrical cables as thick as two fingers---what looks like the central nervous system of Montauk Air Force Station. We can only speculate as to it's purpose, even after a glimpse of what is inside the queer concrete house. We chalk another yet another one up to the Montauk Project legends.
We decide to scope the surrounding area by vehicle. Moving away from the "hill area" of the base on a serpentine road, we approach a hill about 30-feet in height covered with trees and shrubs about 200 yards from the SAGE tower. This "mound" is quite peculiar and seemingly out of place.
Not only is the general terrain of Camp Hero flat, with the exception of the radar tower hill, but the slope of this mound is very unnatural. Could this be evidence of an underground structure? Our question is answered as we notice a huge doorway, easily large enough to drive an eighteen-wheeler through. This structure is precisely what we've been looking for. We are no longer calling it a "mound," but an "underground bunker" in our excitement.
We pass two more of the 25-foot entrances about 30 yards from each other, all completely cemented over. They look like sealed off mountain train tunnels from the car. Judging from the size of the entrances and the earth on top of the structure, it must easily be the size of an NFL football field. We circle the bunker to find a large concrete ledge jutting out over what must have been the front entrance, cemented shut like the doorways in the rear.
At 1333 hours, Jinx agents attempt to get inside the bunker. We've listened at it's walls, banged on the concrete to hear echoes, and even climbed to the top of the mound through dense leafless trees to seek an opening. We quickly realize the only way into the structure is with a jackhammer or some dynamite and it is no wonder why the cemented entrances are not stenciled with the No Trespassing Hazardous Area signs like the rest of the base. Or is it?
The existence of an underground facility at Montauk AFS has been verified, but it remains to be seen whether the subterranean facility is as large as most Montauk Project investigators contend. "I was in a big one a number of times," says Mr. Ackerman. "The underground bunker I was in, which was probably built as an air-raid shelter, was quite large as I remember it. I truly do not remember what it was used for, but when we had a bad hurricane, this was where many people went to be safe, both military and civilians."
Mr. Ackerman does not remember how he entered the bunker, nor can he remember any stairs or an elevator. "It seems to me that the bunker entrance was at ground level. It was concrete, seemed large to me and situated near the surface of the base. If they went to all the trouble to build it, I would say it is possible there was a second level, but I do not know for fact," says Mr. Ackerman.
When asked about areas of Camp Hero that were off limits to enlisted personnel during his time there, Mr. Ackerman remembers that " there were some areas on the base that were considered "off limits," but can't I remember where they were. There would have to be some place to store radioactive material because components used in the radar transmitters were radioactive."
Radioactive waste and chemical warfare material cannot be treated by conventional methods, and must be stored in heavily shielded containers in areas remote from biological habitats. The safest of storage sites currently used are impervious deep caves or abandoned salt mines. A former military base that's supposed to be a State Park will work just as well.
Based on extensive data from the Jinx Intelligence efforts, outside reports and on-site evidence, Jinx Intelligence analysts believe that the Montauk Air Force Station was used as a chemical warhead training facility. Jinx Intelligence maintains that the Montauk Project allegations regarding experimentation at Camp Hero are cover stories. Camp Hero and the Montauk Air Force Station are, however, currently being used for a particular clandestine government activity: the covert storage of hazardous waste, from either chemical or radioactive origin. As a result, the general public has been denied access to a State Park---publicly owned land---for over 16 years.
We've just spent a considerable amount of time, illegally, on an abandoned military base. At 1353 hours, agents of the Jinx Project determine the mission a success decide to depart the base. On our way out, we cruise past a few more buildings. Some look very modern and still in use. The piles of earth and gravel outside them and the sight of a bulldozer would normally suggest road crew equipment storage facilities, but we know better.
Exhausted and content with our mission we drive towards the exit. Suddenly, we see headlights entering the base up ahead and we wonder if this is supposed to be happening. As the small compact car approaches ours, I slow down trying to catch a glimpse of the driver entering the base through the glare of the headlights. All I see is a male face looking back at us with an equal amount of surprise on his face....
Radioactive nuclear wastes cannot be treated by conventional chemical methods and must be stored in heavily shielded containers in areas remote from biological habitats. The safest of storage sites currently used are impervious deep caves or abandoned salt mines. The air raid shelter on a former military base that's supposed to be a State Park seems to be working just fine out at Camp Hero.