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FORTRESS AUSTRALIA
HIDDEN AGENDA

This Report was given to the publisher of RMNews the year it was written, 1996. The Source who hand delivered it would not state who the author was. RMNews does not know if this has been published elsewhere.

THE RUMOR MILL NEWS AGENCY
http://rumormillnews.com/FORTRESS_AUSTRALIA.htm

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REPORT NO. I

AUTHOR'S NOTE

This report results from two years of part time investigation of recent developments in Australia which appear to indicate that some unusual and urgent preparations are being made to turn Australia into a self sufficient "safe haven." The details mentioned in the report have been kept as concise as possible to enable readers to make up their own minds about the wide ranging evidence which suggests a well organised and developing plan of action aimed at reaching culmination by the end of the present decade. This report can be considered as interim only as the process is ongoing and apparently gaining in momentum. The author intends to continue his investigations and publish additional reports in the future.
JUNE 30, 1996

FORTRESS AUSTRALIA HIDDEN AGENDA EMERGENCY SERVICES

During 1989/90 closed door discussions began between the Federal government in Canberra and all the State governments in view of upgrading all Australian emergency services. It was agreed that prompt action would be taken to facilitate better co-ordination between all existing services and funds would be provided to assist with training programmes, the provision of new equipment and the recruitment of additional full time professional staff. Communications were considered of primary importance and it was decided to establish an Australian wide standard system encompassing all existing services which are Federal and State police forces, metropolitan fire brigades, country fire authorities, ambulance services, rescue services and other volunteer emergency services.

Basically the reorganisation seems to follow along the lines of the old Civil Defence Organisation and it is interesting to note the same old names are being used again. The states have been divided up into regions and each placed under the command of a controller. A sub regional controller is responsible to a central regional controller. From there it goes to state level and then on to Federal level centred in Canberra. As was the case with the original organisations each region is capable of operating on it's own if the chain of command should break down due to warfare, civil unrest or natural disaster. Close liaison has been arranged with all branches of the armed services and in some instances joint training programmes have been arranged on a regular basis. Military reservists are encouraged to become voluntary emergency workers in their local areas as not only. their knowledge is of use but it helps develop mutual trust between the community and service personnel in general.

During the past year the Federal Government has encouraged voluntary involvement of as many private citizens as possible. In this way a regional controller with a small staff can develop a substantial organisation at very low cost. Further so called cost savings have been made by centralising emergency communications in each state and 'privatising' them by selling them off to an outside contractor. State Government has moved the communication systems covering Police, Fire and Ambulance services under one roof at great expense to the tax payer and then sold them off to a company called 'Intergraph Inc' which is a specialised American communications company said to be closely connected to the United States National Security Agency (NSA).

Of further interest is the origins of some of the professional staff members who have been employed to develop and consolidate the new look organisation particularly in the State of Victoria.

THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL - VICTORIAN DIVISION

In 1927 Mr. Ernest W. Cox, then President of the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria formed the National Safety Council (NSCA). The objectives-of this new organisation were: safety at work, safety on the roads and safety at home. From the outset it was run by a committee made up of representatives from major government organisations such as the Police Department, Education Department, Railways Department and Tramways Board. Community and business organisations were also included such as the Automobile Club, Commercial Travellers Association, Trades Hall Council and Accident Underwriters Association. By 1928 it had a full time staff who were promoting its aims throughout Victoria. When the depression hit Australia in 1929 the Victorian government withdrew its financial support forcing the staff to work on reduced wages and for the NSCA to. depend on private contribution made by big business and some wealthy individuals. The organisation survived and in 1934 the government renewed it's contribution allowing the NSCA to further expand it's role in the community.

The second World War produced rapid growth in the organisation and for the first time it became involved in military matters, a role it maintained throughout it's remaining history. By 1948 the NSCA had led to the development of an entire safety and security industry employing more than 300,000 people.

In 1976 a mysterious person named John Freidrich joined the NSCA as a safety officer at the State Electricity Commission power station in Yallourn, Victoria. Freidrich was not his real name and to this day his real identity has remained unknown. Due to his high intelligence, diligence and a good measure of assistance from several powerful backers, principally the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), he quickly rose through the ranks and, despite the fact his background was a myth, and he did not even possess an Australian passport or valid birth certificate, he became the executive director in 1982. His meteoric rise to power could only be described as astonishing, however as there was plenty of money in it for everyone there were few complaints. When an opposition member of parliament raised a question about the appointment in the House he was howled down by the government.

Freidrich (CIA Code Name 'IAGO') took to his new job like a duck to water. Money started to flow and the NSCA plunged into an unprecedented period of expansion.

The NSCA headquarters were moved from plush offices in St. Kilda Road, Melbourne (close to the US Consul General's office in Albert Road which was then the principal CIA Station in Australia) to Sale, a country town in Gippsland, Victoria. A complete airport was built in West Sale opposite the RAAF base situated in East Sale. No cost was spared and an elaborate base which included the largest hyperbaric (decompression) facilities in Australia and an indoor horse riding arena was built in record time. Any amount of money was made instantly available by the government and banks. All that was required was Freidrich's signature.

Together with the development of the base came what can only be described as a private airforce involving dozens of fixed wing aircraft, both propeller and pure jet, and dozens of helicopters. In fact Freidrich's private helicopter, a Bell 212, had previously been owned by Idi Amin! Apart from that there was a marine section which purchased a number of the latest deep sea recovery vehicles at enormous cost. It seemed that everything that was required by the new look organisation was provided immediately with no regard at all to the costs involved.

The NSCA obtained--contracts from all the military services to take care of their search and rescue requirements and from the Bass Strait off shore oil rigs to attend to any emergency that may arise. Facilities were set up at Sale to provide specialised training to many public authorities and to train special service personnel employed by the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and their backers, the CIA.

Perhaps the most important services NSCA provided was firstly security back up to all the American secret bases in Australia including the new Omega bases in Victoria and Tasmania, and secondly provide deep sea submarine rescue facilities for the American nuclear submarine force constantly patrolling the Southern Ocean. There were several occasions when they were called in to use helicopter crowd control methods at Pine Gap and the Gippsland Omega station. It is not known if their submarine rescue facilities were ever used.

The association with the East Sale RAAF base was a close one. In fact two senior RAAF officers sat on the board of the NSCA. East Sale is a secure RAAF base and is often used by NASA (U2 flights) and other unexplained US aircraft. It is also the repository of secret UFO information and was the base that Frederick Valentich attended for a special course relating to UFO's before he disappeared over Bass Strait on 21st October, 1978 while reporting a close encounter with a large UFO. So concerned was Valentich about what he had seen and been told at Sale that he emotionally told his parents shortly afterwards that "should they take me I should be O.K. so don't worry, they will probably put me back." (This was told to the writer by Guido Valentich, Frederick's father, in late October, 1978).

It has been inferred that the NSCA was closely involved with the UFO problem and had all the equipment necessary to effect retrievals on land and from the great ocean depths. They also ran their own international airline which did not account to anyone and moved people, drugs and money in and out of Australia. Freidrich's ex personal pilot told the author that he often flew him to airports in various parts of Australia where he would transfer to another aircraft and disappear. On one occasion he flew to Essendon Airport in Melbourne where Freidrich told him to wait. An executive jet in US colours and the CIA insignia on the tail landed shortly afterwards and Freidrich climbed aboard. Four hours later the plane returned and Freidrich walked back to his own plane and ordered the pilot to fly back to West Sale. Apart from mentioning the weather he said nothing about the strange flight. The pilot also claimed that he often received orders to fly together with a back up pilot to deserted airstrips in the Australian outback.

Most of these strips were built during the second World War yet, oddly enough, are still maintained by persons unknown. Another plane would be parked there and the keys and instructions as to what to do next would be in one of the wheel wells. The instructions usually involved flying to a second air strip where Freidrich would be waiting with his canvas overnight bag. He would then fly Freidrich either to Richmond RAAF base in New South Wales or back to West Sale. On three occasions he had to pick up Freidrich from Pine Gap. Each time he flew alone in a NSCA Lear Jet and made the pick ups around 3 A.M. Even at Pine Gap Freidrich was always waiting alone on the vacant airstrip.

It was also well known that the US Airforce conducted joint training exercises with the NSCA and there were several reports of the US Green Beret officers entering Australia on tourist visas and going directly to West Sale.

The operation had some similarities to other past CIA activities in Australia. The best known example was the case of the Nugan-Hand merchant bank which prior to it's collapse in 1980 was said to have been involved in arms and drug trafficking, the laundering of drug money, and the funding of CIA operations in Australia and Asia. Nugan-Hand was run by Australian Frank Nugan and American Michael Hand, a past Green Beret officer and employee of Air America. In the late 1960's and early 1970's the officer in charge of the overall operations of Nugan-Hand plus a major US currency counterfeiting operation in Sydney was the already infamous General Richard V. Secord.

When the operation was closed down, Michael Hand was given a new passport and immediately returned to the USA where he now lives under another name. Frank Nugan lost a great deal of money and threatened to expose the operation if he was not reimbursed. This was a serious error as he was shot dead a few days later with a .300 magnum hunting rifle.

As the Cold War came to a close it was decided to dump the NSCA. Suddenly it was revealed that hundreds of millions of dollars had been misappropriated and Freidrich was blamed. The West Sale base was closed and hundreds of trained and highly experienced personnel were dismissed. Freidrich initially went into hiding as he knew full well that when such secret operations are closed down the cleaners come in and any potential embarrassments are quickly eliminated. Freidrich played his cards correctly and surfaced to face charges of bank fraud and other commercial crimes. While on bail he supposedly committed suicide which, of course, was most convenient to everyone involved. However, there were strong indications that he was not dead but had been quickly withdrawn to the USA just like Michael Hand and a unidentified corpse from the city morgue had been put in his place. Several police officers who talked about this were told that they would be dismissed without pension rights if they mentioned it again. Everyone shut up.

But what of all that trained staff? Within weeks of the NSCA close down many of them were absorbed into other government services and the organisations they had helped to train. Many others are now involved in the new rapidly developing State emergency services. No doubt, like the old Civil Defence Organisation personnel, most of them will have kept their American contacts and are firmly part of the security old boys network. Nevertheless NSCA trained officers are considered the best in their field and are fully capable of putting organisations together quickly and effectively. This seems to be what they are doing at the present time.

There are indications that a fully operational, co-ordinated nation wide rescue and emergency service must be ready for any eventuality by 1998/99 at the latest. The reason for such haste is not clear but it appears that something is expected to happen by the end of the decade and as far as humanly possible the government wants to be ready for it. This seems to fit in with other preparations being made by the Federal and State police force and the armed services.

THINGS MILITARY

The Australian Submarine Corporation has just launched it's second Collins Class submarine and a further six are due for delivery by 1999. Their cost is estimated at around one billion dollars each. There are plans to produce many more for friendly nations in South East Asia and if possible keep the enormously expensive factory in continuous production well into the next century.

The naval dock yards in Melbourne has launched their second $500 million frigate, with a further eight planned for delivery by 1999. Like the submarines, the government expects to receive further orders from New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore and possibly Malaysia.

On the 16th January, 1996 the government announced that a new $200 million armaments depot and munitions loading facility will be built for the Navy at Point Wilson near Geelong (49 miles from Melbourne). Building will begin this year and the facility will be fully operational by the end of 1998.

The airforce has just ordered at the cost of $900 million, 12 new C130 transport planes from the USA to expand their air transport capability. Also their entire fleet of F111 fighter bombers are being rebuilt to bring them up to the latest standards. The cost per aircraft is about $30 million. More than 40 aircraft are involved in this refurbishment programme.

In late 1995 the army moved it's southern armoured division from Victoria to the Northern Territory. The government stated at the time that as they did not expect an invasion from the Antarctic there was no point in keeping them in the Southern part of Australia. Does that mean they expect an attack from the North?

In January, 1996 a source in the USA advised that the army had placed a large order for Jeeps specially prepared to resist chemical and biological warfare agents. The exact number is not known but it is understood to be in the hundreds. Similar vehicles were used by the American forces in the Gulf War. Why should they be considered a vital addition to the army's inventory of equipment in Australia? Delivery will take place over the next two years, meaning it will be completed by mid 1998. No mention of this order has been made by any of the Australian media or any government authority.

United States B52 bombers, F15 and F18 fighters as well as early warning aircraft are now stationed in northern Australia and a so called practice bombing range in the Northern Territory is being used by American, Australian, Indonesian and Singapore airforces. Singapore has been allowed to station a fighter squadron in Queensland and Indonesia is conducting regular military exercises with the Australian armed forces. The last one involved 7000 Indonesians for two weeks in Northern Queensland.

A whole new era in the relationship between Australia and Indonesia opened in December, 1995 with the signing of a joint defence treaty by the Australian and Indonesian governments. This treaty contains some very unusual and ambiguous language. One point has already caused some debate as it indicates that one party will go to the aid of the other "due to any adverse challenge". This could mean anything. Most critics immediately assumed Australia would have to help Indonesia even in the event of an internal problem developing in their country. They did not seem to think about the possibility of Australia asking the Indonesians to help them in one of their internal problems.

This situation is disquieting as the people that write such treaties know what they are saying so it is unlikely the loose wording was just a slip of the pen. Also the results of the survey which was given to US Marines at Twenty-Nine Palms in Southern California, wanting to know if they would shoot on their own people, were similar to the results of secretly conducted surveys in Australia. They won't do it! However there are many foreign troops that would, and this has produced the fear of United Nation's troops being used in the USA for that purpose. As for Australia they now have access to some of the most unscrupulous professional killers in the world in the form of the Indonesian military. Portugese Timor is a perfect example of their capabilities.

Apart from the rather negative aspects of the treaty there are some positives. Indeed following the signing of the treaty Australian Foreign Minister, Gareth Evans, said "Of course neither of us will involve ourselves in each other's internal affairs but we may have to act together to stop terrorists, drug smugglers or a huge influx of boat people moving to the south." It seems fairly certain that the issue of forced migration is the most important one. Morally Australia could not be involved in killing off thousands or even millions of people trying to get to it's shores. It would have to think of some other way. On the other hand Indonesia would hardly think twice about it particularly in view of the fact they would be first to be overrun. If one looks at a map of Australia and South East Asia, the only way boats small or large can quickly get through to the south is via the waterways that divide the islands of Indonesia. Any other route is long and dangerous and most small boats would not survive such a voyage.

The speed with which this new treaty was entered into indicates things need to be arranged quickly and this fits in with other recent developments.

On 4th January, 1996 news leaked out that Singapore was going to terminate it's military training arrangements in Taiwan and with the agreement of the Australian government move it's programme to Australia. Almost certainly a defence treaty will follow the move which would further help seal off the waterways to seafaring migrants. Further the Singaporians are in a very insecure area of the world, surrounded by millions of Muslims and facing the prospect of Malaysia becoming a fundamentalist country by the end of the century. Most readers would be aware of Singapore's neo fascist system and extreme methods of dealing with almost everything e.g. an American boy was incarcerated for three months and flogged for spraying some paint on a car. A local citizen was imprisoned for two years for littering etc. etc. Outside threats of any kind make their militant regime very nervous. As Singaporians are basically Chinese, the Malaysians would be only too happy to see-them disappear. Could it be that there are plans to move a large part of Singapore's 3,000,000 population to Australia and save them from a fate worse than death? Their military is already here so why not bring their brains, banks and hotels as well?

COMMAND INTEGRATION OF AUSTRALIAN ARMED SERVICES

On the 15th January, 1996 it was announced that the Australian army, airforce and navy will be placed under single command. A new post of 'Commander Australian Theatre' (an odd choice of name) is being created to coordinate the country’s air land and sea defences under a single Commanding Officer.

A new site is being selected for the establishment of a headquarters and this is expected to be in a secure area (possibly underground) in New South Wales. As the new headquarters must be reasonably close to Canberra it will probably be situated in the extensive underground facilities in the Snowy Mountains. These secret facilities were built at the time of construction of the Snowy Mountains hydro electric scheme and totally concealed from the public. It is a vast system capable of supporting thousands of people and connected to Canberra by a secret underground railway. The. Defence Department said this was the biggest change to the Australian defence force in 20 years and only stops short of total integration of the army, airforce and navy into a single body.

General Baker, the defence force Chief of Staff, said the restructuring would help eliminate the need for any major changes between peace and war. Further he said Australia was leading the world with this new approach.

It is obvious that an integrated military force closely coordinated with all Federal and State emergency services and police organisations would be a very effective and efficient organisation. Such coordination could, in times of emergency, be used rapidly and decisively to deal with any problem situation on an Australia wide basis. Total military control could be established in a few hours.

The target date for having the $500 million reorganisation fully operational is by 1998/99. By that time the machinery of a police state will be firmly in place and it will then be possible to introduce dictatorial powers at a moment’s notice.

COAST WATCH SERVICE

Since the second World War the Australian Government has operated a coast watch system along the northern coast line of the continent. The responsibility for this was initially placed in the hands of the Australian Navy and Airforce. In recent years it became necessary to greatly increase the capacity of the service to control illegal fishing, drug smuggling and the flow of illegal immigrants. To achieve a much higher level of surveillance the system has been partially 'privatised.' Like the NSCA, a private South Australian company which operates a large number of aircraft has been contracted to undertake continuous surveillance from the North West to the North East and patrol the ocean dividing Australia from Indonesia and New Guinea. Over the past two years the government has been very generous to this contractor by donating a substantial number of fixed wing aircraft and providing interest free finance for the purchase of new aircraft from the USA and Europe. As the trickle of boat people has been increasing over the past few years the government appears to be acting with some urgency.

The Navy and the Airforce are still involved in the coast watch, the private contractor being used as their extra set of eyes. Normally when an arrest takes place it's the Navy that does the job. Modern patrol boats similar to those being used by the US coast guard are in constant production in Western Australia and added to the Navy at the rate of around six per year.

POLICE SERVICES AND THE PRISONS

Over the past five years the State and Federal police forces have been undergoing a great deal of reorganisation. New training methods have been adopted and 'state of the art' equipment purchased at very high cost. Advisory groups, mainly from the American FBI, have been helping with the reorganisation and it seems their advice has been taken very seriously.

The Federal Police are changing their entire structure. In future only the senior administrative staff in Canberra will have ranks such as 'Inspector' or 'Director'. All others will be described as ‘Federal Agents', no matter what their previous status was. This is in line with the American system. New legislation is envisaged to give the new Australian FBI far greater powers than were enjoyed by the old Federal Police Force and allow them to operate on an Australia wide basis. As far as the State Police Forces are concerned, they are rapidly adopting the methods used by major overseas police forces. Special operation groups (Swat Teams) are being established in ever increasing numbers on the excuse that they have to combat terrorism!

These groups are now training on a regular basis with the Army SAS. The government said this was necessary to provide the best possible training in view of the threat of international terrorism occurring at the Sydney Olympic Games in the year 2000. This seems rather odd as it would hardly be necessary to initiate such a wide ranging and long term training programme in every state to combat a possible fourteen day threat in the year 2000. Who are they kidding? The public as usual.

As part of the upgrading of the State police forces a larger number of officers are being sent overseas for specialised training. As in the past, the majority of them are sent to the USA for specialised courses with the FBI and the International Police Academy. This training seems to involve everything including such subjects as 'Advanced Interrogation Methods.'

Other Airwing officers are being sent to a special helicopter training school together with military personnel and selected civilians, to learn helicopter crowd control and other techniques. It is planned to 'privatise' the police airwings by selling them to outside contractors. Two large American companies have already made it clear that they want to buy this part of the business.

All police forces are coordinated with the State Emergency Services and have direct contacts with Australia's intelligence organisations. It's one big happy family.

Australian prisons are being 'privatised' as quickly as possible. This is very disquieting as private prisons are wide open to abuse particularly if they fall into the hands of unscrupulous people. This seems to be what is happening in Australia.

The American Wackenhut Inc. seems to have no difficulty in obtaining the rights to run the prison system in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and it's expected they will do the same in all other states. The fact that Wackenhut Inc. is subject to criminal proceedings in the USA does not seem to concern any of our state administrators.

The founder of the company, Mr. Wackenhut himself is described as a shadowy figure who previously was a senior officer in the FBI and still has regular contact with both the FBI and CIA. It is claimed that his main expertise was in the area of clandestine operations.

Privatisation of the prison system will save little or nothing. It's main purpose seems to be to place control of these establishments in the hand of a foreign power. At the same time government authorities lose their vital, independent right to oversee the conduct of the prisons and the selection and control of those that operate them.

In the USA it has been proved that Wackenhut has employed convicted criminals as prison guards and there are rumours that they have been doing the same thing in Australia. Further they have diverted millions of dollars of US government funds to their own use thus depriving prison inmates of drug rehabilitation and educational programmes. In November, 1995 it was reported to the New South Wales government that the same scam had occurred at one of Wackenhut's new state prisons at Junee. The New South Wales government said they would "investigate the matter", but were not worried about the integrity of Wackenhut!

These developments can only produce justifiable concern. Anyone that thinks about it has to ask the question, "What the hell is going on?"

THE CAMPS

For the past ten years rumours have persisted that the government has built internment camps 'in prohibited military areas in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. Following completion they have been mothballed. Reportedly one built at the 'Woomera Prohibited Area' in South Australia was classified as ‘reserve army camp for use in the case of emergency.' No comment has been made about the others.

If there really are internment camps as many people suspect then, due to the great distances involved, it would be difficult to transport large numbers of people to them in times of emergency. It may be that they are designed for advance use and no urgency would be involved during the period of initial occupancy, when the largest number of people would be sent to them. If this is the case then the authorities must have a definite time frame in mind. Like everything else is it during the latter part of the present decade?

In times of emergency involving great disasters the transportation of large numbers of resistant, and in some cases hostile, people is difficult. It is far better to process them and place them under detention in areas close to the disaster zones. But how does one build large internment facilities near populated areas without the public noticing and causing scandal and embarrassment that the authorities would be able to deal with? The answer was found to be quite simple. Tent camps like those being used as civil prisons in America (Arizona) could be purchased in kit form complete with razor wire and electric fencing and warehoused in each state until required. A source in the government advised the writer that he had heard a procurement programme had been underway for the past two years and 'Wackenhut Inc.' is the willing supplier. In this way it would be possible to store hundreds of prisons around Australia that would take no more than a few days to set up in any available open space without the public having any advance knowledge of them whatsoever. It is important to consider that if this system is adopted in Australia it would have to be of similar interest in the US and other countries. The prison export business could prove to be very profitable indeed and no doubt 'Wackenhut Inc.' is fully aware of such possibilities. In the United States alone they are making over $100 million per year out of their private prisons and exporting prison camps in kit form or allowing licensed manufacture would represent a very nice addition to their existing business activities.

THE OVERPOPULATION PROBLEM

Two senior officials of Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs told the writer in late 1995 that the greatest problem facing Australia and the world was over population. At the present rate of growth the world population will exceed fifteen billion by the year 2015 which is considered unsustainable. Should the climatic changes continue and food production become more difficult, such population pressures can only lead to disaster.

At the present time the Australian population is around eighteen million. The increase of about ten million since the end of the Second World War has been mainly due to immigration.

Several Australian demographers believe that the population should not have been allowed to rise above twelve million as although Australia is a large country it is mainly desert and can not produce unlimited quantities of food. Australia is often subjected to drought conditions which restrict the production of essential foods. Indeed during the recent drought Australia was forced to import wheat for the first time in it's history. If the population continues to rise due to immigration either legal or illegal, there is every possibility Australia will be unable to remain self sufficient in the production of most basic foods. Should disruption to world climate occur resulting in mass forced migration, Australia would have to resist or face acute food shortages and domestic upheaval.

There is growing criticism of the government immigration policy which, over the past few years, has placed enormous stress on the country’s social services and produced an unacceptably high level of unemployment. To go on adding to this problem could lead to a social schism.

The Foreign Affairs Department is generally against increased immigration and has strongly advised the government to take every advanced precautionary measure to prevent illegal immigrants entering the country. Like the British in Hong Kong the Australian Government has concluded agreements with China, Vietnam and other south east Asian countries enabling prompt deportation of illegal immigrants to their homelands. Large holding camps have been established in northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory which are presently holding several thousand of these illegals.

The foreign Affairs Department estimates that there are 20 million Chinese people alone who want to move to Australia by any means at, their disposal should they get the chance.

THE RABBIT PLAGUE

From the time British settlers introduced the common European rabbit to Australia it has been a pest. With no natural enemies it bred at a tremendous rate and by the mid 19th century it had become a tremendous problem to farmers throughout the colony. Rabbits destroy crops, denude land of natural vegetation and dig millions of burrows which lead to land degradation and erosion eventually turning rich farm land to desert. Until the 1950's the only way to control them was by shooting, poisoning and trapping. By that time the infestation had reached crisis level causing an estimated reduction in food production of around 20%.

In the mid 1950's a group of scientists in the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) discovered a virus called Myxomatosis that would only infect and kill rabbits and could easily be spread by mosquito's. After extensive testing it was released and within a matter of months the rabbit population was under control. They died in their tens of millions and the land started to regenerate.

Some 25 years later it was found that the rabbit population was developing resistance to Myxomatosis and an entire new stronger breed of rabbits was starting to infest the country. Once again farmers had to start poisoning, shooting and trapping to keep the rabbit population down.

When coupled with drought and other climatic changes the new rabbit plague once again had a serious effect on Australia's food production. The government asked the CSIRO to find another answer and to do it quickly. This time they suggested the use of the European Calici virus which only attacks rabbits. However, animal rights groups conservationists and 'do gooders' found out and demanded extensive inquiries be undertaken before any permission was given for the release of a new rabbit control agent. The CSIRO had concluded that unless something was done quickly food production would be seriously effected 'by the end of the century.

The government had to listen to the objections and with the concurrence of the groups involved they allowed testing of the Calici virus to begin on an island off the coast of South Australia in early 1995. The tests were to go on for four or five years before consideration was to be given to the general release of the virus. Then something happened. The virus mysteriously jumped to the mainland and much to the delight of the farmers immediately started to decimate the rabbit population with a mortality rate of more than 95%. The virus is now rapidly spreading throughout Australia and has, in only a few months, reached Queensland some 2000 miles away. The effect should be to virtually wipe out the rabbit population by 1998 which will automatically increase food production by at least 10% by the end of the decade.

It is rumoured that to avoid years of public inquiries and never ending delay the "accidental" release of the Calici virus was not in any way accidental. If a disaster occurred food production would be of prime importance thus any factor that could present an unmanageable problem at the time should be eliminated as far in advance as possible. It seems the haste with which the CSIRO acted indicates the time is short.

So far there seems to be a wide variety of preparations being made that all have similar timetables. From military services to food production strong efforts are being made to have everything operating at it's peak by the end of the decade. Does this indicate an intricate coordinated plan or it is just coincidence?

BUSINESS INVESTMENT IN AUSTRALIA AND THE LOOTING OF THE BANKS

Over the past five years American corporations have become the largest of all foreign investors in the Australian economy. They have purchased large sections of the food industry, ranging from the farms to the supermarkets, mining and raw material production and processing, engineering, computer and electronics manufacture, retailing, transport, advertising, the printed media, television and radio, hotels and resorts. This has been added to existing major investments in banking, automobile manufacturing, the aerospace industry, insurance and many service industries.

American investment has now entered a new stage. Due to the economic conditions caused by a vast loss of capital during the second half of the 1980's the Federal and State government have been forced into a massive privatisation of assets to provide cash to repay loans and interest (mainly to the USA and Japan). So far all manner of public utilities have been sold off including the entire electrical power and distribution systems of Victoria and New South Wales to American buyers for billions of dollars. The other states are more than eager to follow suit. It is clear that apart from normal business investments, America is now keen to buy the infrastructure of the country and is progressing very rapidly in that direction. There are strong indications that either Pacific Bell or AT & T will buy the entire Australian telephone system for around $35 billion. If the rate of this sell off continues America will have an iron grip on the total Australian economy and it's government by 1998/99. Is this another coincidence of timing?

As one foreign affairs official told the writer, there may be a good aspect to all of this. He said "It's better the Americans own us than the Japanese" and if that's the only choice he is probably right.

The loss, or perhaps a better description is the near total disappearance, of a vast amount of Australian capital appeared to begin around 1983/84 shortly after America's Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI) was launched by U.S President Reagan. Under it's defence agreements with America, Australia agreed to become an important part of the most secret research and development programme. It really had no choice as key factors in the form of the sensitive American bases were vital to the success of this major undertaking. Also as the estimated costs were expected to far exceed the combined cost of the Manhattan Project and NASA's mission to the moon, vast funds had to be found without the public's knowledge. But how do you find more than a trillion dollars and keep it secret? Certainly it can't be part of any legitimate government budget as no one in their right mind would stand for it.

The only way is to steal it and later blame the resulting disaster on economic miscalculations and unscrupulous entrepreneurs. If government regulators willingly involve themselves in such a scam there would be no way of preventing it. Obviously, no single government could afford such a huge depletion of it's capital base but the combination of a number of governments who were all part of the same club could, even though the outcome would be certain economic recessions and the possible deaths of millions of people in third world countries which suddenly found they could no longer obtain financial aid from the developed world.

Perhaps coincidentally the Labor government headed by Robert Hawke deregulated the Australian economy turning it into a financial 'free for all' just at the right time. From 1984 to 1989 money poured out of the banking system and overseas borrowing skyrocketed. However, a lot of the new capital seemed to be doing very little apart from making a few individuals very rich. Also an unusual number of government officials were taking early retirements and vanishing overseas to new lives of luxury in the south of France, the USA and the Caribbean.

So much money was removed by 1989 that several banking institutions collapsed, the most prominent being the State owned banks of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. It is estimated that overall losses, most of which could not be traced, amounted to more than two hundred and twenty billion dollars.

The lasting effect of this situation has been a lack of available capital, enormous interest rates and an almost permanent state of economic recession. If the money was Australia's contribution to SDI then hopefully it will be worth it in the long run.

Rumours have persisted in Australia that all the initial SDI experiments and developments were successful and a large part of the system is fully operated and controlled by America's secret Australian and Antarctic bases.

RELOCATION OF AMERICAN COMPANY HEAD OFFICES AND CITIZENS

Since 1992 some of the larger US companies have increased the size of their administrative facilities in Australia. Some of these organisations such as I.B.M., Ford, General Motors and others who also manufacture in Australia, are centralising their Asian administration in Sydney and Melbourne. Many other American companies are opening large facilities which seem quite out of proportion with their local business requirements. One theory is that they are establishing back up head office facilities so their empires, or what would remain of them should a disaster take place, could be operated from the safety of Australia. Certainly many of these new facilities will be firmly established, complete with the usual private satellite communication systems, by 1998/99. These developments are accompanied by large scale purchases of expensive private houses and country properties by prominent Americans, their families and friends.

SECRET BASES AND OTHER MACHINATION

It is widely accepted that the demise of the Whitlam labor -government in 1975 was brought about by the direct intervention of the American CIA and NSA in Australian domestic affairs. The reasons were clear, Whitlam resented the fact that America's secret bases at Pine Gap, Narrunga and North West Cape had been established as a result of agreements made with the previous conservative government and for all intents and purposes apart from very low level liaison, Australians were excluded from them. This was the height of the Cold War and there was genuine concern among members of government and the public at large that Australia could be subject to major nuclear attack as a result of having these bases on their territory. This fear was not unfounded.

According to reports at the time, Whitlam had constantly pressured the American government to allow Australians to take a greater role in the operation of the bases and to have full access to the intelligence they gathered. He also wanted to alter the terms of the agreement to put Australia in charge. Such demands were too much for the American administration to tolerate so orders were given to destabilise and get rid of the government. It is ironic that Pine Gap played a key role in Whitlam's destruction by acting as the main carrier of secret communications between Washington and Australia during this period. The notorious young spy Christopher Boyce (see the book 'The Falcon and the Snowman') who was working in TRW's 'Black Room' at El Segundo, Los Angeles, claimed he only decided to sell his country's secrets to the Russians because he read the top secret coded traffic going to and coming from Pine Gap. These communications clearly indicated to Boyce that America was attacking a friendly government with the full intention of destroying it. He watched daily as instructions were sent to CIA field officers, Australian union leaders, politicians, senior public officials and many others on the payroll. The CIA was collecting it's debts and Pine Gap made it easy. Boyce said he did not do it for the money but due to the revulsion he felt about the American government's actions. Boyce mentioned that Sir John Kerr, the Governor General of Australia who used the constitution to sack Whitlam was one of the their men. Boyce's supervisor constantly referred to him as 'our man Kerr' and regularly told Boyce and others in the Black Room that he was the key to ridding Australia of Whitlam and all the commies and pinkos surrounding him. Sir John not only had a code name but an entire individual code system was created just for him. It seemed that the bases were so precious that America would stop at nothing to protect their continued operations and the secrets they contained.

So what was going on that would produce such a hostile reaction and even cause the deputy Prime Minister of the time, Dr. Jim Cairns, to emotionally tell many of his staff and friends that he suspected that the Americans would mount a violent overthrow of the government if they did not succeed by clandestine means. At one private meeting in 1974 he said 'I believe there is a strong chance the Americans will try to do to us what they have just done in Chile, we could all be killed in the process.' When this comes from the mouth of the deputy Prime Minister you know it is serious.

THE PURPOSE OF PINE GAP

Some of the following information was derived from an impeccable scientific source who, up to the time of his retirement occupied a key position among the Australian scientific elite. Due to his position he was fully informed about all joint government scientific programmes and was often asked to advise on technical and intelligence matters relating to them, He agreed to comment on some American activities in Australia providing he was not identified by subsequent use of the information. The man has an amazing background involving an association with some of the greatest scientific discoveries of the 20th century, In his old age he feels that people should be made a little more aware of what is going on around them.

There are at least ten top secret American facilities in Australia with the so called 'Joint defence Space Research Facility' at Pine Gap outside Alice Springs being classified as the most important. At the time the agreement to establish Pine Gap was signed by the Australian government it's purpose was to control and act as a downlink for geosynchronous satellites stationed over the Pacific and Asia. The American agencies involved with this intelligence gathering are the CIA, NSA and the NRO. However there were other reasons for establishing the base which have never been fully revealed to the Australian government. The agreement clearly stated that it was not a requirement for the USA to share all information with Australia. In fact when the Whitlam government came to power in 1972 what little information that was being shared with the Australian Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) was reduced to a trickle and at one time, prior to 1975, stopped altogether.

The main reasons for Pine Gap being situated where it is are proximity to the Pacific and Indian Oceans and Asia, it's Southern hemispheric window to outer space, it's-position on the earth's surface in relation to other important areas situated on the planet, its isolation and the fact it is situated in an area of low electromagnetic radiation. Construction of the base was undertaken by American contractors who flew in their own workforce from the USA on a shift basis. No Australians were involved in the construction work which took around two years before the base became operational.

Construction work continued for several years on large underground facilities which are rumoured to extend some twelve levels below the base. Long tunnels are laid out in a pattern similar to the spokes of a wheel and extend several miles from the center of the base.

In a deep shielded underground chamber a nuclear reactor similar in size to those used to power submarines was installed to drive large AC and DC generators. This fact has been kept secret as it was quite illegal for such equipment to be operated without an act of parliament changing the existing laws relating to the installation of nuclear power stations in Australia. But when it's all secret in the first place who needs to get permission? The Pine Gap base also has an above ground diesel powered generating station which, it is claimed, is the only power station there. If that is so why is it shut down most of the time? If you need an electromagnetic free area you don't build a power station in the middle of it. Of course it can be used when the base was not operating but then what keeps everything running when it is turned off, batteries? Pine Gap is not connected to an outside electricity supply.

Reportedly, extending some twenty thousand feet below the base is a bore hole containing an ultra low frequency antenna which is apparently used for secret experiments supposedly related to Nicola Tesla's resonance theories as well as low frequency communications throughout the world.

Pine Gap's communication systems are the most sophisticated available utilising satellites, micro wave, low frequency and their own dedicated cable to the USA Also they are directly connected to Nurrunga, North West Cape, Geraldton, Australian Defence Signals Directorate in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, all CIA and NSA stations, ASIO, SIS and perhaps one of the most interesting secret departments of all, the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation which deals with UFO's and crash retrievals.

The number of staff at Pine Gap varies between four hundred to five hundred at any one time and all except a liaison officer and his small staff are Americans. Although Alice Springs is only fourteen miles from the front gate, few of the Pine Gap's occupants ever visit there. They stay in their self contained theme park enjoying all the luxuries of home. So stringent is the security that even personal shopping is undertaken in the USA and everything ordered on a weekly basis, including the groceries, is delivered on the Thursday C5 flight from California (there are usually three or four per week).

Pine Gap is a multi billion dollar operation of great importance to the American government. It is said that to be selected for a tour of duty there is like being elevated to the priesthood, a comment which may not be as silly as it sounds. The vast empty territory of central and South Australia has always been an area of high UFO activity. The Woomers rocket -range and the nuclear test site at Maralinga seemed to be their focal points during the 1950's and early 1960's. However this changed somewhat when construction started at Pine Gap and later at Nurrunga. From the time the earth moving equipment moved in, there was a rapid rise in UFO sightings in Alice Springs and the surrounding area. The regular sightings have continued to this day and some of them could only be described as bizarre.

Pine Gap can be observed from the distant surrounding hills which overlook the entire secure base area. All that can be seen are eight white radomes placed in close proximity to groups of long low buildings. A few miles from the base a double security fence winds its way around through the grass and light scrub and cuts it's way through the lower levels of the nearby hills. The fence is patrolled continuously by American guards and members of the Australian Federal Police Force. The American guards live at the base and the Federal Police at Alice Springs.

One case which received some limited publicity in 1989 involved three hunters who were on an all night shooting trip in the hills near Pine Gap. At around 4.30a.m. they observed a large camouflaged door open on the side of a low hill inside the security compound and a metallic, circular disc appear from the gaping black hole, tip on it's edge and disappear vertically at tremendous speed. The door then slowly shut and everything returned to normal. The camouflage was so good that from their vantage point they were unable to observe anything unusual about the area after the door closed.

There are several other incidents of a similar nature which were reported by visitors to the area and in one case in 1975 the occupants of a passenger plane which was passing some eighteen miles to the east of the base observed a large white object, similar in size to one of the white radomes, suddenly leapt into the air and disappeared rapidly towards the north west. As everyone on the plane was interested in seeing what Pine Gap looked like most of the passengers and crew witnessed the event. When the pilots reported the incident everyone on the plane was interested in seeing what Pine Gap looked like - most of the passengers and drew witnessed the event. When the pilots reported the incident everyone on the plane was interviewed and told not to talk about it.

A camouflaged door case occurred in 1980 when two members of the Northern Territory Police, who were taking part in a search for a missing Alice Springs child, watched as three 'bath tub' shaped objects flew slowly over the base and then one by one disappeared in to an oblong black hole in a hillside. This also occurred during the early hours of the morning and as the two police officers had arranged to meet other members of the search party they left without seeing the door close.

Another type of sighting involves, blue, red and gold pencil like beams.

In 1973 a government cartographer was camped in an area near Pine Gap. Some time after midnight he saw a vertical shaft of very bright blue light emanating from the area of the base. He decided to take a closer look. He drove his four wheel drive to the top of a low hill from which the Pine Gap base could be seen some eight miles to the east. There was a full moon so the white radomes could be seen quite clearly with the naked eye. Taking a closer look through his twelve power binoculars he could see most of the base as well as a strange looking object apparently hovering above it at a height he estimated to be around one thousand feet. Firstly he thought it was a cigar shaped balloon or blimp but this idea quickly evaporated when the object slowly tipped to a 45* angle exposing what appeared to be it's top surface to the now somewhat surprised observer. It was clear that the object was perfectly circular with a central dome. As the bottom edge was still about one thousand feet above the base, the cartographer estimated the diameter of the disc to be a little more than half the distance between the Pine Gap base and the disc's bottom edge, making it between five to six hundred feet in diameter. In the moonlight the disc appeared to be a dull grey colour with a slight yellow fuzz around it's edge.

As he watched a thin bright blue beam, like a rod, slowly extended from the disc to the base. The strange thing about it was that unlike a flash light it did not just turn on, it slowly moved in a telescopic fashion from the disc and gradually extended behind the radomes. A few minutes later the light beam retracted only to be followed by a similar blue beam slowly extending from the base to the disc. This was followed by a gold coloured beam which appeared very close to the blue one. After about thirty seconds both retracted back into the base. This process continued for about forty minutes and ended when the disc made some rapid oscillations 'lit up like a neon sign' and ascended vertically at very high speed, disappearing in a few seconds.

The cartographer reported the incident to his superior officer in Alice Springs. This resulted in what he later described as a 'grilling' by some very officious people who warned him to keep silent about his experience otherwise he would be in for some very real trouble. He was also told that he had not seen anything and to remember that.

A more complex sighting involved five witnesses in 1984. The leader of this group was a technical expert with a Western Australian government department who had received persistent reports from colleagues of intensive UFO activity around Alice Springs and Pine Gap. He was told that between certain dates something big was going to happen. The information was so intriguing that he decided to mount a clandestine expedition to Central Australia and to approach Pine Gap from the west through the Gibson Desert and MacDonnell Ranges. They used two specially prepared four wheel drives and once in the area of the Macdonnell Ranges travelled only at night in an effort to reduce the chances of detection. After reaching the Pine Gap area they concealed the vehicles and POSITIONED themselves in an elevated area which overlooked the base at a distance of about ten miles. As they had several small size astronomical telescopes with them they had no difficulty in gaining a good view of most of the base area.

For the first two days and nights very little happened. Apart from the occasional movement of small vehicles and a few people everything was quiet. The group was becoming a little impatient but decided to sit it out for at least a week in the hope they would see something interesting.

During the evening of the fourth day they noticed some unusual activity developing in the main base area. A number of vehicles were moving around the base and what appeared to be groups of people dressed in coveralls were gathering at various points near the radomes. Suddenly a bright beam of gold coloured light sprang up from the centre of the radome area. This was not a pencil ' like beam but seemed to be several meters in width and extremely intense. The width of the beam appeared to remain the same as far as it could be seen extending vertically into the sky. When observed through the telescope it looked almost solid. As they watched long uneven clouds developed in the clear air surrounding the beam which despite a breeze blowing at the time remained stationary. The beam suddenly cut off and the tubular cloud started to drift to the east like a vertical vapour trail. The beam pulsed several times and each time it did so the cloud effect returned even forming what looked like a series of smoke rings.

No one in the group could explain why but they all felt extremely disturbed by what they had just seen even to the point of nausea. But the show had only just started.

The gold light beam shot down and once again the dirty looking clouds started drifting away. It was at that point that the group noticed five star like objects approaching from the South. As they drew closer four of the objects were seen to be in a tight diamond shaped formation and the fifth which looked like a cylinder was following at a distance of about two miles. The objects slowed as they reached the base area, the four smaller objects took up positions north, south, east and west of the base each moving in small circles. The cylindrical shaped object which appeared white in colour with a bright while halo around it's center moved towards the base reducing altitude to about five hundred feet in the process. It then stopped, rocking up and down like a boat at it's moorings. Once in position blue light beams started flashing between all five objects and the ground. The whole scene was more than bizarre as it appeared that extraterrestrial craft were in direct communication with the human occupants of the base below them.

It should be mentioned that the whole episode was recorded on video tape and thirty five millimeters still film. However as this was virtually a case of a government department spying on a foreign friend nothing has been released and it almost certainly never will.

This scene continued for about five minutes then one of the small objects rapidly descended towards the base and appeared to land at it's northern end. It remained there for seventeen minutes then returned to it's original position east of the base and approximately one thousand feet from the ground. The gold light beam again emanated from the area of the radomes. This time the small objects began to rotate around the beam and ascend vertically as if they were examining it. The cylindrical object remained in it's position bobbing up and down as before. The four objects then returned spiralling down the beam and returning to their previous positions. The cloud was thickening around the light beam and looked like a long thin Ionic column. The beam was turned off and once again the greyish cloud broke up and drifted towards the east. In a jerking motion the cylindrical object started to gain altitude, stopping in proximity to the smaller objects which had reformed their diamond shaped formation. The group then moved off in a southerly direction and disappeared in a few seconds.

The witnesses were shocked by what they had seen as it seemed obvious there was human co-operation with extraterrestrials. It also seemed strange to them, that despite the strict security applied at the Pine Gap base, they were able to get reasonably close to it without interference. Perhaps no one would believe them anyway and declare their photographic evidence a hoax, however that did not seem logical as good security is maintained when there is no evidence at all and when no explanations or a programme of ridicule is necessary. Yet all this was happening in front of them and only about fifteen miles from the large town of Alice Springs. Perhaps what they had seen was a vital experiment and such open exposure was unavoidable from time to time.

The group spent the next few days observing the base day and night and apart from helicopters and other small aircraft they observed at least seven other UFO's in the area. One of the witnesses later described the experience as making his skin crawl every time he thought about it.

After leaving the area they took a circuitous route around the base and then drove down the main highway to Alice Springs. As it looked like they had travelled from Darwin no-one took any notice of them. After arranging the rail transport of the two four wheel drives back to Perth they left by plane the next day. They all agreed that the incident had changed their view of all things in general but had in some way disgusted them as they now knew their government had lied to them from the start and had done so in co-operation with a friend and ally.

Does all this mean that there has been a working co-operation between extraterrestrials and earth bound governments for a long period of time? The answer is a simple yes.

Although UFOs had been observed on a regular basis during and after the second World War, they did not become a problem with the potential of serious social consequences until 1947. The burst of publicised sightings which followed Kenneth Arnold's original encounter in the north western United States caused great official concern. It was obvious from the outset that what was being observed was vastly superior to anything manufactured on earth and it was only logical to assume that the operators of such machinery were likely to be of a very high order of intelligence and almost certainly from outer space. So much evidence, including recovered equipment, was accumulated that there was no way of denying the importance of these events and the dangers they represented. The earth was being openly visited and closely observed and what was officialdom going to do about it?

Firstly it had to be covered up so the public would be protected. Secondly it would be important for our government leadership to make contact with the visitors and try to come to terms with them before total exposure occurred which could only result in the collapse of civilised social order. Thirdly as what was being observed represented an advanced science of very high order, technical advantages could be achieved if contact was made.

It is not clear exactly when contact was first achieved by the USA but information from various sources indicates radio communication followed by direct face to face contact occurred in the early 1950's. The Soviet Union and the United Kingdom were also attempting to do the same and established their own contacts about the same time. After some understanding was reached, the initial methods of communication were centralised in the USA with the Russians co-operating by the mid 1950's.

The importance of the situation led to the secret establishment of the National Security Agency by the Truman administration in November, 1954. The initial task of the NSA was to establish and develop reliable and secure communications with extraterrestrials who were visiting earth and find out as much as possible about them. There are strong indications that to this day the NSA is deeply involved with the UFO's and their primary activity is to identify and monitor alien communications and to suppress any information that may confirm their reality to the public. This policy has been rigidly maintained and is perhaps more useful to the aliens themselves than it is to the human race. The aliens are pursuing their own agendas and they do not want unnecessary interference from earth's officialdom or the broad masses they control.

Alien involvement in Australia is similar to that of the USA, Europe and Russia. For some technological rewards and minor co-operation in other areas the ET's conduct their own genetic experimentation and the exploitation of the country is generally totally unhindered by humans. They have a free hand to do what they want as there is no way of stopping them.

UFO involvement in Australian affairs started in the late 1940's just as it did in the USA. It became a major concern during the 1950's and early 1960's when the British were conducting nuclear testing in South Australia and test firing a variety of missiles at the Woomera Rocket Range situated in the same state. So intense was the UFO activity in these test areas that nuclear explosions and rocket launches had to be suspended, often for several days, due to electromagnetic effects causing total electrical failure at the test sights. The township of Woomera itself was often blacked out for hours by the close approach of the UFO's which a source advised were filmed by rocket tracking cameras at great length. In fact during one UFO flap in the area more than 16,000 feet of film was taken of a variety of vehicles criss crossing the area. The film was promptly sent to Washington D.C. for analysis. Almost certainly due to the technical achievements of the USA there seems little doubt that the E.T.'s focused their main attention on that country. However, they did not ignore the activities of other countries and to this day continue to monitor human activities both military and civil throughout the world.

As a result of internal efforts made during the early 1950's both, the USA and Russia made contact with two alien species who apparently often worked together on various scientific projects and joint military matters including what we would describe as the policing of their own areas of influence.

Apart from this contact which developed into a form of co-operation, it became evident that as many as seven other groups were visiting the planet and did not have an association with the first two. In fact there was every indication that they were unfriendly to them and each other and often directly hostile to humans. Secret official research at the time indicated that several of these groups appeared to be preparing a huge world wide military operation or police action against the earth. This made friendly co-operation with the first two groups even more important.

There are indications that the technical help provided by the two initial contact groups brought about a tremendous leap forward in technology and made the development of SDI a real possibility. In return for our governments giving the groups a free hand to exploit the planet and human race, and as far as possible keep their presence a secret, they would provide the technical know how to prevent further major wars and stop any other interested extraterrestrials from invading the planet. It has been said with some authority that they are the brains behind SDI the extension of which is the HAARP (High Frequency Active Aural Research Programme) system which is aimed at creating an electromagnetic shield around the world to prevent an attack from outer space. This development never had anything to do with the threat from Soviet Russia, in fact the Russians have actively co-operated in the development programme since it's inception.

Such advanced defence systems required world wide coverage involving operational centers in secure areas in several countries. Australia was, and still is, an ideal piece of real estate for this purpose and is being utilised to the full.

From the beginning, Pine Gap has been associated with secret scientific experiments into anti gravity, magnetic propulsion and what the radical press of the 1960's described as Sci-Fi research. Certainly, it's communication functions were important and still are but it's research and developments sections situated below the surface are considered vital to the future of the planet. Here extraterrestrials conduct their work in partial co-operation with human scientists. They live in special conditions in virtual isolation and come and go as they please.

The final stages of SDI including the HAARP system, should be functioning providing it all works, by 1998/99 and if necessary it's entire world wide operation will be controllable from the network of secret bases in Australia. Who or what would be at the controls, humans or something from outer space? One can only guess at the answer but it seems certain that the isolation and security of these bases situated in a distant part of the southern hemisphere is of as much importance to the aliens as it is to their human counterparts.

NURRUNGAR - "JOINT DEFENCE SPACE COMMUNICATION STATION"

In many ways Nurrungar is similar to the base at Pine Gap. On the surface it's military role is to draw information from a series of geostationary satellites which watch for missile launches and nuclear detonations throughout Asia and the Middle East. However this represents a small percentage of it's activities. Basically it acts as a back up facility to Pine Gap complete with extensive underground installations and an illegal nuclear reactor which has to be supplied with large amounts of water carried by a regular train service originating in the southern part of the state of South Australia. Like Pine Gap it is situated in an isolated area of low electro magnetic activity and sealed off from the public view by a security zone which is part of the 'Woomera Prohibited Area'.

From the time construction of Nurrungar began in 1969 the UFO activity in the Woomera area increased to similar levels experienced during the height of the nuclear and missile testing of the 1950's and early 1960's. It remains one of the most active UFO areas in Australia. One source told the writer that ET's used Nurrunga just as they did at Pine Gap. They have a free hand and there was no way of controlling them. "They run the place," he said.

Apart from it's more obvious functions, the main purpose of Nurrungar remains -top secret. It is known that it has similar communication links as Pine Gap as well as a separate undersea cable link to the USA Also it is rumoured that direct links are maintained with a similar installation situated in North West China and the ultra secret American base at the South Pole.

GERALDTON WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The principal partners in this new venture are the United States and Australia. Under the UKUSA agreement the British and other club members are given access to the information gathered when it is considered necessary. The controlling bodies of the ultra modern installation are the American NSA and the Australian DSD. It's purpose is to monitor the entire Australian telecommunication system with particular emphasis placed on all incoming and outgoing international telephone call, facsimile messages, telex and radio transmissions. It operates in conjunction with Pine Gap and to a lesser extent Nurrungar, giving it almost unlimited intrusive powers into all levels of electronic communications in Australia. No one is safe from it's prying abilities which take place at every level.

As the Geraldton installation is one of the most modern of it's type in the world, it was also one of the most expensive ever built. The Australian government announced that it had contributed four hundred million dollars to the project but in reality their investment was much more. A source quoted the actual figure at one billion and four hundred million dollars with the American government contributing equipment and technical know how. In this way the USA normally makes a profit on the deal particularly after the host country covers the establishment costs in full.

Geraldton represents an important part of the constantly increasing surveillance network based in Australia. The system as it stands now is capable of conducting world wide clandestine surveillance and just like its counterparts in the United Kingdom, one of it's major purposes is to gather intelligence information from throughout the United States. In this way the various agency head offices in the USA cannot be accused of illegally operating outside their charters. One has to ponder who is behind these extending tentacles and what is their ultimate objective.

WOOMERA ROCKET RANGE

Following the high levels of British missile testing of the 1950's and 60's the Woomera facilities fell dormant for almost twenty years. They are now experiencing a new lease of life.

NASA has become a regular customer having launched numerous rockets there over the past two years. The Japanese space agency will be starting tests of their space shuttle at the range during the second half of 1996 and perhaps most important of all will be the launching of the Russian designed satellite carriers which will be assembled at the Australian Submarine Corporation in South Australia. The government is injecting substantial funds into the Woomera range to bring it up to modern standards and turn it into the best space launch facility outside the USA and Russia.

It is rumoured that the new American space plane which is designed to fly in and out of orbit under it's own power will have it's principal base of operations at Woomera by the end of the decade and NASA intends to construct large ground facilities there by that time. This would represent a major move by NASA as their center of operations has always been the continental United States and there appears little reason for them to move a large part of it to a distant foreign country. Perhaps the future security of the American's capabilities in space are at stake in view of a possible world disaster occurring towards the end of the century. If NASA had advance knowledge of this it would be a top national priority to reposition such vital resources in a safe area.

NORTH WEST CAPE WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Although still important for Very Low Frequency submarine communications in the Indian Ocean the rapid advancement of technology has tended to push the Exmouth Bay facility into a back up role. The station is now mainly operated by Australian personnel indicating that it no longer retains the high levels of secrecy placed on it by it's American builders. Never-the-less it remains part of the global network and is said to be involved in a wide range of low frequency and resonance experimentation in conjunction with Pine Gap and the Alaskan based HAARP project. North West Cape could be a key point in controlling the HAARP magnetic field over a large part of the Southern hemisphere.

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