Pine Gap US Military Installation, Central Australia.
The United States has three major bases in Australia. One is in South Australia (Nurrangar), another in New South Wales, and the third (and by far the
largest) is located within about 230 km. of the geographical center of the continent. Not far (15 km) to the west of Alice Springs, at the foothills
of the southern slopes of the MacDonnell Range lies Pine Gap. This base is completely underground, with barely visible entrances to the surface. Pine
Gap became operational in 1971. The site is essentially US soil.
Pine Gap is one of the largest ground satellite stations in the world with massive capabilities. It serves principally as a downlink for geosynchronus
SIGINT (Signals Intelligence) satellites. The purpose of the SIGNIT Satellite gathering station at Pine Gap is a notable mystery. The Government
insists it is simply a 'defence space research facility' but much evidence points to this station being much more than that.
Originally code-named MERINO, Pine Gap is the ground station for a satellite network that intercepts telephone, radio, data links, and other
communications around the world. The facility currently includes a dozen radomes, a 5,600 square metre computer room and 20-odd service and support
buildings. Two of its ground antenna are part of the U.S. Defense Satellite Communications System.
According to bases expert and ANU academic Des Ball, "The undeniable fact is that Pine Gap is concerned with espionage", and the information
gathered "undeniably enhance[s] US strategic nuclear war-fighting capabilities".
Pine Gap and around 30 other sites make up the "joint US-Australia" facilities. Pine Gap is the most important installation and one of the largest
satellite ground control stations in the world. It controls a small number of geostationary signals intelligence satellites, "the most secret of all
US intelligence collection satellites".
This 'Top Secret' base is entirely financed by the United States Government, and is officially known as the Joint Defense Space Research Facility.
"When the JDSRF was first initiated, its aim was scientific research for the supposed development of a space defense technology. It is now known that
since its inception, its primary purpose was research into electromagnetic propulsion.
In the 1960's there was much technical expansion of electronic communications in space. Satellites equipped with powerful receivers were
strategically positioned to eavesdrop on selected communications. The satellites act as giant microphones which can accurately pick up even minor
transmissions and rebroadcast them to receiving stations (such as Pine Gap) on earth, which then process or redirect the signals.
In an interesting letter in the Nexus Dec 2001 edition, Reis of Sydney wrote that his father worked at the Pine Gap site in the early 1970's. "He
swore under oath not to reveal any details, but he did say to me once, "My god, they have a hell of a lot of equipment; I've never seen so much
equipment", and he told me that there was enough room for a large underground city with multiple levels, with links across Australia to other
The first generation of satellites, launched in 1971 the year Pine Gap became operational, were designed to spy on Soviet missile developments and for
general espionage in Asia. They were used during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war, in Vietnam, and later to spy on China.
A second generation was launched in the mid-1970's, especially designed for communications surveillance -- for example, conversations and radio
communications between Soviet military commanders.
An article published in late 1973 claimed that the Pine Gap installation, along with its sister installation in Guam, were used to control the
photographic missions of the large American satellites in orbit above the Earth. "Pine Gap has enormous computers which are connected to their
American and Australian central counterparts, which collect all the information secured in these countries, not only about finance and technology, but
on every aspect of the life of the average citizen. Those computers at Pine Gap are also evidently connected to similar mainframes in Guam, in
Krugersdorp South Africa, and at the Amundsen-Scott US base at the South Pole.
1985 - An unconfirmed report was made of an unidentified aircraft traveling at erratic speeds and buzzing a government employee and police officers,
100 kilometres west of Alice Springs.
In December 1989, a group of what have been described as extremely reliable witnesses reported seeing a craft descend into a concealed trap door in
the grounds of the base.
Several times, locals have seen WHITE DISKS about 30' in diameter in the process of being unloaded from large US cargo planes at the airports serving
Pine Gap. Those disks had the USAF emblem on them. It seems likely that disks are assembled and based at Pine Gap. The number of disks seen at night
leaves no doubt in anyone's mind. An amazing quantity of furniture has been delivered by plane from the United States. The locals also say that an
enormous amount of food is stocked in warehouses of what could well be a true multi-leveled underground city.
It is said that under Pine Gap is the deepest drilling hole in Australia - about 5 miles (more than 8,000 metres). Such a hole is likely used as an
underground antenna able to recharge the batteries of submarines in the Pacific and Indian Ocean through ELF broadcasts.
Such a gigantic antenna could be used to generate the gigantic stationary wave around the Earth. The station receives data from many geostationary
SIGNIT satellites but in particular a group of satellites controlled by the CIA.
Some say that Pine Gap has an enormous nuclear generator to supply energy to a new type of transceiver. It seems too that there is a high-powered,
high-voltage plasma accelerator which may be put to use to transmit electric current, or even to produce a 'death-ray', or quite simply to feed a
plasma gun. All this is not as incredible as it sounds: it is now known that the US base of West Cape, near Exmouth Gulf in Western Australia (Harold
E. Holt USN Communication Station), has an older type of the transceiver used at Pine Gap which is used to send electric current to submerged US
submarines who trail a wire antenna. It is known that electric currents transmitted in this way are referred to as plasmo-dynamic cells.
On the other hand, Pine Gap is well known as one of the most important control centers for spy satellites which circle the globe.