posted on Aug, 10 2006 @ 03:21 AM
My first visit to Dugway came in the wake of the 9-11 attacks. When letters laced with anthrax started appearing in mailboxes, a reliable source of
mine told me I should follow the trail to Dugway, a likely source of that particular anthrax strain. (Other journalists later followed up the same
lead. The FBI was already digging around.) I still think there is a likely connection but couldn't prove it. My photographer and I were taken into
military custody during our visit, were briefly detained, questioned, warned, and then released. It wasn't fun.
Dugway is a huge facility and, I'm sure, harbors many secrets. It is not the new Area 51, in my opinion. For one thing, the "old" Area 51 is
alive and well and busier than ever. (I explained this is greater detail while answering an earlier question on this forum.) In a nutshell, Dugway is
not an ideal candidate to carry out the same kind of research and development that is underway at 51. It doesn't have the facilities. I think there
are UFO enthusiasts in Utah who WISH that Dugway would become the new Area 51, and they have seen some strange lights in the sky. I personally do not
believe there is a connection to 51. I could be wrong.
Is Utah a new hotspot for strange phenomena? Yes and no. There certainly is a lot of very bizarre activity all over the state. The Utah UFO Hunters
organization has been very diligent in reporting such events. They are a top notch group of civilian researchers in my view. There's an investigator
named Ryan Layton who has really busted his butt in carrying out personal, hands on research into all sorts of weird reports all over the state, doing
the kind of first person digging that few people anywhere have done, at considerable risk and expense. I think he is first rate, especially since he
is not shy about debunking cases that deserve to be discredited. His work, and that of the UUFOH group, certainly convinces me that a whole lot of
strange stuff is unfolding in the Beehive State.
But is it new? I'd say no. It's been going on for a very long time. Skinwalker Ranch is a prime example, and the same is true for the entire Uintah
Basin. Frank Salisbury wrote a book about it back in the 70's, and the book I co-authored updates Utah's long legacy of paranormal activity. (Pardon
the shameless plug.)
Are there underground facilities at Area 51? I believe this to be the case based on anecdotal statements from several former employees, including
Lazar, but I can't prove it. It seems unlikely that the people who run Groom Lake are ever going to invite me inside for a tour.