posted on Jun, 23 2004 @ 03:38 PM
U.S. DECEPTION ON OMEGA BASE
450 metre tall Omega mast at Darriman, Victoria, is perhaps the
largest US top secret military project hidden in the open, carefully
disguised as a vaguely inaccurate navigation transmitter dedicated
to the worthy cause of maritime emergency services. In reality Omega
is an extremely accurate, strategic navigation system emitting an
electromagnetic field so powerful it poses a health threat to Australian
citizens in Victoria and beyond.
introduction of Omega to Australia took the US government 13 years
to complete. The Victorian transmitter was the last of eight worldwide
stations to begin transmitting during late 1982. US strategy was
to deceive the Australian government and people alike with disinformation
aimed at proving the Omega system was not accurate enough to be
used as an aid to nuclear ballistic missile submarines.
implication was obvious: if the system was not accurate enough for
ballistic submarine use, then what were people making such a fuss
about? The strategy worked, and opposition to the Omega network
died down from strident calls to stop construction during the 1970s
to muted, puzzled acceptance in the late 1980s.
deception that Omega was simply too inaccurate for use by US forces
was pivotal in allowing the Victorian station to start transmitting.
US declared Omega was accurate only to one or two kilometres, then
proceeded to encourage the sale of small (inaccurate) Omega navigation
receivers to fishing and pleasure boats alike. True
to US declarations, these "single frequency" receivers provided
a fix accurate only to within one or two kilometres. Hundreds of
Australian mariners confirmed the distorted US claim of limited
order to obtain a navigation fix from a "hyperbolic" system like
Omega, the vessel must obtain signals from three different transmitters.
For example, a vessel offshore Western Australia would receive signals
from the stations located in East Gippsland, Tsushima in Japan and
La Reunion in the western Indian Ocean.
calculated US illusion lay in the fact the small Omega receivers
had access to only one of the five available frequencies transmitted
in sequence by each of those three transmitters. This meant that
an ambiguity could creep in every half wave length, or approximately
important US military aircraft, submarines and fighting ships, an
entirely different receiver was provided, initially with three frequencies
and then with up to five. The addition of the second frequency reduced
the error to once every 38 kilometres, the third frequency to once
every 115 kilometres, the fourth frequency to once every 350 kilometres
and the fifth to once every 1050 kilometres.
with special five-frequency receivers, US military aircraft, submarines
and fighting ships can therefore plot their positions with a theoretical
accuracy of one metre.
the US government, the only remaining task was reinforcing public
opinion that Omega really was a bit of a $50 million overkill entirely
unsuited for strategic use. The answer was simple: hide the facility
in the open, pat visitors indulgently on the head and hand out bumper
techniques, normally referred to as "reverse security", have been
common in Europe for years, where population density is so high
that most installations cannot be surrounded night and day by packs
of ravenous killer dogs and guards armed with submachine guns.
should the US go to such lengths to install the transmitter at all?
At first glance, it seems that satellites of the GPS variety would
be perfectly adequate for all military usage.
signals from position-fixing satellites cannot penetrate the surface
of the water, so ballistic missile submarines in particular need
to surface in order to receive signals. By comparison, the Omega
signals penetrate not only water but also sea ice to at least 15
metres, making the very risky business of surfacing completely unnecessary.
more importantly, during a thermonuclear war all transistorised
circuits in the navigation satellites would be burned out by electromagnetic
pulses emitted by thermonuclear weapons exploding in the stratosphere,
rendering the satellites utterly useless. The very low frequency
(VLF) transmissions of Omega would be almost completely unaffected
by the holocaust and a retaliatory strike from the Southern Ocean
using US Trident D5 missiles with a range of more than 7000 nautical
miles could easily be achieved. Thus Australia would be dragged
unwillingly into a northern hemisphere superpower thermonuclear
a critical command, control and communications (C3) facility for
the US nuclear ballistic submarine fleet, the Omega station in Victoria
is undoubtedly targeted by at least two Russian multi-megaton warheads
riding on independently launched missiles.
US government also forgot to mention another long-term hazard associated
with the transmitter: the effect of electromagnetic pollution on
Australian document describes the power of the Omega signal as 10
kW, "about the same as a typical ABC broadcasting station." Unfortunately
the US government had been lying through its hind teeth, and the
environmental impact statement was fraudulent due to the inaccurate
power input to the Omega station is shown in a 1978 Australian document
as consisting of two 450 kW transformers drawing power from a dedicated
substation fed by the national grid, backed up by a huge 750 kW
stand-by generator driven by a V12 diesel. All this to transmit
"a radio signal of 10 kW in power?"
course not. The Omega station transmits in two modes at the same
time: the first a weak 10,000 watt sky-wave signal from the top
of the mast, and the second an incredibly powerful ground-wave the
US government forgot to mention which pumps another 500,000 watts
out through the earth, via giant buried copper aerials radiating
out around the base of the mast every 10 degrees for a distance
of 1100 feet each.
ground-wave mode is of special interest to ballistic missile submarines
because, unlike the sky-wave, it has no inherent ambiguities.
should be noted that one of the declared primary requirements for
the Omega site was "high soil conductivity" - the ability of the
ground to transmit electromagnetic fields for long distances. East
Gippsland soil is highly conductive all the way to Melbourne and
beyond. Last year a radio expert living more than 100 km from the
transmitter detected an "earth" electrical potential so strong he
was able to listen to Omega's ground-wave pulses by plugging his
high impedance headphones directly into the dirt of his back garden.
the entrance to the user-friendly transmitter site in East Gippsland
a large sign flanked by pretty gardens declares: "Australian Maritime
Safety Authority Welcomes Visitors to the Omega Navigation Facility."
But if a visitor tries to stray beyond the building to take closer
pictures of the huge aerial, the response is: "Sorry, it's too hot
out there" - a direct reference to radio frequency burns that would
be suffered by anyone unwise enough to trample across hidden copper
earth aerials pumping out half a million watts.
is a very real danger to the people of Victoria from the massive
ground-wave travelling through that state's highly conductive soil.
Dr Robert Becker, MD, an expert of great renown in the specialised
field of electromagnetic pollution and twice a Nobel Prize nominee,
has published alarming information about increased incidence of
cancer, cataracts, developmental defects, genetic effects and mental
illness due to powerful electromagnetic fields emitted by low frequency
transmitters, allied equipment and systems.
in his book Cross Currents, made the following general observation:
"All abnormal, man-made electromagnetic fields, regardless of their
frequencies, produce the same biological effects. These effects
... deviate from normal functions and are actually or potentially
has been transmitting continuously for at least 10 years. Health
statistics in Victoria need to be compared with others in New South
Wales and Queensland on a "before" and "after" basis, especially
within 700 kilometres of the Omega transmitter. Statistics are already
revealing an increase in the incidence of Victorian cancers over
those in Western Australia, but a lot more work needs to be done
in order to establish the actual level of danger. Many forms of
cancer take up to 15 years to appear, and by then it may be too
late to save some of the people affected.
is currently unknown what levels of electromagnetic pollution the
other large bases at Pine Gap and Nurrungar may be generating, but
it seems unlikely there will be any noticeable concern about Australian
public health on the part of the US government.