From the Alien Astronomer Website
Just 46 miles from Washington DC, a mysterious and secretive underground
military base exists, located deep inside a mountain near the rural
town of Bluemont, Virginia. Here lies Mount Weather, also known
as the Western Virginia Office of Controlled Conflict Operations.
In March, 1976, The Progressive Magazine published an astonishing
article entitled "The Mysterious Mountain." The author, Richard
Pollock, based his investigative report on Senate subcommittee hearings
and upon "several off-the-record interviews with officials formerly
associated with Mount Weather." His report, and a 1991 article in
Time Magazine entitled "Doomsday Hideaway", supply a few compelling
hints about what is going on underground.
Ted Gup, writing for Time, describes the base as follows: "Mount
Weather is a virtually self-contained facility. Aboveground, scattered
across manicured lawns, are about a dozen buildings bristling with
antennas and microwave relay systems. An on-site sewage-treatment
plant, with a 90,000 gallon-a-day capacity, and two tanks holding
250,000 gallons of water could last some 200 people more than a
month; underground ponds hold additional water supplies. Not far
from the installation's entry gate are a control tower and a helicopter
pad. The mountain's real secrets are not visible at ground level."
The mountain's "real secrets" are protected by warning signs,
10 foot-high chain link fences, razor wire, and armed guards. Curious
motorists and hikers on the Appalachian trail are relieved of their
sketching pads and cameras and sent on their way. Security is tight.
The government has owned the site since 1903; it has seen service
as an artillery range, a hobo farm during the Depression, and a
National Weather Bureau Facility. In 1936, the U.S. Bureau of Mines
took control and started digging.
Mount Weather is virtually an underground city, according to former
personnel interviewed by Pollock. Buried deep inside the earth,
Mount Weather was equipped with such amenities as:
private apartments and dormitories
streets and sidewalks
cafeterias and hospitals
a water purification system, power plant and general office
a small lake fed by fresh water from underground springs
its own mass transit system
a TV communication system
Mount Weather is the self-sustaining underground command center
for the Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA. The facility
is the operational center of approximately 100 other Federal Relocation
Centers, most of which are concentrated in Pennsylvania, West Virginia,
Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. Together this network of
underground facilities constitutes the backbone of America's "Continuity
of Government" program. In the event of nuclear war, declaration
of martial law, or other national emergency, the President, his
cabinet and the rest of the Executive Branch would be "relocated"
to Mount Weather.
What Does Congress Know about Mount Weather?
According to the Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights
hearings in 1975, Congress has almost no knowledge and no oversight,
budgetary or otherwise, on Mount Weather. Retired Air Force General
Leslie W. Bray, in his testimony to the subcommittee, said "I am
not at liberty to describe precisely what is the role and the mission
and the capability that we have at Mount Weather, or at any other
Apparently, this underground capital of the United States is a
secret only to Congress and the US taxpayers who paid for it. The
Russians know about it, as reported in Time: "Few in the U.S. government
will speak of it, though it is assumed that all along the Soviets
have known both its precise location and its mission (unlike the
Congress, since Bray wouldn't tell); defense experts take it as
a given that the site is on the Kremlin's targeting maps." The Russians
attempted to buy real estate right next door, as a "country estate"
for their embassy folks, but that deal was dead-ended by the State
Mount Weather's "Government-in-Waiting"
Pollock's report, based on his interviews with former officials
at Mount Weather, contains astounding information on the base's
personnel. The underground city contains a parallel government-in-waiting:
"High- level Governmental sources, speaking in the promise of strictest
anonymity, told me [Pollock] that each of the Federal departments
represented at Mount Weather is headed by a single person on whom
is conferred the rank of a Cabinet-level official. Protocol even
demands that subordinates address them as 'Mr. Secretary.' Each
of the Mount Weather 'Cabinet members' is apparently appointed by
the White House and serves an indefinite term. The facility attempts
to duplicate the vital functions of the Executive branch of the
Nine Federal departments are replicated within Mount Weather (Agriculture;
Commerce; Health, Education & Welfare; Housind & Urban Development;
Interior; Labor; State; Transportation; and Treasurey) as well as
at least five Federal agencies (Federal Communications Commission,
Selective Service, Federal Power Commission, Civil Service Commission,
and the Veterans Administration). The Federal Reserve and the U.S.
Post Office, both private corporations, also have offices in Mount
Pollock writes that the "cabinet members" are "apparently" appointed
by the White House and serve an indefinite term, but that information
cannot be confirmed, raising the further question of who holds the
reins on this Shadow Government. Furthermore, appointed Mount Weather
officials hold their positions through several elected administrations,
transcending the time their appointers spend in office. Unlike other
presidential nominees, these apppointments are made without the
public advice or consent of the Senate.
Is there an alternative President and Vice President as well?
If so, who appoints them?
Pollock says only this: "As might be expected, there is also an
Office of the Presidency at Mount Weather. The Federal Preparedness
Agency (precursor to FEMA) apparently appoints a special staff to
the Presidential section, which regularly receives top secret national
security estimates and raw data from each of the Federal departments
What Do They Do At Mount Weather?
1) Collect Data on American Citizens:
The Senate Subcommittee in 1975 learned that the "facility held
dossiers on at least 100,000 Americans. [Senator] John Tunney later
alleged that the Mount Weather computers can obtain millions of
pieces of additional information on the personal lives of American
citizens simply by tapping the data stored at any of the other ninety-six
Federal Relocation Centers."
The subcommittee concluded that Mount Weather's databases "operate
with few, if any, safeguards or guidelines."
2) Store Necessary Information:
The Progressive article detailed that "General Bray gave Tunney's
subcommittee a list of the categories of files maintained at Mount
Weather: military installations, government facilities, communications,
transportation, energy and power, agriculture, manufacturing, wholesale
and retail services, manpower, financial, medical and educational
institutions, sanitary facilities, population, housing shelter,
and stockpiles." This massive database fits cleanly into Mount Weather's
ultimate purpose as the command center in the event of a national
3) Play War Games:
This is the main daily activity of the approximately 240 people
who work at Mount Weather. The games are intended to train the Mount
Weather bureaucracy to managing a wide range of problems associated
with both war and domestic political crises.
Decisions are made in the "Situation Room," the base's nerve center,
located in the core of Mount Weather. The Situation Room is the
archetypal war room, with "charts, maps and whatever visuals may
be needed" and "batteries of communications equipment connecting
Mount Weather with the White House and 'Raven Rock', the underground
Pentagon sixty miles north of Washington, as well as with almost
every US military unit stationed around the globe," according to
the Progressive article. "All internal communications are conducted
by closed-circuit color television (senior officers and 'Cabinet
members' have two consoles recessed in the walls of their office.)"
Descriptions of the war games read a bit like a Ian Fleming novel.
Every year there is a system-wide alert that "includes all military
and civilian-run underground installations." The real, aboveground
President and his Cabinet members are "relocated" to Mount Weather
to observe the simulation. Post-mortems are conducted and the margins
for error are calculated after the games. All the data is studied
4) Civil Crisis Management:
Mount Weather personnel study more than war scenarios. Domestic
"crises" are also tracked and watched, and there have been times
when Mount Weather almost swung into action, as Pollock reported:
"Officials who were at Mount Weather during the 1960s say the complex
was actually prepared to assume certain governmental powers at the
time of the 1961 Cuban missile crisis and the assassination of President
Kennedy in 1963. The installation used the tools of its 'Civil Crisis
Management' program on a standby basis during the 1967 and 1968
urban riots and during a number of national antiwar demonstrations,
the sources said."
In its 1974 Annual Report, the Federal Preparedness Agency stated
that "Studies conducted at Mount Weather involve the control and
management of domestic political unrest where there are material
shortages (such as food riots) or in strike situations where the
FPA determines that there are industrial disruptions and other domestic
The Mount Weather facility uses a vast array of resources to continually
monitor the American people. According to Daniel J. Cronin, former
assistant director for the FPA, Reconnaissance satellites, local
and state police intelligence reports, and Federal law enforcement
agencies are just a few of the resources available to the FPA [now
FEMA] for information gathering. "We try to monitor situations and
get to them before they become emergencies," Cronin said. "No expense
is spared in the monitoring program."
5) Maintain and Update the "Survivors List":
Using all the data generated by the war games and domestic crisis
scenarios, the facility continually maintains and updates a list
of names and addresses of people deemed to be "vital" to the survival
of the nation, or who can "assist essential and non-interruptible
services." In the 1976 article, the "survivors list" contained 6,500
names, but even that was deemed to be low.
Who Pays for All This, and how Much?
At the same time tens of millions of dollars were being spent
on maintaining and upgrading the complex to protect several hundred
designated officials in the event of nuclear attack, the US government
drastically reduced its emphasis on war preparedness for US citizens.
A 1989 FEMA brochure entitled "Are You Prepared?" suggests that
citizens construct makeshift fallout shelters using use furniture,
books, and other common household items.
Officially, Mount Weather (and its budget) does not exist. FEMA
refuses to answer inquiries about the facility; as FEMA spokesman
Bob Blair told Time magazine, "I'll be glad to tell you all about
it, but I'd have to kill you afterward."
We don't know how much Mount Weather has cost over the years,
but of course, American taxpayers bear this burden as well. A Christian
Science Monitor article entitled "Study Reveals US Has Spent $4
Trillion on Nukes Since '45" reports that "The government devoted
at least $12 billion to civil defense projects to protect the population
from nuclear attack. But billions of dollars more were secretly
spent on vast underground complexes from which civilian and military
officials would run the government during a nuclear war."
What is Mount Weather's Ultimate Purpose?
We have seen that Mount Weather contains an unelected, parallel
"government-in-waiting" ready to take control of the United States
upon word from the President or his successor. The facility contains
a massive database of information on U.S. citizens which is operated
with no safeguards or accountability. Ostensibly, this expensive
hub of America's network of sub-terran bases was designed to preserve
our form of government during a nuclear holocaust.
But Mount Weather is not simply a Cold War holdover. Information
on command and control strategies during national emergencies have
largely been withheld from the American public. Executive Order
11051, signed by President Kennedy on October 2, 1962, states that
"national preparedness must be achieved as may be required to deal
with increases in international tension with limited war, or with
general war including attack upon the United States."
However, Executive Order 11490, drafted by Gen. George A Lincoln
(former director for the Office of Emergency Preparedness, the FPA's
predecessor) and signed by President Nixon in October 1969, tells
a different story. EO 11490, which superceded Kennedy's EO 11051,
begins, "Whereas our national security is dependent upon our ability
to assure continuity of government, at every level, in any national
emergency type situation that might conceivably confront the nation..."
As researcher William Cooper points out, Nixon's order makes no
reference to "war," "imminent attack," or "general war." These quantifiers
are replaced by an extremely vague "national emergency type situation"
that "might conceivably" interfere with the workings of the national
power structure. Furthermore, there is no publicly known Executive
Order outlining the restoration of the Constitution after a national
emergency has ended. Unless the parallel government at Mount Weather
does not decide out of the goodness of its heart to return power
to Constitutional authority, the United States could experience
an honest-to-God coup d'etat posing as a national emergency.
Like the enigmatic Area 51 in Nevada, the Federal government wants
to keep the Mount Weather facility buried in secrecy. Public awareness
of this place and its purpose would raise serious questions about
who holds the reins of power in this country. The Constitution states
that those reins lie in the hands of the people, but the very existence
of Mount Weather indicates an entirely different reality. As long
as Mount Weather exists, these questions will remain. Mount Weather's
Russian Twin On April 16, 1996, the New York Times reported on a
mysterious military base being constructed in Russia: "In a secret
project reminiscent of the chilliest days of the Cold War, Russia
is building a mammoth underground military complex in the Ural Mountains,
Western officials and Russian witnesses say.
Hidden inside Yamantau mountain in the Beloretsk area of the southern
Urals, the project involved the creation of a huge complex, served
by a railroad, a highway, and thousands of workers."
The New York Times article quotes Russian officials describing
the underground compound variously as a mining site, a repository
for Russian treasures, a food storage area, and a bunker for Russia's
leaders in case of nuclear war.
It would seem that the Russian Parliament knows as little about
Russian underground bases as the Congress knows about Mount Weather
in the United States. "The (Russian) Defense Ministry declined to
say whether Parliament has been informed about the details of the
project, like its purpose and cost, saying only that it receives
necessary military information," according to the New York Times.
"We can't say with confidence what the purpose is, and the Russians
are not very interested in having us go in there," a senior American
official said in Washington. "It is being built on a huge scale
and involves a major investment of resources. The investments are
being made at a time when the Russians are complaining they do not
have the resources to do things pertaining to arms control."
Where's the Money Coming From?
The construction of the vast underground complex in Russia may
very well become a cause of concern to the Clinton Administration.
The issue of ultimate purpose for the complex, whether defensive
(as with Mount Weather) or offensive (such as an underground weapons
factory) is not the only issue Mr. Clinton has to worry about.
The real cause for concern is that the US is currently sending
hundreds of millions of dollars to Russia, supposedly to help that
country dismantle old nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, the Russian parliament
has been complaining to Yeltsin that it cannot pay $250 million
in back wages owed to its workers at the same time that it is spending
money to comply with new strategic arms reduction treaties.
Aviation Week and Space Technology reported that "It seems the
nearly $30 billion a year spent on intelligence hasn't answered
the question of what the Russians are up to at Yamantau Mountain
in the Urals. The huge underground complex being built there has
been the object of U.S. interest since 1992. 'We don't know exactly
what it is,' says Ashton Carter, the Pentagon's international security
mogul. The facility is not operational, and the Russians have offered
'nonspecific reassurances' that it poses no threat to the U.S."
U.S. law states that the Administration must certify to Congress
that any money sent to Russia is used to disarm its nuclear weapons.
However, is that the case? If the Russian parliament is complaining
of a shortage of funds for nuclear disarmament, then how can Russia
afford to build the Yamantau complex?
Are the Russians building an underground city akin to Mount Weather
with American taxpayer's money? Could American funds be subsidizing
a Russian weapons factory? Hopefully Congress will get a firm answer
to these questions before authorizing further funding to Russian
(reprinted with permission)