posted on Jul, 18 2013 @ 02:30 AM
reply to post by FosterVS
I had read that as well. Freeman's reputation isn't stellar, but that doesn't mean the trip through the NTS is faked. I just rank the story as more
believable than he who shall not be named. At least Freeman could have made the trip. I can also believe security just driving past him at night. Most
people are watching the road and looking for critters. Apparently there is no shortage of cougars on the range. I was monitoring their old P-16 trunk
radio system and some guy was pissed that he left for lunch, came back, and a cougar was lounging on his bulldozer. My recollection is all they are
allowed to do is spray water on the cats.
At the time of the trip, the NTS was well past its testing days, at least for reaching critical mass. [All post test ban treaty tests are
sub-critical.] The place didn't have the drones, the counter-terrorism training center, etc. It was pretty sleepy. Even the NTS tours were barely
attended in the 90s. I went to the reading room and was the only person there. Jeff (Gordon I think was his last name) didn't have much to do so he
sat around and watched old declassified/sanitized videos with me.
The first NTS tour I took was probably the best. I really wish I logged the name of the guide. He was a former employee. He said if there were only a
few protestors, they would let them go past the gate, get pooped out, and then wait to be arrested. The last tour I took was probably 5 or 6 years
ago. They leave from Vegas now. Instead of a bus half filled, they had four buses totally packed. Note that the only way they would let you into CP-1
is if no foreign nationals are on the tour. Good luck doing that with bus loads of tourists.
Regarding Freeman leaving the camera, I presume he saved the film, which is light. The real problem with this trip is the lack of water. Freeman
traveled at night, so that certainly helped.
The "potential crater" signs are real. There are a few blasts that never formed a crater, but the NTS doesn't believe the ground is stable. Since
cameras are not allowed on the NTS tour and nobody had a smartphone in those days, where did he get that photo?
Back to CP-1, it has a map of the range on the wall IIRC opposite the main door. That map still has Area 51 on it. Also there is something Groom Lake
related in the first row...eh which I won't reveal.