What Is The Government Hiding At Pine Gap?

December 22nd, 1989 In Australia’s Northern Territory, three night-time hunters are returning home at 4

30am when they pass by top secret government facility at Pine Gap Suddenly, to their surprise, the ground opened up – a hidden door in the terrain Out of it rose a great grey disc, which hovered for a moment before shooting upwards at the speed of light There have been many other sightings of hidden doors, strange lights and energy beams over this remote facility Though it is in Australia, it has close ties to American intelligence

Just what is the government hiding at Pine Gap? Pine Gap lies 18 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs Formerly known as the Joint Defence Space Research Facility, it is now called the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap Just under half of its 1,000 employees are Australian contractors and officials; the rest work for the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office The facility was founded in the late 1960s Its location was carefully chosen to be out of range of spy ships in international waters off the Australian coast, so that signals emitted from Pine Gap would be harder to intercept and decipher

Security is very tight at Pine Gap A 12 metre high fence surrounds the compound, and police patrol the fenced perimeter every ten minutes Most curious visitors don’t make it closer than a kilometre away before being stopped So heavy is the shroud of secrecy that many theories have developed about what goes on at Pine Gap

Besides the UFOs, there is speculation that the mountains that protect the facility are actually holograms, or that the real base is a series of tunnels miles underground Theorist Richard Sauder even claimed that the subterranean centre operates in alternate dimensions He said a whistleblower called Rich Hansen told him that Pine Gap is a portal through which super-soldiers engineered on Mars in the future time travel to fight in today's wars Much like the sporadic sightings of flying saucers, there is no proof of any kind except witness statements Officially, Pine Gap is only a communications centre, “to support the national security of both the U

S and Australia The [facility] contributes to verifying arms control and disarmament agreements and monitoring military developments” Such vague wording covers a lot of clandestine data gathering Its 14 dish antennas, protected by distinctive radomes, make it one of the most important intelligence facilities outside of the United States, according to professors Richard Tanter and Desmond Ball

Their 2016 report for the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability revealed tantalising details about Pine Gap For instance, since the 1970s the floorspace of its computer room, where all its data is analysed, has grown from 400 square metres to 20,000 square metres They also found that, despite Australians being in key managerial positions throughout the facility, and the Australian government partly running it, Pine Gap is very much the USA’s show The Nautilus report says, “The fundamental realities are that not only does the vast bulk of tasking of satellites come from the United States and reflect its strategic priorities, but Australian participation in the base’s greatly expanded range of operations brings with it a measure of responsibility for the consequences of those operations” The real workings of Pine Gap are listed in documents leaked by Edward Snowden in 2013

They reveal that Pine Gap operated under the NSA codename “Rainfall”, using geosynchronous satellites to monitor wireless communications on the ground They spy on any data sent from or to mobile phones, radios, and satellite uplinks Its capabilities include “the geolocation of cell phones used by people throughout the world” Pine Gap was the command post in at least two missions, using up to four satellites to provide continuous coverage of Europe, Atlantic Ocean territories, the former Soviet Union, South Asia, East Asia, the Middle East and China The aim of these missions was to gather “strategic and tactical military, scientific, political, and economic communications signals”; to keep tabs on missile and weapons tests in other countries, to sweep intelligence from foreign military data systems, and to provide surveillance support to U

S forces The Snowden papers also show that Pine Gap was one of the places used in the NSA’s XKeyscore internet surveillance programme This allowed analysts to search through vast databases containing the emails, online chats and browser history of millions of users Former Pine Gap personnel say the facility is also essential in U

S drone operations in Pakistan and the Middle East The use of drones is so controversial that Human Rights Watch and the Human Rights Law Centre in Melbourne referred Pine Gap to the United Nations They claimed Australian officials may have facilitated targeted killing by the US

, which is against international humanitarian law and international human rights law In response, a Department of Defence spokeswoman said, ""Australia works with the intelligence agencies of our close ally and closest partners to protect our country from threats such as terrorism All such activities are conducted in strict accordance with Australian law"" Alex Edney-Browne from the University of Melbourne says ordinary people have no idea about the rates of civilian casualties from drone strikes or the psychological effects caused by living under drone surveillance She says laser-guided drone weapons only hit their target radius half the time, but the kill radius of drone strikes can be up to 90 metres

As a result, targeted militant leaders constitute only 2% of the thousands of drone-related fatalities, whereas civilians make up as much as 15% Pine Gap’s involvement in American drone strikes was confirmed by David Rosenberg, a 23-year veteran of the NSA who worked as team leader at Pine Gap for over a decade However, he said that preventing civilian casualties is a high priority at the base Regardless of what really goes on at Pine Gap, the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network believes Pine Gap’s value to the USA makes Australia a target Given its remote location and high security, enemies might choose to destroy Pine Gap with a nuclear strike

The blast would wipe out the 24,000 people who live in Alice Springs, too Whatever the truth behind Pine Gap, whether aliens, alternate dimensions or drone assassinations, in June 2013, the Australian defence minister stated that activities at Pine Gap go on with the “full knowledge and concurrence” of the Australian government Therefore, the answers lie somewhere, waiting to be released

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