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The Montauk Project was alleged to be a series
of secret United
States government projects conducted at Camp Hero or Montauk Air Force Station on Montauk, Long Island for the
purpose of developing psychological warfare techniques
and exotic research including time travel. Jacques Vallee
describes allegations of the Montauk Project as an outgrowth of
stories about the Philadelphia Experiment.
Conspiracy theories about the Montauk Project have circulated
since the early 1980s. According to astrophysicist and UFO
researcher Jacques Vallee, the Montauk Experiment
stories seem to have originated with the account of Preston
Nichols, who claimed to have recovered repressed
memories of his own involvement. 
There is no definitive version of the Montauk Project narrative,
but the most common accounts describe it as an extension or a
continuation of the Philadelphia Experiment,
alleged to have taken place in 1943. According to proponents, the
Philadelphia Experiment supposedly aimed to render the USS
Eldridge invisible to radar detection with disastrous
results. Surviving researchers from the Philadelphia Experiment met in
1952-1953 with the aim of continuing their earlier work on
manipulating the "electromagnetic shielding" that had been used to
make the USS Eldridge invisible to radar and to the naked
eye, and they wished to investigate the possible military
applications of magnetic field manipulation as a means
of psychological warfare.
Common versions of the tale have the researchers' initial
proposals rebuffed by the United States Congress due to
fears over the potential dangers of the research. Instead, the
researchers bypass Congress and receive support from the Department of Defense, after promising the
development of a weapon that could instantly trigger psychotic symptoms. The conspiracy theory
relates that the funding came from a large cache of Nazi gold found in a train
by U.S. soldiers near the Swiss border in France. Proponents allege that the train was
destroyed, and all the soldiers involved in the discovery were
killed as part of a coverup.
Various conspiracy theorists claim that experiments began in
earnest from 1982 through to 1987-1988. They claim that during this
time one, some or all of the following occurred at the site. The
following claims are entirely unverified:
- Experiments were conducted in teleportation, parallel
dimensions and time travel.
- On or about on August 12, 1983 the time travel project at Camp
Hero interlocked in hyperspace with the original Project Rainbow
back in 1943. The USS Eldridge was drawn into hyperspace and
trapped there. Two men, Al Bielek and Duncan Cameron both claim to
have leaped from the deck of the USS Eldridge while it was in
hyperspace and ended up after a period of severe disorientation at
Camp Hero in the year 1983 at Montauk Point. Here they claim to
have met John von Neumann, a famous physicist and mathematician,
even though he died in 1957. John Von Neumann had supposedly worked
on the original Philadelphia Experiment, but the United States Navy
- A “porthole (portal) in time” was created which allowed
researchers to travel anywhere in time or space. This was developed
into a stable “Time Tunnel.” Underground tunnels with abandoned
cultural archives were explored on Mars using this technique where
apparently some kind of “Martians” had once lived many thousands
and thousands of years earlier.
- Contact was made with alien extraterrestrials through the Time
Tunnel and advanced kinds of ‘etheric technology’ was exchanged
with them which enhanced the Montauk Project. This allowed broader
access to hyperspace. Stewart Swerdlow also developed the “language
of hyperspace”, utilizing archetypes and glyphs as well as colour
and tone, in other words, a “non-linguistic language”, the language
of the Creator, that is God itself. However many researchers have
questioned the validity of Swerdlow and what he actually did within
the Montauk Project.
- Enrico Chekov, a Spanish-Russian dissident, reported in 1988,
after defecting to America, that satellite surveillance captured
during the 1970s showed the formation of a large bubble of
space-time centered on the site, lending further support to the D1
Base Time Tunnel research. After Chekov shared photographs with a
reporter from the The New York Times, his apartment in Manhattan
was burgled and the photos were all that was taken.
- People had their psychic abilities enhanced to the point where
they could materialize objects out of thin air. Stewart Swerdlow
claims to have been involved in the Montauk Project, and as a
result, he says, his “psionic” faculties were boosted, but at the
cost of emotional and psychological instability, post-traumatic
stress disorder, and other issues, including being programmed with
microchips, and also through the use of “psychotronic mind
control”. An alien supposedly designed a chair, which an individual
could sit in to boost his mental and precipatory powers. A
prototype duplicate was given to Britain and put in a facility on
the River Thames.
- The facility was expanded to as many as twelve levels and
several hundred workers. Some reports have the facility extending
under the town of Montauk itself and interconnected with vast
maglev tunnel networks to other “Deep Underground Military Bases”,
also known as “D1 Bases”.
- Nikola Tesla, whose death was faked in a conspiracy, was the
chief director of operations at the base (which if they started in
the 80s would make him 120+).
- Mass psychological experiments, such as the use of enormous
subliminal messages projects and the creation of a “Men in Black”
corps to confuse and frighten the public, were invented there.
After funding was in place, work allegedly began at Brookhaven National
Laboratory (BNL) on Long Island, New York under the name of the "Phoenix
Project", but the project soon required a large and advanced radar
dish. The United States Air Force had a
decommissioned base at Montauk, New York, not far from BNL,
which had a complete SAGE radar
installation. The site was large and remote, with Montauk Point not yet a tourist attraction.
Water access supposedly allowed equipment to be moved in and out
undetected. Key to the Montauk Project allegations, the SAGE radar
worked on a frequency of 400 MHz - 425 MHz, providing
access to the range of 410 MHz - 420 MHz signals said by
theory proponents to influence the human mind.
Equipment was moved to Camp Hero at Montauk AFS in 1967-1968, and
installed in a "Deep Underground Military Base" that the National Security Agency (NSA)
and the Office of Naval
Intelligence (ONI) were redeveloping and expanding beneath
Montauk AFS on the surface at Montauk Point. According to
conspiracy theorists, to mask the nature of the project the site
was closed in 1969 and donated as a wildlife refuge, with the provision
that everything underground within the "D1 Base" would remain the
property of the United States Air Force.
However, Montauk AFS remained in operation until the early
1980s. The site was opened to the public on September 18, 2002 as
Camp Hero State Park. The radar tower has been placed on the State
and National Register of
Historic Places. There are plans for a museum and interpretive
center, focusing on World War II and Cold War-era history.
- Steiger, Brad; Alfred Bielek and Sherry Hanson Steiger
(1990). The Philadelphia Experiment and Other UFO
Conspiracies. Inner Light Publications & Global
Communications. pp. 160 pages. ISBN
- Nichols, Preston
B.; Peter Moon (1992). The Montauk
Project: Experiments in Time. New York: Sky Books.
pp. 160 pages. ISBN
- Nichols, Preston
B.; Peter Moon (1993). Montauk
Revisited: Adventures in Synchronicity. New York: Sky Books.
pp. 254 pages. ISBN
- Nichols, Preston
B.; Peter Moon (1995). Pyramids of
Montauk: Explorations in Consciousness. New York: Sky Books.
pp. 257 pages. ISBN
- Moon, Peter (1997). The Black
Sun: Montauk's Nazi-Tibetan Connection. New York: Sky Books.
pp. 295 pages. ISBN
- Swerdlow, Stewart (1998). Peter
Moon. ed. Montauk: The Alien Connection. New York: Sky
Books. pp. 250 pages. ISBN
- Wells, K.B. (1998). The Montauk
Files: Unearthing the Phoenix Conspiracy. New Falcon
Publications. pp. 220 pages. ISBN
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