----- A NUCLEAR THREAT -----

The following anonymous press release was passed to us by friends 
of ours in Washington who thought we would want to know.  It was 
sent to them by a confidential source who supposedly obtained it 
from the U.S. office of the Russian news agency TASS.  Presumably, 
TASS received it by mail or fax from persons unknown.






ANALYSIS.  You know darn well the place that's going to be 
targeted.  Vegas!  Blowing up any other part of Nevada would be 
pointless since it's a wasteland anyway.  You can't do much damage 
to the Nevada Test Site.  It's already been nuked!  The Sons and 
Daughters wouldn't want to blow up Area 51 either because then 
they could be destroying the very evidence they seek.  No, Las 
Vegas is the only place worth blowing up, and all we can say is, 
"Bravo!"  We saw the exact same thing at the end of the recent 
broadcast of Steven King's "The Stand."  Lucifer and his disciples 
got bombed on Fremont Street, taking the rest of the town with 
them.  We thought it was the most upbeat part of this end-of-the-
world mini-series.

We would never condone any such terrorist action.  Still, if it 
has to happen, there could be worse places.  The cultural losses 
will be nil, and many of those lives so tragically lost are, quite 
frankly, the sort of low-life Vegas scum this country can do 
without.  We'll miss the all-you-can-eat buffets and the four (4) 
24-hour Wal-Marts, but, heck, we'll survive.  If it means driving 
to Cedar City to shop, we'll make that sacrifice.  They've got a 
Wal-Mart there and a couple of big supermarkets, and those good 
Mormon people--the original "Downwinders"--have plenty of 
experience in dealing with fallout.  

The loss of Las Vegas could be seen as a tragic but ultimately 
beneficial societal cleansing, but we are not sure it will help 
much in cracking the UFO mystery.  This event is going to create a 
lot of noise, both literally and figuratively.  It could take a 
decade to mop up the mess, and in the meantime no one is going to 
be thinking much about the alleged alien/extraterrestrial crafts 
at Groom/Papoose lakes.  If anything, an event like this would 
encourage even closer military control of Southern Nevada.

 ----- BUT IS IT TRUE? -----

On the subject of UFOs at Area 51, Psychospy is proud to sit 
squarely on the fence.  Whatever the truth may be, we don't yet 
find the evidence compelling enough to march on the White House or 
blow up a major city in protest.  We've heard endless stories of 
amazing lights in the sky in this area.  Most of these, including 
many well publicized reports and the things that we've seen 
ourselves, appear to us to be routine misperceptions of military 
flares and aircraft lights.  Newcomers do not appreciate the huge 
volume of military traffic here or the difficulties of judging the 
motion of a distant light.  Even the few sighting reports that we 
can't explain don't seem to lead us anywhere.  So you've seen a 
unworldly light in the sky.  Even if it happened as you say it 
did, where does the investigation lead you?  All you can usually 
conclude, after recording the sighting, is that the case is -- 

Forty-five years of collecting sighting reports has lead the UFO 
movement nowhere.  Idealistic investigators have filled out 
thousands of neatly ruled forms recording the size of the object, 
its brightness and structure, its movement across the sky, a 
description of the occupants if they land and step outside...  
Most such reports rely on human perception and memory and thus are 
automatically suspect.  The endless stacks of sighting reports, 
although periodically regurgitated for books and TV shows, mostly 
collect dust in archives and result in no practical human effect.  
The skeptics remain skeptical, while the believers can only agree 
that "They are here!" and it's time to get mad as hell about it.

Get mad at whom?  Why, the government of course.  It's senseless 
to get angry at the aliens, because they apparently don't give a 
damn what we think and certainly aren't going to sit around to be 
harangued.  The government, on the other hand, can't escape the 
wrath of its citizens, and it has to respond at least when its 
funding is threatened.  The focus of attention by UFO activists is 
the U.S. Air Force, on the theory that if anybody knows anything 
about ships in the sky, it must be them.  They've got aircraft on 
continuous patrol, spy satellites ringing the globe, advanced 
radar blanketing the skies, some totally "boss" radio and video 
equipment and satellite dishes that can get ALL the channels.

If the UFOs are real, then it is a reasonable assumption that the 
Air Force knows more about them than we do and that it is 
withholding this information from the public.  That doesn't 
necessarily imply that the Air Force has any answers.  Perhaps 
they have only attained a more advanced state of befuddlement than 
the rest of us and are loathe to admit how confused they are.  On 
the other hand, the Air Force could be engaged in extensive 
contacts and agreements with the aliens.  The aliens could already 
be entrenched here, messing with our society--or at least our 
minds--and telling the governments of the world what to do.

The only flaw in any government cover-up theory is our knowledge 
about how the government functions in all its other activities.  
The only human bureaucracies we have ever had experience with seem 
mildly incompetent and usually leak their secrets like a sieve.  
If many workers know about the Air Force's UFO data, it is hard to 
imagine them all keeping quiet.  Washington is full of Deep 
Throats, frustrated with their employer, who are dying to spill 
the beans about whatever scandal they have access to.  That a 
government agency is involved in any kind of alien research 
program is instantly newsworthy to both skeptics and believers.  
In the cutthroat underworld of Washington politics and media, it 
is hard to imagine any such program surviving for very long 
without its existence being leaked and widely criticized.

On the other hand, maybe the story has been leaked all along but 
sounds just too wacky for most people to take seriously.  It has 
been widely reported that the captive aliens at Area 51 like 
strawberry ice cream.  Even if a report like this is true, it 
doesn't go far in endorsing the alien presence in most people's 
eyes.  The mainstream media can't do much with a far out story 
unless there is some reportable human connection.  That the aliens 
eat strawberry ice cream isn't news.  What might make the papers 
is the atrocious price the government is paying for that ice cream 
and how it has given all the business to Baskin-Robbins without 
competitive bidding.

The only sort of government UFO research program we find credible 
would be a relatively small and heavily compartmentalized one 
accomplishing what we expect of government bureaucracies--that is, 
very little.  There is only one thing that the government does 
well, and that is stonewall.  Since arriving in Rachel, we have 
upgraded our estimates of the government's ability to withstand a 
siege and keep its workers quiet.  Easily 10,000 employees have 
worked at Groom Lake over the years, but hardly any will speak 
about the place publicly.  What most of these people know is 
probably mundane, but the fact that the government can keep such 
tight control over so many people suggests that the enforcement 
mechanism is highly effective.  Most workers turn pale if you ask 
them the price of a steak at the commissary; they really clam up 
when you ask them anything serious.

We have developed a respect for the government's ability to 
withhold static knowledge--that is, to stockpile data and not let 
anyone else have it.  At the same time, since coming here, we have 
significantly downgraded our estimates of what workers can 
accomplish in such an oppressive environment.  Security 
restrictions eat up resources, cripple scientific communication 
and sap all initiative and creativity from the human employees.  
Given enough funding for guards, locks and redundant safeguards, 
the government might be able keep an exotic body of knowledge 
secret for decades, but at the cost of not being able to do 
anything with it.

If the government is withholding proof of alien life, here's what 
to look for:  A vault of poorly processed data, guarded by morons 
and managed by bureaucrats who are crippled by their own 
regulations.  Nothing is accomplished in this air conditioned 
sanctum.  Meetings are held and problems discussed, but real 
actions and decisions are always put off for another day.  As long 
as the data remains secure and funding to maintain the security 
apparatus continues to roll in, there's no pressure to do anything 
at all.

So what is really out there at Area 51, beyond the impressive 
security, inside the deep bunkers, behind the big steel doors?  
Maybe alien craft, maybe Auroras--or maybe just a bunch of bored 
technicians sitting around in white lab coats playing cards.


"THE MEDIA: OUT OF CONTROL?" was the cover story on the June 26 
issue of the NEW YORK TIMES SUNDAY MAGAZINE.  There was also, on 
page 32, a 5-page article by Donovan Webster entitled "'Area 51'--
The cold war still rages in the Nevada desert, site of an air base 
so secret it doesn't exist."  A Times reader 
(allegrezza@tnpubs.enet.dec.com), posted this summary to the Skunk 
Works mailing list....

   "As previously noted, the NY Times Magazine, 26 June issue, 
contained an article on Glenn Campbell and Groom Lake.  The writer 
spent a day with Glenn, observing Groom and dodging the security 
folks, only to end up being ID'ed and released by a local 
sheriff's deputy.  There was also more detail than I've seen 
elsewhere about the pending lawsuit against the Government filed 
by 39 former Nellis area workers who claim that they were exposed 
to hazardous materials emanating from open burn pits at Groom.

   "As the article focused on Glenn and the politics surrounding 
the base secrecy issue, there was little technical detail on any 
of the testing supposedly going on at Groom.  Aurora and the TR-3A 
were mentioned, but only in passing.

   "Perhaps the most interesting part of the article, for me, was 
the following quote from an Air Force spokesman (no unit or 
organization affiliation given):"

    Meanwhile, as Campbell continues playing to an ever-
increasing audience, his efforts are not lost on the Air Force, 
which he's placed on his "Desert Rat" mailing list for free.  "We 
read his publication," says Air Force Col. Douglas Kennett, "and 
we know what Mr. Campbell's doing near a base that may--or may 
not--exist.  While Mr. Campbell says the base is there, and while 
the Soviets appear to have photographed a base there, the Air 
Force is aware of those times when Mr. Campbell or Russian spy 
satellites might be looking us over--and we can adjust our 
activities for that.  That is, if any activities are going on at a 
base that may--or may not--exist."

 ----- NOTABLE QUOTES -----


From a television column in the WASHINGTON POST, July 12:

   "When we started typing this item we asked ourselves--have we 
on a very slow summer day been reduced to this?...

   "On Oct. 1 Larry King will do a live, on-location special, with 
phone calls, of course, from Rachel, Nev., 'in the shadow of the 
U.S. government's super secret air base known as Area 51' on 

   "It's called 'The UFO Cover Up: Live from Area 51.'  Area 51, 
TNT explains, 'also known as Groom Lake, is an enormous military 
installation hidden deep in the hostile Nevada Desert--so secret 
the Pentagon won't confirm its existence.'  Larry's guests will 
include Glenn Campbell, who heads Secrecy Oversight Council in 
Rachel, and technology expert Mark Farm[er] (a.k.a. Agent X) 'who 
specializes in spying on secret government aviation projects'...

   "And when we had finished typing this item we were forced to 
ask ourselves--has Larry King been reduced to this?..."


From an article in the NEW YORK TIMES, July 4, about attempts by 
Senator Robert Byrd to force the Air Force to revive the SR-71 
Blackbird--"Spy Plane That Came in From Cold Just Will Not Go Away 
in the Senate"...

   "When the Pentagon canceled the Blackbird in 1990, citing the 
huge cost of operating and maintaining the fleet, it assured 
Senator Byrd and a handful of his senior colleagues on the Armed 
Services and Intelligence Committees that it was working on a very 
fast, very expensive, very secret reconnaissance plane to be a 
successor to the Blackbird.

   "But that program collapsed after consuming several hundred 
million dollars, according to members of Congress and their aides.  
And despite rumors that another successor is in the works, they 
said, nothing of the sort is on the horizon at the secret Air 
Force base in Nevada where classified prototypes of state-of-the-
art aircraft are flown."

COMMENTS:  You can take this any way you want.  If true and no 
Aurora is flying, then protecting it is no longer an issue of 
national security--is it?  Shouldn't it be revealed to the 
taxpayer exactly how many hundreds of millions of dollars were 
spent?  (We suspect a very large "several.")


The following comes from an amusing government-sponsored document 
entitled, "Meeting the Press:  A Media Survival Guide for the 
Defense Manager," by Judson J. Conner.  (Sent to us by 
trader@cup.portal.com.)  It's a slim book packed with practical 
tips for military commanders on "Facing a Swarm of Killer 
Reporters," handling a "Press Ambush" and otherwise managing those 
pesky journalists.  We read it in one sitting and eagerly 
recommended it to those on both sides of the microphone.  
Available for $5 per copy from the U.S. Government Printing 
Office, Washington DC 20402.  Visa/MC: 202-783-3238.  Among the 

   "Common sense and military policy dictate that you should 
answer press queries fully and accurately, even when those answers 
tend to make you look bad.  But human nature advises otherwise, 
and it is often difficult to choke back the impulse to evade the 
hard questions.  This impulse can really do you in, for evasions 
always come back to haunt, and they are malevolent ghosts.

   "A 'no comment' can be equally damaging.  The reporter will 
probably quote you in the story, not only to let the public (and 
his editor) know that he offered you a chance to tell your side, 
but also to let everyone know you are guilty.  The dictionary 
tells us that 'no comment' merely means you prefer not to talk 
about the subject, but the readers know better.  They know very 
well you are pleading the Fifth Amendment to cover up your 


From an article in the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, July 4, about the 
pending promotion of Nellis Air Force Base commander Maj. Gen. 
Thomas R. Griffith--"Commander's career soars to new heights":

   "[Griffith] defended the Air Force's recent move to withdraw 
4,000 acres of public land as a buffer zone around its secret 
Groom Lake base in Lincoln County, 35 miles west of Alamo.

   "'If we have to take security measures to do the things we want 
to do, we'll do it.  We just can't have Boy Scouts roaming around 
in the area,' he said.

  "'When decisions are made, they're based on the recommendation 
of people like me who are in the service of our country,' he said.  
'At some point people have to have confidence in us and (in) the 


The following graffiti was found on a military "Restricted Area" 
sign in a remote area of public land near Freedom Ridge.  As seen 
in the New York Times Magazine, June 26, Psychospy had drawn a big 
"X" across the sign and written "Misplaced Sign" on it because it 
was well outside the actual military border.  Additional graffiti 
has appeared on the sign within the past week, author unknown:

   "Glenn Campbell is a stupid faggot and so are his loyal 

 ----- CLARIFICATION -----

Some readers got the impression from DR #10 that Psychospy was 
ready to throw in the towel on the land grab.  Responding to the 
continuing MFF, we said:

   "We almost wished they would just take the damn land and be 
done with it."

We assure both our supporters and the loyal opposition that we 
were speaking figuratively and our siege has not ended.  Just 
recently, in fact, we installed at our Research Center a big 
satellite dish, the ultimate status symbol here in the outback and 
a clear message to our enemies (who are everywhere) that we are 
here for the long term.  As an added benefit, we now receive the 
trash/sleaze/Simpsons/X-Files network, east and west feeds, so we 
can watch ourselves on "Encounters" twice on the same night.

The land grab fight is not over, and regardless of what the 
outcome may be, there is still plenty of political mileage on 
those 4000 acres.  You never what may turn up there:  maybe the 
Nicole Simpson murder weapon!  Whatever cards Fate may deal us, we 
assure the public that Psychospy and his faggot minions will 
cheerfully take advantage of the hand.  The stated reason for the 
withdrawal ("To ensure the public safety, blah, blah...") is 
plainly insufficient and we believe creates a legal vulnerability.  
This, in turn, generates free floating political energy which 
might be tapped in elegant ways that may not yet be obvious.  
"Opportunistic" describes our philosophy.

----- INTEL BITTIES -----

"Encounters" segment on Groom will run on Friday, July 22, at 8 pm 
in most cities (not tonight as reported in DR #10).

TRESPASSER CASE RESOLVED.  Just before the date of their 
rescheduled trial, the four of seven accused trespassers reached a 
deal with the D.A.  Two pleaded "no contest" and each paid a 
reduced fine of $100 (compared to $250 each for the three who 
pleaded "no contest" in January).  In exchange, charges were 
dropped against the two remaining defendants.  Mounting costs and 
emotional fatigue apparently prompted the defendants to bow out.  
Although the resolution was a compromise, we are pleased overall.  
We suspect that the small-town Alamo Justice Court, presided over 
by a non-lawyer, would have found them guilty, and the appeal to a 
higher court, although winnable, would have been costly.  The 
government oversight group Citizen Alert did the same in 1988 when 
several members entered the Groom Range to work a mining claim.  
They were arrested and found guilty in the same Justice Court.  
They appealed to a higher court and won their case--but at a cost 
of thousands of dollars in legal fees and four years of "due 
process."  Stretching out the latest case for over six months at 
least created a newsworthy cause and placed some political 
pressure on the local and military authorities.  In the smaller 
battles of a larger war, the "process" is often more valuable than 
the end result.

WILDLIFE REFUGE LAND ACTION.  An amendment to Senate Bill 823 now 
pending in Congress would transfer control of certain bombing 
areas in the Desert Wildlife Range to exclusive Air Force control.  
Although news of this action initially prompted suggestions of a 
"new Groom land grab," we now see no obvious connection between 
this and the Freedom Ridge withdrawal.  The areas involved are 20-
60 miles southeast of Groom in an area that is already off limits 
to the public.  The principal public concern seems to be the 
endangered desert tortoise--Nevada's version of the hated spotted 
owl.  At present the land is jointly administered by the Nellis 
Bombing Range and the Wildlife Range, and the pending action would 
amend that arrangement to give the AF exclusive control over the 
limited areas where bombs already fall.  Presumably, this would 
allow the strengthening of environmental rules outside the bombed 
areas (turtle paradise), while permitting the AF to continue its 
business within specified zones (turtle 'Nam).  From what we know, 
we're inclined to support the AF on this one.  We would agree with 
the brass that realistic exercises are necessary for defense 
readiness, and it's hard to be environmentally dainty when you are 
bombing things.

NEW PRODUCTS.  The official unofficial GROOM LAKE HAT has just 
arrived at our Research Center.  This is a black, all-cotton 
baseball cap with a three-inch version of the popular Groom Dry 
Lake cloth patch attached to the front.  It is now available for 
$12 each plus the usual shipping....  We have also received a new 
shipment of the USGS SATELLITE IMAGE MAP showing the semi-secret 
Tonopah Test Range and vicinity, available for $8.  This is a full 
color satellite photo in poster size, 24" x 40", covering the 
Cactus Flat 1:100,000 quadrangle and clearly showing the TTR 
runways and hangars....  Add $3.50 postage per order (USA priority 
mail--ask for intl.).  Checks to "Secrecy Oversight Council."  Our 
catalog is available upon request.


(c) Glenn Campbell, 1994.  (psychospy@aol.com)

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