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 [PART 54]

Black Helicopters

What are they doing in Napa?

By Harry V. Martin

Copyright FreeAmerica and Harry V. Martin, 1995

The United States Air Force has confirmed that those mysterious helicopter
flights over Napa County are classified operations. The helicopters are
supplying what appears to be a secret base located on Bureau of Land
Management property, without the knowledge or permission of the Bureau. The
U.S. military has not informed Napa County, nor has it indicated any- thing
on FAA/Military maps.

Aerial shots taken this weekend over the 87 acre Bureau land near Oakville
Grade show large cement bunkers with large concrete doors, a new road,
freshly graded, and some underground facility. The satellite link- ups have
geo-synchronized microwave dishes pointing straight up. There are
approximately 8 to 10 dishes on the tower, which is not shown on any FAA

The aerial shots would indicate that a lot of government money has gone
into the building of this secret base in Napa. The structure is virtually
near the top of a mountain. The military helicopter overflights are
apparently supplying the underground facility.

The cargo helicopters, however, are only part of the traffic. Black
helicopters without markings have been making 3 a.m. flights to the
facility. There are several black helicopters at Hamilton Air Force Base,
but all of them have some identifying marking, particular FBI markings. One
helicopter only has a Playboy bunny marked on its tail.

The Air Force will not comment on the helicopters, only stating, "The
helicopter traffic over the Napa Hills is a classified operation."

The Sentinel acknowledges the valuable assistance of Mike Jamieson for
supplying films of the location.

But what type of military base is in the Napa hills and what is its
function? That will be part of a series commencing on September 1,
exclusive reports from within the military and intelligence community.

Black Helicopters

By Harry V. Martin

Copyright, Napa Sentinel 1992

A secret installation near the Oakville Grade is being used by the United
States Government for three purposes. Increased helicopter traffic is
directly linked to this installation.

The installations and helicopter traffic serve the following purposes:

   * Direct satellite communication.
   * Continuity of the U.S. Government [FEMA - Wol.] in case of nuclear
     attack or other disasters.
   * Secure communication links with the outside world in the event of a

The helicopter traffic over the last year has been provisioning an
elaborate underground complex designed to hold government officials,
scientists and other high echelon personnel in the event of an emergency.
The helicopters have been transporting generators, food stock, electronic
and communica- tions equipment, and other items to the site.

The secret government site is replacing other installations and combining
them into one solid underground center. An installation at Benicia is
considered too marginal and vulnerable. Its functions have been transferred
to Napa. An underground facility in Ukiah, an old railroad tunnel, was not
serving the full purpose. The remote area of Napa was selected to combine
the functions of the Ukiah and Benicia facilities into a more secure area.
Napa is considered to be safe from the nuclear fallout zone of targeted
areas in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The facility in the Napa hills is heavily fortified and protected with
thick concrete. Its microwave tower is pointed toward Santa Rosa, where
AT&T has secure communications links. The microwave dishes are to guarantee
government officials with direct access to national communication links.
The government has always relied on AT&T for those links.

The satellite dishes make direct communication with geosynchronized
satellites at regular time intervals. The communication linkage is by
laser, which accounts for the constant reports of light beams and flashes
in the area. The operation in Napa County is classified according to the
United States Air Force.

The area has been serviced by unmarked helicopters for some time. There
have been other helicopter overflights, some as part of the Drug Enforce-
ment Agency sweep and others are National Guard training missions. But the
main and constant force has been to supply this secret installation.

The United States Government has similar installations all over the nation.
These facilities are all located in remote areas which would not normally
be targeted by enemy nations for a nuclear strike. Napa Valley's wine
growing areas provide a good cover for such an installation.

Similar helicopter traffic has been reported in other areas of California
and the west, which indicates the government is creating new facilities or
is preparing for some type of disaster or upheaval.

The helicopters used in Napa are olive drab and also black, all un- marked.
The olive drab helicopters originate from Hamilton Air Force Base and
operate generally in late afternoon and in the evening. The black
helicopters generally operate in the late evening and early morning hours.
The olive drab helicopters are providing supplies to the secret
installation, but the black heli- copters are providing direct laser
communication to satellites.

Hamilton Air Force base has confirmed that the helicopters originate from
their area and that the mission is classified.

Black Helicopters

What they are doing in Napa

By Harry V. Martin

While KVON radio's news department and the "Johnny-come-lately" Napa Valley
Register wallow in whether or not a telephone tower in Sonoma County has
anything to do with the increased flight of helicopters in Napa County, the
Sentinel has obtained over 200 pages of unclassified and secret documents
which outline the purpose of a special communications and government
continuity base in the Napa hills.

The documents, which focus on 26 unclassified reports, 1 "for official use"
report, and 14 secret reports, relate specifically to continuity of
government and emergency telecommunication systems. Participating with the
government is this classified nationwide emergency telecommunications
Service for National Security Telecommunications ITT, AT&T, COMSAT, MCII
and TRT.

Plans went into motion in 1988 and 1989 to ensure secure national and
international communications and the continuity of government in case of
war or disaster. The plan is being implemented throughout the nation, with
similar heli- copter traffic and construction of facilities. For national
security reasons, much of the work is done in secret.

The National Security Telecommunications Advisory Commission reacti- vated
the Commercial Satellite Survivability Task Force to assist the government
and recommending secure telecommunications systems that would survive any
disaster. The systems are used not only in case of war, but also when
disasters such as hurricanes, floods, or earthquakes destroy existing
commercial tele- communication facilities.

The government asked the group for international augmentation from an
interexchange carrier switch via an international gateway satellite earth
station. The foreign end users identified in the report are senior U.S.
civilian and military officials overseas. The problem that existed was that
foreign satellites do not operate with the same type of equipment used in
the United States. Satellite earth stations working together in an
international link are owned and operated by different companies and

When the INTELSAT is used incompatibility is at a minimum, but when CCITT
systems are used, there are major incompatibilities to be over- come. The
construction of new systems is part of a 12-point plan:

   * That the Government establish a commercial satellite communications
     survivability program which will satisfy National Security

   * That the Government establish a Commercial Satellite Survivability
     (CSS) Program Office to coordinate the program within the Government.

   * That the CSS Program Office, in conjunction with the planning arm of
     the NCM, should undertake a program to develop emergency control plans
     and procedures to assure the capability to coordinate the restoration
     of commercial satellite communications service under emergency

   * The development of a capability for communications interoperability at
     critical earth stations to maintain emergency communications networks.

   * The development of a capability utilizing the Date Encryption Standard
     algorithm to protect critical digital communications links if
     communications protection over commercial satellite systems is
     required by the Government.

   * The development of a capability to enhance the survivability of
     satellite control systems through actions to achieve command link

   * The development of control interoperability between satellite systems
     to control the commercial communications satellite assets under
     emergency conditions.

   * The development of capabilities which increase physical security of
     satellite control facilities and communications earth stations.

   * The CSS Program Office should initiate a study which would assess the
     susceptibility of existing commercial satellite communications systems
     to nuclear effects and provide recommendations which would established
     hardening guidelines for further commercial satellite programs.

   * Development of a transportable terminal capability to enhance surviv-
     ability and restoral of critical satellite communications systems.

   * Enhancement of control survivability through the development of trans-
     portable TT&C terminal facilities.

   * Development of a capability for Ku-band communications interoper-
     ability at critical earth stations to maintain emergency
     communications networks.

Napa is not alone in this area in participation of the program, units exist
through Pac Bell's access tandem in Vallejo and also in Benicia and Santa
Rosa. These units can patch in or over disrupted communication ground
lines. The main continental United States (CONUS) focuses on the west coast
traveling to the east coast and back again. CONUS contour maps show a major
segment of that critical beam is located on or near Napa.

On Tuesday, the Sentinel published an article outlining the pur- poses and
scope of the local project and its relationship with the helicopter
traffic. In summary, the article stated the purpose of a secret
installation in Napa served by the helicopters was for:

   * Direct satellite communications.

   * Continuity of the U.S. Government in case of nuclear attack or other

   * Secure communication links with the outside world in the event of a

The helicopter traffic over the last year has been provisioning an
elaborate underground complex designed to hold government officials,
scientists and other high echelon personnel in the event of an emergency,
similar facilities are active all over the United States. The local
installation is combining and replacing installations from Benicia to
underground railroad tunnels in Ukiah.

There is no sinister plot involved. The site was selected because Napa is
considered to be safe from the nuclear fallout zone.

Black Helicopters, they do exist, despite local media scorn

Links with FEMA and WACKENHUT Corporation

By Harry V. Martin

EDITOR'S NOTE: During the summer months, the Napa Sentinel published a
series of articles on black helicopters and a clandestine govern- ment base
operating in Napa County. Through nationwide radio programs and other
contacts, the Sentinel has been able to accumulate substantial information
to show that Napa was not exclusive in the helicopter-clandestine base
scenario. Such activities have been reported all across the United States.
This article concerns those other sightings.

They are black, unmarked and generally fly late at night. This is one type
of helicopter traffic reported over Napa this year -- regular and steady.
Local air commanders have never confirmed the origins of these helicopters.

The local media, despite receiving reports of such activities them- selves,
have attempted to make a farce out of the numerous reports. The Napa Valley
Register attempted to pooh-pooh the reports as from crazed UFO followers
and used a PacBell repeating station photograph to "discredit" any
clandestine base. KVON radio, which originally confirmed the helicopter
flights, just recently qualified their previous reports by stating "if"
such heli- copters existed. Neither media has made any serious attempt to
trace the origins or pattern of the helicopter traffic.

The Napa Sentinel reported the flight patterns, interviewed eyewitnes- ses,
talked to military and intelligence sources, and provided a scenario for
the entire phenomenon. Since that period of time, however, reports have
surfaced across the country. Black helicopters overhead, unmarked. In a few
ground sightings, the occupants of the helicopters have been described as
men wearing black uniforms carrying automatic weapons. The helicopters
appear almost unreachable.

In the Watsonville area, one such helicopter landed. Law enforcement
officials went to investigate but left the scene when encountering armed
men in black uniforms. "We had black helicopters come over here every day,"
states several Massachusetts families. "They were just plain black, with no

A Paris, Texas-based group, "These mystery helicopters are almost always
without identifying markings. The aircraft are frequently reported flying
at abnormal, unsafe or illegal altitudes. They may shy away if witnesses or
law officers try to approach. But there are several accounts of aggressive
behavior on the part of the helicopter occupants."

These type of helicopters have also been reported over Loring, Maine,
Wurtsmith, Michigan and Malmstrom, Montana, as well as northeastern New
Mexico. Military officials in Colorado state that black helicopters seen in
their area do not belong to the military. When the FAA was asked to
investigate black helicopter traffic over New Mexico, Freedom of
Information Act requests show they had no investigation on file. Yet, the
FAA did have investigators in the field taking depositions from

Thomas Adams of Texas has spent a lot more time investigating the black
helicopter mystery than the Sentinel has. He has listed hundreds of
sightings from all over the country. In fact, the Napa Sentinel is not the
only media to be investigating black helicopter traffic. Major TV and print
media in Colorado, the Los Angeles Times, KLTV-TV in Tyler Texas, the
Kilgore News Hearld in Texas, the Denver Post, the reports go on and on, in
Colorado, Texas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois,
South Dakota, Arkansas, Alberta, Wisconsin, Berkeley, California, Missouri,
Arizona, Minnesota. Law enforcement officials in various states have also
investigated the black helicopter traffic.

The bulk of the helicopter traffic is seen throughout the United States
from August through October, with some heavy activity in February, July,
November and December. Reports have been received from Monterey and
Southern California, as well. Colorado appears to have the heaviest concen-
tration of black helicopter traffic, with Texas being second.

Communities and publications in these areas confirm or suggest the
existence of underground facilities serviced by helicopters. "The small
amount of published evidence that is available indicates that the great
majority of these underground bases are for use by government agencies in
the event of nuclear war," states one publication. The agencies associated
with these underground facilities include the Pentagon, CIA, Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Security Agency (NSA).

In May 1992, revelations came to the surface that a large secret govern-
ment bunker was located under the rich Greenbriar Hotel in White Sulphur
Springs, West Virginia. It had been hidden there for years. Only six
members of Congress knew about the living quarters, meeting rooms and banks
of com- puters and communications equipment installed underneath the posh
hotel. It contains two giant blast doors, each weighing more than 20 tons,
supplied with water, electricity and even a sewage treatment system. It
also had an infirmary, shower facilities, a television studio, radio and
communications equipment, phone booths and code machines, a dining and
kitchen area, a power plant and even a crematorium for disposing of the
corpses of those who might die inside the sealed bunker.

mine. - Wol.]. Such installations are usually surrounded by high fences and
patrolled by armed guards. Only a few of the buildings appear above ground.
At least 96 UNDERGROUND centers have been secretly funded by the United
States Government.

A Chicago-based source with high credentials in such investigations, claims
that the black helicopters are not a military operation, but rather are
operated by the Wackenhut Corporation and FEMA. [Also, recall Phil
Schneider's claims of a United Nations -- New World Order -- connection to
the underground bases and the black helicopters. - Wol] Wackenhut is a
private company that provides security in prisons, hospitals, government
installations and other facilities. It was founded by former FBI agents and
has been called the modern "Robocop" organization. FEMA, has broad
emergency powers. It was created by President Jimmy Carter and has the
ability TO VIRTUALLY TAKE OVER THE COUNTRY or any region in a disaster.
With FEMA and the private Wackenhut army teamed together, NEITHER are
regulated by too many outside authorities.

Though the helicopter traffic over Napa eased after the series of media
articles and broadcasts, they have reappeared again. In one eye-witnessed
incident, at least four of the black helicopters focussed for hours on a
site off of the Oakville Grade, northwest of the Fire Station near Dry
Creek Road.

While Napa is in its infancy in investigating black helicopters (and some
of the local media acting in infantile ways about the subject), the
mysterious black helicopters are a well-talked about and well-written about
phenomena in many other western states. Stay tuned.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Harry Martin was formerly the editorial director of Military
Electronics Countermeasures, Defense Electronics, Microwave Systems News,
International Countermeasures Handbook, and publisher of Defense Systems
Review and Military Communications.

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