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Groom Lake Desert Rat no 24. UFO stuff magazine
The Groom Lake Desert Rat Issue #24 is posted here with the permission of
the author, Glenn Campbell.
Posted by Michael Curta
THE GROOM LAKE DESERT RAT. An On-Line Newsletter.
Issue #24. April 4, 1995.
-----> "The Naked Truth from Open Sources." <-----
AREA 51/NELLIS RANGE/TTR/NTS/S-4?/WEIRD STUFF/DESERT LORE
Direct from the "UFO Capital," Rachel, Nevada.
Written, published, copyrighted and totally disavowed by
firstname.lastname@example.org. See bottom for subscription/copyright info.
In this issue...
THE STORY OF "JAROD"
ALL ABOUT BORON
GROOM IN "OUTBREAK"
CAMPBELL BANNED FROM A'LE'INN
OUR READERS RESPOND
LINCOLN COUNTY IN THE NEWS
[Note: This issue has been sent in two parts. The first ends with
a "CONTINUED" notice and the second ends with "###".]
----- THE STORY OF "JAROD" -----
What first brought significant attention to Area 51 was the
testimony of Bob Lazar, who went on Las Vegas TV in April and
November of 1989 to claim that he had worked with alien spacecraft
at Papoose Lake, south of Groom. He saw nine saucer-shaped craft,
he claimed, stored in camouflaged hangars built into a hillside.
There was a minor blip in the media as "Current Affair" and a few
other tabloid shows picked up the story, but for the most part
Lazar remained unknown outside Las Vegas and the community of UFO
believers. Lazar lost credibility when his educational
credentials could not be verified and when he pleaded guilty to a
criminal charge relating to an illegal brothel. The Lazar movie,
once optioned by New Line Cinema, has not yet come to pass, and
Lazar himself has shown little interest in speaking further about
his experiences. There's a well-paid niche awaiting him on the
UFO lecture circuit--a trusting environment where veracity is
rarely questioned--but Lazar has declined most offers with
The Lazar story was superior to most other UFO claims because he
offered specific technical details about the operation of the
craft but claimed to know little about the program as a whole.
His experience was limited to a few days on the job, and when
recounting it, he was careful to delineate what he did and did not
know for sure. Lazar's claims imply a longstanding relationship
between the aliens and a secret division of the U.S. government.
They suggest that the issue of "Unidentified Flying Objects" is
moot, because the government has already identified both the craft
and their owners, has been in direct contact with them and has
assembled a substantial database of relevant information.
The problem with the Lazar story is that it has come from Lazar
alone. A program such as he described would seem to require a
large number of employees at multiple sites, but none have come
forward in a public forum to confirm any of Lazar's claims.
That is, until now...
..... INTRODUCING JAROD (1 AND 2) .....
Our source has chosen "Jarod" as his pseudonym. That's pronounced
"JAY-rod," which is the name of a certain individual for whom our
source has great respect. The original Jarod is an alien, working
here on earth as a scientific translator for the secret government
research program. We have seen a sketch of "Jarod 1" drawn by our
source, "Jarod 2." Jarod 1 is a handsome looking Gray, like
you've probably seen on UFO shows on TV. He has a large, round,
hairless head, with an expressionless slit for a mouth, two small
holes for a nose and big, black wraparound eyes. He has four long
fingers on each hand, ending in very long, Howard Hughes-style
nails. Unlike on television, this Gray is dressed in human
clothing. He is wearing a button-down shirt and is shown in the
sketch in a relaxed, human-like posture as though sitting behind a
desk. Our source explains that the street clothes are intended
only to put at ease the humans who must interact with the alien.
Our source says (with some ambiguity), that when Jarod 1 speaks to
you, "you hear it in your own voice."
Jarod 2 (henceforth simply "Jarod") is a human. He is a retired
70-year-old mechanical engineer who grew up in Pennsylvania and
who says he worked for the secret government program from the mid-
1950s until his retirement in the late 1980s. We cannot attest to
anything about Jarod's claims except that he has made them to us
directly and we feel that, according our own private system of
evaluation, he is genuine. We have not attempted to verify
anything about his background. Our style is to take him at his
word, collect the story as "folklore," then look for connections
with the body of folklore we are assembling from other sources.
What is true or false, we believe, will shake out on its own,
because any fiction, carefully explored, will eventually prove
inconsistent with itself. In the meantime, a well-crafted story
is rare enough that it deserves appreciation on its own merits,
independent of how it pans out.
In this case, even more than others, we have used a pseudonym for
our source not to hide him from the government, which seems
perfectly aware of his activities, but to protect him from an
onslaught of UFO believers, tabloid TV shows and, yes, alien
ambassadors. The Ambassador Merlyn Merlin II from the planet
Draconis, a self-proclaimed alien in human form who preaches his
own peculiar religion [DR#2, #23], is already aware of some of
Jarod's claims and has camped out in his car in front of Jarod's
house as though it were some sort of temple. As is Merlin's
style, he made enough of a pain of himself that he had to be
chased away by some firm discourtesy. There are a lot of
Ambassador Merlins on earth, maybe not all of alien origin, but
still capable of draining the life out of anyone they latch onto.
They come to a witness like Jarod to preach to him their UFO
gospel and seek confirmation for what they already believe.
Jarod's story is a compelling one, with all the elements necessary
to make it the obsession of many a UFO fanatic. It could also
become a tabloid extravaganza. "Encounters" [DR#10] has been
calling him, as have been organizers of UFO conventions in
California who want to pay him big bucks to speak--no verification
required. Jarod has so far declined these offers. Jarod has
already spoken, in a low-key way and without pay, at some minor
UFO gatherings. He is not a flamboyant speaker, and he is easy to
overlook among the extravagant claims and slick sales
presentations at many UFO events. Nonetheless, word is starting
to get around among the reasonably intelligent that this witness
is a cut above the rest. We imagine that his name will be well-
known before long, but we do not want to do anything to hasten the
process. We are fond of Jarod, and do not want to jeopardize his
privacy or the good will of his former employers.
..... JAROD'S CLAIMS .....
In summary, this is what Jarod claims....
-- For over 30 years, Jarod worked on the mechanical design for
simulators for human reproductions of alien flying saucers. These
simulators are used to train pilots to fly the craft, but they are
more than just a cockpit. They reproduce the entire craft, inside
and out. Jarod says he knows of three of these simulators now in
-- Although he worked only with the human built simulators, some
of the technical details he is familiar with reflect on those of
the original craft. The simulators closely match the kind of
craft Lazar describes, with a reactor in the middle and three
gravity amplifiers below deck.
-- Jarod's working environment was highly compartmentalized and
all information strictly controlled--so much so that routine
communications with other groups was severely impeded.
Nonetheless, Jarod and his group were briefed over the years on
human contact with the aliens and the secret government program
that works with them. Jarod does not claim to know the whole
story of what the aliens and secret program are up to but he
offers some intriguing hints. (E.g. "Boron")
-- On several occasions, Jarod 2 has seen Jarod 1, the Gray, but
has never communicated with him.
-- Jarod has been speaking to us and to the small UFO groups with
the permission of his former employers. He is speaking at his own
initiative, but he clears what he says with his former boss first.
Some topics have been nixed and others approved, and what he has
told us so far appears to be only a small part of what he knows.
We acknowledge that this is a lot to swallow at once. Many similar
claims have been made in the UFO literature over the years, not
many of them credible. What makes Jarod different for us is that
we know him personally. We have talked with him many times over
the past six months, and we see in his words and behavior all the
nuances of reality. We also know several members of his family,
and they all regard him as truthful, although a bit of a mystery
even to them. Jarod's brother and son knew that he worked for
classified defense-related projects throughout his career but they
say he has never discussed his work until recently. We can
confirm, by visits to Jarod's workshop behind his house, that he
has an exceptional talent with things mechanical. Like Lazar, he
can get totally wrapped up in technical projects and lose track of
almost everything else.
We do not expect our readers to trust our judgment or accept
Jarod's claims as truth. We know what the skeptics' position will
be: that Jarod is a distracted "Walter Mitty" merely recycling
the standard folklore he read in the UFO literature. Nonetheless,
he is adding a few new twists we haven't heard before and presents
us with a story of considerable depth. We ask our readers to
suspend judgment for now. We should focus first on understanding
the story itself and on trying to integrate it into our body of
..... HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM .....
Jarod spent most of his career at "Facility X," which he does not
identify directly but that appears to be Los Alamos Laboratories
in New Mexico. Specific facilities are one of the things he is
not supposed to talk about. Curiously, there do not seem to be as
many restrictions on his discussion of the aliens or of the early
government program that first made contact with them.
Jarod's story, like Lazar's, is rich and complex enough that we
cannot recount it all in one Rat issue. We shall focus for now on
the history of the secret government program, which has already
been alluded to by Alfred [DR#23], Knapp's source "from a
prominent Nevada family" [DR#22] and many other anonymous sources
in the UFO literature. The secret program, it is said, was begun
in the late 1940's or early 1950's after a series of UFO crashes
in the southwestern U.S. provided the government with undeniable
proof of the alien presence. Apart from the famous Roswell
incident, there have supposedly been crashes at Aztec, New Mexico;
in northwestern Arizona near Kingman and perhaps at other sites.
Hardware, bodies and even some live ones were recovered, and
government officials were pressed to decide what to do.
We will let Jarod explain the history in his own words. The
passage below is reprinted from a recent series of faxes from
Jarod to us. We have corrected the spelling and made some minor
grammatical changes for clarity. We have also edited the
manuscript to limit it to the program history, saving other topics
for the future. Otherwise, this is Jarod's own report on the
content of the briefings given to his design group. Jarod himself
has reviewed this issue of the Rat and finds it to be accurate as
far as he knows, and presumably it is also acceptable to his
"This is the way I recall what was explained to the group I was
assigned to, and only after we were all cleared for the project
that was to be our responsibility (mechanical design for the
avionics on the flight deck for the disc simulators).
"To protect what was found at the disc crash sites in New
Mexico and Arizona, those in charge at the time scrambled for a
position and a decision as to whom in the government would carry
the responsibility. This included security, material, personnel,
documents and military and civilian intelligence.
"It was not decided until the Eisenhower administration in the
early part of 1953. A group was formed by the President, and the
chairman of the group was Vice President Richard M. Nixon. Around
June of 1953, the final decision was made to set up a "satellite
government." This separate government would interface with the
U.S. Government for support only. Personnel involved in any part
of disc retrieval, including first hand knowledge, were reassigned
as satellite government entities. Additionally, new security
requirements were established and new clearances assigned...
Normally, clearances take 2 to 3 years for any responsible
positions connected with disc design. (Bob Lazar was an unusual
case due to his recommendation by Teller. This gave him an edge
without going through a long clearance process. Teller is high up
in the satellite government organization.) The rule for
disclosure of information is 15 years after retirement in cases
like mine... Here is a list of what is classified under their
rules: technical data, drawings, photos, sketches, illustrations,
procedures, all documents relating to personnel, companies,
related associate military groups, code names, types of
classifications, names of people, etc. Yes, I have dropped a few
names, but only with permission. During my tenure at Facility X,
Nixon and another former president made visits. We even got a
handshake. What was amusing to us in the group was that most
other visitors to our facility did not shake our hands nor did we
know their names; they were familiar to us by face only.
"The background as told to my group had some very interesting
twists regarding craft retrieval and the first visitor encounter.
Little did the government know that retrieval operations were
monitored by the visitors. They, the visitors, were well aware of
the mishap of one of their vessels; however, the military got to
the crash site first. No details were provided to us on how
contact was made to set up the initial meeting. The reason for
contact almost 6 years after the Roswell incident was recalled as
follows: The vessel that fell in Arizona in 1953 contained four
entities; two were disabled and two were reasonably well but
somewhat confused. (The visitors monitoring the retrieval
activities noted with much pleasure the humane treatment provided
to those involved.) All entities were later taken to Facility X
for medical treatment and tests. Additionally, before leaving the
scene, the two that were standing upright were allowed to re-enter
the vessel. They entered the craft and disappeared from view.
Some time had passed before exiting; it was later assumed that
they were communicating with the monitoring craft.
"A bizarre situation was encountered at the retrieval site.
With the entities removed from the area, work proceeded: clean up
and loading of the vessel on a trailer used to haul Sherman tanks.
While preparations for this were being made, an entry crew was
formed. They were dressed in clean-room clothing with medical
surgical masks. The size of the crew was not mentioned to us.
Communications was set up prior to entry. What happened when the
entry crew went inside the vessel was noted as follows:
Communications failed. After one hour inside, the crew emerged
from the craft confused and with upset stomachs. They removed
their masks and threw up. What was astonishing, they could not
remember any of the inside details of the craft. The craft was
sealed, camouflaged, loaded and shipped to an undisclosed Nevada
test facility. The entry crew was sent to Facility X to undergo
medical examinations. Results of the tests were not explained to
"The vessel was exactly 10 meters in diameter and loading it on
the tank retriever was simple. However, the overhang raised some
concern due to road width. Since the pneuma-grips were still in
place, it was decided to raise one end of the vessel to reduce the
width. To the astonishment of retrieval crew, the crane located
on the tank retriever was unable to raise the vessel.
Horizontally raising or lowering was simple with no effort by the
crane. Finally, it was decided to use the house-moving method
with road blocks secured by military vehicles. Upon arrival in
Nevada, two conditions annoyed our best intelligence support: (1)
the problem with re-entry and (2) a strange low frequency humming
sound still emitting from the lower part of the hull.
"A particular item came to light as an anecdote: A member of
the initial entry crew happened to be a fighter pilot. When asked
if he would like to be part of the crew on the second attempt at
reentry, without much hesitation he said, 'I would rather take a
rocket ship to Hell than to go back inside that craft.' So it was
a major item that had to be considered in the plan. It became
paramount what the first item was: Establish a communications
link with the boys. The boys had their own agenda: They were
busily doing their own analysis of items provided in the
quarantine area. This included food, facilities and us. It began
to appear that we were the captees and they were the captors.
"The entities, referred to now as the "boys," were secured in a
medical facility that was manned by doctors, bioastronautic
physicists, chemists and linguist. Initially, communications were
limited to basic sign language. The first significant
communication was between the bioastronautic engineer and the
tallest entity of the four, who was dubbed 'Smiling Eyes.' This
happening pleased the people in charge, but what ensued created a
dilemma: The boys wanted to return to their vessel. After much
deliberation, it was agreed to take them to the Nevada Test Site
where the vessel was now located. They, the boys, were pleased
upon inspection of the vessel's condition. The hatch was reopened
for their entry. The four filed in. After a few minutes, the hum
was silenced. 'Smiling Eyes' came out and went directly to the
bioastronautic engineer requesting his presence in the craft. The
team leader gave the okay and the two entered. After some time
passed, both made their exit. The engineer looked well and
smiling. The final outcome of this process was good news for the
management. A request was made by the leader of the boys that
they be housed at the Test Site, and they made additional requests
for material, equipment and literature. So began a new era.
"Before proceeding any further, one item has to be understood.
All of the information presented here was provided to our group
over a number of years, generally in technical briefings, design
differences and discussions of classified requirements. The fact
that we were young nuts-and-bolts type engineers made us quite
skeptical of most information. After each session there was a lot
of chuckles and further discussion within the group. Little did
we know at the time that we were being monitored. Our comments
were aired in following sessions in a very subtle manner; it did
take some time to catch on. This made a big difference as time
went on as our joking diminished with only serious discussions by
the group after meetings.
"To provide an illustration on how the structure of the program
was decided on, one only has to look at the existing government.
Think about what you would do to maintain a level of secrecy of
something inherently totally bizarre in nature. Nixon did it
right by establishing the satellite government. This provided
cover for the visitors plus a totally new concept for protecting
all information relating to this subject. The most complicated
provisions of this pact was meeting the demands of the boys.
"Selection of personnel in the organization was directed by the
visitors. The leader was named to be the bioastronomical engineer
who first made contact; his name cannot be told at this time. You
cannot imagine the situation this caused. It was like putting a
private in charge of the generals. Nearly all appointments were
selected from the science field. All of the direction did not
come from those boys picked up in the Arizona scenario: There is
a chain of command. What they asked for is not completely known
but some of the items included materials. One item was boron. We
use this material for many things such as metals and nuclear
processes. Some discord between the us and the boys was
identified but it was not necessarily a problem that could not be
"What is surprising to me after reading many of the UFO books
and listening to various speakers on this subject is that they
almost have it right. But the information they are looking for is
not in the known governmental chain of agencies but only in the
exacto facto organization described above. It is believed that
release of further information will come from the visitors
themselves, but it will be accomplished a piece at a time. If you
have understood any of the above it should give one clue.
Impatience is not a virtue of the visitors. To shed some light on
how it will proceed the example is a recent episode going on in
New Mexico. (Reference the recent Midway sightings by a family in
New Mexico.) Of course, this is where most all activity began.
From what I know, the exacto facto government is again scrambling
for a solution; the probable reason is distrust, not us of them,
but them of us. These displays are one way for them to show
disfavor. From my experience, the boys are very conservative with
some emotions and occasionally show a sense of humor. Hard to get
used to but nonetheless amusing. Whatever way they decide, I am
sure it will be beneficial to mankind. For me, the sooner the
better, some weights will be removed. No, I am not radical, just
a practical engineer."
We will probably have more from Jarod in future issues.
----- ALL ABOUT BORON -----
"All I know is they sure take a lot of Boron," Jarod remarked
cryptically at one of his talks before a small UFO group. When
pressed for possible reasons, Jarod then remarked that, among
other things, Boron is useful for preserving human bodies--a
suggestion that caused some consternation among the abductees in
the audience. When pressed, Jarod admitted that this was merely
speculation on his part and that he didn't have any information
that the aliens were using Boron to ship bodies. He said he knew
for a fact only that Boron was being taken, although he could not
reveal how he knew.
In any case, Boron is a fascinating element, important to many
chemical reactions and as an ingredient in some high-strength
fiber composites. As a water softener in laundry detergent, Boron
helps get clothes "whiter than white"--which may be important if
you are a Gray. Boron is among the hardest substances on earth,
second only to diamond, but its brittleness and high melting point
make it difficult for us humans to work with; perhaps a more
technologically advanced civilization could do more with it.
Another interesting property of Boron, according a colleague who
has done some research, is that it soaks up neutrons like a
sponge, which may be useful in shielding or controlling nuclear
The vast majority of the world's Boron comes from the United
States, and most of that is extracted from a big hole in the
ground at--you guessed it--Boron, California, which happens to be
adjacent to the most secret part of Edwards Air Force Base. The
second largest producer is Searles Dry Lake at Trona, California,
which happens to be adjacent to the highly restricted China Lake
Naval Weapons Center. The other Boron mines in the U.S. are in
those military/UFO hotbeds, Nevada and New Mexico.
Are we beginning to detect a BORON CONSPIRACY??? In any case, our
recommendation to investors is BUY.
----- GROOM IN "OUTBREAK" -----
Groom Lake has a cameo appearance in the current film "Outbreak,"
which is basically a helicopter movie with a few deadly viruses
thrown in for plot. You'll miss the appearance if you are not
looking for it, but the establishing shot for "Dugway Proving
Grounds" is actually a nighttime photograph of Groom Lake like the
one printed in the March 94 Popular Science. The photo has been
severely manipulated to turn it into a moving 3-D shot, but the
snow-capped mountains in the background can still be recognized.
The producers could not get a photo of Dugway itself because the
military was not cooperating with this very anti-military movie,
which captures some of the "X-Files"-style paranoia of our age.
We were disappointed only in the formula bad guy (Donald
Sutherland) and unrealistically happy ending in which--wouldn't
you know it--the world population in NOT exterminated by a nasty
germ. The Sutherland character does not ring true because in
real-life military horror stories, there isn't just one bad guy,
there are hundreds, each one a church-going man who is "just
We have reason to believe that Area 51 will soon graduate from a
walk-on part to full Hollywood stardom, which is the next natural
step in the evolution of its media identity. Psychospy is sworn
to secrecy on most of these projects, but we can print one
unconfirmed rumor: Twentieth Century Fox may be working on a
movie (market unknown) called "Independence Day," which ends with
the President at Area 51. The plot is said to concern the alien
presence, which the President has not been told about.
----- CAMPBELL BANNED FROM A'LE'INN -----
Glenn Campbell has been officially banned from the Little A'Le'Inn
for what he wrote about the proprietors in the latest version of
his "Area 51 Viewer's Guide" [DR#23]. He had been invited to
dinner at the inn by some Hollywood types who are thinking of
making a movie here, but Pat Travis ordered him out of the
premises as soon as he entered. Campbell wonders now whether
there would be a desert location closer to L.A. that would be
better for filming. (You could reconstruct Rachel anywhere with a
couple of mobile homes and a few sheets of plywood.)
Campbell says he values his life, so he has every intention of
obeying the ban. Campbell said: "I'd rather take a rocket ship to
Hell than go back inside that bar."
----- OUR READERS RESPOND -----
..... "AREA 51 REFERENCE GUIDE" COMING SOON .....
"After perusing DR23 I just couldn't resist placing a call to
the Little A'Le'Inn in order to discreetly inquire into the
availability of the 'Area 51 Viewer's Guide.'
"A female answered, and after I voiced my interest in obtaining
a copy of 'the highly regarded Area 51 Viewers Guide' she rather
enthusiastically explained that they don't stock it. Nor could
she refer me to any source where I could obtain a copy. She did
volunteer that in about 3 weeks they would have available the
'Area 51 Reference Guide.' She described this publication as a
very exciting project that would be a comprehensive review of all
known data concerning Area 51 including a number of color photos.
She described it is a very professional product quite unlike
anything available to date.
"Sounds like 'Ma and Pa' are a couple of real ingrates!"
..... RESPONSE TO ALFRED .....
"'Alfred' was new to me, so of course I read Rat 23 with eyes
wide, and (so to speak) my hand on my wallet. What IS one to
think... especially when the story disinters the old tale of a UFO
crash at Aztec, dismissed up to now as a 1950 hoax?
"But I don't mean to argue the truth or falsehood of the Aztec
report, any more than you want to argue the truth or falsehood of
saucers at Area 51. (And in fact it's easy to reconcile
everything with a scenario like this: Krause knew there was more
than one crash. He had good info about Roswell, but didn't know
details of the others. He knew of Frank Scully's 1950 book about
the Aztec crash. But he wasn't bothered either by its evident
silliness or subsequent unmasking as a hoax played, allegedly, on
Scully. Scully, after all, was over his head writing about
anything but Hollywood, and talk of a hoax, Krause might think,
could easily have been disinformation. Crashes HAD occured, after
all; Aztec evidently was one of them.)
"I was curious about one detail in Alfred's account: 'Also
about this time, there were reports of a UFO crash at nearby
Aztec, New Mexico. The Farmington Daily News reported the event
in one of its issues. There had been a pinhole leak in the craft,
the story said, and three small bodies had been recovered, three-
to-four feet in stature, charred to a crisp. The craft itself was
reported in good condition. The next day, the News recanted its
report and called the crash a hoax.'
"Were these Farmington Daily News reports about the crash
itself, or about Scully's book? If they were about the book, then
Alfred may have compressed events in his memory. The book was
published in 1950; the magazine article that debunked it came out
in 1952. Or did the paper catch up to the story two years late,
only to discover the refutation just the next day? But if the
reports were about the crash itself, then that's a detail I don't
think the world knows about."
..... RANGE WORKER FINDS NO EVIDENCE .....
A former Nellis Range employee who apparently worked at either
Tonopah or Groom in the late 1980s writes that he saw no evidence
of UFOs in his three years there.
"There are some areas where some weird stuff is going on, but I
believe it has more to do with research, i.e.: biological. I
truly feel that the UFO stories are just distractions from the
real activities and probably started by gov't agents. Every time
I read information that seems to be getting close to the real
programs, I see lots of UFO stories start flying.
"Me being a UFO buff since I was in junior high, I was excited
about getting a job on the range and made every effort to discover
any information or physical evidence that may be UFO related. No
----- LINCOLN COUNTY IN THE NEWS -----
Lincoln County has been in the news lately because of a nuclear
waste plan adopted last month by the county commissioners. The
number one political hot potato in Nevada is the Yucca Mountain
Project, a proposed underground storage site adjoining the Nevada
Test Site where the Department of Energy (DOE) wants to
permanently stash high-level waste from nuclear power plants.
Naturally, the emotional reaction by Nevada residents is Not in My
Backyard... never mind that backyards are pretty big out here.
Yucca proponents point out that the Nevada Test Site is already
profoundly irradiated by years of nuclear testing, so what more
damage could a carefully managed storage site do? Opponents, of
course, hear the word "nuclear" and go ballistic without further
ado. Psychospy, with political allies on both sides of the
question, has walked a very careful line on this one, and so have
Nevada's politicians. It is considered political suicide for any
state official to come out in support of the project, but the rest
of the country seems to think Nevada the ideal site and Congress
appears close to making it so.
Politicians are in a bind because they can't open negotiations
with the DOE or power companies without appearing to support the
project and break the state's unity, thus Nevada may not be
appropriately compensated if the project goes through. What the
Lincoln County Commission has done is, in essence, open their own
negotiations with the nuclear industry. The commissioners have
passed a resolution allowing a transfer facility to be built in a
remote part of the county where waste casks would be moved from
rail to truck and be temporarily stored enroute to Yucca. For
this, the county would receive enormous monetary compensation and
all the safeguards money can buy.
The Commission's resolution brought the TV crews up from Vegas and
resulted in immediate and violent reactions statewide. The state
Attorney General filed suit against the two offending
commissioners to have them removed from office. This, in turn,
allowed members of the State Assembly and Senate to jump into the
fray in support of Lincoln County, on the grounds that the
commissioners' "free speech" was being violated. Thereby, these
politicians can ease into the Yucca negotiations without being
seen to support the project itself.
We have no respect for some of our Lincoln County officials, but a
several others have some political smarts and seem to have pulled
off a significant coup. Naturally, this means that the hysterics
of the county, hearing the word "nuclear," have amassed to lynch
these officials by means of a recall drive, in addition to the
state's suit. Although we are never optimistic about the future
of Lincoln County, the Desert Rat wants to voice its support for
Commissioners Eve "Don't Mess with Me" Culverwell and Ed "Has a
Spine After All" Wright. At least Campbell isn't alone in
fighting the morons.
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GROOM LAKE VOR. As mentioned in DR#18, the frequency of the Groom
Lake VOR (navigation beacon) is apparently 117.5 MHz. The
identifier is "dash-dash dash-dot-dash-dot dash-dot-dash-dash."
Alas, we do not speak that language, but we are told it translates
into "MCY." That would seem to imply that Groom is masquerading
as Mercury, which has no VOR.
JOHN ANDREWS of the Testers Corp., who is known for designing
plastic airplane models before the planes themselves officially
exist, points out that the stealth helicopter discussed in the
March 5 Aviation Week article [DR#23], greatly resembles his
"Stingbat LHX" stealth helicopter model with scimitar shaped
blades and no tail rotor. Alas, Andrews may have been too far
ahead of the game, since this 1989 model is no longer available.
BOOKS ON AZTEC CRASH. Two books cover the alleged Aztec UFO crash
mentioned by Alfred [DR#23]. "Behind the Flying Saucers" by Frank
Scully was a best seller around 1950, so you will probably find it
at your public library. It's a pulp potboiler written in 72 days.
More interesting is "UFO Crash at Aztec," by William Steinman, a
fat 1986 book with lots of interesting tidbits, including mention
of Area 51 as the repository for alien material (pre-dating Lazar)
and the text of the True Magazine article that debunked Scully.
The book is not widely distributed, but you may be able to get a
new copy for $18.95 from Arcturus Books, (407) 398-0796. Arcturus
also sells used copies of the Scully book. (We wonder if Scully
is the source for the agent's name in the "X-Files.")
UFO CRASH DATES. According to the UFO literature (not necessarily
reliable), these are the dates of the three alleged UFO crashes we
have mentioned: Roswell: July 2, 1947 (Source: Randle and
Schmitt). Aztec: May 25, 1948 (Source: Steinman). Kingman:
Around May 20, 1953 (Source: Fowler via Good in "Above Top
Secret," page 399, recommended reading).
CORRECTION. Miss Edith reports that she is NOT the only active
member of the Rachel Senior Center, as reported in DR#23. There's
also Rita, Fay and Lois. Rita was especially pissed to have been
overlooked; we'll probably never hear the end of it.
LEGAL FUND THANKS. We wish to thank PK, PM, CH, CP, RK, RH and
DY79FF for recent contributions to the legal fund. Legal pursuits
are continuing, but for strategic reasons we will not discuss them
in the Rat unless they become a matter of public record.
AN ARTICLE BY GLENN CAMPBELL on Groom Appears in the current issue
of Covert Action Quarterly, Spring 1995.
THE MOUNT STERLING HIKE, scheduled for the Saturday, April 8,
starting at 11am, is proceeding as planned. See DR#23 for
details. Snow and mud are likely on at least part of the trial,
so dress accordingly. (No tennis shoes!) The meeting point is
milepost CL 131.1 on US-95, about 50 miles NW of Vegas. This is
planned as a day trip, but for those who are interested in staying
another day, we may camp out in the desert (could be cold) and
mount a different expedition on Sunday. The destination will be
discussed at the first hike.
THE CNN REPORT ON GROOM [DR#21] aired on TBS on 4/2, but there is
still a chance to see it on CNN's "Earth Matters" this Sunday,
April 9, at 2:30 pm ET (11:30 am PT).
OUR SOURCES INSIDE THE AIR FORCE say the Desert Rat is widely read
and much appreciated by our men in blue. The Rat lets the AF know
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It is Psychospy's sincerest hope that we and the Air Force can be
friends again someday. After all, we kissed and made up with Gene
Huff after many harsh words were exchanged. Makes you think
anything is possible.
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